Kuala Lumpur

Schools and Education

Child-care and Preschool

Unlike in Europe or North America, day-care centers (where you can leave your child the whole day) are not common in Malaysia. However, they tend to become more common and new day-care centers are opened regularly. However, here are a lot of pre-schools that accept children as young as 18 months. Most expatriate neighbourhoods have at least one pre-school, many of which use the Montessori method. Have a walk or drive around to find them. A list of pre-schools can be found in the Inside Guide in the publications libary (requires log-in or request a copy through e-mail).


Kuala Lumpur has a variety of schools to choose from. There are many International Schools which follow international curriculum, both British and American. There are also a number of non-English language schools which follow their home country’s curriculum – i.e. The German School, Lycée Français and Japanese school.

All schools have very good websites and can send you a prospectus. Please note most schools have waiting lists, particularly for children for whom English is a second language. It is very important to make enquiries directly to the schools as early as possible after confirmation of your move to KL.

School fees vary considerably, if you are paying your own fees, schools can send you a schedule of their charges. If Shell is paying for your school fees there are still a number of expenses that you will be personally required to pay, for example part of the deposit, school uniforms, bus fares and school trips, check with your Transfer Advisor.

Note that there are no provisions for the education of special needs children in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the international school will provide support for mildly dyslexic children.

Schools are widespread and usually located near expatriate areas. Therefore, it is important to consider the locations of the schools when looking for housing. Please refer to the KL and Surroundings map to get a general perspective of the location of schools. Most schools provide bus services; your chosen school can send you a bus route schedule, which can be helpful when deciding where to live.

The majority of English speaking expat children attend Alice Smith School, The British International School of Kuala Lumpur, the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Mont Kiara International School or Garden International School. Other schools include ELC International School, Nexus International School,and International School at Parkcity. Epsom College, branch of the prestigious British school is due to open in September 2014.

This section is just an overview of schooling options in Kuala Lumpur. If you have further questions regarding schooling in KL please don’t hesitate to contact the Outpost KL Office. As schooling is an important issue parents may want to contact other families to get a better understanding about the different schools.

All expatriate children from Year Level 1 onwards (until they reach the age of 18) are required to obtain either a Student Pass or Permit to Study, which can be processed after the Dependent’s Visa is issued. To apply, you must obtain a letter from the school and contact Team Relocations to apply for this document.

A list of primary and secondary schools can be found in our Inside Guide (requires log-in or request a copy though e-mail)