- What is different about the Australian Curriculum?
Based on the New South Wales (NSW) Curriculum, we teach 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.
In senior years, the Australian Curriculum focuses on providing a breadth of subjects instead of just specialising in either Science or Arts. Research shows that employers and universities prefer students who have a broad range of skills. With this in mind, the Australian curriculum has been developed for your child’s academic and career success in the 21st Century.
- 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 (HSC) in Year 12, which is equivalent to Pre-University.
- What type of assessment is required for admission and why?
Once you have applied and received confirmation of a place at AISM, your child will need to complete an entrance assessment (Only for Years 1-11). Testing literacy and numeracy skills, this will confirm your child’s suitability for AISM while identifying special needs that may need support. 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.
- Can students enrol any time of the year?
Yes. However, we encourage pre-registration so we can ensure availability of space for your child.
- 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 School pages for more information.
- What are the school hours?
School Curriculum: 8.45am - 3.10pm, Mon-Fri
Co-curricular: 3.20pm - 4.20pm, Mon-Thu
Our school playgrounds are supervised from 8.00am onwards, before the school day begins. After school, the pick up area for students are supervised.
- When are the holidays?
Our holidays adhere to the Australian NSW school year calendar. Term breaks are April (2 weeks), June (3 weeks), September (2 weeks) and December/January (6 weeks). We also observe major Malaysian public holidays.
Please see our school calendar for the current holiday dates.
- What are the nationalities of the students at AISM?
We have over 26 nationalities represented at the school. About half are Malaysian, about one quarter are Australian and New Zealanders, and the rest come from around the world.
- In which areas do most of the expatriate community at AISM reside?
The majority of our families reside in the popular expatriate communities around Kuala Lumpur, such as Bangsar, Ampang, Mont Kiara, Damansara, Country Heights, and the neighbouring Gita Bayu.
Take a look at our Life in KL page has more information.
- 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 those involved in co-curricular activities.
- How many teachers does the school have and what are their nationalities and experience?
Our international 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.
Get to know our team, their 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. Alternatively, 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 who helps the teacher communicate important notices to parents.
- What is the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and will it be accepted in universities other than those in Australia?
It is an internationally recognised 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), providing direct articulation into Australian universities.
- 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.
- Which co-curricular activities are offered at AISM?
AISM offers a wide 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 programmes 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, such as 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 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 include a purpose built theatre, music practice rooms, drama rooms and a dance room.
In the Middle & Senior School, the Careers & Senior Study Centre is an open learning, collaborative space with resources and facilities such as laptops 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 with our own Cabarita café, learning support rooms, and a private counsellor area. For our school assemblies, awards nights, musicals and other big events, we have an auditorium equipped with high tech audio visual systems and a grand piano.
ICT is integrated into our learning environment and our curriculum. We have virtual learning environments, electronic whiteboards in each classroom, iPads and Apple Mac labs.
- Are boarding facilities available?
We offer boarding facilities.
Find out more about our boarding.
- 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 café.
- Is there a dress code?
Our students wear school uniforms with slight variations to denote the 3 different schools school. Sports uniforms are worn for 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.
- Can my special needs child enrol into your school?
There is no Special Needs department in our school. However, we have learning enrichment teachers to cater for students with mild learning needs where the school is able. Openings for children needing support are subject to the movement of existing students.
For more details, please contact our admissions officer.
- What is the school's approach to managing student welfare and behavior?
Our approach to student wellbeing is based on the school’s core values (R.E.C.I.P.E.)
- Respect and care for each other
- Dedication to a culture of Excellence
- Openness in Communication
- Acting with Integrity
- Passionate in what we do
- Creating an Enjoyable environment
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.
Changing to a new school can be overwhelming. To put your mind at ease, we have compiled all commonly asked questions to help with your needs.
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