Designing The Future by Mr. Daniel Chian (Chairman / Council of Governors)

Fairview International School is Malaysia’s largest International Baccalaureate World School. The school was formed in 1978, at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. From its humble beginnings as a cabin school, Fairview has grown to be amongst the most reputable and respected international schools in South East Asia, due to the quality of its education.

Currently, Fairview has five IB world schools located in the major townships across West Malaysia, namely in Johor Bahru, Ipoh, Penang, Subang Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. In total, the school has a 2500 strong student population, cut across some 65 nationalities.



Once upon a time, Fairview IB education was offered to 300 students on a single campus. Today, we boldly embrace 3000 IB students from 55 countries on 5 strategically located campuses in Malaysia. Indeed Fairview has charted its own course while achieving milestones IB education has never witnessed in Malaysia.

Apart from just physical changes in infrastructure in all of our campuses making them more student friendly, wireless with high speed broad band services and providing the much required facilities befitting an International Baccalaureate(IB) World School, the academic faculty has seen major transformation.

Continuous professional development, the backbone of any learning organisation has seen the introduction of consistent and sustainable initiatives in a calculated move to ensure that teachers are thorough and developed regularly with the latest in educational initiatives and postgraduate teaching qualifications. With 4 campuses authorised for the Primary Years Programme(PYP) and the Middle Years Programme(MYP) of the IB, and the first in Malaysia to contain the two programmes under one roof, it is our duty to only offer nothing but the best in professional development for our teachers.

We have so much more to share in the upcoming years.

  • A University College Fairview is in the pipeline to further research into IB practices and their suitability in the Asian context because Fairview believes IB education can be for Asians and delivered by Asians
  • An outward bound school focusing the education of the body and mind.
  • Multiple campuses beyond the shores of Malaysia Witness this exciting journey of Fairview with us!

About Us

Formed in 1978, Fairview International School (FIS) is one of the oldest and most prestigious international school’s in Malaysia. The school is among the pioneers of International Baccalaureate (IB) education in the country. The school currently has some 2500 students cut across 60 nationalities, hence positioning itself as the leading IB educator in Malaysia. FIS has five major campuses located at the major townships in Peninsular Malaysia, namely in Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya, Penang, Ipoh and Johor. All of our five schools are recognised and certified by the IB Organisation as IB World Schools.

Schooling Hours

typical school day lasts from 7.20 am to 3.30 pm each day from Monday to Friday. The school year is broken into two semesters with holidays and vacations in December and July.

Outdoor Learning

FIS is also the only school in Malaysia, to own, operate and manage an education resort. The resort, located at Port Dickson is used by the school to promote out door learning among its 2500 students.Twice a year, FIS students also travel to the exotic locations in South East Asia from Cambodia to China, not just delving into the local cultures but also learning typical classroom topics in the field like Geometry by analysing the rooftops of the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia.The students also undertake community services such as building libraries, bridges and water wells in some of the most remote parts in South East Asia during the expedition.

Our Programmes

  1. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) – is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of a child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the outside world. It is a framework guided by six trans disciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as trans disciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on the Unit of Inquiry.

    Fees: Fees are modestly priced between RM14,000 and RM24,500 a year.

  2. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) – is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It builds upon the knowledge; skills and attitudes developed in the IB PYP and prepare students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

    Fees: Fees are modestly priced between RM27,000 and RM30,000 year.

  3. The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) – is an academically challenging and balanced pre-university programme with final examinations, that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

    Fees: Fees are modestly priced at RM 30,000 a year.

  4. The International Foundation Year (IFY) – Fairview is the only Malaysian institution offering the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) programme. By taking this 9 month foundation programme, students will be able to save up to RM130, 000 and upon successfully passing the IFY exam, will gain a guaranteed placement at one of the 13 UK partner universities.

    Fees: Fees are modestly priced at RM32,000 a year.

Our Vision

A Rich Academic Programme

A curriculum based on the best research evidence and on successful teaching and learning strategies for children of diverse backgrounds and learning needs.

A Community School

A vibrant center for educational, recreational, cultural and social programmes for children and adults in an international community which draws upon and contributes to the vitality of the international community through an innovative and focused curriculum.

A Unique Professional Development Focus

A culture of continuous professional growth for all staff, Fairview functions as a “Hub” for educators throughout the world, regularly engaging teachers in a wide range of learning opportunities that promote ongoing professional growth..

Our Mission

Fairview International School

aims to be a vibrant centre for educational, personal and social growth in the world providing a rich academic curriculum for children in the local and international community.

Though The Use Of

best practices in teaching and learning, Fairview International School will educate, motivate and inspire students in an educational environment that stimulates learning in a nurturing social and emotional climate.

Fairview School is Committed

to raising the standards of education not only in its schools but in the region through continuous training and development in the best possible teaching pedagogies.

Mr. Daniel Chian
Mr. Daniel ChianChairman of Fairview School Berhad
Professor Emeritus Dato Dr. Mohd Sham bin Mohd Sani
Professor Emeritus Dato Dr. Mohd Sham bin Mohd SaniFormer Vice-Chancellor of UKM
Professor Emeritus Dato Dr. Syed Jalaludin bin Syed Salim
Professor Emeritus Dato Dr. Syed Jalaludin bin Syed SalimFormer Vice-Chancellor of UPM
Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Mohammed Salleh Mohammed Yasin
Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Mohammed Salleh Mohammed YasinFormer Vice-Chancellor of UKM
Mr. Jeffrey Beard
Mr. Jeffrey BeardDirector General of IBO


English is the language of communication here at Fairview. All subjects with the exception of other language-based subjects are taught in English. Potential Fairview students, even those who come from non-English speaking background, eventually will possess a very sound grasp of the language, because of the strong English teaching methodology employed by the school.


Mandarin is a compulsory subject in Fairview. The reason why special emphasis is placed on Mandarin is because; the language is the most commonly spoken business language across the globe by English speakers. Learning and being proficient in a second language is also an added bonus to students, who come from a non-Chinese background, as there are more than one billion speakers of this language. In a nutshell, one in six people in the world are Mandarin speakers.


As a compulsory subject at Fairview, students are taught to play instruments of the orchestra. Learning to play a musical instrument relies on understanding concepts, such as fractions and ratios that are important for mathematical achievement.

Fairview is the only school outside the United Kingdom, to participate in the Music Medals programme by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

ABRSM offers assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year. After a rigorous testing process of Fairview’s existing music programme, the school has been chosen by ABRSM as the first school outside of the UK to offer the Music Medals platform to its students.