Parents today demand quality education for their children. This has given rise to the establishment of numerous premier private schools in Malaysia. Those looking for world-class American education will be pleased to welcome the prestigious Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, which is set to open the doors of its campus in Forest City, Johor, come August. Hailing from Faribault in Minnesota, USA, this top boarding school brings with it a 160-year legacy as well as a rigorous academic curriculum enhanced by acclaimed bespoke programs.

As the school’s first global campus in Southeast Asia, the establishment of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Forest City, is in line with the Malaysian government’s efforts to provide access to quality education of international standard, as set out in the Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2025). Thanks to its rich heritage and expertise that has been honed for over one-and-a-half centuries, the school has gained a solid reputation for its tradition of educational excellence. It offers a well-rounded educational approach, which aims not just to prepare students for academic achievements but also real life after that. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) becomes a key focus, complemented by robust offerings of the arts and athletics.

The school is segmented into four divisions with every stage using age and developmentally appropriate approaches to cater to the diverse needs of the children. The Early Childhood program allows the child to cultivate their social and academic skills whilst engaging in imaginative play. In Elementary School, literacy and numeracy are given emphasis. “First, we provide a strong foundation in English and Math. Second, we encourage practical innovation and creative thought,” explained Mr. Wayne Burnett, who is the Principal of the Elementary School.

At Middle School level, students are equipped with the ability to explore diverse opportunities around them. According to the Middle School Principal, Ms. Suzanne Herbert, the school’s highly engaging academic and co-curricular programs nurture the development of intellectual, social, emotional and physical abilities among the students. High School students, meanwhile, will be prepared for their transition into adulthood. The unique programs offered at this stage include its ScholarShift® program, which prepares students for self-directed learning as well as arming them with 21st century skills for college and beyond; weCreate® that stresses on creativity, collaboration and innovation; and Centers of Excellence that encourage students to explore their passions in the arts and athletics.

Another key aspect that distinguishes Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Forest City, from other private schools in the country is that it is helmed by 100% academic leaders from the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, all of whom are highly trained to facilitate the highest standards of learning among the children.

The boarding facilities at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Forest City, offer students the opportunity to be empowered to cultivate their independence in a safe space under the guidance of their dorm parents. With help easily available and fewer distractions along the way, they can focus more on their studies. They will be able to mix around with people from various cultural backgrounds and foster lifelong friendships as well.

Set against a lavish backdrop of grand buildings and landscaped surroundings, the approximately RM1billion campus of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Forest City, is equipped with a range of state-of-the-art facilities, which include a fully equipped theater, dance studios, kiln rooms, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a sports field and a two-story customized weCreate laboratory featuring studios for video editing, lighting and animation, writing, fashion design, graphic design, e-design, architecture, music editing and recording, performance, digital photography and more.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Forest City, is undoubtedly set to make an indelible mark in Malaysia’s education scene as a premier private school that truly prepares your child for higher education and real life beyond.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Forest City, is the first educational institution in Forest City, a futuristic smart city comprising four man-made islands in the south of Peninsular Malaysia. Registration for its Fall 2018 intake in August is currently ongoing. The school is expected to welcome around 150 pioneering students – ranging from pre-school to high school – then.

To find out more about Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Forest City, visit or call (+6019) 7302021.