In­ter­na­tional school en­rol­ment process

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PAR­ENTS who are con­sid­er­ing send­ing their chil­dren to an in­ter­na­tional school should start the en­rol­ment process as early as pos­si­ble.

Sub­mit­ting an early ap­pli­ca­tion for their chil­dren in­creases the chances of be­ing ac­cepted as most in­ter­na­tional schools ad­mit stu­dents on a first-come, first-served ba­sis.

Par­ents should en­sure all ap­pli­ca­tion forms are filled out cor­rectly and sent to the school on time.

The forms are usu­ally avail­able for down­load on the school web­site. It is also im­por­tant for par­ents to com­pile all the nec­es­sary doc­u­ments that the school re­quires when sub­mit­ting their ap­pli­ca­tion.

The school will re­spond to an e-mail ac­knowl­edge­ment if an ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­fully sub­mit­ted.

Some schools may re­quire ap­pli­cants to un­der­take an ap­ti­tude test or in­ter­view to as­sess their aca­demic abil­i­ties and per­sonal qual­i­ties.

Suit­able fit

Once the ap­pli­ca­tion process is com­pleted, the school will take the time to re­view the child’s per­for­mance and de­cide whether he or she is a suit­able fit for the school.

An ap­pli­ca­tion is ei­ther suc­cess­ful, un­suc­cess­ful or kept on the wait­ing list.

Although in­ter­na­tional schools dif­fer from one an­other in many ways, the gen­eral en­rol­ment process for all in­ter­na­tional schools is sim­i­lar.

Since 2012, the Pri­vate & In­ter­na­tional School Fairs have helped many par­ents find the right school for their chil­dren.

Or­gan­ised by Mint Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, the fair has grown big­ger in terms of the num­ber of ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors each year.

It presents an op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to talk to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from schools all over Malaysia and learn more about an in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion in gen­eral.

In ad­di­tion to in­ter­na­tional schools, preschools and learn­ing cen­tres will also be ex­hibit­ing at the fair.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions such as The Na­tional Autism So­ci­ety of Malaysia (NASOM), Early Autism Project Malaysia and RC Deaf Mis­sions Malaysia will be present as well.

Vis­i­tors can also at­tend talks by pro­fes­sion­als in the in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion in­dus­try and gain knowl­edge on a va­ri­ety of topics re­lated to an in­ter­na­tional school ed­u­ca­tion.

The next Pri­vate & In­ter­na­tional School Fair will be held on June 17 and 18 (Satur­day and Sun­day), from 11am to 7pm at the Mid Val­ley Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

This is the 9th in­stal­ment of the fair in Kuala Lumpur and is ex­pected to be the best one yet.

Ac­cord­ing to Mint Com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-founder and di­rec­tor Nickie Yew, “We hope par­ents will ben­e­fit from the fair and find a school that fits their child’s needs as well as their own. The 9th Pri­vate & In­ter­na­tional School Fair will fea­ture lead­ing in­ter­na­tional schools from all over Malaysia.”

The ex­hibitors at the up­com­ing fair in­clude Dwi Emas In­ter­na­tional School, Ep­som Col­lege in Malaysia, GEMS In­ter­na­tional School, Kings­ley In­ter­na­tional School, R.E.A.L Schools, West­lake In­ter­na­tional School, Asia Pa­cific Schools, St Joseph’s In­sti­tu­tion In­ter­na­tional School, HELP In­ter­na­tional School, Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional School Malaysia and Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School.

The lat­est edi­tion of Ed­u­ca­tion Des­ti­na­tion Malaysia, a com­pre­hen­sive guide to in­ter­na­tional schools in the coun­try, will also be launched at the fair.

It con­tains de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on schools, use­ful ar­ti­cles and in­sight­ful ad­vice to help par­ents make im­por­tant de­ci­sions about their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

Vis­i­tors will be able to pur­chase the guide­book at a dis­counted price at the fair. Ad­mis­sion is free. Reg­is­ter on­line at www.pisf. asia to re­ceive up­dates about the event through e-mail.

■ For the com­plete list of ex­hibitors, log on to www. Pri­vateIn­ter­na­tion­alS­chool­fair. com.

We hope par­ents will ben­e­fit from the fair and find a school that fits their child’s needs as well as their own.

The Pri­vate & In­ter­na­tional School Fair presents an op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to talk to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from schools all over Malaysia and learn more about an in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion in gen­eral.

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