M'KIS Admissions Process: Frequently Asked Questions 

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, our Admissions Team continues to offer all prospective families a personalized admissions process, from initial inquiry to enrollment and beyond. Our focus is meeting the needs of each child and each family that comes through our doors.

We do this by offering tailored virtual tours, a streamlined testing and orientation process, and flexibility to accommodate the needs of families both here in Malaysia and all over the world.  No matter where you are in your international school search, M’KIS is ready to provide the support families need as they make this important decision.  Please click this link for our online application page:  M'KIS Online Application.

To learn more about what makes M'KIS a unique community school with a world-class curriculum, explore our Prospectus, or contact our Admissions Team with your questions. 

You are also welcome to learn more via our Frequently Asked Questions below. 

What is the enrollment procedure at M'KIS?

Please refer to the Application Checklist.

Please click this link for our online application page: M'KIS Online Application.

What documents do I need to submit?

To best serve those interested in joining Mont'Kiara International School, we use a secure and convenient Online Application platform. You may also refer to our Application Checklist

Please select the appropriate button below to start a new application process or continue with a previous application.

Before starting a new application, we would recommend that you have the following items:

  • A scanned passport-sized photo of your child(ren)
  • Copies of the passport bio page for each student applying and both parents.
  • Copies of academic records (report cards, standardized testing results, and - if applicable - IEP/ILP) from the past three years, if relevant, for each student.
  • Copies of immunization records for your child(ren)

New Open Apply M'KIS Appliction
Existing Open Apply M'KIS Appliction

Should you have any questions in regards to the online application process, please contact our Admissions Team.

May we visit the school?

We actively encourage families to come for a tour. We schedule tours most days (excluding weekends and public holidays) during school hours. We do this to ensure prospective families see classrooms where students and teachers along with classroom assistants are fully engaged in the teachings. As we continue to navigate the challenges of Covid-19, we also offer virtual tours to prospective families. 

What does the admissions process look like during Covid-19?

Although this year has looked different than years past, our Admissions Team has continued to welcome and support students and families from across the world. From virtual tours to streamlined online testing, we are prepared to support families in a variety of circumstances.  To learn more about our Admissions process during Covid-19, please read our most recent Admissions blog.

Is M'KIS accredited?

We are authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB), accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), certified by the Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA), and licensed by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia (MOE).

How international is M'KIS?

We pride ourselves on being globally minded and internationally diverse. This is reflected with students and faculty representing 55+ nationalities.

What are the tuition fees and what is included?

Please visit our School Fees 2020-2021 page for more details. Should you require additional information about school fees, please contact Ms. Alice Tan, our School Fees Executive.

In Elementary School, all stationary and planned excursions are included in the tuition fees.

M'KIS does not ask for donations or contributions over and above the fees mentioned on our School Fees page. From time to time, parents and students may ask for voluntary donations or contributions towards charitable organizations which they support.

What English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs are offered?

Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten students are not engaged in formal EAL classes, but are immersed in a language rich environment in which they are exposed to and absorb language naturally.

In Grades 1-5, we have English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes for those students who are still learning English. Depending on the level of support needed, it may be in the EAL teacher's classroom and/or in the homeroom.

In Grades 6-10, we have English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes for those students who are still learning English. Support occurs in the EAL teacher's classroom.

What are the school hours?

The school day begins at 8:20am and ends at 1:30pm for Pre-K3 and Pre-K 4 students.

The school day begins at 8:20 am and ends at 3:00 for all students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

For students in Pre-K3 and Pre-K4, after school activities start at 1:30pm. For students in Kindergarten and above, after school activities start at 3:10pm.

How does the M'KIS school year run?

The M'KIS school year is August through June. Semester one runs August through December and semester two starts in January and concludes in June. In addition to observing various public holidays throughout the year, we have a week-long break in October, three weeks during December/January, and a week in March/April.

Does M'KIS require uniforms?

Our uniform consists of a polo shirt with the school logo and black shorts. Below is a list of the colors worn by our students:

  • Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and Kindergarten students wear yellow  
  • Elementary School students wear dark green
  • Middle School students wear dark grey
  • High School students wear white 
The vast majority of our students wear knee length shorts and a few choose to wear a skort. Upon request, students can special order trousers from the school store. 

For students wishing for increased modesty, they may wear a long sleeve t-shirt underneath their polo shirt (usually white) and a tudung (white or black).

What are the class sizes?

Our Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 classes are capped at 16. Each of our Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 classes have a full time Classroom Assistant.

Our Kindergarten classes are capped at 18. Each of our Kindergarten classes have a full time Classroom Assistant.

Our Grade 1 through Grade 5 classes are capped at 21.

How does the school lunch work?

All students may choose to have lunch from the Canteen or may bring lunch from home.

Students in Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten eat lunch with their classmates in our Early Childhood Education wing. Students in Grade 1 and above eat lunch in the Canteen.

For Elementary School students, lunch is served between 12:00 and 12:45. Students may select from a menu in advance.

For students in Middle and High School, lunch is from 12:45 - 1:30 and they select and pay accordingly. There is variety in terms of Asian and western options. There is always a vegetarian option for lunch and the meat is halal.

Is walking to school safe, and is there a school bus?

Mont Kiara is a very safe suburb. About 80% of our M’KIS community live within a ten minute walk of M’KIS. As with any country, however, families should be vigilant about their surroundings when walking in public areas.

We do have a school bus system providing transportation every day to other areas of KL. There are two late buses at 16.30 and 17.30 to accommodate students who are participating in after school activities and/or sports events. Details of the bus service can be found here.

Our buses are fitted with GPS tracking, internal and external cameras.

What languages are offered at M'KIS?

From Grade 1 onwards, students have the opportunity to choose a World Language. We offer French, Mandarin, and Spanish. In Grade 11, Bahasa is also an option as an IB ab initio class.

What IB Programmes are offered?

M'KIS is a full Continuum IB World School authorized to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP).

Does M'KIS have school visits & Open Days?

The M'KIS Admission Department strives to provide a smooth process for prospective families, from initial inquiry through to enrollment. We schedule appointments carefully so as to ensure that visiting families have sufficient time to see our whole school as well as specific classrooms relevant to the age of the child(ren) applying. We schedule appointments during the school day so that families can see the school in action.

Our tours generally last 60-90 minutes. For families with children in different grade levels/divisions, there is more to cover in terms of facilities and classroom visits. We also allow time after the tour to share the admissions process and answer any questions not covered during the tour.

We do host a number of Open Days throughout the year. Please visit our Open Day page to see details of the next open day.

What admissions assessments are required?

Students in our Pre-K3 do not have a formal assessment. Students in Pre-K4 & Kindergarten have a brief developmentally appropriate assessment. All students in Grade 1 and above sit an admissions assessment where reading, writing, and math is assessed. For those students still in the process of acquiring English, an English as an Additional Language (EAL) assessment is also given. English as an Additional Language (EAL) support is available up until Grade Ten for those students still in the process of acquiring English.

Prospective students for our Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and Kindergarten classes have a brief developmentally appropriate/school readiness assessment.

How do we prepare for the admissions assessments?

We do not provide examples of our admissions test. Our best advice for the admissions test is for our prospective students to have a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and to come to school with a positive mindset.

Does M'KIS accept admissions part way through the year?

As an international school, we are quite used to students joining part way through the year. We work hard to ensure a smooth transition so that students may settle well and then flourish in all respects.

What is the application deadline?

We do not have an application deadline, per se. However, we are mindful that some grades may be close to capacity. In the case of having more applicants than spaces available, we will then look at the date on which the application form was submitted and the application fee paid so as to determine priority.

How does M'KIS do grade level placement?

Grade level placement is based on various factors, including, but not limited to date of birth, previous grades completed, records/recommendation from previous school as well as assessment results.

As an international school, we have students coming from a variety of school systems whereby the age of enrollment and school years differ greatly. As such the guidelines we have for grade level placement, based on date of birth, are very much an initial guideline. Grade level placement is determined by a variety of factors including date of birth, grade level completed, report cards, recommendation forms, observations, and admissions screening results.

Our ultimate aim is to always place students in a grade whereby after a smooth transition they may settle well and then flourish in all respects.

Does M'KIS provide additional academic support?

We are able to support students who have mild learning differences, but do not have the facilities to support those who needs are in the moderate/severe range. For further details, please contact admissions directly.

How does M'KIS support the transition?

As an international school, we are quite used to a number of new students joining at the beginning of the school year as well as partway through the year. We work hard to ensure a smooth transition so that students may settle well and then flourish in all respects. We achieve this in various ways including the following:

We review all the application papers in advance of meeting with the family/doing the screening. The purpose of this is to give us time to ask for further information and/or clarification, if necessary, from the family.

We take our time to get to know students and families through the application process so as to put, if necessary, additional supports in place (the additional supports may be academic and/or related to social-emotional concerns, especially with the process of transition) in school or to simply give information about moving to KL and various activities/opportunities here (I have advised families in the last week about places to go horse riding in KL, a local market to buy indian vegetables not available in supermarkets here, after school dance options, as well as information about securing help in the home).

Once offered a place in our school and prior to the first day of school, a meeting is scheduled for the new student and family with our MS/HS counsellor. The purpose of this is twofold: (i) to do course selections for incoming student and (ii) to start to build a home-school partnership (families/students often share concerns regarding moving to a new school/country, especially if the first time overseas, as well as areas of strength).

We pair new students with a returning student to act as a buddy for the first few days to show to class and answer questions.