Pro­vid­ing an ex­cep­tional ed­u­ca­tion

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PRI­VATE & In­ter­na­tional School Guide speaks to the In­ter­na­tional School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)’s head of school Dr Norma Hud­son about the at­tributes of a great school and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

What makes ISKL unique in this in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place?

ISKL con­sis­tently de­liv­ers a world-class cur­ricu­lum and pro­grammes that en­able each stu­dent to max­imise his or her po­ten­tial.

Stu­dents at ISKL are taught by qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced ed­u­ca­tors who love what they do.

Sev­enty-four per cent of ISKL fac­ulty hold mas­ter’s or doc­tor­ate de­grees while 35% of our In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) teach­ing fac­ulty are IB ex­am­in­ers, grad­ing IB stu­dents’ work from around the world.

ISKL’s IB Diploma scores con­sis­tently sur­pass world and Asia-Pa­cific av­er­ages. Fur­ther­more, we have had stu­dents with per­fect IB scores two years run­ning.

Com­bine this with our broad range of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties and a uniquely pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity, and you have an ex­cep­tional ISKL ed­u­ca­tion. Au­gust next year will see the heav­ily an­tic­i­pated open­ing of the new Am­pang Hilir Cam­pus. What can we ex­pect?

We have worked with global ed­u­ca­tional ar­chi­tects, tech­nol­ogy ex­perts, ed­u­ca­tors, par­ents and stu­dents to de­sign the op­ti­mum learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

It is built with one ob­jec­tive, which is to ex­tend and en­hance our abil­ity to pro­vide an ex­cep­tional ed­u­ca­tion for each of ISKL’s stu­dents.

The cam­pus is only 3km from KLCC, with a ded­i­cated ISKL bus ser­vice that en­sures the school is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from wher­ever you live in Kuala Lumpur. The cam­pus is set on 25 acres (10.1ha) of land, giv­ing our stu­dents out­door and in­door spa­ces.

We have cre­ated a tech­nol­o­gyrich learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment adorned with lead­ing-edge sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy lab­o­ra­to­ries, a per­form­ing arts cen­tre en­com­pass­ing four dis­tinct el­e­ments, in­door and out­door sports com­plexes, and a three-pool aquatic cen­tre.

What dif­fer­ence does be­ing a not-for-profit school make?

Ev­ery cent goes di­rectly into en­hanced learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents. There is trans­parency on how and where school fees are be­ing spent.

We hire the best ed­u­ca­tors. We are blessed with a phe­nom­e­nal ISKL com­mu­nity and I be­lieve be­ing not-for-profit has a huge im­pact, strength­en­ing that es­sen­tial part­ner­ship be­tween school and fam­ily.

What is your ad­vice on choos­ing the right school for your child?

Choos­ing the right school is about find­ing the en­vi­ron­ment that best fits your child to en­able him to reach his po­ten­tial and long-term goals.

Choos­ing a school that pro­vides stu­dents with aca­demic op­tions, such as the IB, Ad­vanced Place­ment (AP) cour­ses or an in­di­vid­u­ally tai­lored com­bi­na­tion of both, can broaden your child's univer­sity op­tions, from the United King­dom or Europe to the United States, Canada, Aus­tralia and Hong Kong.

Our mis­sion is to pro­vide an

ISKL con­sis­tently de­liv­ers a world­class cur­ricu­lum and pro­grammes that en­able each stu­dent to max­imise his or her po­ten­tial.

ex­cep­tional ed­u­ca­tion that chal­lenges each stu­dent to de­velop the at­ti­tudes, skills, knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing to be­come a highly suc­cess­ful cit­i­zen.

What is next for grad­u­at­ing ISKL stu­dents?

The Class of 2017 has just grad­u­ated with 380 univer­sity ac­cep­tances. Th­ese in­clude of­fers from the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge, Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh, Brown Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, Univer­sity of Chicago, Univer­sity of Toronto and Univer­sity of Mel­bourne.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-4295 5600 or visit www.iskl.edu.my.

Hud­son be­lieves that teach­ing chil­dren the right cur­ricu­lum helps them in se­cur­ing places at top uni­ver­si­ties.

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