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so..school/kindy browsing again..

*these are my own personal thoughts of schools/kindies that I’ve found on the net/word of mouth, written for my own use, although I’ve made it public if for some remote reason it may benefit other parents searching for schools in the KV area, with focus on those Islamic and Montessori inclined and English medium*

I’m still not made up on doing the Montessori course, still pening with all the options and non-availability of AMI or other MAIN international Montessori courses locally. Well, there’s NAMC online maybe, and I see that the principal of Sri Ayesha is actually NAMC trained, well! I thought that they weren’t really seriously implementing Montessori but after looking at their site: Sri Ayesha’s blog, videos, and another blog, well got some montessori quotes and stuff…looks like the spirit is there,implementation have to go & see for myself.

I was actually looking for the islamic school in Shah Alam that was supposedly Montessori too, or at least partially, could it be this one: http://issa-primary.com/, I’m not so sure, and the school esp. the uniform, don’t look so appealing or as prim and properas ayesha’s very professional looking attire. I’m ashamed to say that the uniforms really affect my judgement of the school performance.. 😛 ok, i found out that this IISA is affiliated to ADNI, same curricullum but fees may be higher? oh here’s another: safinatun najah, but seems like only the kindy is montessori. For kindies, it seems like many claim to be montessori, some more islamic ones in shah alam: NUh’s Ark, principal is St. Nicholas trained.

Anyway, I have a better impression of Itqan now after this comment in a forum. Adding the fact that Aisha Z Abdullah told me that their teachers are regulars at her Montessori workshops, so teacher development, or at least refresher training is a good thing to my mind. The only gripe I have is why do they start with singapore syllabus but end with KBSR, and it says for sci & maths that they follow s’pore for stndrd1-3, then KBSR, how come? Then the headmistress welcome note is not really clear on this, and says that it’s S’pore up to stndrd 5, then follow KBSR. Confused a bit lah, anyway, the kindy is at Kota Damansara and is Montessori, and the headmistress is also head of IIS? I don’t know how much a Montessori it is, but I think I’ll be paying a visit to Sri Ayesha, Itqan kindy, maybe primary, but been there before, have to schedule at schooltime to see what’s up there and check out syllabus. Anyway, there’s another MOntessori kindy at Kota Damansara, littleCapers,but not islamic la. MAcam tu tadika dayana at ttdi is also montessori, as is the segi affiliated (?) one at DU, taska sri montessori I think. Have to visit Al-Hidayah, now relocated to Bangsar, have a friend who knows the principal, who already talked to her about my interest in Montessori, hmm..another visit/call due. Why am I doing all this? I need to network, not feel all alone, see what others have done, get advice on where to go on from here..also options for my younger non-schooling kids(don’t really want to move my eldest as she’s happy where she is..I think), so definitely sri ayesha and itqan is on my to visit list 🙂 but itqan so expensive meh!

other islamic schools..these are probably adni/musleh affiliated since i found this list in a presentation to musleh by an adni administrator:
IIS KOTA DAMANSARA, K LUMPUR, not too keen on this one due to reviews
IIS SHAH ALAM Fees are much cheaper than the above affiliates?

other Islamic schools:
Greenview (new school at UEP S.Jaya)
Khalifah Model School (love the concept, but in the middle of KL -Ampang and again my eyes berpina tengok uniform dia..hehheh…why can’t they have just plain uniforms with plain pastel colours..not bright yellow or purple (ISSA), actually I prefer no uniforms, but that’s too radical I guess for Malaysia)

One Malay medium Islamic School I just discovered:
Sek. Ren. Islam Pintar (SRIP) – sek JIM at Melawati, Malay medium

Malay Islamic schools memang banyak! Yg biasa:
Al-Amin GOmbak, Al-Amin Keramat, Al-Amin Bangi, Hira’ Batu Belah, Hira’ Tahfiz (MUSLEH Schools)
Integrasi SS18/19 S.ALam, INtegrasi As-Syakirin, SIMDE (S.Jaya)

ok, so my views, from just browsing, I like Sri Ayesha (since I’m smitten with the Montessori philosophy, but still open to other methods that work and in line with my philosophies, not so 100% montessori saja..). Only issue is that it’s too far, and English well, site has errors but not such a big thing for me as I teach my own kids English, the environment is priority…but I guess I do have this view that if the teachers can’t converse well in English baik tak payah..I’d prefer them to speak good Malay instead, apa bahasa pun asalkan bahasa yang baik, not like my rojak writing eh? 😛 At-tamimi seems OK, I like the extra-curricular activities, yearly visits to yemen, wow, could I afford that :), anyway, not so much so that I would move my child there, but sri ayesha is tempting enough for a move, except that it’s far!..after all the browsing, my dd1 is probably staying where she is..he..he..

other montessori kindies:
Blooming Tots (Iqra` for muslims)
Children’s Playhouse (the site’s not updated, there’s a kindy at the shoplot at Bukit Jelutong and a school -Sek. Sri Kayangan- adjoining the kindy that’s sort of a homeschooling centre, run by Pn. Aisha Z Abdullah, the MAM pres.)
Small Wonder

ni islamic kindies with montessori trained principal:
Genius Iman (Mikids etc.)
Salsabiila at Kelana Jaya (also use Mikids, partial Montessori up to 4 year olds, got tests for 6 yo)

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  1. Zas
    September 21, 2010 at 16:32


    I’m impressed with the research that you’ve done. It certainly makes my search for Islamic Montessori schools easier.

    Nonetheless, recently my research and reading swayed my thoughts to homeschooling my daughter instead.

    I wonder what’s your opinion on homeschooling and whether you’ll be interested with the idea.

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Thank you.

  2. ash
    October 22, 2010 at 17:05

    just googling review on sri ayesha and happened to come to your blog.
    just wondering, have you been to sri ayesha?
    how was it?
    i am looking for english islamic primary school.
    just email me whenever you are free.
    looking forward for your reply!

  3. Syirin
    November 5, 2010 at 14:28

    hi, i was googling for schools/kindies for my son when i came across your blog.. i totally understand what you’re going through, the headaches and stuff… i have not decided where, but your list is great in helping me deliberate….

    good luck and hope you found what you’re looking for!

  4. alsetti
    December 30, 2010 at 01:10

    ash: yes, i’ve been to sri ayesha, the principal is sweet, but it was a really short visit, so no thoughts yet on montessori implementation in the school. but the school’s certainly fully booked by end of october, so if you’re interested you should go there pronto. also i think to get a place in 1st year primary it’s easier if your child went to sri ayesha’s kindy, there are two of them.

    syirin & zas: thanks! jazaakumullahu khairan for your comments. and zas certainly wd like to hs but the main problem with me is discipline (of myself) and support, for me and my children. When those two things are settled, we’ll see 🙂

  5. December 7, 2011 at 14:58

    My children is in Greenview Islamic School… They’ll move to a better building next year at bukit jelutong… Love the school and their systems… More to CIE but using IB-like method….

    • alsetti
      July 17, 2012 at 11:45

      Thank you for your comment, I’m sure it’ll help some other mummies out there decide on the various options available.

  6. Ariful Islam
    February 21, 2012 at 21:36

    Hi.. I am a Muslim expat and have a 6 yr old daughter who I want to enroll in a Islam based school and at the same time study under the Cambridge system. How is the Green view Islamic school compared to other Islamic school? Any suggestions please?

    • alsetti
      July 17, 2012 at 11:43

      Sorry, I haven’t updated this blog in a while. Another commenter has given her views on greenview. It is quite a new school, and uses the IB curriculum.

  7. Nij
    March 27, 2012 at 16:08

    Sri ayesha certainly suited my search for the school that i wanted for my son ; islamic, english medium that absorded the mentossori method in its teachings. I am also inclined to montessori method and non exam oriented school, sri ayesha seem perfect. I’ve been to the school to see the surroundings but did not had a chance to meet the principal as she was away. ( i came during the school holidays). However i was lucky because i have a friend that send two of her child to sri ayesha. Supprisingly the comment was negative….according to this friend, during the early years of its establishment, sri ayesha’s management was very organised but as it became larger where it expanded to cater for secondary school, its management became kelam kabut….many parrents was not happy on how ari ayesha tackle some issues i.e on preparation of foods for the children, sports day event, lack of communication with parents, collection of fees, facilities at school…and etc. As much as there are fully booked, there are also some continuos exiting from the school. Another, claimed that the principal sort of trying to avoid meeting with parrents that have some issue to discuss. Really hope that sri ayesha cud improve its management…..i’m now thinking again whether to send my son to sri ayesha, as continued poor management will eventually effect the students.

    • alsetti
      July 17, 2012 at 11:53

      Sorry it’s been quite a while, I appreciate your review, inshaAllah it’ll help others decide!

      • ren
        November 22, 2012 at 10:16

        would like to seek your view on al-hidayah bangsar? m looking for islamic kindy for my 3 yrs old next year in damansara/bangsar area. looking forward for yr reply. tks.

      • alsetti
        December 14, 2012 at 12:28

        I’m sorry for the late reply. I met the teachers a few times for Al-Hidayah, and have been there several times. So far, for an Islamic Montessori, it is one of the most well equipped with Montessori materials, though I haven’t been to see many. It doesn’t group multi-aged children like a pure Montessori, it has separate classes for 4, 5, 6 year olds. It has an open atmosphere, parents are allowed in, I’ve met the teachers a few times, they seem quite loving and competent, a few have been there more than a decade, so I’d say they are commited, as it isn’t a high paying job. I love their book collection as well! This week they’re having their yearly hafazan & solat camp. I think for 3 year olds it’ll be a half day playgroup, you should call them/visit soon to find out more if interested.

      • ren
        December 17, 2012 at 10:29

        thanks very much for the info. the other school that m considering is itqan. any info on d school?

      • alsetti
        January 3, 2013 at 07:19

        Hi, i’ve only visited itqan once, it divides according to age, has a good arabic teacher from sudan. it finishes at 3 pm i think, check with them, hidayah’s at 12 noon.

        Ok, there’s a reply here saying itqan finishes at 2pm, except for playgroup, do check with the school though if interested.

  8. amal
    January 15, 2013 at 11:01

    I am Arab and I have a 2.5 year boy and would like to send him to a preschoon in shah alam which applies montessori method and with english meduim. I have 2 alternative (if you have others please inform me): Nuh Ark and Brainy Buch, which one do you suggest?
    Thanks in advance for your help

    • alsetti
      January 29, 2013 at 13:08

      I’m sorry, I haven’t been to either of the schools you mentioned. I think nuh’s ark has been around longer. Brainy bunch now has a primary school and an adjoining preschool in usj 25, putra heights. It is quite impressive, a bold and brave move to provide montessori education for 7+ yo, but as I said i’ve never been to the s.alam branch to comment. I would choose based on the teacher’s personality first, then qualification, then school equipment/setting. Istikharah would be good for the best decision inshaAllah.

  9. January 18, 2013 at 01:07

    assalamualaikum to all,
    my kids are in Itqan and i love every bit of the school. montesori apparatus are very well equipped. and teachers attend montessori refresher course often. classes are according to age though. playgroup (age 4) is in another house (intermediate house) opposite the K1 n K2 (age 5 n 6) house (corner lot)

    for playgroup,school ends at 12pm whereas for K1 n K2, ends at 2pm. class ratio for 4 years are 1:5/6 for 5years 1:8 and for 6years 1:12 students.

    i did not have a 2nd thought at all about the school. when i first visited the school, i straight away put my kids name in. they do have waiting list, especially for 5 and 6 years old.

    i visited Al-hidayah before,thinking it would be nice to see my kids go to the same school as i did, but find that Itqan was far more impressive.

    they have school excursion 4 times a year,in which my kids will always look forward to it. each excursion will be according to the theme for the school term.

    school management is also tip top, even though memos are given in communication book / email, we will still received sms for reminders of important dates / events.

    regarding the primary, i cant comment much since my kids are still in the kindergarten. but if im not mistaken, yes they r using the singapore syllabus up till standard 5, then revert back to kssr for preparation of UPSR. was told by a parent, usually kids will be advance in maths n english when they revert to kssr in standard 5,but a lil prob in the bahasa melayu subject.

    • alsetti
      January 29, 2013 at 13:15

      Thank you for the feedback munirah! So you’re a hidayah graduate 🙂 I should say that i’m helping out there this year. yes, there are always pros and cons with any school. I heard itqan preschool is good in arabic immersion too, would you say so?

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