Choosing the Right School

Choosing the Right School - 5 Key Factors

Many parents are opting for an international school education because of concerns about the quality of education in the public school system. The increase in the number of international schools in the country is testament to a growing need. Parents looking for an international school for their children are now inundated with options. While there are a variety of considerations that may influence the decision making process, as a general rule, there are five key factors.



1. Fees

- Payment schedule is usually by term
- Non- refundable payments include Entrance Test, Application and Registration Fees
- Refundable payment includes security deposit which is usually one term’s written notice
- Other fees usually not included in Tuition Fees are textbooks, uniforms, stationeries and exercise books, sports, enrichment activities, resource fees, school trips, external exams


2. Curriculum

- Your first decision would be whether to pursue a local or international education
- The English National Curriculum leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a world-class curriculum used by schools across 160 countries and recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide
- Malaysia offers a wide variety of international schools, most popular being the British, American, Australian and International Baccalaureate schools. Here we provide an overview of the major curricula that are available in these schools.


3. School Reputation

“ Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin

- Testimonials
- Balance between academic and non-academic components of learning
- Academic Performance
- Structured platform to ensure effective delivery of curriculum
- Consistency and regularity of student assessments
- Communication of students’ progress with parents

4. Core Values and Learning Philosophy

“ Good leaders are made, not born” – Colin Powell

Look for a school that focuses not just on academic prowess but responsibility, perseverance, self-motivation, self-confidence, self-discipline, team play, leadership, organisational and time management skills, problem solving and communication skills as these are some of the most sought after skills at the workplace

4 Core Values
4 “Cs” – Character, Caring, Curious, Champion

a. Character of Principles
b. Caring People’s Leader
c. Curious Explorer
d. Champion of Potential

4 Key Skill Sets
a. Independent Learning
b. Employability
c. Financial Acumen
d. Practical Skills

5. Location

Most international schools do not provide school transportation for transporting students to and from school but you should be able to get a list of external transporters from the school administration. Find schools that are within one hour travelling time each way in order not to exhaust your child with the daily travelling distance. Ensure that any external transporters used will have facilities that are safe, reliable and affordable. Car-pooling with other parents living in the same area is another option to explore.