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!
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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 Handbook for a detailed overview of our policies and procedures. This document is also available to download in PDF format.