Malaysian National Curriculum

Blending local and international approaches to education, the Malaysian National Curriculum at APS prepares Malaysian students for success, armed with a global perspective. While our priority is to enable students to achieve academic excellence in taking their Class-Based assessments (CBA) as well as PT3 & SPM examinations, our focus goes beyond just classroom study and centers on developing well-rounded learners who excel academically, pastorally and socially.

In addition to our excellent academic results we are one of the few schools licensed to conduct the Dual Language Programme, where the primary medium of instruction is Bahasa Malaysia, and Mathematics and Science is taught in English.

Curriculum & Assessments


The Primary years in the Malaysian National Curriculum at APS are based on the Malaysian National Primary School Standard Curriculum, or Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR), from Standard 1 to 6 (from ages 7-12). Students are nurtured and also developed in a wide range of school based assessment subject areas. The primary medium of instruction is Bahasa Melayu, with Mathematics and Science being taught in English at all levels under the Dual Language Programme. Students will be assessed under Pelaporan Pentaksiran Sekolah Rendah (PPSR) which comprises; Pentaksiran Bilik Darjah (PBD); Pentaksiran Aktiviti Jasmani, Sukan dan Kokurikulum (PAJSK) and Pentaksiran Psikometrik (PPSi).


Students then move on to the Secondary programme to further build upon the foundations already laid, studying the Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Menengah (KSSM). Students are assessed under Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS), leading to the Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) examination in Form 3 and culminating in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in Form 5. All Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects are taught in English following the implementation of Dual Language Programme (DLP).

Well-Rounded Development

While students are prepared to excel in rigorous formal exams, this is supplemented by greater involvement in non-academic school activities and especially in leadership positions. Co-curricular activities are mandatory for all students across all year groups, and allows Malaysian National Curriculum students to make friends with schoolmates from the International Curriculum.

This immerses them in a unique school culture where they are exposed to an international student body within an environment where English is primarily spoken, while also being firmly grounded in Malaysian culture and the rigour of the Malaysian National curriculum. Our Muslim students also have the opportunity to undertake Qu’ran and Fardu Ain (KAFA) classes as part of one of the few religious courses offered by a private school in Malaysia.

Outside the classroom, we encourage students to participate in a wide range of activities to help them gain a holistic learning experience. Teachers are always on hand to inspire our students in their Amazing Learning experiences. Amazing Learning is about developing the whole student – academically, socially, emotionally and more – and having balanced and broad learning experiences is key to helping our students achieve beyond expectations.

By having the space to develop a wide range of interests through outlets such as personal development camps, sports and music teams, school trips and more, our Malaysian National Curriculum students are equipped with a leg up against the competition, ready for success on both local and global stages as responsible, independent young adults.

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