Penang is home to many cultural and gastronomic gems that are synonymous to the state. Located on the North-East of the Straits of Malacca, Penang consists of a total 1,408 square kilometers that includes the island and the mainland area of Seberang Prai. An industrial and commercial center of the north, the state is home to several well established International Schools, some of which are the earliest in the country.
Located in the heart of Bayan Lepas area, the Straits International School on Lilitan Sungai Tiram aims to develop a sense of community spirit clearly expressed in its motto – Not For You, Not For Me, But For Us. Its strategic location set near the Penang International Airport provides easy access to modern residential areas and only a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre [around 10km from Georgetown]. Boasting alongside its state-of-the-art security system, its newly renovated campus also housed a multi-purpose hall, swimming pool, science laboratories, 24-computer ICT suites, and a medical centre.
The International School of Penang (Uplands) is a nonprofit, co-educational Reception to Primary and Secondary School (Reception, Year 1 to Year 13) with boarding facilities, open to children aged 4 to 19 years old. Since being established in 1955 at the top of Penang Hill and now established in a modern campus in Batu Feringgi, it is a leading international school that offers the IB PYP, IB Diploma and IGCSE qualifications. It was awarded by the Malaysian Ministry of Education in 2003 recognising it as one of the leading international schools in Malaysia and is a member of the Boarding Schools' Association (BSA), The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA), and The Association of International Malaysian Schools (AIMS).
The Penang campus was built in 2011 and is fully integrated campus hosting both the British International and Malaysian Private Schools. It follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), National Curriculum for England (UK), IGCSE and A Level programmes, and the Malaysian Private School follows the Malaysian National Curriculum. It began life as a local kindergarten and a private school, with Tenby International School (TIS), Penang being established in 2007. Previously, it was known as Sekolah Sri Inai, renamed to Sekolah Sri Pinang after Tenby Educare took it over in 2005. In 2011, the school moved into its current location, a purpose-built campus conveniently located in Tanjung Bungah.
St Christopher’s International Primary School (SCIPS) was established in 1963 and now offers a nurturing environment for children aged between 3 and 11 years old. Offering a British-based curriculum, it hosts over 32 different nationalities with an enrolment of 580+ children maintaining the atmosphere of a relatively small international school. It is part of the FOBISIA, a regional federation established in 1988, that leads British international schools in Asia.
Nestled among greeneries next to a beautiful lake in the suburb of Bukit Jambul, Fairview International School is authorised to offer both Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme to learners aged 3 to 16. As a WWF certified Eco-School, the school promotes environmental friendliness and uphold a sustainable learning environment for all.
In 2000, Sri Pelita Primary began operations with an initial batch of 13 students. In 2001, it pioneered Sri Pelita Secondary with 25 students. Its mission is to go beyond IQ to multiple intelligences in developing the full potential in every child.
Opened in 2011, POWIIS has rapidly emerged as one of Malaysia's most impressive schools. The school was designed, built and equipped to provide a British education system, into an authentic Malaysian context. Providing a UK-based curriculum from IGCSE to A level qualifications, it is easily accessible to the Penang International Airport and the campus itself enjoys a unique rural location, in the new and developing township of Botanica CT.
One of the most beautiful locations in the world” is usually how people describe the campus of Dalat International School. Situated on beach front property on the tropical island of Penang, Malaysia, the campus offers breathtaking views of the sea and Malaysia’s outlying islands along the western coast. Since 1971 the Dalat school campus has been located on this 7.5 acre paradise that includes classrooms, administration, athletic and boarding facilities for the Dalat community. The campus enjoys the charm of many buildings constructed in the 1950’s as a British army retreat center.
One of the only international schools on this list that is not located on the island is the GEM International School Pearl City. Located at Simpang Ampat, all its programmes, starting with the Little GEMS (Early Years Foundation Stage or Kindergarten) programme through Primary and Secondary school phases, are based on the British International Curriculum that provides a detailed, robust, balanced and innovative blueprint for a child’s academic progression from the ages of 3 to 18. Alongside its British-based curriculum, it also provides Ministry of Education-directed programmes of study including Malay and Mandarin language classes and Malaysian Studies.