Learning FAQs

When does the school year begin and end?

The school year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1 is from the end of August until December, and Semester 2 is from January until June. Here is a list of important dates for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • August 22nd   First Day of School/Quarter One
  • October 29th   Beginning of Quarter Two
  • December 16th - January 3rd   Christmas Break
  • January 20th   Beginning of Quarter Three
  • January 24th - 27th   Chinese New Year Break
  • March 23rd - 27th   Spring Break
  • March 30th   Beginning of Quarter Four
  • June 5th   Last Day of School

What type of program does your school offer?

Oasis offers an American educational program for students in kindergarten to 12th grade that is staffed by U.S. certified teachers, created to be academically challenging, integrated with cutting-edge technology, and centered in developing character in our students. As the newest American school in the greater Kuala Lumpur area and a member of the Oasis International Schools network, OIS offers a personalized learning experience that integrates a holistic approach and is based on the United States education system.

I’m not familiar with the U.S. education system. Can you tell me more about it?

In the U.S. education system, classes are rooted in content and skills that align with standards. The standards are designed to challenge students academically as well as to encourage them to think critically and demonstrate creativity. However, there are many other important aspects. To learn more, visit our U.S. Education System page as well as our Learning pages for Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.

What classes will my child take in elementary school?

For elementary students, there are five core subjects: English language arts, math, science, social studies, and character education. Students will also have specials in Visual and Performing Arts, Foreign Languages, and Physical Education. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. For descriptions of each class, click here.

What classes will my child take in middle school?

Middle school students will have core classes in English language arts, math, science, social studies, and philosophy. Other required classes and electives will complete a student’s schedule. To view a list of classes available for middle school students, click here.

What classes does my child need to graduate from high school?

High school students must complete a minimum of 24 credits to earn a diploma. For more information, click here.

Do you have a Course Catalog?

Yes. Our complete list of courses and descriptions can be found here. We will continue to add courses as student enrollment increases.

What is Advanced Placement (AP)?

Our Advanced Placement (AP) program provides students with university-level academic courses that give them an advantage when applying to top colleges and universities around the world. The program (which is operated by The College Board) is the most widely used academic program in the world. Students in 10th grade through 12th grade are eligible to take AP courses once they have passed pre-requisite courses. To learn more about the benefits, click here.

Do students have to take a test to graduate?

Each year in high school, students must complete semester exams as part of their classes. There is not one final test that must be taken to graduate; we believe that student progress should be evaluated daily in a variety of ways.

What is the SAT?

The SAT is a test that measures the knowledge and skills that students learn in high school and need for academic success in college and university. Millions of college-bound students choose to take this test each year. Universities examine the results of this test as a part of the application process; many other factors are also important such as high school grades, activities, leadership roles, and character. While it is not required for graduation, we recommend students take this test if they plan to attend university. To learn more, click here.

Where do Oasis Alumni attend university after graduation?

Being part of the Oasis International Schools network, our alumni are currently attending university all over the world. To see a partial list of universities, click here.

How is technology incorporated at your school?

We incorporate technology as a fundamental part of the learning process and ensure every student on campus has access to at least one personal Apple device. We do this because we believe that technology not only fosters creativity and innovation but also leads to deeper and more meaningful learning. To assist with the integration of learning and technology, Oasis uses the ISTE Standards for Students across the curriculum. Also, all students at Oasis are required to complete our Technology Induction Program that will guide them through resources that teach appropriate technology use and behavior. For more information, visit our Learning through Technology page.

What sports are available for students?

The Oasis Sports Program consists of rugby, CrossFit, volleyball, tennis, basketball, soccer, swimming, cross country, cheerleading, and touch rugby. To learn more, visit our Sports page.

Do you provide English language learning (ELL) support for those who are still learning how to communicate in English?

Spaces for ELL support are available but limited. Priority for ELL support is given to students that are from non-English speaking countries.

Do you provide busing services for the students?

Yes, at an additional cost, we can provide busing for students. Please visit our Transportation Information page for more information.

How do I make an appointment to learn more about your school?

Please contact the admissions department at admissions@ois.edu.my to make appointments or ask questions. You may also visit our Request More Information page to contact the admissions department.