Why is SISM’s education system unique?
SISM is the first international school based on the Soka humanistic values offering the IGSCE and IB curriculums. Embodying the founding principles, vision and mission of the school, SISM aims to foster a continuous stream of global citizens – rich in humanity and intellect.
Recognising each student’s unique capacity to learn, grow and create value, SISM provides an innovative curriculum and co-curricular programme to nurture every student’s potential. To equip our students with not only knowledge but also wisdom, courage and compassion to make meaningful contributions to society and humanity at large.
What is the profile of the academic team at SISM?
SISM’s academic team consists of highly experienced and dedicated faculty from overseas and within Malaysia to enable each student to manifest their highest potential and become truly happy. The academic team and staff at SISM all practice the humanistic value-creating philosophy of Soka Education in which the happiness of the learner is paramount.
Is SISM affiliated to other Soka schools and universities overseas?
Yes, SISM is part of the Soka education system which consists of Soka schools in Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia as well as universities in Japan and the United States of America. SISM will have an exchange programme with other Soka institutions for the benefit of the students.
SISM Academic Information
Who can apply for admission to SISM for the 2023 batch?
SISM is scheduled to open in August 2023 and in the first year we will open admission to Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9** only. Higher grades and more classes will be added in subsequent years.
Please refer to the chart below for admission details:
|Enrolment Year||Year Grade Placement||Recommended Age|
|2023||Year 7 – Year 9**||11 – 15|
|2024*||Year 7 – Year 10||11 – 16|
|2025*||Year 7 – Year 11||11 – 17|
|2026*||Year 7 – Year 11,|
A Level / IBDP (Year 12)
|11 – 18|
|2027*||Year 7 – Year 11,|
A Level / IBDP (Year 12 & 13)
|11 – 19|
*Admission to Year 7 and above is dependent on the availability of seats in the corresponding academic year and meeting the admission requirements. It is subject to an interview and assessment conducted by SISM’s admission panel.
**only limited seats available for Year 9
What are the admission requirements for SISM?
Learners need to have completed a minimum number of schooling years and also be proficient in English. Please click here for more details.
What is the medium of instruction in SISM?
SISM is an international school committed to fostering global citizens and English is the medium of instruction. This means classes (except foreign language classes) will be conducted in English language.
What is SISM’s academic calendar like?
SISM has three terms in an academic year, commencing in August and ending in early July the following year. Broadly, the terms are as follows:
- Term 1 – August to December
- Term 2 – January to April
- Term 3 – April to July
What is the English requirement to study at SISM?
SISM is committed to fostering global citizens and English is the medium of instruction. For students to be able to learn and participate in the activities successfully at SISM, it is important they have a good command of English. Therefore, at the time of admission, all students are required to sit for an English language proficiency test which SISM will arrange.
The minimum English language proficiency level required for application to SISM is shared in the table below:
|English Language Proficiency Test||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
** If you need more information, or if you have any concern about your child’s English proficiency, please use the contact form on this website, at https://sism.edu.my to contact us.
What are the school days/ hours like in SISM?
SISM follows the regular school days schedule in Malaysia, which is from Monday to Friday.
School hours at SISM are the same throughout the week i.e., 8.00am – 3.30pm (except when there are special events at the school)
After school activities will be from 4:00pm – 5:00pm during school days.
What is SISM’s Teaching Approach?
SISM follows a humanistic student-centred educational approach based on the (Soka) Value Creating philosophy. In this approach ‘the happiness of the learner’ is the main focus. It aims to stimulate and encourage the flowering of each student’s unique creative potential to bloom to its fullest, empowering them to be genuine learners and future-ready global citizens.
What is the class size?
SISM is committed to providing personalised learning and individual attention to each student through small sized classrooms of maximum 20 students.
Is Bahasa Melayu compulsory for Malaysian students?
Yes. Based on the guidelines given by the Malaysian Ministry of Education it is mandatory for all Malaysian students to learn Bahasa Melayu.
Does the school provide boarding?
Yes. SISM provides two types of boarding facilities to our students:
- Full boarding
- Weekday boarding (5 nights stay).
SISM provides a variety of facilities to allow our boarders to feel at home. Students are encouraged to participate in activities beyond schoolwork with other boarders from across the world, enabling them to forge networks of friendship. Live-in House Masters and Resident Executives will provide a high degree of pastoral care, looking after the welfare of each student. The boarding house will also be equipped with high security services around the clock to ensure everyone’s safety.
Is there a school nurse on the premises?
Yes. At SISM, the health and well-being of our students are our priority. An on-site qualified nurse is available to manage and assess any health issues that may arise during and after school hours (for boarders). The school clinic is equipped with the basic facilities to address our students’ needs.
What is the uniqueness of Malaysia?
Malaysia is a unique nation that is multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religion with a population of about 32.8 million people. With its harmonious blend of ethnic diversity and culture, living in Malaysia is definitely a wonderful experience for all foreigners.
Multi-ethnic Malaysia has a tropical climate, with sunshine almost 365 days a year. This makes the country a haven for nature enthusiasts. Having been for decades a leader in industrial growth and political stability, Malaysia is also one of the top destinations for those seeking internationally-recognised education. Boasting highly-ranked universities, the Ministry of Education maintains Malaysia’s high standards in keeping with education sectors around the region. The government also grooms top talent through public and private tertiary level institutions as well as accredited skill centres, resulting in the country being a global leader in key industries.
In addition to being at the forefront of quality education, its affordable, cosmopolitan cities provide rich cultural immersion and memories that can last a lifetime. Having the capital city of Kuala Lumpur ranked as the second most affordable student city has no doubt helped.
In Malaysia, experiences, lasting friendships and opportunities are abundant. Education in Malaysia will provide you with the tools to kickstart your future.