Frequently Asked Questions
- Which ages does the Sri Emas International School cater for?
We cater for students aged between 12 – 17 years old for Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 8) and Key Stage 4 (Year 9 till 11).
Current results of the previous school year are needed.
- What type of assessment is required for admission and why?
A clear show of previous academic results in addition to being physically & mentally healthy. An entrance test can be required on a case to case basis as a student’s academic abilities might need further assessment. These requirements are to ensure that the student is fit for the environment and demands of school life at Sri Emas.
- What are the school hours?
The school’s sessions are from 8.30am – 4.30pm. Any additional sports practices will be held outside of these times.
- When are the holidays?
For January intake (academic calendar from Jan – Nov) : March, June, August and November/December.
For August intake (academic calendar from Aug – June) : October, December/January, April and July.
- Can students enroll anytime of the year?
There are two enrolment periods which are the January and August intakes, respectively. Enrolments are typically restricted after three (3) months of intake commencement. Enrolment can also be considered on a case to case basis at the school’s discretion.
- Does the school provide transportation services?
The school does not provide transport on a daily basis however we do have a list of private transporters which you may wish to refer and can obtain from our admin staff. Special transport is occasionally provided for students who are participating in sports or going for excursions arranged by the school. You will be notified for consent when these transportation arrangements are being made.
- Are there bus services for students enrolled in after school activities?
Currently there are no bus services available for students enrolled in after school activities and transportation will have to be organized privately.
- Is there a dress code?
School Uniform days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesday and Thursday are free and easy however slippers are
not permitted. Students are required to wear sports attire for Sports, T & T and skills enhancement programme (Hip-hop).
- How many students are there in each class?
There are about 25 students to each class.
- What is the best way for a parent to communicate with a teacher or the school?
During Parent-Teacher Day in June and Appreciation Day in November. Alternatively, individual appointments can be made.
- What foreign languages are offered at the school?
Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia are the two languages currently offered at the school.
- Are boarding facilities available?
There are no boarding facilities available at present.
- What is the IGCSE and will it be accepted in universities other than those in Australia?
The Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) for 14-16 year old students. It is equivalent to the GCSE in the United Kingdom. Please visit the Cambridge IGCSE official website for specific information on recognition and affiliations.
- What are the facilities offered in the school?
The school’s facilities include science & computer labs, a convertible court for basketball and dodgeball, futsal court, badminton facilities, a multi-purpose hall, cafeteria, library and Wi-Fi throughout the school buildings.
- What are the co-curricular activities offered in the school?
There are eight (8) sports offered currently which are dodgeball, basketball, futsal, badminton, cheer-leading, aikido, netball and table tennis.
- What type of food is available at the school cafeteria?
We serve a variety of food ranging from local cuisine, western food and vegetarian meals. All food served is halal.
- What is covered in the school fees?
School fees cover academic fees, facility fees, materials fees for Bahasa Melayu and security deposit (for both Malaysian and Non-Malaysian students). Non-Malaysian students are required to pay an application fee as well as a registration fee on top of school fees upon enrolment. Seeds S.E.A.L. Camp is a separate payment that must be settled prior to the camp.
- Are there any discounts or scholarships available for students?
Scholarships are available for Malaysian students who represent the school at state or national level for any sports competition. It is subject to specific terms and conditions.
- What is the minimum level of academic qualifications Sri Emas International School teachers have?
All our teachers possess a bachelor’s degree at minimum and among them some have master’s as well as doctorates.
- What level of English is required for entry into Sri Emas International School?
Students should be able to speak and write English at the appropriate level corresponding to their academic age. Foreign students will be given additional English classes to help them acquire the language.
- Who determines my child's grade level and how is it assessed?
The school’s internal examinations department determines a student’s overall grades each year from Yr 7 – 11 through coursework, tests 1, 2 and the year-end examination. The IGCSE examination - while it may be facilitated by us - is assessed entirely by Cambridge.
- What if my child's command of the English language is weak?
While our teachers will determine what needs to be done to help improve the student’s proficiency and recommend accordingly, it is not advisable to enrol a child with exceptionally weak English as there are no ESL (English as a Second Language) versions of the science exams such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics for them to take.
- What kind of curriculum do you use at the school?
We are using the British National Curriculum of English & Wales for Key Stage 3 & 4.
- Does the school provide Learning Support?
We have tutorial hours that are built into the timetable. Students and Teachers are able to use this time to clarify, practice and complete studies learned by subject.
- What are the additional activities offered by the school?
The extracurricular activities offered are a variety of sports, general fitness training, Social Skills, Careers Club, Art & Design, Hip Hop, Voice Training and Drama Club. In addition, there is the yearly Seeds S.E.A.L. Camp and Leadership Camp as well as other school excursions, depending on year level.
- How often will I be updated about my child’s progress?
Parents will be updated on their child’s progress formally two times a year via the mid-year and year-end report cards. Additionally, Parent-Teacher’s Day is always an opportunity to get feedback from teachers. Naturally you can also make arrangements with subject specific Teachers to call you or meet you during office hours.
- What happens if I decide to defer enrolment until the following year?
You must inform the Student Administration Department in writing or the enrolment will become forfeit after two weeks of the assigned commencement date in favour of other enrolments.