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The start to a great career often lies in a strong foundation in education. And the closer the school is to home the better, as that will require less travel time for parents and students alike. For this reason, Petaling Jaya is a preferred location for a family home for most families. Prices for a home in Petaling Jaya are however in the premium range.

The cost of real estate in Petaling Jaya is, however, a fair price to pay if you can afford it, for the convenience of living that can be enjoyed in this city. Besides the myriad of great food and cafes to be found in Petaling Jaya, some of the most premium education institutions can be found in this city. Below is a breakdown of some of the most popularly chosen ones based on education level.


1. Early Childhood Years

The basis of good education starts in the childhood years, and according to today’s standards, the earlier the better. For this reason, many early childhood education centres have popped up in Petaling Jaya in recent years, many offering different methods of teaching. This then enables parents to select the best centre based on their child’s learning preferences. Below are only some of the more favoured ones among parents:

Puei Chee Kindergarten

The Puei Chee Kindergarten is often the preferred choice for parents who wish for their children to continue their studies in the Chinese language. A highly popular kindergarten, Puei Chee prioritises intake for students within the neighbourhood before opening their available spots to those from other neighbourhoods. Their student headcount is also extremely limited, hence if you really wish for your child to enter this kindergarten, you will have a much better chance if you stay within the neighbourhood.

The Puei Chee Kindergarten is renowned for enabling a smooth transition to primary education in the Chinese language for their students, as well as for their character building and problem-solving skills.

Puei Chee Kindergarten Address: No. 478, Jalan 17/17, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor 46400

Website: http://pueichee.com/


Kindyland, Tropicana

Kindyland is a kindergarten located in the upscale neighbourhood of Tropicana. The unique point of this kindergarten is their education system that integrates the National Curriculum standards, while enhancing it with the Singapore International Curriculum. As a result, the students who attend Kindyland are well prepared for future education. Kindyland is also well renowned for their character building abilities, as reflected in their students.

Many parents also love the fact that Kindyland provides a variety of after school activities, which gives the parents more free time as they do not need to send their children to multiple places after school hours.

Kindyland, Tropicana Address: Tropicana Golf & Country Resort, Jalan Kelab Tropicana, Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47410 Malaysia

Website: https://www.kindyland.com.my/


Rise N Shine Childcare Centre, SS2

Rise N Shine Childcare Centre has a special place in the hearts of many parents and children for their patient teachers and unique teaching style. It is said that even children with mild disabilities perform very well at the Rise N Shine Childcare Centre. Rise N Shine follows a Montessori based teaching environment, where the children learn through play. Parents with children who have difficulty focusing also perform well in this kindergarten, thanks to the patience of the teachers.

Rise N Shine Childcare Centre, SS2 Address: No. 44a & 46a, SS2/10, SS2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47400 Malaysia

For a more extensive list of kindergartens that can be found in Petaling Jaya, you can refer to this Malaysian Early Childhood Directory.


2. Primary and Secondary Education in Petaling Jaya

Next up in line is, of course, the primary and secondary school education. We have grouped both of these together, as most primary schools come with a corresponding secondary school.

With about 58 primary and 28 secondary school choices available in Petaling Jaya, it is then only natural that the best of them comprise of international schools. Listed below are the top chosen ones by the website Edarabia:

Sri Emas International School

The Sri Emas International School has been the top choice for many parents in Petaling Jaya as the school has produced some of the most exemplary students. This school uses the Edgar Dale's Cone of Learning method, and specialises in keeping up with current times to make their education relevant, in both studies and extra curricular activities. The number of students within each class is kept to a maximum of 25 in contrast to the typical 40 plus students in national schools, in order to provide personal attention to each child.

Among the many extra curricular activities that students can look forward to when attending Sri Emas International School include Hip Hop, Drama, Art & Design, and Vocal Training classes. Lunches are provided, and vegetarian options are available.

Sri Emas International School Address: Lot 1214, Seksyen 40, Batu 10, Lebuhraya Persekutuan, Off Jalan SS7/2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Website: https://sriemas.edu.my/


The British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL)

If you are seeking a school that offers quality British international education, The British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) is the school for you. The maximum number of students allowed into each class does not exceed 22 students, and the school has a maximum of only 1278 students at any point of time. BSKL is experienced at teaching students from all over the world, with a total of 63 different nationalities attending the school. In providing a holistic and seamless teaching environment, The British International School of Kuala Lumpur provides education from the early years all the way to the sixth form.

All the teachers at BSKL are UK-qualified. Parents who send their children to BSKL find their level of academic focus, facilities, and extra curricular activities without match, resulting in many parents sending all their offspring to the same school.

The British International School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL) Address: No.1, Changkat Bukit Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Website: https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/malaysia/kuala-lumpur/british-international


Al-Hamra Integrated School

The Al-Hamra Integrated School is the ideal school for parents who wish for their children to receive an international education in the Cambridge Assessment International Education and MOE syllabus, even while holding strong to the Al-Quran and Sunnah core principles.

This school is renowned for producing some of the brightest students with a strong and disciplined background. Their teachers provide a warm teaching environment, producing humble yet high flying students.

Al-Hamra Integrated School Address: No. 2, Encorp Strand Garden Office Blok A , A-GF, No 12, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Website: https://alhamra.edu.my/


3. Tertiary Education in Petaling Jaya

Petaling Jaya is a city that brings to you not only some of the best living environments and cuisine, but also the best holistic education catering to all ages. Within the city are some of the most highly ranked universities in the country. Below are only some of the most highly recognised universities that Petaling Jaya has to offer.


University of Malaya (UM)

The Universiti of Malaya ranked 87 in the World University Rankings 2019. It is one of the oldest universities in Malaysia, and is located on Jalan Universti in Petaling Jaya. As a local university that is ranked amongst the top institutions of tertiary education worldwide, it comes as no surprise that many students who wish to further their studies in Malaysia strive to get into UM.

The tuition fees at Universiti of Malaya are comparatively affordable, their facilities are on par with private institutions, and they offer a wide range of study programmes. The university is also known for producing the most employable graduates, according to a study performed.

Universiti of Malaya Address: Jalan Universiti, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Website: https://www.um.edu.my/


Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s main campus used to be located in Petaling Jaya, but has since relocated to Kampar, Ipoh. Nevertheless, there are still several courses that are being taught at the PJ campus in Selangor.

UTAR is second only to Universiti Malaya in terms of world ranking, placing it as the second best university in Malaysia next to UM. And according to a study performed by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, the employability rate of their students 6 months after graduation stands at between 95% and 97%.

UTAR Address: No. 9, Jalan Bersatu 13/4, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

https://www.utar.edu.my/ https://www.utar.edu.my/


MAHSA University

MAHSA University is a private university in Petaling Jaya which specialises in medical and healthcare. Their courses are designed to raise the standards of professional healthcare, and their courses also provides its students with an exposure to a variety of labs. Students particularly appreciate this factor, as the exposure allows them to better select a specific lab of interest to work in, in the future.

MAHSA University Address: Jalan Ilmu, Off Jalan Universiti, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Website: https://mahsa.edu.my/


This concludes the Guide to Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Education in Petaling Jaya. For more insights into Petaling Jaya, check out the below Guides:

- History of Petaling Jaya
- Top Cafes in Petaling Jaya
- Top Investment Properties in Petaling Jaya
- What to do in Petaling Jaya


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(Written by G. Zizan, 23rd July 2020)

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Glad to see my former uni on the list.