At Kinabalu International School we base our academic programme on the National Curriculum of England and Wales with adaptations to reflect our status as an International School in South East Asia.

A thriving playgroup, ‘First Steps @ KIS’ with a limited number of places, provides an interactive introduction to schooling for children from the age of 12 months, accompanied by parents.

Classes range from our Foundation One class for three year olds, through to Year 13 for eighteen year olds, when students complete their A Level exams before going on to colleges and universities in Malaysia or abroad.

Making learning enjoyable

The school has a clear commitment to making learning an enjoyable experience and regular student and parent surveys support the school’s belief that we are successful in this aim. Students are encouraged to

  • take responsibility for their own learning,
  • be self-motivated
  • develop enquiring minds and
  • develop sound work habits.

At KIS we believe in developing the whole child by addressing the intellectual, emotional, social, creative, linguistic, cultural, moral, aesthetic and physical needs of each student.


Curriculum based on British and internationally accepted standards

Teachers in the Foundation Stage through to the end of Key Stage 3 base their planning on the QCA schemes of work produced to support the National Curriculum of England and Wales.

In Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, students follow a programme published by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in England leading to IGCSE examinations at the end of Year 11 and A Levels at the end of Year 13.

While the skill base and expected levels of understanding that are expected of Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students are still based upon the ‘Level Descriptors’ found within the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the syllabus has a more international content. This is particularly evident in subjects such as History and Geography where world History and Geographical issues are emphasised, as opposed to strictly British ones.


Low student teacher ratios and excellent resources

KIS is committed to maintaining low student to teacher ratios in each year group and all Primary classes have teaching assistants working in them to support the curriculum.

All funds generated from school fees are put directly back into the school and accordingly KIS is fortunate that it possesses very good resources and teaching materials to support the curriculum across all general class and specialist subject areas.

Computer suites, science laboratories, a music room and an art room all support specialist lessons throughout the school, which also boasts a wide range of sports facilities and resources including both indoor and outdoor basketball courts and a grass soccer field.

The Primary and Secondary School Libraries have an impressive range of books that are regularly updated. All students follow a Library Skills programme as part of their curriculum that allows them to make best use of the support resources on offer.

Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and the school has over one hundred networked computers to support learning. KIS was one of the first schools in Malaysia to pioneer the use of I-Pads to support learning in the classroom.

Field Trips

At Kinabalu International School we recognise the importance of breadth in the education of our students and therefore we encourage school trips and out of school activities which we see as providing essential opportunities to support our education programme and our school mission statement.

The health and safety of our students is also a prime concern and thus we recognise the need to balance the benefits of school trips with clear and transparent guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

We encourage staff to plan visits for their students as part of their academic and social progamme and incorporate these into their long term plans for the school year.