FEES AND PAYMENTS
Once the decision has been made to send your child to an international or private school, the next steps will be exciting, stressful and even a little confusing!
ince 2012, the number of international schools in Malaysia has increased by 75% and there are now over 170 English-medium schools in the country with more planned over the next few years.There are many factors to consider before making a decision about which school to send your child to, from curriculum and location to facilities and academic record. But the most important and the one that will ultimately decide where, when and why you send your child to an international school comes down to dollars and cents – and where it all goes.
International schools are judged on the fees they charge as the common thought is that the more you pay, the more prestigious the school.With some of the established schools, this is the case. Not everyone can or wants to pay these high fees and with so much competition, it pays to look around and compare especially if you have more than one child. Visit several schools, ask many questions, and make informed comparisons and decisions when considering how much you want to invest into your child’s education. Be aware that international schools will assess your child according to their age to ensure their educational needs will be met.
These schools are run by either a Board / Council of Governors (not-for-profit) or Board of Directors (for profit business). In both cases, these boards are in charge of overseeing every aspect of how the school is run from financial performance and staff hires to day-to-day management and most importantly, ensuring your children receive the level of education you paid for.
Fees and payments explained
Application / Registration fee: a non-refundable fee payable upon submission of an application. Some schools charge an application fee and a registration fee as two separate payments.
Enrolment fee: non-refundable fee paid upon acceptance.
Deposit: this refundable deposit is based on which year group your child enters, i.e. the younger they are, the less it is. Be aware that this needs to be topped up annually and with some schools, when transitioning from primary to secondary school.
Tuition fees: billed every term or semester and includes books, resources and materials. Uniforms, bus services, certain school trips, exam fees, specific extracurricular activities and excursions, and sports trips are charged separately. Some schools provide laptops or tablets,
nternational schools are accredited by local, regional and international boards, and are associated with various educational organisations.This ensures standards, procedures, exams, curriculums, extra-curricular activities, sports and events are regulated and planned according to specific directives.
AIMS: Association of International Malaysian Schools – a non-profit membership organisation focused on the development of international education in Malaysia. Objectives include encouraging links between member schools, improving educational standards and providing a channel of communication between schools and the Ministry of Education / state education offices.
AP: Advanced Placement – examinations administered by the College Board (US) based on a more demanding curriculum equivalent to university core courses. Helps to boost a student’s GPA (grade point average) and ensures a place at a top-tier university.
ASIC: Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities – a non-governmental process recognising international schools that satisfy quality standards.
CIE: Cambridge International
Examinations – the world’s largest provider of international education programmes for students aged five to 19 leading to qualifications including IGCSE, O Levels, AS Levels and A Levels.
CIS: Council of International Schools – a global non-profit membership community (over 1,300 institutions in over 120 countries) working towards improving international education through professional services.
COBIS: Council of British International Schools – a global membership association providing quality assurance and access to British education developments as