It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Kinabalu International School. KIS is a welcoming and family friendly school, where everybody is valued as an individual, where student learning is at the very heart of everything we do and where we aspire to nurture truly global citizens.

Established in 1973, KIS currently provides an education for students aged 3 years to 18 years old. We take pride in providing an education that develops all aspects of a student’s intellectual, physical, creative, social and moral character.

We recognise that each member of our community is unique and for us to be able to provide your child with the very best education, we need to be student-centred in our approach. We challenge each student to strive for personal and professional excellence in all that they do, so that they are well prepared for the challenges of tomorrow’s world. In the words of our School’s Mission:

“At Kinabalu International School we are dedicated to providing an excellent education in a caring, respectful environment, challenging students to achieve their full potential as successful global citizens.”

Our student body is comprised of over 30 different nationalities from around the world and our very capable and professional teaching staff represent nearly ten nationalities. Our educational programmes follow the English National Curriculum where students are supported and guided to develop their skills and knowledge. Leading to the Cambridge International IGCSE and A-Level examinations, our students are well-prepared to enter universities throughout the world.

As an international school located in the heart of Asia, we aim to provide a safe, inclusive and caring environment in which young people can learn to live and work together in a spirit of harmony and mutual respect. We encourage each student to play an active role in school life, both in and out of the classroom. We are fortunate to have a very supportive and interested parent body and we encourage open, two-way communication between home and school.

KIS is very proud to be a not for profit school, owned and operated by parents for the benefit of their children. The school is managed by a supportive and forward-thinking Board of Governors, which is elected annually by parents. In addition, we have a very active Parents and Teachers Association who organise and support many excellent KIS community events during the year and who also raise funds to help the development of our school.

We are proud of our school and of the achievements of the members of our school community, but we are not complacent. We seek to continuously improve the quality of our facilities and the educational programmes we offer to better serve our students’ learning and personal development.

I very much look forward to welcoming you to Kinabalu International School and would be delighted to show you around, so you can see for yourself what it is that makes KIS such a special place.

Dr Ian Gross, FCCT

Principal, Kinabalu International School