Wednesday, 31 August 2016

5 Most Expensive International Schools In The Klang Valley

To ensure their children remain competitive in the increasingly borderless world, more and more Malaysian parents are opting for international and private education for their children. However, these schools do not come for cheap.
In 2012, the Malaysian government has eliminated the quota for Malaysian enrolment at international schools. Due to the quota and the lack of affordable options, only selected affluent Malaysians could afford to send their children to these schools previously.
The 2012 decision to remove the quota has opened the floodgates and more international schools are mushrooming all over the country. According to the latest data by the International School Consultancy Group (ISC), a UK-based organisation, there are currently 99 English-medium international schools in the country, with a total of 39,460 students.
The market has been growing at a rate of 19% per annum for the past five years, and it is showing no signs of stagnation.
Based on latest findings, 40% of the students in these premium schools are local Malaysians, 9% British, 6% South Korean and 4% American.
How expensive are these premium schools really? We have collated the top 5 most expensive international schools in the country and this is how much you will have to fork out to send your child to these schools from nursery all the way till graduation:

1. Mont’Kiara International School (M’KIS)

Located in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Mont’Kiara International School (M’KIS) offers North American curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten through Year 12. Balancing academics and life skills, M’KIS emphasizes on the Expected School Wide Learning Results concept. There is a focus on vital academic skills such as communication, critical thinking, technological literacy, numerical literacy and independent learning.
The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the International Baccalaureate Organization.
The school is also catered for students with mild learning disabilities, physiological conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), significant lags in an academic skill area, or other circumstance that results in the need for regular weekly support are supported through the auspices of their Learning Assistance programme for Grades 1-12.

How much do you need to pay to enroll your kids to this premium institution?

  • The English Language Learner (ELL) Assessment Fee is RM1,000.00. The ELL Assessment Fee applies to new students whose linguistic backgrounds are judged by the Admissions Department as being in need of further objective validation by M’KIS academic team.

  • Academic Assessment Fees: Students who are returning will be assessed and the assessment fee is RM4,000.00 per year. This assessment fee is not refundable.

  • School supplies from Kindergarten Preparatory to Grade 5 will be provided.

  • Surcharge for Late Payment: A surcharge of five percent (5%) on unpaid tuition fees is applied for payments received fourteen (14) days after semester has commenced.
  • Siblings Discount: Subsequent siblings of the first enrolled child, will only pay half of the initial registration fee of the first child.

  • For families enrolling more than two children, the second child will receive a five percent (5%) reduction in the tuition fee. The third child onwards will receive a ten percent (10%) reduction in the tuition fee.

Other information

From Preparatory to Grade 12: RM1,291,900

2. International School of Kuala Lumpur

International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has two campuses located in Ampang and Melawati. The first international school that offers American-based curriculum and programmed, it was established in 1965.
Well-known and reputable internationally, the school programme covers Elementary School (Pre-reception through Grade 5), Middle School (Grade 6 through Grade 8 ) and High School (Grade 9 through Grade 12).
The school balances academics with co-curricular such as social, emotional and moral development.
Here is how much it cost to send you child to ISKL:


Other information

From Prep Reception to Grade12: RM1,170,800

3. Garden International School (GIS)

Garden International School (GIS), located in the suburb of Mont Kiara was established in 1951. Like BSKL, GIS adopts the British education system for expatriate and local community in Kuala Lumpur. The school has two campuses, one located in Kuala Lumpur and the other in Kuantan. In total, there are more than 2,100 students enrolled, representing over 60 nationalities.

Each campus has different fee structures. For this article, we consider the fee structure of the Kuala Lumpur campus.
Known as the largest private, co-educational, international school in Malaysia, the institution is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). Education at GIS focuses in developing adaptable lifelong learner, active citizens, effective contributors, resilient individuals, independent enquirers and creative thinkers.
An all-rounder education doesn’t come for cheap. Here’s how much you will need to fork out to send your child to GIS:

  • Deposit is equivalent to 1 semester of the school fee. The amount is to be topped up as school fees increase according to grade level. Security deposit is refundable provided the School receives at least one full academic semester notice of withdrawal of the child.

  • Re-entry fee: RM2,000 for students who left and are re-admitted within a period of 1 Academic Year.

Other information

From Nursery to Year 13: RM1,118,160

4. The British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL)

The British International School of Kuala Lumpur adopts the National Curriculum of England, also known as UK Curriculum. For parents, especially expatriates from the UK or other countries who adopt the same education system, this will be the good school to enroll your child.
In the British education system, year groups are divided into Early Years (Nursery and Reception) for age three to five, Primary (Years 1 to 6) for age five to 11, and Secondary (Years 7 to 13) for age 11 to 18.
However, this school cost significantly more than other international schools in the country. Studying at the BSKL from the young age of three to Year 13, will easily cost you more than RM1 million.
Here is the breakdown of the fees:

  • Tuition Fees are paid termly. There are 3 terms in an academic year.

  • EAL Charge: RM5,000 per term for students who the school deems to require additional English support. This will continue each term until the school feels the student no longer needs the EAL support.

  • School Lunches: RM3,040 RM (Termly payment available).

  • Bus Service: RM5,020 per year (Termly payment available).

  • School Uniform: To be purchased at the school shop.

  • Early Notice Payback: The school will provide an Early Notice Payback of RM3,850 to every family that provides a THREE MONTH written notice before the child is to be withdrawn from the school, assuming that all outstanding fees are paid and all text/library books are returned.

Other information

From Nursery to Year 13: RM1,116,496

5. IGB International School (IGBIS)

Located in Sierramas and Valencia, Sungai Buloh, IGB International School (IGBIS) is one of the few premier co-educational international school that is authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program for Grades 11 and 12.

The school also offers IB Primary Years Program for three-year-olds through to Grade 5, and IB Middle Years Program for Grades 6 to 10, and the IB Career-related Certificate for Grades 11 and 12.
Established in 2014, the impressive institution offers state-of-the-art facilities for students that not only cater to them academically but also to fulfil their co-curricular needs.
How big a hole will this school burn in your pocket?

  • The Enrolment Fee of RM10,000 applies to students entering Early Years 1 and Early Years 2. However, this Fee will need to be topped up to RM25,000 when those students enter Kindergarten.

  • Any Deposit paid by the student, will only be refunded when a minimum of three months’ notice in writing from the parent/guardian is given to the Admissions Office informing the student’s intended withdrawal from IGBIS.

  • Miscellaneous Charges include school uniforms, information technology and software support, school camps and trips, some after school activities, IB examination fees (Grade 12), personal laptop computers (Grade 6 to 12), calculators, meals, transportation, and additional English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or Learning Support.

  • Tuition Fee is invoiced twice a year, approximately two months prior to the beginning of the next semester. There are two semesters per academic year, beginning in August and January.

  • ESOL or Learning Support Fee of RM5,000 per semester is chargeable to those students requiring ESOL support.
  • 5% discount is applicable for advance payment of the full amount of the total annual Tuition Fee. This discount is only applicable to students enrolled for the entire academic year.

  • Family (Sibling) Discount on the Tuition Fee is offered – 5% for 2nd sibling, and 10% for 3rd and subsequent siblings.
  • For 2015-16 enrolment, second child will receive additional 25% discount and 3rd and subsequent siblings will receive 50% discount.

Other information
From Early Years 1 to Grade 12: RM1,053,500

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