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The International School of Penang (Uplands)

The International School of Penang (Uplands)

Jalan Sungai Satu, Batu Feringgi, 11100 Penang, Malaysia

+604 8819 777



The International School of Penang (Uplands)
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1955
Status Private
Acting Principal Emily Vallance
Date Appointed January 2018
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 4-18 years
Number of pupils 650
Day fees per annum RM20,000 - RM55,880
Boarding fees per annum RM47,790 - RM50,260
Average Class Size 18-22 (Max 24)
Teacher/Pupil ratio Approx 1:9
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Gregory Verdon
PYP Coordinator Maggie Dawson

The International School of Penang (Uplands) is a non-profit, co-educational Reception to Primary and Secondary School with boarding facilities, open to children aged 4 to 18 years old. It is one of the leading international schools in Malaysia, offering the IB PYP, IB Diploma and IGCSE qualifications.

Since being established in 1955 at the top of Penang Hill we are now established in a modern campus in Batu Feringgi. During our rich history, Uplands has strived to embody a caring community; a school where both international and Malaysian students are happy to learn in with our motto of Respect for Self. Respect for Others.

Students receive a wealth of quality education from an international teaching faculty as well as a range of sporting and extracurricular activities cultivating our values of respect, integrity, inquiry, diversity, collaboration, resilience and balance. Year upon year Uplands students have attained academic results that are consistently higher than global averages, with some achieving perfect scores in the IB Diploma pre-university course and receiving prestigious university scholarships.

Uplands is an IB World School, who are also recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and permitted to admit both foreign and local students. Continuing its long history of excellence in education, Uplands received accreditation by The Council of International Schools (CIS), a global organisation committed to ensuring high-quality international education. Uplands is also accredited by The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and a member of:

  • The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA);
  • The Association of International Malaysian Schools (AIMS);
  • The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA).

The School is approved to offer external examinations by The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel International Examinations.

Languages offered at the school are English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Spanish, French and German. School facilities include air-conditioned and well-resourced classrooms, 25 metre swimming pool, sports field, library, refectory, playground, basketball court, badminton court, IT resource centre, science laboratories, multi-purpose hall, audio/visual room, art rooms, music rooms, drama rooms, design technology workshops and world class boarding facilities. The campus is fully networked with wired and wireless access.

Student support services are also on deck including university guidance counsellors, learning support and school counsellors. Students are able to engage in a wide variety of extracurricular activities using our excellent campus facilities. The International School of Penang (Uplands) is proud to provide an environment for personal and academic challenge, helping our students to achieve, thrive and develop.