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Straits International School (SIS Penang)

Straits International School (SIS Penang)

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Established in 2002, Straits International School is known for delivering an excellent level of education with a learning focus through the British Cambridge curriculum. With well-equipped facilities and accessible learning resources, children are encouraged to #GrowBeyond and are guided to learn and develop independently, facilitating their personal growth, and instilling in each of them a lifelong passion for learning.

Straits International School Penang offers children, aged 3 – 16 years, the best opportunity to experience international learning within a safe, engaging and happy learning environment with highly experienced educators who are committed to nurturing their young minds, encouraging them to never give up, challenging them to find the best solutions and celebrating their success when they are able to #GrowBeyond what they ever thought possible

Since 2021, the school is proud to be under the leadership and guidance of the International Schools Partnership (ISP) Malaysia to further establish the school’s independence and capability to expand on its strong foundation in excellent standards of learning & teaching.


To be respected and recognised for its standard of education by encouraging excellence in every aspect of the life of our community, and by supporting and nurturing each other to achieve that goal.

Towards actualising this vision, SIS endeavours to:

  • Create a positive and challenging collegiate atmosphere that gives staff and their department the time and support to excel in everything they do;
  • Become a centre of excellence for high quality pastoral care and academic support for all pupils;
  • Develop an innovative curriculum that challenges our brightest pupils whilst supporting and providing appropriate challenge to our weaker pupils;
  • Provide pupils and staff outstanding opportunities for leadership and service throughout our community;
  • Firmly establish our reputation as a centre of excellence for educating the whole child;
  • Develop a strong "Straits Community" with excellent communication systems that includes parents, students and teachers;
  • Create a learning environment that enhances opportunities for student progress;
  • Build the systems and policies required to ensure that future Straits International Schools can start with efficiency; and
  • Build capacity at all levels and in all areas to achieve these goals.


Straits International School aims to prepare our students to take up their places in an ever evolving and challenging world, striving for continuous excellence in their pursuits, but tempered with empathy for others. Students of Straits International School will leave the school with strong moral and ethical values and with a truly internationally-minded outlook.

This mission statement is distilled into the following:

Straits International School believes that:

  • A child's happiness and positive self-esteem are vital to their personal and social development;
  • Children need to be taught to believe in themselves;
  • The attitude of children should be healthy and positive;
  • Children should become independent learners and taught to think independently;
  • Children ought to know how to set goals and how to achieve them;
  • Children should learn that self-discipline and self-motivation are the keys to achievement and success; and
  • Children must learn to look outwards from within.

We believe that every child is unique and has the potential to #GrowBeyond, and to be developed into a self-assured, selfless, and spirited individual. We are committed to a style of education that demands academic rigour but recognises that success can be counted in many ways.

The school is proud to be part of the growing schools group International Schools Partnership, with more than 56 schools in 16 countries.

  • Briefly describe what is outstanding or what differentiates you from other schools and why a parent should choose you instead of others:
  • Location: Straits International School Penang is located within the Bayan Lepas area (a manufacturing hub for Penang) and strategically near the Penang International Airport (PIA).
  • Established Curriculum & Syllabus: The school follows a combination of the Cambridge Checkpoint Curriculum (in English, Math and Science) and the National Curriculum of England and Wales. The school offers Mandarin as a compulsory subject, either as a First or Foreign Language and Malaysian students study Bahasa Malaysia. All students at the school take part in Malaysian studies lessons and Islamic Studies is available for our Muslim students. The school curriculum is very much ‘internationalised’, particularly in the Humanities, where we attempt to broaden the horizons of our children by teaching from examples around the world.
    The school supplements the curriculum a variety of diverse co-curricular activities and International Learning Opportunities for Students (ILOS) programme

Available Scholarships: Scholarship discounts are given to excellent achievers who have scored well in the Checkpoint tests. A scholarship is also open to all applicants who are applying for a place in Secondary school (up to 50% of the Tuition Fees depending on the assessment result of the scholarship test, interview, behavioural record, and recommendation from the current school).

Programme Outline & Curriculum

  • International Nursery & Kindergarten (3-5 years) ,
  • Primary (5-11 years),
  • Secondary (11-16 years)

Straits International School Penang follows the UK calendar so there are three terms a year and the academic year commences in August / September, right after the summer holiday.

Straits International School Penang follows a British Curriculum from Nursery to Year 11 (3-16 years old) as we believe that education in the UK encourages independent, thoughtful, and confident students. We offer the widely-recognised Cambridge International qualifications with students sitting for Cambridge Checkpoint Tests in Years 6 and 9 and IGCSE’s in Year 11. To enhance their learning experience all students from Year 4 and above are provided with a Chrome book.


Date of Birth

Year Group



1 Sept 2018 – 31 Aug 2019



1) Literacy

2) Mandarin

3) Malay*

4) Mathematics

5) Speech & Drama

6) Music & Movement

7) Understand The World

8) ICT

9) Expressive Art & Design

10) Physical Education

11) Personal, Social &

Emotional Development

4 – 5

1 Sept 2017 – 31 Aug 2018


5 – 6

1 Sept 2016 – 31 Aug 2017

Year 1

Primary School

1) English

2) Mathematics

3) Science

4) Humanities

5) Mandarin

6) Malay*

7) ICT

8) Physical Education

9) Art & Design

10) PSHE

11) Performing Arts

12) Malaysian History

13) Islamic Studies**

6 – 7

1 Sept 2015 – 31 Aug 2016

Year 2

7 – 8

1 Sept 2014 – 31 Aug 2015

Year 3

8 – 9

1 Sept 2013 – 31 Aug 2014

Year 4

9 – 10

1 Sept 2012 – 31 Aug 2013

Year 5

10 – 11

1 Sept 2011 – 31 Aug 2012

Year 6

11 – 12

1 Sept 2010 – 31 Aug 2011

Year 7

Secondary School

1) English

2) Mathematics

3) Science

4) Humanities

5) Mandarin

6) Malay*

7) ICT

8) Business Studies

9) Physical Education

10) Art & Design

11) PSHE

12) Performing Arts

13) Malaysian History

14) Islamic Studies**

12 – 13

1 Sept 2009 – 31 Aug 2010

Year 8


13 – 14

1 Sept 2008 – 31 Aug 2009

Year 9


14 – 15

1 Sept 2007 – 31 Aug 2008

Year 10

Refer to IGCSE options list

15 – 16

1 Sept 2006 – 31 Aug 2007

Year 11


Extra-Curricular Activities


  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Wushu
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Aikido
  • Swim Speed & Technique
  • Floorball
  • Ball Games
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Yoga
  • Basketball
  • Table Tennis ...and more!

Music & Performances

  • Ballet
  • Trumpet
  • Hip Hop
  • Flute
  • Zumba
  • Clarinet
  • Choir
  • Saxophone
  • Orchestra
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Ukulele
  • Violin ...and more!

Arts, Creativity & Games

  • Robots 2 U
  • Sketching
  • Chess
  • Creative Arts
  • Playdoh Sculptures
  • Boardgame
  • Design & Technology
  • Debating
  • Crafty Creations
  • Problem Solving
  • Mandala Drawing ...and more!

Academic Support

  • Fun with Vocab
  • Fun with Maths
  • Mandarin Fun
  • Handwriting Club
  • Advanced Mandarin
  • After school EAL
  • Phonics Enrichment
  • Language Presentation Skills
  • Buddy Reading ....and more!

Straits International Schools also organises Summer Holiday Camps and has a popular After School Club, Monday – Friday until 6pm.

To ensure high-quality learning, Straits International School Penang employs qualified and passionate British and Malaysian teachers that lead the curriculum while allowing students to be independent in both learning and expressing themselves.

Our outstanding facilities throughout the school ensure students enjoy their learning here. These facilities include –

  • ICT suites,
  • Multipurpose Hall,
  • Basketball Court,
  • Badminton Court,
  • Swimming Pool,
  • Futsal Pitch,
  • Early Years Playground,
  • Drama Studio & Purpose-Built Stage,
  • Drum & Guitar Instrumental Room,
  • Piano & Keyboard Instrumental Room,
  • Universal Music Room,
  • Fitness Suites,
  • Art & Design Room,
  • Well-Equipped Library,
  • Science Labs,
  • Engaging Learning Spaces,
  • Cafeteria.

Entry Requirements

Students have to pass the trial/ placement tests

Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarship discounts are given to excellent achievers who scored well in the Checkpoint tests. A scholarship is also open to all applicants who are applying for a place in Secondary school (up to 50% of the Tuition Fees depending on the assessment result of the scholarship test, interview, behavioural record, and recommendation from the current school).


Accreditations & Awards

Courses Offered

Click on a programme name for full details.

International / Private School Education
Early Years (Preschool) 3 to 5 Yrs Old
Fees (Local): RM5,220 (Nursery), Registration Fee Kindergarten RM2000
Duration: 3 terms per year
Primary (6 to 11 years old) - Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2)
Fees (Local): RM7,100 (Year 1) RM7,870 (Year 2), Registration Fee Primary RM5000
Duration: 3 terms/ year
Primary (6 to 11 years old) - Key Stage 2 (Year 3 - 6)
Fees (Local): RM8,680 (Year 3) RM9,440 (Year 4) RM10,180 (Year 5) RM10,820 (Year 6), Registration Fee Primary RM5000
Duration: 3 terms/ year
Secondary (12 to 16 years old) - Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9)
Fees (Local): RM11,540 (Year 7) RM12,000 (Year 8) RM12,420 (Year 9), Registration Fee Secondary RM7000
Duration: 3 terms/ year
Secondary (12 to 16 years old) - Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11)
Fees (Local): RM12,800 (Year 10) RM13,150 (Year 11), Registration Fee Secondary RM7000
Duration: 3 terms/ year

Key Personnel

Karlie Walsh

Campus Principal, Straits International School (SIS Penang)


Watching children learn and grow together is a very rewarding experience, and this is a key for motivation for Mrs. Karlie, and the fundamental reason why she enjoys teaching.


To provide a safe and happy learning environment which promotes academic challenge, a sense of community responsibility and the development of well balanced, caring pupils who are equipped for their future.

Ms Karlie and her dedicated team are determined to provide the very best for all involved with Straits. They recognise that each pupil is unique and requires personal learning experiences to maximise their potential. Success is measured in many ways and students at Straits International School shall confidently be able to say that they can make a positive difference to the world in which they live, having been given the tools and opportunities to excel.

We are currently developing our enterprise projects with a business focus for all year levels.

Academic Qualification & Experience:

Mrs. Karlie Walsh originates from Melbourne, Australia, and has lived in London for 14 years before moving to Penang in 2015. She graduated from both the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia, and University of London’s Institute of Education.

During her career, she has held posts managing English, Mathematics and PE as well as being a Senior Leader for more than 10 years.


About the Founder

International Schools Partnership welcomed Straits International School into its growing family of schools in December 2021.

The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything it does for its students, colleagues and parents. It is committed to getting better, all the time.

Its growing group of private schools located in six clusters (Europe, Mexico & Central America, the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia and the USA & Canada) educate children and students from 2 - 18 years of age. It has now expanded to over 56 schools delivering multiple curricula and building on local brands and reputations.

Student Testimonials

Parents of Issac Puah

Year 10

We have seen Isaac grow over the years since he enrolled into Straits International School five years ago. He has improved academically and in his confidence, thanks to the excellent teaching staff at the school. We would say that the school has provided a well-rounded education, not just in academics but also in sports, social and community activities.

Tan Yi Chen

Year 11

I have been in this school for more than six years; I'm completing my final year and graduating soon. Straits International School has provided me with a supportive learning environment with teachers who genuinely care about the well-being of students, on top of their excellent teaching abilities. My time at the school is filled with joyful memories I've created with my schoolmates from all around the world. The school has truly shaped me into the person I am today and I'll always be grateful for that

The Pereira Family from Brazil

Year 7

My daughter is 12 this year, she started at Straits International School Penang four years ago. At the beginning, we were a bit unsure if she would be able to adapt to the new school, classmates, and teachers. We can say that we had a very pleasant experience overall! She adapted so fast and the school staff was very positive and she faces. Thank you Straits for this great experience, and for preparing our daughter for a bright future ahead!

The Cofreros Family from Philippines

Year 4

Straits International School Penang has been very warm and helpful from my time as a very stressed parent looking for a good school for my child during the pandemic. My daughter is getting better academically and socially every day.

Straits International School (SIS Penang) Videos

#GrowBeyond Towards a Dream @ Straits International School Penang
Your child’s education should be as multidimensional as them so that they can Grow Beyond what they ever thought possible! Straits #InternationalSchool students benefit from being challenged academically, while being immersed in diverse global cultures and learning opportunities. In addition to an enriching British curriculum, we provide students with a programme of International Learning opportunities and co-curricular activities to build their skills and confidence.

Straits International School, Bayan Lepas, Penang

Contact Details

Straits International School (SIS Penang)

No. 2, Lilitan Sungai Tiram
11900 Bayan Lepas

Type: International School

Tel: +604 - 643 1815
Website: https://penangsisgroup.edu.my/

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No 1, Persiaran A,
Off Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang,
47200 Subang

Type: International School

Tel: +603 7847 1000, +6012 984 0793, +6012 984 0794
Website: https://www.apschools.edu.my/

Straits International School Rawang

Persiaran Taman Sari,
Taman Sari,
48000 Rawang

Type: International School

Tel: 0367333178
Website: https://rawangsisgroup.edu.my/

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No. 6, Jalan EcoHill 1,
Mukim, Setia EcoHill,
43500 Semenyih

Type: International School

Tel: 03 87255625, 016 216 5625
Website: https://tenby.edu.my/setia-ecohill/

Tenby International School Tropicana Aman

No.1 Jalan Tropicana Aman,
Jalan Utama 2, Bandar Tropicana Aman,
42500 Telok Panglima Garang

Type: International School

Tel: 03-8689 2088
Website: https://tenby.edu.my/tropicana-aman/

Tenby Schools Ipoh

No. 16, Persiaran Meru Utama,
Bandar Meru Raya,
30020 Ipoh

Type: International School

Tel: 055252628
Website: https://tenby.edu.my/ipoh/

Tenby Schools Setia Eco Gardens

7, Jalan Laman Setia Utama
Taman Laman Setia
81550 Johor Bharu

Type: International School

Tel: 07-558 8812
Website: https://tenby.edu.my/setia-eco-gardens

Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park

No. 1, Jalan Setia Tropika U13/ 18T,
Seksyen U13,
40170 Shah Alam

Type: International School

Tel: 03-3342 1535
Website: https://tenby.edu.my/setia-eco-park

International Schools Partnership (ISP) Malaysia (HQ)

Unit 7.1, Level 7 Surian Tower,
No. 1, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya

Type: International School

Tel: +60374997688
Website: https://www.internationalschoolspartnership.com/

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No 2, Lintang Lembah Permai 1,
11200 Tanjung Bungah

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Tel: 604-892 7777 & 60125087377
Fax: 604-8998826
Website: https://tenby.edu.my/penang/
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