62 years of educational excellence
SINCE the school’s inception at Lake Gardens in 1951, Garden International School (GIS) has grown to what is now considered as one of the premier international schools in the Asian region.
Over the years, GIS has continuously initiated many academic, social, extracurricular and physical developments to bring the school to greater heights and this is something the school will continue to do in the years ahead.
In the pursuit to educate youths to be leaders in the global community and guided by its Student Vision, GIS is committed to identify and bring out the best in every student.
For 62 years, Garden International School has provided an international education for both expatriates and Malaysians. The development of the school from Lake Gardens to Bukit Kiara has seen changes to the location and, more importantly, changes to the type and quality of education provided.
GIS is far more than its buildings and reputation. It is the people within its community that makes it unique.
At this moment in time, the staff members, students and families are the custodians of the school and its progress builds on the work of those before them.
The Malaysian influence has been significant in maintaining continuity and stability to the potentially highly transient world of international schools.
The school has teachers who have been with it for over half of its life and former students now send their children to GIS as they believe and trust the quality of education GIS delivers. These factors make the school unique.
This backbone is also significant in the tight-knit community of the school which, although being a big school, has a small school feel that promotes the development and education of all members of its community.
In 2007, the school community embarked on defining what it believes education should be at GIS. This manifested itself as the “student vision” – a set of educational, social and citizenship goals developed by the families, teachers, students and the Board of Governors.
It is this “student vision” that has driven the school’s development by focusing on a holistic education at GIS.
We have invested in the development of facilities to support sports activities, visual and performing arts. It saw the consolidation and improvement of social responsibility and residential programmes, which have been integral to our quest of broadening the concept of education outside the classroom.
Clearly there is a need to ensure that each child can move to the next stage of their educational journey equipped with the highest credentials possible as GIS moves forward.
In the past two years, GIS students have achieved outstanding results in the IGSCE and A-Level qualifications, allowing them to enter the university of their choice.
In 2013, 100% of students attending UK, Canadian, US, Japanese and Korean universities gained entry in their first or second choice university (Australian and other southern hemisphere universities have a January entry).
Students receive extensive higher education counselling as well as being exposed to admissions personnel from the leading universities in the world, including Oxford and Cambridge. These opportunities do not come about through a couple of years of hard work in close collaboration with a committed and highly skilled teaching staff.
They are the combination of a carefully mapped journey which extends from the early years (three- to five-year-olds at the Early Years Centre) through the primary and secondary schools. There is a strong emphasis on inquiry-based learning which nurtures creative thinkers and independent learners.
Garden International School has produced some successful students over the last 62 years. As GIS continues its educational journey alongside its students and staff, it will continue to unleash potential and build on its heritage.
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GIS is committed to identifying and bringing out the best in every student.