Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur (TCISKL) – FAQ

Education is one of Tzu Chi’s four missions. Tzu Chi wish to propagate the correct education philosophy by providing a comprehensive and wholesome education system to produce exemplary future generations inculcated with good moral values, wholesome vision and noble character. Master Cheng Yen said, “Theories that are preached but not practiced would induce fear thus causing fuss, disputes and afflictions. It takes enormous effort to rectify deviance. Thus, it is of utmost importance to lay a strong foundation in educating our children. Tzu Chi’s comprehensive education system, starting from pre-school to university level enables students to learn and grow in a loving environment.” This is Tzu Chi’s holistic education system, which is also an ideal approach advocated by Confucius.


Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia set up its first kindergarten in Kuala Lumpur in 2007. Our teachers, mindful of Master Cheng Yen’s philosophy in education, devote themselves to nurture and instil in our students humanistic qualities thereby transforming them into adorable kids who are kind, polite and loving. It is under such a circumstance that parents have expressed their fervent hope that Tzu Chi would offer a comprehensive education system, extending its coverage from kindergarten to include primary and secondary schools, and possibly university. It is hoped that their children will be able to develop into cultivated and knowledgeable individuals with noble character, and emerge as society role models. Prompted by our teachers’ unwavering resolute and mounting requests from parents, Tzu Chi Foundation has decided to set up Tzu Chi International School to nurture quality citizens and outstanding talents for society and country.

TCISKL is built on the bedrock of goodwill and support from the society. It is focused in providing a holistic education system with character building its priority. This is done through Tzu Chi Humanistic Culture Education Programme, which will be infused into the learning timetable. The school places great emphasis in building a strong tripartite relationship between teachers, students and parents, and a support system of shadow parents (Great Love and Yi Te parents) which is unique to Tzu Chi Education System.

Tzu Chi Humanistic Culture Education focuses on the teaching of

• Living Skills – Learning responsibility and accountability through maintaining good personal hygiene and self-appearance, completing daily chores and upkeeping cleanliness and tidiness in school and at home. This is to instil self-love, self-worth and self-respect.

• Life Education – Learning to respect all beings and reach out to practise loving-kindness, compassion, joy and selfless giving. This will help students to in-build a moral compass that will guide them onto the right life path.

• Service Learning – A community service platform for students to experience, feel and practise, which is key in the process of inculcating the virtue of benefitting oneself and others.

• Humanistic Culture – This helps students to understand and appreciate one’s cultural background, as well as nurturing creativity and instilling discipline. This would include the art of tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy, appreciation of Jing Si Aphorisms, social etiquette and lyrical sign-language; and

• Living with Nature – Students will be made aware of the need to protect Mother Earth through the practice of 5Rs (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, and Recycle), recycling activities and vegetarianism.

Humanistic spirit is the cornerstone of Tzu Chi’s charitable missions. It emphasizes the cultivation of proper conduct and moral values, such as filial piety, propriety, integrity, teamwork and mutual help. Through a unique Tzu Chi’s 5-stage Jing Si Aphorism Teaching Methodology comprising of experiencing, storytelling, self-reflection, contemplation, and practising, values are integrated into all aspects of students’ experience both inside and outside the classroom, the academic curriculum, extracurricular activities, teacher-student interactions and school activities.

TCISKL adopts the internationally-recognized Cambridge IGCSE curriculum. Lessons on Tzu Chi’s humanistic culture are also incorporated into the syllabus. Our students may opt to continue their studies in colleges and higher learning institutions locally or overseas after completing the IGCSE or A-Levels.


Primary Lower Secondary Upper Secondary Pre-University
Cambridge Primary Cambridge Secondary IGCSE A-Levels

While classes are predominantly conducted in English, our students will also learn Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia to enable them to master all three languages.

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All prospective parents and students of TCISKL are expected to attend the enrolment briefing sessions which provide in-depth insights into Tzu Chi’s education philosophy. This is to ensure that parents concur with Tzu Chi’s values and are willing to work hand in hand with TCISKL in shaping students into well-rounded members of society.

TCISKL also encourages parents and students to actively participate in Tzu Chi’s various missions, including charity, education, environmental protection and humanistic culture. This serves as an avenue to foster a closer bond between parent and child, cultivate the spirit of giving and gain a better understanding of the ethos behind Tzu Chi’s missions.

TCISKL serves only vegetarian meals on campus, as it advocates saving the environment through recycling and vegetarianism. Students will be tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the cleanliness of the school and engaging in recycling practices as part of the school’s commitment to environmental education. All teaching staff and students will be required to wear uniforms.

All applicants, except kindergarten and Year 1, are required to sit for a placement test. Admission interview for both prospective students and their parents will also be arranged, prior to offer and acceptance of enrolment.

TCIS KL is opened to local and foreign students of all races and religions aged from 4 to 19 year-old. These students will come from differing background from low to upper income groups. Reasonable Tuition fees is charged to cover day to day operating cost thus making TCIS KL much more affordable to a bigger number of students. Scholarships will be given to selected students from poor family.

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• Kindergarten and Year 1 applicants are exempted from placement test for Year 2020 intake.

• Placement test subjects for Year 2, 3 & 4 (primary school) and Year 7 & 8 (secondary school) – English, Chinese and Mathematics.

• Offer letter will be sent to parents of successful applicants. Upon which they are required to submit all relevant documents and to make full payment of enrolment fees and security deposit to secure placement. Formal acceptance letter will be issued once enrolment is confirmed.

Interested applicants who missed the May closing date may still apply. However, they will be placed on reserve list for consideration depending on the availability of places.

The first intake is scheduled for January 2020, with enrolments for kindergarten (4 to 6 years old), primary school Year 1 to Year 3, and secondary school Year 7 and Year 8. Intake for the other year groups (from primary school to pre-university) shall commence progressively in subsequent years. The class capacity for kindergarten is 25 students per class while that for primary and secondary school is 30 students per class.

TCISKL follows the National Academic Calendar as designated by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia, including official school and public holidays. The academic year is divided into two semesters – January to May, and June to November.


Year School Starts Extracurricular Activities/Tuition School Ends
Kindergarten 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Primary School 7:30 am 3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Secondary School 7:30 am 3:30 pm 5:00 pm

TCISKL places great emphasis on all-round student development. All students are required to participate in extracurricular activities three times a week. There will be various student clubs and societies providing students the opportunity to discover their talents and nurture their potential.


Sports Club Art & Crafts Performing Club ICT Society Uniform Service
• Ball Games
• Racquet Games
• Martial Arts
• Track & Field
• Cooking & Baking
• Zentangle
• Calligraphy
• Chinese Orchestra
• Choir
• Sign Language
• Mass Comm.
• Photography
• Robotics
• St John Ambulance
• Scout
• Community Service
• Environmental Protection

Note: Extracurricular activities listed above are subject to change according to students’ demand.

Tzu Chi Schools in Taiwan has a global networking with sister schools which TCISKL can tap into. TCISKL plans to organize annual overseas study tours for senior students, in addition to engaging in knowledge exchange with educational institutions abroad and partner organizations in various countries under Tzu Chi’s Education Mission, including Taiwan, Indonesia and USA.

Research in the fields of medicine and nutrition has shown that vegetarian diet does not affect negatively the growth and overall health of children. On the contrary, a diet rich in plant-based food sources is not only wholesome, but also contributes to improved emotional well-being. Introducing children to vegetarian diet is also a way to educate them on the importance of protecting Mother Earth and respecting all forms of life. This also helps to discourage students from becoming picky eaters, thus promoting overall development. TCISKL endeavours to provide students with nutritious vegetarian meals.

TCISKL fosters close communication and cooperation between teachers, parents and students in building a strong tripartite relationship between all three parties. Various meetings and activities will be organized throughout the school terms to facilitate positive interaction between teachers, parents and students. This provides teachers and parents the opportunity to exchange views to gain a better insight into a student’s well-being and performance at school and at home, in ensuring that the student’s needs are well-taken care of.

Moreover, the Yi Te Association formed by a group of loving and well-trained Tzu Chi volunteers will provide further support to students. Our Yi Te parents will care for the students, lend them a listening ear and lead by example. The Yi Te Association is a unique feature of Tzu Chi’s Education Mission implemented in Tzu Chi High Schools and Tzu Chi University in Taiwan. This support service has achieved tremendous success and received positive response from students and parents alike.

TCISKL does not provide boarding. We encourage students to live with their parents or guardians to enable parents to spend more quality time with their children.

TCISKL does not provide transportation service. However, the school will assist parents to connect with transport providers in their respective zone.

TCISKL is a non-religious school and accepts students of all faiths. Tzu Chi Humanistic Culture Education is based on universal values. According to Master Cheng Yen, the founder of Tzu Chi, the pursuit of faith is to guide us to understand life’s purpose and learn about life’s principles.

The cultivation of a noble character and proper conduct starts with being mindful in carrying out our daily activities and learning from them. TCISKL strives to guide students towards the right path in life and to lead a meaningful life by instilling positive values and equipping them with the aptitude for learning beyond the classroom.

Donation raised is to fund the construction of TCIS KL while the payment of school fees is necessary to cover the running costs of the school. Education contributes positively to society. It is Tzu Chi’s intent to provide comprehensive education from preschool to pre-university level aimed at producing capable and virtuous individuals who will contribute positively for the greater good of society. We look forward to your support and contribution to the building of this school.

TCIS KL is strategically located between Bandar Kinrara 9 and Bukit Jalil, a fast growing township within the Kuala Lumpur precinct.

Note: There will be future updates on the FAQ above, kindly refer to TCISKL website for latest info.