Frequently Asked Questions

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What ages does the Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) cater for?

We accept students from age 3 (Preparation) to age 18 (Year 12).  Students sit for the Higher School Certificate in Year 12.

What are the nationalities of the students at AISM?

We have 37 different nationalities amongst our students. 60% are expatriates, with half of those being are Australians and New Zealanders, and 40% are Malaysian.

What is different about the Australian Curriculum? 

The Australian Curriculum teaches children how to think, to analyse, to adapt and learn for themselves, both in and beyond the classroom. Your child is taught the skills to be an independent thinker, work collaboratively and take calculated risks. The Australian Curriculum is designed to help your child to succeed in the fast changing 21st Century.

In senior years, the Australian Curriculum focuses on providing a breadth of subjects to the students instead of just specialising in either Science or Arts, when most students are not ready to specialise. Research shows that employers and universities prefer students who have a broad range of skills, and the Australian curriculum has been developed with this in mind for your child’s academic and career success.

The curriculum at AISM is the Australian, New South Wales (NSW) Curriculum, a 13-year school curriculum starting in January and ending in December.

What type of assessment is required for admission and why? 

Once you have applied and received confirmation of a place at AISM, if your child is entering Years 1-11 they will need to complete an entrance assessment. This tests literacy and numeracy skills, and will confirm your child’s suitability for AISM and help identify special needs that may need support early on. This assessment can be completed online in our Admissions office or under supervision in your home country school.

Find out more about the application process.

What are the school hours? 

School starts at 8.50am and ends at 3.10pm. Co curricular activities run from 3.20pm to 4.20pm every day except on Fridays.

Our school playgrounds are supervised before school from 8.00am and after school, students who access the pick up area are supervised.

When are the holidays? 

Holidays operate according to the Australian, NSW school year. Term breaks are April (2 weeks), June (3 weeks), September (2 weeks) and December/January (6 weeks). The school observes major Malaysian public holidays.

Please see our school calendar for the holiday dates for this year or next year.

Can students enrol any time of the year? 

Yes. However, we encourage pre-registration so we can ensure availability of space for your child.

In which areas do most of the expatriate community at AISM reside? 

The majority of our expatriate families reside in the popular expatriate communities around Kuala Lumpur which include Bangsar, Ampang, Mont Kiara, Damansara, Country Heights, and neighbouring Gita Bayu.

Our Moving to Kuala Lumpur page has more information on popular areas for expatriates at our school.

Does the school provide transport services?

Bus services are available to and from Bangsar, Ampang, Mont Kiara, Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kiara Park, Section 16, Taman Desa, Seputeh, Subang, Country Heights and Gita Bayu. 

Find out more about our bus services

Are there bus services for students enrolled in co curricular activities? 

Yes, the school provides additional bus services for students involved in co curricular activities. 

Is there a dress code? 

Our students wear school uniforms which have slight variations to denote each school - Junior, Middle or Senior. They also wear sports uniforms for in school sports and physical education. Occasionally there are free dress days, where students can dress according to themes.

We believe uniforms are important to help create a sense of belonging and respect for the school and each other. 

How many students are there in each class? 

Although this varies depending on the year group, each class generally has an average of 20-25 students from Junior School onwards, but it can be lower in some cases. See our Early Learning Centre, Junior School and Middle and Senior School sections to see Year or School-specific information.

How many teachers does the school have and what are their nationalities and experience? 

The school has more than 50 teachers. They are qualified, Australian trained and experienced. We have specialist teachers in diverse subjects such as outdoor education, foreign languages, performing arts, music, visual arts and others. 

Find out more about our teachers’ experience and qualifications.

What is the best way for a parent to communicate with a teacher or the school?

The best way to communicate with teachers is via email, or you can make an appointment to meet the teacher through respective school’s administration assistant. If you have any issues or concerns, we always encourage parents to address them to the specific teacher directly, so that both you and the teacher can work together.

Our school sends out weekly emails and fortnightly newsletters to keep parents up to date with school activities and events. Each class also has a class parent or year level representative, depending on the year group, who helps the teacher communicate important notices to parents.

What foreign languages are offered at the school?

French, Spanish and Mandarin are available from Year 6 onwards.

For our Junior School students, we offer Bahasa Melayu from Foundation and Mandarin from Year 2 onwards.

Are boarding facilities available?

We do not offer boarding facilities at this point in time.

What is the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and will it be accepted in universities other than those in Australia? 

The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is an internationally recognized credential that allows entry into universities across the world. Our students have gained university places in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, United Kingdom, USA and many European countries.

The HSC includes award of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and direct articulation into Australian universities and other universities around the world.   

What facilities does the school have? 

Junior, Middle and Senior Schools are all on our one spacious, green campus in greater Kuala Lumpur, overlooking a lake.

Our Junior School is a 21st century learning environment, with open plan learning spaces, integrated digital learning with interactive whiteboards and iPad. Our school’s performing arts facilities are also in this building, including a purpose build theatre, music and music practice rooms, a dance room and drama rooms.

In the Middle & Senior School, the Careers & Senior Study Centre is an open learning, collaborative space with resources and facilities such as lap tops and charging stations for the use of senior students. 

Other facilities include a fully-equipped gymnasium, modern library, sports hall, basketball court, playgrounds, a 25-metre swimming pool, visual arts rooms, science laboratories, a cafeteria and our Cabarita café, learning support rooms, and a private counsellor area. For our school assemblies, awards nights, musicals and other big events, we have our auditorium equipped with high tech audio visual systems and a grand piano.  

ICT is integrated into our learning environment and our curriculum. Our facilities include virtual learning environments, electronic whiteboards in each classroom, iPads and Apple Mac labs. 

View our virtual tour or see pictures of our campus, or arrange a visit to AISM.

Which co curricular activities are offered at AISM? 

AISM offers a great variety of after school activities including: basketball, soccer, cricket, badminton, rugby, volleyball, softball, netball, touch football, swimming, ten pin bowling, rock climbing, yoga, duathlon, triathlon, athletics, martial arts, visual art and craft, choir, beginner band, instrumental academy, drama or musical productions, dance, engineering and ScienceWerkz. Academic programs including World Scholar’s Cup, Model United Nations, and KL Novel Knockout.

Most activities take place Monday to Thursday afternoons from 3.20pm to 4.20pm. A small number of co curricular activities are also offered in the mornings before school. These include our Barracudas swim squad and our run club.

Students in Year 2 and lower may attend Crèche while their older siblings are doing co curricular activities.

Find out more about our co curricular activities.

What type of food is available at the school cafeteria? 

Our students have a daily variety of meal choices which include Asian, Western and vegetarian cuisine. All meals are halal as required by the Malaysian government.

Find out more about our cafeteria and our cafe or download the current menu

Can my special needs child enrol into your school?

There is no special needs department in our school but we have learning support teachers to cater for students with mild learning needs, such as dyslexia and Asperger’s. Openings for children needing support are subject to the movement of existing students.  For details, please contact our admissions officer.

What is the school's approach to managing student welfare and behaviour?

Our approach to student wellbeing is based on the school’s core values of respecting and caring for each other, being dedicated to a culture of Excellence, openness in Communication, acting with Integrity, being Passionate in what we do and creating an Enjoyable environment. (R.E.C.I.P.E.).

The Student Code of Conduct has been developed to summarise our rules and expectations in accordance with our core values. The full student welfare policy is available on the Parent Portal.