Frequently Asked Questions
Are Boarding facilities available for students?
ISK does not currently offer boarding facilities.
When will my child take his O-level and A-level?
ISK follows an American curriculum and therefore does not offer O-level and A-level. In an American education system, students will advance through grade levels until they reach grade 12 and graduate with a High School Diploma at the age of 18.
Will my son/daughter be qualified to enter university after graduating with a High School Diploma?
ISK is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Most students graduating with an American High School Diploma are able to enter directly in the bachelor degree program of their choosing. Acceptance into university programs depends entirely on the individual entrance requirements of each university and the academic results of each student.
Will my child be able to enter university in countries other than the United states?
The ISK diploma is recognized in countries around the world. University entry requirements vary from university to university, and country to country. ISK's counseling department works with each student in selecting the proper program of study for high school (which may include SAT Subject tests or AP courses) that will make them qualified for entrance into the university of their choice.
Can a student enroll at any time of the year?
Students are eligible to enter Kindergarten (Elementary School) if they are five (5) years old on or before August 1 of the same academic year. Middle school students can enroll at any time of the year. High school students are not permitted to enroll within 20 school days of the end of the academic year.
Is testing required as part of the admission process?
No test is required for admission. After admission new students are assessed in reading, writing and math.
How is grade placement determined?
Grade placement is determined by age and previous academic record. In high school grade placement is determined by credits earned. Students must have their academic transcript reviewed for credit transfer. Students are placed in Grade 9 if they have less than 5 credits, Grade 10 if they have less than 10 credits, Grade 11 if they have less than 16 credits, or grade 12 if they have 16 or more credits. Students must be in attendance for one full academic year in order to graduate. Read more on Grade placement here – Placement Guide
Do you provide bus service for my child?
Bus services are available to and from various areas of Kuantan. We also provide bus service for students involved in after school activities. Read the School Services section of the website for more details.
Does the school have a dress code?
Yes. Detailed information on the school dress code can be found here - School Dress Code . Uniforms can be purchased at the school’s office from Monday to Friday during office hours (8.30 am to 5.00 pm).
What hours is school in session?
School hours are as follows:
Monday from 8.10 am to 2.15 pm
Tuesday – Thursday from 8.10 am to 3.00 pm
Friday from 8.10 am to 12.00 pm
How is the school year structured?
The school year is comprised of two semesters, August to December (Semester 1) and January to June (Semester 2).
When do I pay my child’s school fees?
Payment of fees should be made before the semester begins. An invoice will be issued to parents after which payment of fees detailed in the invoice needs to be paid before the beginning of a semester. According to the school policy, fees for students who withdraw from school after the date of issuance of an invoice are still required to be paid in full.
What payment methods can I use to pay the school fees?
Payment of fees can be made via cheque(s), online banking and telegraphic transfer. Payment of fees detailed in the invoice can be made to the school via cheque(s), online banking and telegraphic transfer. Parents are advised NOT to pay by cash unless absolutely unavoidable.
Why An American Curriculum?
Malaysia is a country in which the majority of private and international schools offer Cambridge based curriculums and ISK is one of only five schools that offer an American curriculum. Why is this you might ask? What does an American curriculum have to offer that is different from other curriculum?
The United States Department of Education states that their mission is to “promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access”1. Through adopting an American Curriculum since it was first established in 1996, ISK has endeavored to:
- Ensure that students learn to love learning
- Ensure that students learn, not for the sake of excelling in exams or through rote learning but learn to understand through application and critical thinking
- Instill students to think outside the box
- Encourage students to learn beyond the classroom and textbook through various activities and alternative resources
- Encourage students to be independent learners
- Monitor student’s academic progress via regular tests throughout the duration of their studies
- Fully prepare students for entrance into international universities
- Help students build self-confidence through being independent learners in preparation for the world after graduation
- Produce confident, resourceful and innovative individuals who will be winners in life
1US Department of Education, 2014. Web. 9 March 2014. www.ed.gov