Unlocking your child’s potential: a guide to ISKL’s curriculum pathways

“Know yourself, care for all, and create a better world” is the standard set by ISKL for all students embarking upon an educational journey that takes on the path to global citizenship.

The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), one of the leading educational establishments in the world of international education, offers a solid international curriculum throughout all grades to support learning for all its students. ISKL curriculum and co-curricular program nurture every learner to discover and explore their abilities, interests, and aspirations. Based upon a North American framework, ISKL’s education adheres to global standards securing the skills, competencies, and passions for each student member to be equipped with a clear future pathway as global citizens. 

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ISKL’s teaching principles throughout all grades establish pathways that allow an educational yet practical experience to naturally develop a student’s critical thinking skills. The school believes this is integral to their success in embarking upon a successful and self-fulfilled future. From Elementary through to Middle and High School, the concept of international-mindedness is instilled, with all curriculum pathways enveloping the ability to leverage global opportunities.

Students embarking upon the ISKL High School Program have access to a range of high-quality educational options that offer choice and flexibility. They are encouraged to explore pathways that combine a wide range of subjects with a best-fit approach to their individual needs. The ultimate goal is a curriculum that helps them better understand their strengths and weaknesses alongside their role in creating a positive change in the world around them.

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ISKL has the longest-running International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in Malaysia, having been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to provide the IBDP to their students since 1989.  While it is a prestigious, internationally recognized curriculum, it is also rigorous and challenging in its approach to learning that enrolls students in committing to six varying subject areas over a 2 year period. It is considered by leading universities worldwide to be the cornerstone of academic success with the confidence of preparing students for life beyond the realms of school. ISKL’s ambitious results consistently outperform regional and worldwide averages with the IBDP, ranking in the top 10% of IB candidates worldwide, with over 20% exceeding 40 points to achieve strong academic status consequently.

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ISKL’s focus is, however, not merely on the esteemed IB Program but also the offerings of two innovative, equally respected study options – PRAXIS in Grade 9 and The Pursuits Program in Grade 11/12.  Both pathways focus on enhancing individual agency and talent growth in their chosen subjects as well as self-directed learning and development.

PRAXIS reimagines the ISKL school experience, opening minds to complex and real-world challenges in a future-ready learning environment. Students are empowered by mentors and guest speakers in their creative explorations and effective collaboration to problem solve. 

The Pursuits Program enables students to gain recognition for a target-specific area of study that represents career-related opportunities. The 2-year syllabus builds upon the three pillars of ‘area of distinction, self-directed learning, and pursuit practicum’ that draw upon the wide variety of course options available at ISKL. Students are facilitated to pursue their areas of talent, strength, and growth with the opportunity to personalize their learning experience. 

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Families interested in supporting their child’s future with an education at ISKL can gain a deeper understanding of the significance of the curriculum by accessing ISKL’s interactive eBook. It aims to provide families with valuable information about the high level of care given to each student and the unparalleled attention paid to their individual needs as they chart a course toward achieving their future aspirations. Get your personalized copy of Unpacking ISKL’s Curriculum: Learning Stories today.

Established in 1965, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has become known as a center of excellence in the world of international education. ISKL is a co-educational, private, non-profit school responsible for the learning journey of over 1,600 students aged 3-18 years representing more than 65 nationalities at its campus in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

ISKL offers a robust international curriculum which combines leading North American educational frameworks with global best practice.  The curriculum recognizes that students are on a lifelong learning journey and is driven by ISKL’s purpose to prepare our students for life itself, as we believe in the importance of helping students to shape their own paths, supporting them in discovering their passions, developing their competencies, and having an ethical impact on the world.

ISKL is accredited internationally through the Council of International Schools (CIS), and in the United States through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). There is a strong focus on service and sustainability across its divisions and is a member of the Eco-Schools organization and the Green Schools Alliance.

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