Malaysian National Curriculum – Secondary

Students graduating from the Primary years of the Malaysian National Curriculum will have a seamless transition into their Secondary years. However, as they enter into new experiences and step closer towards adulthood, they are also welcomed into the familiar environment provided by our dedicated teachers. Our friendly and passionate faculty provide the right balance of academic rigour and fun in ways that keeps students engaged during lessons and actively involved in the learning process.

Our experienced teachers are also responsible for ensuring that our excellent academic results at SPM level are maintained year after year. By combining a deep knowledge in the curriculum of study with an international, progressive approach to education honed across the International Schools Partnership network, they have produced an alumni that stretches across continents and around the world.

Academics

Secondary students in the Malaysian National Curriculum study the Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Menengah (KSSM, or Secondary Schools Standard Curriculum) from Forms 1 to 5 (ages 13 to 17).

Under the KSSM curriculum, lower secondary students (Forms 1 to 3) learn a diverse range of subjects, providing them with a breadth of knowledge and experience as they explore their inherent potential and talents. Student performance is then assessed under Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS, or School-Based Assessment), leading towards the PT3 (Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3) examination in Form 3.

Curriculum subjects in lower Secondary are:

Subjects with school-based assessment:

  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • Design and Technology, or Computer Science Basics
  • English Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Islamic Religious Education & Tugasan Amali (Practical) (for Muslims)
  • Mandarin (Advanced)
  • Mathematics
  • Moral Education (Non-Muslims)
  • Physical Education
  • Psychometric Assessment
  • Science

Non-examined compulsory subjects:

  • Mandarin (Communication) / Arabic
  • Music
  • Swimming
  • Visual Arts Education

Academic requirements are more stringent in the upper Secondary years (Forms 4 and 5). The focus is on helping students prepare for the crucial Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM, or Malaysian Certificate of Education) examination which will be the foundational qualification for future academic and career choices.

At this stage of their education, students have a choice of subjects depending on which stream they enter.

Option 1
Science Stream
SPM-examined subjects:
  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • English Language
  • History
  • Islamic Religious Education (For Muslims)
  • Moral Education (For Non-Muslims)
  • Modern Mathematics
  • and a choice of elective subjects including:
    • Accounting
    • Additional Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
Non-examined compulsory subjects:
  • Health & Physical Education / Swimming
  • Mandarin (Communication) / Arabic
Option 2
Arts Stream
SPM-examined subjects:
  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • English Language
  • General Science
  • History
  • Islamic Religious Education (For Muslims) or
  • Moral Education (For Non-Muslims)
  • Modern Mathematics
  • and a choice of elective subjects including:
    • Accounting
    • Additional Mathematics
    • Business Studies
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • English Literature
    • Home Economics
    • Physics
    • Tasawwur Islam
Non-examined compulsory subjects:
  • Health & Physical Education / Swimming
  • Mandarin (Communication) / Arabic
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Beyond The Classroom

While we ensure students gain a top quality education at APS, we also want that education to be well-rounded. That’s why we place strong emphasis on learning experiences that go beyond books and the classroom – a key pillar of our Amazing Learning ethos.

During this period of their lives, students are beginning to test their independence and explore their inherent capabilities. New experiences bring new learnings and insights, and this can be a very positive experience for students when given the right guidance and encouragement. Thus, our role as educators is crucial to create an environment where they feel safe to try new things without fear. This lays the foundation for their further growth in later years.

Aside from co-curricular activities and after school clubs, your child will also be exposed to the following outside-the-classroom learning avenues:

  • Personal development talks and events
  • Local and international school trips
  • International learning opportunities offered by the International Schools Partnership
  • National and local competitions

Secondary students are also encouraged to take on student leadership roles, whether in formal positions such as being a prefect or in the committee members of societies, or through voluntary roles in school events and activities.

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