The International School of Penang (Uplands)

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The International School of Penang (Uplands)
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TypePrivate, non-profit
MottoRespect for Self; Respect for Others
Founded1955[citation needed]
Age range4–19
School colour(s)Dark green, gold
Athletics conferenceFederation of British International Schools (FOBISIA)
MascotRoar Lion
Team nameUplands
AccreditationIBO, CIE
YearbookThe Uplander

The International School of Penang (Uplands) (ISP), commonly known as Uplands School or simply Uplands by its members (called Uplanders), is one of the International Schools in Penang, Malaysia. Founded in 1955, it was first situated on Penang Hill, moving to Gurney Drive and finally Batu Ferringhi in 2006.


Uplands occupies a five-and-a-half-acre site near to the sea in the tourist area of Batu Ferringhi, approximately eleven kilometres from George Town. Housed in new buildings from 2006, facilities include 36 classrooms, five laboratories, two drama rooms, two music rooms, two computer labs, an indoor multi purpose hall, a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool, and a games field. The school also provides firewalled wireless internet access for students and staff who use their own mobile computers at school.

Students are mainly divided into thirteen year groups. The school curriculum incorporates the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) for Years 1–6. In the secondary school, the school offers a wide range of subjects for the IGCSE (Years 10–11). For sixth form education, there is the choice between the Cambridge International Examinations (A-Levels) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for Years 12–13.[1] German, French, Japanese, Mandarin and Malay are among the language subjects offered, and there is a strong ESL programme for pupils for whom English is not their first language. The maximum class size is 25. Over one-half of the staff are expatriate teachers, many with previous international experience. A Special Educational Needs Department caters for children with mild learning disabilities. Uplands has recently been jointly accredited by the European Council of International Schools and NEASC. The school is authorised to offer courses leading to the IB Diploma.

Uplands has a student body that represents 37 different countries. They number in the region of 700, between the ages of 3 and 19. Student boarding accommodation is available nearby for children of eight years and above. Currently there are 20 boarders accommodated at the school, including sixth form (years 12–13) students who are housed separately. Year 1–11 students wear a green/khaki batik uniform with brown pants or skirts, while sixth formers only need to adhere to a black/white dress code. The school is split into four houses for academic and sporting activities; Crag (red), Hill (green), School (blue) and Kelawai (orange).

The schools motto is "Respect for Self.Respect for Others". Uplands strives to ensure that the entire student body, as well as the faculty and members associated with the school, respect not only their own culture, traditions and beliefs, but also of others.

Accreditation and membership[edit]

Uplands is an IB World School, recognised and accredited by the following organisations:

The school is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in South East Asia (FOBISSEA) and the Boarding Schools Association (BSA)..


  1. ^ "The International School of Penang (Uplands) – International Baccalaureate®". International education – International Baccalaureate®. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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