Private school in Malaysia can be difficult to decide. Although public schools offer free admissions, parents can’t be assured that they provide the best education for their children. Private schools help to get rid of that worry as they can provide some of the best educational materials. Here are 5 best private schools in Malaysia.
1. Alice International School
Alice Farfield-Smith established Alice International School in 1946 when she could not find a suitable school for her daughter. As a mother and a biology graduate from Harvard University, she established her own school on her own which led to the establishment of the very first international British school in Malaysia. Currently, the school has built two campuses in two separate locations, one in Kuala Lumpur and the other in Seri Kembangan which focuses on primary and secondary education respectively.
Despite being built far apart, students are able to travel between both campuses by taking a 20 minute walk. Having a long history, the Alice International School has seen many improvements and has expanded its facilities to ensure that their students will receive the best experience throughout their time as a student in this school. When Alice and her family back return to America, the Alice Smith Schools Association (ASSA) was created as a not-for-profit organization to continue her ambition, missions and goals. Until today, ASSA continues to fulfil her wish and is now one of the most prominent associations in the world.
As the first British private school in Malaysia, Alice International School is now one of the most prominent associations in Malaysia. As a result, its position in multiple educational councils such as Council of International Schools (CIS), East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and Independent Schools Council (ISC) are important for private schools in Malaysia. They are also one of the few founding members of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA), therefore making it one of the most prominent members in the world.
2 Jalan Bellamy, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3 Jalan Equine, Taman Equine, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia
03 2148 3674 (Primary Campus)
03 9543 3688 (Secondary Campus)
03 2148 3418 (Primary Campus)
03 9543 3788 (Secondary Campus)
2. Garden International School
Garden International School (GIS) was established at Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur in the year of 1951 and was among one of the earliest British international schools established after Alice International School. They were initially a school for kindergarten and primary education, but quickly became popular. After they transferred to Bukit Bintang, they opened their doors to students who wished to continue studying in secondary education. The University of London General Certificate of Education has chosen Garden International School as their first center to hold ‘O’ levels examination in 1966 with only 11 students as their first batch for the exam.
Today, Garden International School is one of the most prestigious private schools in Malaysia. With the recognition of Council of International Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), its popularity has gotten a significant boost. Recently, they won multiple awards with British International School Initiative of the Year being their biggest achievement in their career albeit only as shortlisted. This makes them the only school in to become nominated for the award in Southeast Asia.
GIS introduces a Parent, Teacher and Friends (PTF) committee to strengthen the bonds between parents and staff members. Additionally, PTF provides a workshop that educates parents of their facilities and services.
Garden International School Kuala Lumpur, 16, Jalan Kiara 3, Off Jalan Bukit Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: 03 6209 6888
3. Epsom College in Malaysia
Epsom College is a famous college in the United Kingdom dated as far back as 1855 which gained the support of both Her Majesty Queen Victoria in the year of its establishment and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in modern times. Dr John Propert founded the college when the cholera pandemic spreaded across the country in London, England. The pandemic left many people, including children, a means to survive through the pandemic. It was Dr Propert’s goal to create a safe haven for these children by providing food, clothing, shelter and education and the college has become what it is today.
Epsom College quickly gained a lot of attention and has become one of the most prestigious private schools in Malaysia. With recognition by FOBISIA, Boarding Schools’ Association and AIMS, its facilities are always up-to-date to provide students the best experience during their studies there. Its design is akin to their UK branch to give off a similar atmosphere to Malaysia students.
For students who live faraway, Epsom College offers dormitory to stay nearby the compound. The college offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities to encourage their students to socialize with others. Ranging from golf and chess to jiu-jutsu and climbing, students will be able to find a suitable sport for them.
Persiaran Kolej, 70760 Bandar Enstek, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Malaysia
Phone: 06 2404 188
4. International School of Kuala Lumpur
The International School of Kuala Lumpur, or ISKL for short, was established in 1965 and has become famous around Malaysia over the years after its establishment. It differs from other private schools in Malaysia as it is one of the only schools that offers a program to allow their students at Grade 11 and 12 to earn a diploma. This program is known as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, or IBDP for short. This allows their students to graduate with a diploma and eligible to apply for a degree at their desired universities.
Since its implementation in 1989, ISKL has successfully achieved a 96 percent on students who graduated from the program, thus making it Malaysia’s longest International Baccalaureate program. Accredited by CIS and WASC, the educational materials in ISKL will always be up-to-date and ensure that their quality of teaching will always be consistent and the best for their students. Additionally, they offer a wide variety of curriculum that their students can choose from to learn certain sets of skills that they desire to further develop.
To help parents to view their compound and facilities, ISL has implemented a 360 degree panorama view of their schools. This allows parents to view their school compounds through their website
The International School of Kuala Lumpur, No. 2, Lorong Kelab Polo Di Raja, Ampang Hilir, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wiliyah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
General Phone: 03 4813 5000
General Fax: 03 4813 5100
5. Sri KDU International School
Located between the two campuses of SEGi University Kota Damansara, Sri KDU International School is one of the most recent private schools established and has quickly garnered the attention of the public since 2003. However, Sri KDU International School has some of the most notable achievements including the ‘Gold’ level for International School Quality Mark by the Education Development’s Trust and becoming a part of FOBISIA, making it one of the most rapidly successful private school in Malaysia.
In 2012, their secondary school, Sri KDU Schools, had became a member of the Programme for International School Assessment and became recognized as one of the most prestigious schools for reading, science and mathematics. Additionally, they have a branch opened in Klang that focuses on teaching computing-related subjects to adapt to the modern necessities. It is also recognized as a Microsoft Flagship School which gives it credibility for providing state-of-the-art facilities to their students.
Sekolah Sri KDU (Kota Damansara)
No 5 & 7, Jalan Teknologi 2/1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Daerah Petaling, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Sri KDU International School (Kota Damansara)
No. 3, Jalan Teknologi 2/1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Daerah Petaling, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Sri KDU International School (Klang)
PT 4194, Jalan Tampin 1/KU1, Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat, Sungai Pinang, 41050 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
03 6145 3888 (Kota Damansara)
03 3082 6888 (Klang)
03 6056 9011 (Sekolah Sri KDU)
03 6157 9022 (Sri KDU International Kota Damansara)
As the coronavirus continues to spread across the world, all schools are closed to prevent the virus spreading any further. This leaves parents in a constant state of worry as they feel anxious about their children’s progress in education. The Ministry of Education is encouraging schools to use online platforms to continue educating through various apps without losing any progress. With most exams except major exams being cancelled, most students are more carefree and less worried about the upcoming exams. Lessons are now conducted online and students are more likely to stray away from their classes. Parents can use this as an opportunity to enhance their children’s learning experience.
With the internet becoming more important, parents can find every information online. They can find the details of enrolling and subjects offered by private schools. And most importantly, students can attend class at the comfort of their homes without their education being hindered. Although it is hard to pick the perfect private school in Malaysia for your children, it should at least provide enough educational materials for your children to survive when they grow up.