The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has been honored with this year’s Excellence in Education award at the Think Global People and Relocate award ceremony held in the UK on June 8, 2023. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding education and support to students and their families throughout their time at the school and is a testament to the quality of transition care provided by ISKL and the strength of its educational program.
“The Relocate Awards are renowned for innovation and pushing the boundaries,” said BBC broadcaster and BAFTA-nominated journalist, Ms. Jayne Constantinis who hosted the award ceremony alongside Ms. Fiona Murchie, founder of UK’s Relocate Global. Ms. Murchie commended the award recipients saying, “As well as striving for and achieving excellence, all our award winners are truly making a difference in people’s lives. We are so proud to be able to honour every one of them.”
ISKL’s incoming Director of Enrollment Management, Ms. Christina Decu was at the ceremony to receive the award. “It’s a great honor and fantastic to see ISKL being recognized in this way. Getting transition care right is so important. We know that for families relocating around the world, finding the best-fit school for their child and family can be one of the biggest stressors - joining a community like ISKL with its culture of inclusion, welcoming community, high-quality program and school-wide support helps make the mobility experience so much easier to navigate.”
The 2023 Awards took innovation as its over-arching theme with the aim of highlighting excellence and providing the framework for organizations of all sizes to demonstrate exciting and novel approaches that contribute to best practices in global mobility.
With a community of more than 1,600 students representing 70 nationalities, ISKL is well-versed in the importance of transition care for each of its stakeholder groups which include students, parents, internationally recruited teachers, and staff.
ISKL has curated a range of innovative resources for its prospective and current community members including a downloadable interactive Transition Pathways eBook, a dedicated Let’s Talk Transition webinar series featuring parents and students, as well as a range of transition workshops. ISKL’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) also plays an active role in fostering the school’s culture of inclusion with a calendar of community-building initiatives including its Adopt A Panther Parent program that connects new families with current parents to provide a supportive network.
Recognising every student learns differently, ISKL provides school-wide support for all students via its multidisciplinary Student Services team comprising counselors, psychologists, English as an additional language and learning resource specialists who work in tandem with classroom teachers. Elementary students have access to a dedicated in-house speech and language pathologist and ISKL’s innovative Life-Centered Education support service is available for students with more significant intellectual, learning, or developmental differences.
Language-specific hubs, multilingual workshops, parent-led English conversation classes, community ambassadors, cultural festivals and exchange clubs, and native-language speaker library initiatives are also available to support families.
Ms. Susan Li, a seasoned expatriate whose family joined ISKL last year, described their transition experience, “ISKL is our family’s fifth international school. I compare ISKL to a fine, well-oiled machine. From the start of the process with the incredible admissions team when we were applying for entry of our three high school and middle school children, ISKL has demonstrated the utmost professionalism, communication and a truly warm welcome, which we have not seen to this degree in our 15 years living overseas. The unconditional love, and support that is a paradigm of ISKL’s program for all of their students is apparent and our transition has been the smoothest transition yet. Our family is so fortunate to be a part of the ISKL family.”
Established in 1965, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has become known as a center of excellence in the world of international education. ISKL is a co-educational, private, non-profit school responsible for the learning journey of over 1,600 students aged 3-18 years representing more than 70 nationalities at its campus in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
ISKL offers a robust international curriculum that combines leading North American educational frameworks with global best practices. The curriculum recognizes that students are on a lifelong learning journey and is driven by ISKL’s purpose to prepare our students for life itself, as we believe in the importance of helping students to shape their own paths, supporting them in discovering their passions, developing their competencies, and having an ethical impact on the world.
ISKL is accredited internationally through the Council of International Schools (CIS), and in the United States through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ISKL has a strong focus on service and sustainability across its divisions and is a member of the Eco-Schools organization and the Green Schools Alliance.
Find out more about ISKL at www.iskl.edu.my