Lately, I have been busy doing some research on some of the international schools. Although hubby and I are keen to send Gavin to Garden International School’s early learning center, we thought it would be good to have a back up school. I found an excellent list of international schools in Kuala Lumpur on @llo’ Expat Malaysia and Google Maps.
Based on location (proximity to where we live and relative ease of access), I had narrowed down the list of schools to the following:
Garden International School Kuala Lumpur
16 Jalan Kiara 3
Off Jalan Bukit Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur
T : (+603)6209 6888
F : (+603)6201 2468
W : www.gardenschool.edu.my
E : firstname.lastname@example.org
No. 261, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
T: (603) 4256 8781
F: (603) 4257 9464
British International School Kuala Lumpur
The British School, The Club, 1 Club Drive,
Bukit Utama, Bandar Utama,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 47800 Malaysia
Contact: Sook Ling
T: +6 03 7727 7775
F: +6 03 7722 1296
W : www.bskl.org.my
Armed with the following questions, I made appointments to to see each of the schools so I could decide which ones I would like to submit applications for Gavin to:
- Teaching philosophies
- Staff turnover
- Teaching staff qualifications
- Extra-curricular activities
- School campus facilities
- Class sizes
I have yet to see all of the schools, but two are already off the list:
- Mont’Kiara International School is currently not open to local students. It is uncertain whether they may change this policy next year.
- Sayfol has left a rather poor impression upon me. I called to speak to admissions and was referred to speak to Cecilia who was not in. I was told she would call me back but she never did. When I was in the area, I paid them an unannounced visit and was barked at by Cecilia. I don’t know if that is the way she normally speaks to everyone, but I certainly didn’t appreciate being spoken to in that manner. Based on what I saw of the school, I wasn’t particularly impressed by the campus facilities either. There were also two murky ponds located near the preschool/kindergarten building which looked like they could have been infested with the Aedes mosquito. Although we were told to come back to speak to the person in charge of the preschool and kindergarten admissions, I don’t think we’re going back.