Dalat Admissions

Tammi Yost Director of Admissions

We welcome you to experience one of the best international schools in Southeast Asia!

Dalat International School provides education for life through an
American curriculum and from a biblical worldview.

Located on the shores of the Straits of Malacca, Dalat’s university
preparatory program provides quality education in a beautiful environment.

What a wonderful place to learn!

Admissions Information for the Current School Year

  • For Middle and High School students the applications should be in by February 22nd. For Elementary Students, applications should be in by March 1. There is no deadline for preschool applications.
  • All students attending the school are expected to live with their parents, or
    documented and approved legal guardian in Penang, or be admitted to reside
    in one of the school’s boarding homes.
  • All non-Malaysian students studying at Dalat must apply for a student pass
    through the Malaysian Ministry of Education and Malaysian Immigration.
  • Dalat enrolls students from preschool 3 (36 months) to grade 12
  • Children entering the elementary school must be age appropriate for their
    grade level by August 1 of the year they are enrolling.
  • Limited space may be available in some grades, particularly for students
    who may be required to enroll in the school’s English as an Additional
    Language program (EAL).

What is the American Curriculum?

The American curriculum, whether at a school in the United States or at an American international school, features common educational standards, holistic teaching styles, and personalized learning strategies to guide classroom instruction.

Curriculum focuses less on examinations and more on the whole-person developmental growth and well-rounded student learning objectives. In the US system, students do not need to determine a field of study until the age of about 18-20.

Most children begin attending school at age 4 for Preschool or Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K); however, compulsory education begins with Kindergarten (age 5) and ends at Grade 12 (age 18). Classes are rooted in content and skills which align with U.S. standards, and these standards challenge students academically as well as encourage creative thinking and problem-solving.

The American holistic approach focuses on an education for the whole child – intellectually, socially, physically, and morally. The American curriculum sees each child as unique and each child’s learning style differs among cohorts. Therefore, the American Curriculum values a personalized learning approach where teachers differentiate learning experiences and offer scaffolded instruction. Special and elective classes – in addition to after-school activities – allow students to pursue subjects which pique interests and talents.

Socialization and character development skills are woven into lessons throughout the day. Children in every grade study core subjects and special/elective subjects such as fine arts, technology, foreign languages, music, and physical education. Children are seen as individuals and differentiated learning modules are usually created for struggling or advanced students.

Your inquiry regarding placement for new students is important to us. Please contact our Admissions Department for additional information regarding admission and/or for an appointment to tour Dalat International School. (Unscheduled visits to the school may be turned away.)

We look forward to meeting you!

Helpful Information

Admissions Office

Tammi Yost
Director of Admissions

Admissions on WhatsApp

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Malaysian Time as available
(no voice calls)
WhatsApp Phone: 012 409 5441

Contact Admissions

To schedule an appointment with the Director of Admissions please contact us at:
Phone: +60 (4) 685-2100

Student Visa

All foreign students enrolling with Dalat International School must obtain a student pass.

Mailing Address

Director of Admissions
Dalat International School
Jalan Tanjung Bunga,
11200 Penang,

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Due to the high volume of enrollment inquiries and requests for campus tours, please call or email ahead of time to make an appointment.

Moving to Penang

For families moving to Penang please visit our Moving to Penang page.

Connect With Us

Skype Dalat

Feel free to Skype us at Dalat Admissions anytime between 8:30am – 4:30pm Malaysian Time.

Online Enquiry

Feel free to drop us a note using our online enquiry form.

School Profile

Download a PDF snapshot overview of Dalat International School.

School Year 2023-2024

Wednesday, 2 August, 2023

Monday, 9 October to
Friday, 13 October, 2023

Thursday, 14 December 2023

Wednesday, 10 January, 2024

Monday, 18 March to
Friday, 29 March, 2024

Wednesday, 5 June 2024

School Year 2024-2025

Wednesday, 7 August, 2024

Monday, 14 October to
Monday, 21 October, 2024

Thursday, 19 December 2024

Wednesday, 15 January, 2025

Monday, 17 March to
Friday, 21 March, 2025

Thursday, 5 June 2025

Need a More Detailed Explanation of Dalat Admissions?

View our Online Dalat Admissions Guide for a detailed overview of our policies and procedures. This document is also available to download in PDF format.