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1. What are the nationalities of the students?

GEMS International School at Tropicana Metropark, Subang Jaya, welcomes students of all nationalities. Having said that, our current students are mainly Malaysian.

2. Where are the teachers from?

Our teachers are recruited locally and abroad. Some have transferred from existing GEMS schools and current teachers are from the UK, US and Malaysia. All teachers are fully trained and approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

3. What is the school calendar like?

The school year will run from September to June providing 180 instructional days and will follow the breaks normally found in international schools as well as Malaysian public holidays.

4. What are the school hours?

Monday – Thursday 08:00 – 14:50 ; Friday 08:00 – 14:00.

5. Will bus transportation be provided?

Yes. Please refer to the link.

6. What is the school uniform requirement?

The school sets a high standard for student presentation and requires students to be dressed in their school uniform when they attend. The school uniform requirements are set out in the Parent Handbook (made available to all registered parents of GIM).

7. What are the school facilities?

Our facilities include:

  • Air-conditioned classrooms
  • Cafeteria
  • Art rooms
  • Black box theatre/drama studio
  • Dance studio
  • Digital learning/ICT spaces
  • Libraries
  • Music rooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Science labs
  • Sports hall
  • Basketball courts
  • Full-size, elevated artificial turf football pitch

8. What curriculum will you follow and what will the secondary curriculum prepare students for?

The school follows a combination of the Cambridge (CIE) curriculum (English, Maths and Science), English national curriculum and the Malaysian subjects; i.e. Bahasa Malaysia, Malaysian Studies and Islamic/Moral Studies. The school also offers Mandarin as a compulsory subject until Year 9 after which the subject becomes an IGCSE elective. Primary and secondary students sit GL Assessments from Years 1 – 9, Years 10 – 11 IGCSE and Years 12 – 13 CIE A level examinations.

9. What about extra-curricular activities?

Activities will be offered each term. Physical education is provided in our curriculum and students will also have the opportunity to sign-up for sports activities after school (some of these may be organised by third party providers). Other clubs, e.g. music, art and drama, will be developed by staff in after-school hours. The school curriculum includes ‘enrichment activities’ which will focus on our core values and a range of key skills and competencies.

10. Will the IGCSE enable students to enter a Malaysian university?

The IGCSE feeds to pre-university studies, e.g. A levels, Australian Matriculation and American degree transfer programmes. The A level results feed to universities both abroad and in Malaysia.

11. Is GEMS International School accredited?

The school is registered with the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MoE) and Cambridge International School.

12. Will my child have difficulty making the transition from another school system or, indeed, back into a local system?

Many students entering a new school may require a period of adjustment. This is particularly so for students who come from schools where the style of learning is markedly different. However, with timely support and intervention, these students adapt well and become happy learners. Our curriculum and CIE examinations are recognised worldwide. As such, moving to another school system should not be an issue though some initial adaptation needs should be anticipated and, if necessary, duly addressed.

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