Heritage, re­sults and growth

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FOR over 50 years, the In­ter­na­tional School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has cham­pi­oned a holis­tic ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion and growth.

Firmly rooted in its char­ter as a non-profit, par­ent-owned and par­ent-gov­erned in­sti­tu­tion, ISKL is one of a few in­ter­na­tional schools in Kuala Lumpur whose sole pur­pose is to pro­vide an ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tional foun­da­tion for stu­dents.

In short, ISKL is built upon a legacy span­ning more than 50 years that shapes it as an in­sti­tu­tion of ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence.

Its heritage is ev­i­dent as the first fully ac­cred­ited in­ter­na­tional school in Malaysia.

Open­ing its doors to 48 stu­dents in Septem­ber 1965, ISKL’s first cam­pus was an old palace built in the 1920s by the Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor. The school’s growth has been con­sis­tent from day one, its en­rol­ments dou­bled within the first year.

Grow­ing de­mand over the years has also led to its ex­pan­sion into a larger fa­cil­ity now lo­cated in Am­pang Jaya and the devel­op­ment of the Melawati ele­men­tary cam­pus.

ISKL also en­joys the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first and long­est run­ning In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) Diploma pro­gramme in Malaysia. In ad­di­tion to this heritage, it op­er­ates on a “non-se­lec­tive” ba­sis, whereby any stu­dent can choose to take the IB Diploma course of study. This means that ISKL fac­ulty work ex­cep­tion­ally hard to en­sure that each stu­dent is men­tored and sup­ported through- out the rig­or­ous course of study.

De­spite of­fer­ing the pro­gramme on a non-se­lec­tive ba­sis, ISKL grad­u­ates 98% of all full IB diploma stu­dents.

Over the years, ISKL has de­liv­ered on the prom­ise of its mis­sion, to pro­vide “an ex­cep­tional ed­u­ca­tion that chal­lenges each stu­dent to de­velop the at­ti­tudes, skills, knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing to be­come highly suc­cess­ful, spir­ited, so­cially re­spon­si­ble global cit­i­zen”. To con­tinue to of­fer a world-class ed­u­ca­tion for sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions, the school has em­barked on an ag­gres­sive plan of growth, build­ing a new, top-notch ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

The new ISKL cam­pus, which is ex­pected to open in Au­gust 2018, will be set on about 25.7 acres (10.4ha) of land in Am­pang Hilir and will have fa­cil­i­ties that are unique and of world-class stan­dards. Dis­tin­guish­ing el­e­ments in­clude the cen­tre for per­form­ing arts, which con­sists of a 650-seat the­atre, con­cert recital hall, black box the­atre and atrium am­phithe­atre.

The new cam­pus will also be fur­nished with an aquat­ics com­plex that houses a 50m Olympic-size com­pe­ti­tion pool, a 25m daily ac­tiv­ity pool and a swim­ming pool for young learn­ers. Fur­ther­more, it will be the first Malaysian school de­signed to achieve plat­inum for the Green Build­ing In­dex (GBI) con­struc­tion sta­tus with en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able con­cepts. This design also in­cludes world-class sci­ence labs and class­rooms with flex­i­ble teach­ing spa­ces, two li­braries, gym­na­si­ums, tennis courts, reg­u­la­tion tracks and play­ing fields. With the new cam­pus, ISKL aims to con­tinue the heritage of ex­cep­tional in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion and a di­verse learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

ISKL in­vites you to come see for your­self why it is the in­ter­na­tional school of choice in Kuala Lumpur. For a start, come and ex­pe­ri­ence its ele­men­tary school Open Day on Feb 13 (Mon­day) at 10am at Melawati Cam­pus, Ta­man Melawati, Kuala Lumpur. This is an op­por­tu­nity not to be missed – get up close and per­sonal with the ele­men­tary school ed­u­ca­tors and learn­ers.

In ad­di­tion, IB In­for­ma­tion Ses­sion will take place at the Am­pang Cam­pus, Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama at 7.30pm on the same day.

You are in­vited to at­tend this ses­sion to bet­ter un­der­stand the IB pro­gramme.

Par­ents and Malaysian SPM 2016 stu­dents are wel­come to at­tend as well.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-4259 5600 or visit http://www.iskl.edu.my.

The new ISKL cam­pus, which is set to open in Au­gust 2018, will be equipped with fa­cil­i­ties that are unique and of world-class stan­dards.

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