“ISKL is built upon a legacy that spans more than 50 years that shaped it as an institution of educational excellence.”
ISKL's first campus was in an old British colonial building on Jalan Maxwell which was briefly home to the Sultan of Selangor and thus became known as the Istana, the Malay word for palace. Under the tutelage of our first head of school, Robert Fendley, classes began in September, 1965 with 48 students, growing rapidly and doubling anticipated enrollment in its first year.
When the Malaysian government required the site, the Society for the International School of Kuala Lumpur was granted a 2.6ha parcel of land in Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, Ampang Jaya. Operations at the new premises commenced in 1976.
In 1992, the Melawati campus opened to accommodate the Elementary School and the Ampang campus became the home of the Middle School and High School. Then, in March 1995, the High School moved to a new wing of the Ampang campus.
With growing enrollments and a strong desire to once again unite all three divisions, a new campus site was found and the new Ampang Hilir campus officially opened to students on August 13, 2018.