1. What curriculum does the School offer?
GIIS Kuala Lumpur Campus is the only school in Malaysia to offer two internationally acclaimed curricula -Cambridge IGCSE and the CBSE – i. GIIS KL also offers the Global Montessori Plus Programme at KG level.
2. What is the difference between CBSE-i and Cambridge Curriculum?
1. Indian Curriculum with international recognition
2. Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) to assess child's progress
3. CBSE is offered in 28 countries
4. There will be two exams conducted by the Board – Class 10 and Class 12 level
1. Oldest and internationally recognized curriculum from the U. K.
2. External validation like Primary Check point and Secondary School check point administered by Cambridge
3. Cambridge curriculum is offered in more than 150 countries
4. Two Check point examinations (optional) conducted by CIE at end of Year 6 and Year 9. Compulsory examination is conducted by CIE at the end of IGCSE (year 11) and A levels (2 years after completing IGCSE)
3. What are the age criteria for class KG and Class 1?
For K1: 3+ years as on 31st March of the relevant year.
For K2: 4+ years as on 31st March of the relevant year.
For Class 1 (CBSEi) : 5+ years as on 31st Mar of the relevant year.
For Class 1 (Cambridge) : 5+ years as on 31st Aug of the relevant year.
4. What are the school timings?
For Kindergarten : 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
For Classes 1 and above (CBSEi) : 7.40 am to 2.30 pm.
For Year 1 and above (Cambridge) : 8.00 am to 2.30 pm.
Students are advised to reach the School at least 10 minutes prior to School start.
5. What is the Nine Gems Model?
The Global School Nine Gems model is a proprietary model which is an integrated holistic approach to learning, balancing academics and experience, mental and physical development, fine arts and performing arts, language skills and creativity, personality development, ethics and entrepreneurship. The model facilitates all round development in every GIIS student, helping them reach their full potential while achieving desired academic laurels.
6. Will the School encourage Inter-house and Inter-school competitions?
GIIS has a host of activities as part of the Nine Gems Model, which facilitates holistic development. Inter-house, Inter-school and international level competitions will focus on bringing out the potential of every child.
7. Will the School take students for educational excursions?
Yes. Excursions and educational trips are a part of the active learning process in GIIS campuses. These are organised on a regular basis. Field trips are an integral part of learning at GIIS.
8. What Sports facilities will the School provide?
With a firm focus on holistic education, sports are an integral part of the curriculum at GIIS campuses. GIIS Kuala Lumpur Campus has facilities for table tennis, badminton, basketball etc., amongst others.
9. What is MYGIIS?
The School believes that parents should be as much a part of the learning process, as their children;the School's proprietary web-portal :MYGIIS (www.mygiis.org) helps parents stay updated with their child's progress at every step. Parents can interact online with GIIS teachers and administrators on their child's education. Details for accessing the portal will be provided by the School.
10. How often will there be PTMs?
There will be a Parent-Teacher Meeting once every term while distributing the achievement reports. However, whenever needed, parents can email the teacher using our intranet - MYGIIS or make an appointment to schedule a meeting with the teacher.
11. Does the School have a child counsellor? Does it cater to children with special needs?
The school does admit children with borderline learning needs and an in-house behavioural counsellor is available for addressing minor learning and behavioural needs.
12. Are there regular workshops and training for teachers at GIIS Kuala Lumpur Campus?
Teacher training is given a high degree of importance at all GIIS campuses and all teachers are provided a high standard of training every year.
13. Will the School celebrate all festivals?
As an International School, GIIS encourages students to understand and appreciate all cultures through regular activities and celebrations. All occasions of celebration are given equal importance without any discrimination.
14. What first aid will you provide in school in case of any casualty?
Upon admission, every parent must submit a duly filled in medical form available with school office.In keeping with international standards, an in-house qualified medical nurse is available throughout the school hours, to attend to all minor injuries and provides first-aid. For major emergencies, the student will be taken to the nearby hospital and parents will be informed simultaneously.
15. Do you provide transport for children?
Yes, the School provides transport through a vendor. The bus charges (depending on the Residence zone) need to be paid in addition to the school fees. The School provides flexibility in that the student can opt for a 1-way or 2-way bus facility.
16. Will day boarding facility be provided?
As of now, the School does not provide day boarding facilities.
17. Will meals be provided to children?
The School has a cafeteria, where one can buy food items, such snacks and drinks. The cafeteria provides both veg/non-veg items.
18. Is it a bag-less School?
Children need to carry books to the School as per the time table for the day. The School may retain some of the workbooks and notebooks of children, which they can carry home for the weekends or for home-based assignments.
19. Will children be given homework?
Home work is an integral part of the middle and senior school curriculum and serves to reinforce what has been taught in class. However in primary School curriculum, homework will be very minimal and non-stressful.
20. What is the School's policy on transfer between campuses (Inter-GIIS school transfer)?
If a student intends to transfer from other GIIS campuses worldwide to GIIS Kuala Lumpur campus, the student needs to appear for the Aptitude Assessment. The student will receive a 50% subsidy (if transferring within 2 years of leaving the former GIIS campus, else 25% subsidy will be applicable) on the Enrolment Fee, but will not be charged any Application Fee. Any other fees/documents required for admission will need to be paid/submitted.
21. What is the School's policy on transfer between from CBSE-i to Cambridge curriculum?
If any student intends to transfer from CBSE-i to Cambridge, the student needs to appear for the Aptitude Test but will not be charged any Application Fees. The student, however, needs to pay the difference in enrolment/term/deposit fees (between the CBSE-i and Cambridge curriculum) to confirm the transfer.
22. Does the School provide any discount for siblings?
A sibling subsidy of 25% on the tuition fee only will be given. No subsidy is given on any other fees.
23. What are the charges for late payment of fees?
A late payment fee will be charged if the School fees are not paid on or before the due date. Surcharges will be applied to all late payments and the school will not entertain any reasons for late payment. The surcharge will be:
- Within 15 days past the fees deadline - RM 20.00 PER DAY
- More than 15 days past the fees deadline - RM 50.00 PER DAY
- In case of late payment of fees, the following may apply (along with late payment charges), at the discretion of the School :
- Withholding of the student's results/report card/information regarding student's progress at GIIS.
- Thirty (30) days past fees submission deadline will attract the suspension of services offered by School to the student/parent, including but not limited to :
- Access to MYGIIS, the School's Student Management System
- Participation in any activity organized/facilitated/sponsored by the School.
- Disallowing student from attending School.
- Disallowing Transfer Certificate from being issued.
- Suspension of any Student Insurance claim being entertained by School to the appropriate Insurance Authority.
- Cancellation of student visa, if applicable
- In the event of the outstanding fee not being paid within 60 (calendar) days past fee deadline the student will be declared as 'non-valid student' and all services to student/parent will be terminated, in addition to point above.
- The School will exercise its discretion in allowing re-continuation of education services to the student in case of 'non-valid student' status. GIIS will treat the student as a fresh admission in case a re-continuation is permitted by the School authorities, and all fees/charges applicable to a fresh student will be imposed.
24. What are the documents required for admission?
- Copy of birth certificate (student)
- Copy of Transfer Certificate (student). For Class 9 and above, the Transfer Certificate needs to be endorsed by the respective Embassy/High Commission.
- Colour passport size Photographs (4 pc)
- Copy of IC/ Passport of the parent
- Copy of IC/ Passport of the student
- Copy of the work permit page of the parent
- Copy of academic or progress report from previous school attended
- Copy of Immunisation Record/Medical Record of the child
25. Does the fee include the cost of uniform and books?
No, the School will supply the school uniform and books at an additional cost.
26. Where is the School located?
Secondary & Cambridge
242, Lorong Abdul Samad, Brickfields,
Kuala Lumpur 50470
27. Has the School won any Education Excellence Awards?
GIIS is a proud winner of many National and International Awards for Excellence in School Education
FAQs – CBSE-i
1. When does the School's academic year start?
The academic year commences in April for CBSE-i.
2. What is the fee structure for the CBSE-i curriculum?
Please refer to the fee structure on - http://www.globalschoolsfoundation.org/globalschoolmalaysia/Admissions/CBSEiFeesStructure.aspx
3. How many terms will the School have?
There are three terms of four months each, for fee payment. For academic reporting, there are two terms in an academic year.
4. What is the structure of CBSE-i curriculum?
There are five learning areas in CBSE-i – Languages, Social Studies, Mathematics & Technology, Science and Physical Education & Performing Arts.
At the heart of the curriculum are the areas that incorporate Perspectives, Life Skills, SEWA (Social Empowerment through Work and Action) and Research.
5. What is the student-teacher ratio in the class?
The maximum number of students per class for all CBSE-i classes is 26. This number has been arrived at to ensure maximum student-teacher interaction.
FAQs – Cambridge
1. Is the Cambridge curriculum offered at all class levels?
The School currently offers the Cambridge curriculum from Class 1 to 9. Cambridge IGCSE will be offered at Class 10 & 11 from Sep 2013. Furthermore, the plan is to start the A-levels at Class 12 and 12+ (18 months programme) from Sep 2015.
2. When does the School's academic year start?
The academic year commences in September for the Cambridge curriculum.
3. What is the fee structure for the Cambridge curriculum?
Please refer to the fee structure on - http://www.globalschoolsfoundation.org/globalschoolmalaysia/Admissions/CambridgeFeesStructure.aspx
4. How many terms will the School have?
There are three terms of four months each for fee payment as well as for academic reporting,
5. What is the structure of the Cambridge curriculum?
Cambridge Curriculum is divided into three phases – CIPP, CLSP and IGCSE
The Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP), typically for 5 to 11 year olds, gives schools a curriculum framework to develop Mathematics, English and Science skills and knowledge in young children. Cambridge Primary Programme provides guidance for curriculum development and classroom teaching and learning. It enables teachers to assess childrens' learning as they progress.
The Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme (CLSP) is a framework for educational success for students who are approximately 11-14 years old and provides a teaching and learning platform for English, Maths and Science for the first years of Secondary Education. The Programme provides a bridge in learning between the Cambridge International Primary Programme and Cambridge IGCSE Courses.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world's most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. It develops successful students, giving them excellent preparation for their next steps in education, including progression to A and AS Level study, and equips them with skills for immediate employment. Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by universities and employers worldwide.
6. What will be the student-teacher ratio in the class?
The maximum number of students per class for all Cambridge classes is 20. This number has been arrived to ensure maximum student-teacher interaction and provide opportunities for peer-learning.