12 June 2015

International school in Kuantan caters to expats

  12 June 2015

KUANTAN: Being the only American international school in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER), the International School of Kuantan (ISK) is able to provide private international education for expatriates and locals living in the region.

East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John said ECER was fast positioning itself as an investment destination of choice among both domestic and international investors and as such it aspired to provide quality living, world-class facilities and excellent infrastructure for the benefit of both investors and locals alike.

“One such facility is the ISK, which is able to meet the requirements and needs of the investment and business community in Pahang in particular, and ECER in general, as they are able to relocate their families to the city with the availability of a world-class international school there,” he said.

As a beneficiary of the TERAJU@ECER project, the school is a recipient of the TERAJU Facilitation Fund amounting to RM1.78mil.

During a media familiarisation tour of ISK, the school’s director of studies Stephen Michael Byrnes said the school was accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

“The school was established in 1996 and moved to our new purpose-built facility in Bandar Indera Mahkota here in January this year. It has grown a lot since its inception and there is nothing else like it in the east coast.

“Over here, we expect our students to be credible thinkers and problem solvers with the ability to use technology as a tool in life,” he said.

Occupying a 0.81ha plot of land, the school is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities like an acoustic treated music room, computer labs and science labs as well as badminton and basketball courts.

ISK offers an American curricula from Grade 1 to 12 with 65 students in total while the campus has the capacity to accommodate 400 students.

ISK deputy principal Dr Nurita Abu Tahir said the school had recently started its elementary programme and was trying to get it fully accredited.

“In ISK, we do not emphasize on contests of getting A’s. You don’t hear about students in this school comparing how many A’s they got.

“Here, it is more about preparing students for life after school. We want them to love learning and not just be good at memorising,” she said, adding that students could take the SAT exams but it was not a requirement to get a graduation diploma.

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