Dalat International School in Tanjung Bunga, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Dalat International School provides an education for life to children in preschool to high school graduation. Located in Penang, Malaysia, Dalat is a leader in international education, with more than 460 students from 27 nations.

Dalat International School offers a caring learning environment and an American, college-preparatory, biblical worldview education with over 80 years of experience. Dalat’s excellent academic and boarding programs are well-known around the world and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Dalat School was founded in 1929 as a private Christian boarding school to provide a North American elementary and high school education for children of C&MA missionaries in Indo-China. Because of war conditions in 1965, the school moved from its original location in Dalat, Vietnam, to a temporary location in Bangkok, Thailand. Eight months later, the school relocated to the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia where it remained for six years. In June 1971, Dalat moved to its present location in Penang, Malaysia where it became established as Dalat International School in 2002.

Ask any teacher what makes Dalat special and they will say it is the students. Ask any student what makes Dalat special and they will say it is the friends that they make and the fun they have with them. Ask any parent what makes Dalat special and they will say it provides a quality education in a safe environment. Positive togetherness, moments of camaraderie and satisfying relationships are the hallmarks of a Dalat education.

Elementary Curriculum

Based on the belief that children have a natural potential for learning, the curriculum is designed to provide students with skills, concepts, enrichment, and opportunities for self-expression. Instruction in academic areas and special subjects is designed to meet individual needs and accommodate the different learning rates and developmental stages of children.

Some subjects are taught by a specialist teacher outside the homeroom classroom. The elementary classes are closed classrooms with a homeroom teacher.

Middle School Curriculum

The Middle School curriculum is standards driven. This model assures continuity and helps drive a scope and sequence of instruction that is logical and progressive.

Grades 5-8 are considered middle school but is broken down further into intermediate grades (5,6) and middle school (7,8). The program is designed to reflect a gradual transition from the self-contained classroom to the high school format. A basic core of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and Bible are taken daily in all grade levels. In addition, students also take classes in computer, art, study skills, health and band (grades 6-8) each year.

The schedule is also designed to include exploratory classes which are taken on a quarterly basis. In the past these classes have included: leadership, drama, journalism, choir, worship team, and information processing classes. Students in grades 5-8 are placed on Student Advisor Teams (SAT’s). These teams meet for fifteen minutes at the beginning of each day to participate in a variety of team-building activities.

High School Curriculum

Dalat International School provides an American-based education, preparing students for entry into colleges and universities in North America. At the completion of four years of study and 24 units of credit, students receive the American high school diploma.

The curriculum and instruction provide a broad basis in general education and a strong preparation for university systems worldwide.

Dalat International School Facilities

“One of the most beautiful locations in the world” is usually how people describe the campus of Dalat International School. Situated on beach front property on the tropical island of Penang, Malaysia, the campus offers breathtaking views of the sea and Malaysia’s outlying islands along the western coast.

Since 1971 the Dalat school campus has been located on this 7.5 acre paradise that includes classrooms, administration, athletic and boarding facilities for the Dalat community. The campus was built between the 1920’s and 1950’s as a British military retreat center with most of the buildings remaining to this day. School gymnasium and student centers were added in the 1990’s.

  • High School: 17 classrooms
  • Middle School: 10 classrooms
  • Elementary School: 10 classrooms
  • Elementary School Library
  • High School and Middle School Library
  • 5 computer labs
  • 300 computers
  • Virtual High School
  • Sevenstar Academy
  • Labs for experiments in chemistry, physics and biology.
  • 3 science labs
  • Band room
  • Vocal ensemble room
  • 2 Visual Arts studios
  • Piano room
  • Academic guidance
  • Emotional counseling
  • Special services for learning disabilities
  • Distance Learning Resource Center
  • 5 dorm families: separate boys and girls bedroom wings (most have ensuite bathrooms), separate study rooms, common living and dining areas and a dorm parent apartment
  • Medical infirmary
  • Resident nurse
  • Cafeteria
  • Gymnasium: hardwood floor, locker rooms, and weight room
  • Outside basketball court
  • Tennis court
  • Swimming pool
  • 2 grass playing field
  • School Store
  • PTO Store
  • Games Centre
  • Areas to relax and do homework

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Dalat International School Contact Details

Dalat International School
Tanjung Bunga,
11200 Penang,

Tel: +6(04)899 2105
Fax: +6(04)890 2141

Email: info@dalat.org

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:45am to 4:30pm