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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 Coeducational Day & Boarding
Founded 1955
Status Private
Principal Mr Giles Mongare
Date Appointed January 2018
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 4-18
Number of pupils 710
Day fees per annum RM33,400 - RM54,250
Boarding fees per annum RM46,400 - RM48,800
Average Class Size 18-22 (Max 24)
Teacher/Pupil ratio Approx 1:9
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Geneva Robinson
PYP Coordinator Zita Joyce

The International School of Penang (Uplands) is a non-profit, co-educational Reception to Primary and Secondary School (Reception, Year 1 to Year 13) 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 its establishment in 1955 on Penang Hill and a later move to the present modern campus in Batu Feringgi, Uplands has strived to embody a caring community; a school where both international and Malaysian students are happy to learn. Our motto: 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 teamwork, self-confidence and all-roundedness. 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.

The International School of Penang (Uplands) is an IB World School, which is recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and permitted to admit both foreign and local students. Uplands is accredited by The Council of International Schools (CIS) and a member of:

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

The School is approved to offer external examinations by The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), Cambridge Assessment International Education and Edexcel International Examinations. The School received an award from the Malaysian Ministry of Education in June 2003, recognising it as one of the leading international schools in the nation.

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

Student support services are also on deck including career counsellors, learning support, and school counsellors. Student are able to engage in a wide variety of extracurricular activities such as basketball, tennis, football, touch rugby, athletics, chamber orchestra, chess, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese zither, environmental film, Japanese tea ceremony, karate, taekwondo, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), gymnastics, yoga, Malay dance, Model United Nations, Rock & Jazz band and swimming among many others.