The process of choosing between an international school and a private school offering the national curriculum is quite exciting but it certainly comes with daunting challenges. Today’s parents are spoiled for choice but crippled at the thought of narrowing down their options because learning is not just about getting better academically but also socially, emotionally and more.
As a global network of schools, the International Schools Partnership (ISP) puts the child at the centre of every decision it makes. By joining any of the ISP schools, every family becomes part of a community which ensures fulfilling learning journeys that nurture each child holistically and enable them to be successful in the future.
Its growing number of 60 schools are located across the US, Canada, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Mexico and Peru. In total, ISP’s 7,500 educators are delivering various curricula to approximately 50,000 students across the globe. Malaysia itself is home to nine dynamic schools.
Tenby Schools history dates back to 1960, when it first opened as a kindergarten for British expatriate families in Ipoh. Today, it has solidified its reputation as one of the largest private international school groups in Southeast Asia with six purpose-built campuses throughout Peninsular Malaysia: Tenby Schools Ipoh, Tenby Schools Penang, Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park, Tenby Schools Setia Eco Gardens, Tenby International School Setia EcoHill, and Tenby International School Tropicana Aman.
Four of the six schools are hubs of excellence that give students the best of both worlds by operating a dual-stream system that lets the strengths of British international education shine. The combination has proven fruitful — evident through the fact that across campuses, diverse student bodies are living and learning in harmony in preparation to thrive in a globalised world.
“Tenby Schools has been an amazing experience, not just for our two sons, but also for us as parents,” says Cheng and Diane Lee, who chose the Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park campus for their sons. “We truly appreciate how the teachers impart good moral values and cultivate a growth mindset which is perfectly aligned to our parenting philosophy. We couldn’t be prouder to be part of the Tenby community.”
Asia Pacific Schools’ seven-acre campus sparks a similar sense of pride in families. It is one of the most renowned schools in the Klang Valley for its ability to develop well-rounded, confident individuals ready to face our world’s challenges head-on. The journey to nurturing skills for life is reflected in their British Curriculum, Malaysian National Curriculum, quality pastoral care, genuine relationships, Amazing Learning and unlimited access to cutting-edge technological tools. The collective experience has produced students with rigorous academic grounding, above-average grades, and skills for life to carry them through whatever the future may hold.
For families keen to allow their child to develop in their own unique way with an inclusive and supportive community, Straits International School Rawang or Straits International School Penang are great options. Both share a mission to help students grow into compassionate, well-balanced citizens. Of course, they are encouraged to achieve continued excellence in their pursuits as well. To achieve both feats, learners immerse themselves in a carefully designed curriculum based on British standards while engaging in hands-on service learning in their free time.
Pairing international curricula with Malaysian charm, these schools are equipping students with the courage to lead lives filled with exploration. In preparation, they are gaining a deeper understanding of real-world challenges, developing a wide range of skills, taking risks, and designing their own personalised academic journeys. ISP’s Amazing Learning experiences make this possible.
Across its schools, the International Schools Partnership group has developed a series of exciting programmes through the ISP International Learning Opportunities for Students (ILOS) that cater to the unique needs, passions and ambitions of each and every student.
The diverse ILOS programmes top up the curriculum and empower students to connect and build friendships with other ISP students from 60 schools in 17 countries around the world; gain knowledge and develop their understanding about different cultures and traditions so that they can be global citizens of tomorrow; and build confidence, teamwork, communication, problem solving and leadership skills to help set them up for success in the future.
ISP Future Pathways takes things a step further by being 100% committed to helping students reach their goals, get into their chosen university and succeed in their careers. From as young as five years old, students join the careers and guidance programme.
ISP Future Pathways is a road map to future readiness where every student will explore and discover interests and passions; receive personalised support from in-house counsellors and online platform Unifrog; listen, learn and be inspired by successful alumni; and gain access to keynote speakers from a variety of global industries.
The programme unlocks personalised support from in-house counsellors; access to Unifrog, an online platform for students to explore their interests; Personality Profiles based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®; Interest Profiles based on the Holland Code (RIASEC) Test; alumni success stories; the insights of keynote speakers from various industries; as well as countless opportunities to develop life competencies and career management skills alongside partner organisations and communities.
It’s little wonder why 100% of ISP students get into the universities of their dreams, locally or abroad. Some can be found at California State University, Aston University, the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter, RMIT University, and the University of Waikato, to name a few.