Tanarata International Schools

Malaysia Genome Institute, Jalan Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia


The School believes in the development of well rounded educated individuals that are “well grounded” and ethically sound so as to be able to contribute actively to the community at large in a positive manner. The School also understands that such a community thrives upon respect for truth and open exchange. It favours methods of teaching which foster the joy and excitement of learning, discovery and enquiry, and which develop the faculties – intellectual, aesthetic, emotional / spiritual and physical. It is the School’s contention that happy, well-balanced individuals who take strength from such a community, make an invaluable contribution to the world in which we live. In line with the owners / shareholders philosophy, the school provides a broad spectrum of educational disciplines and activities, hence the number and variety of subjects and activities available in the School.

We now live in a globally interconnected world, where both populations as well as knowledge and information (not to mention trade) has exploded over the last half century. Accompanying this is, and will continue to be, a quantum change in the fundamental structure of society as we know it today… the agrarian, industrial production, mercantile trade based economy of the past that has given way to the consumption and information age in a very capitalist world of today will again change in a post-capitalism world that is dawning on us – the question is… to what ?!

The skillsets that were important at various points in the past will again need to be rethought for this generation of students to prepare them for their future (not ours!).

Are standalone subjects like History and Geography still  as relevant – or do we need to combine these subjects (as teaching time is also limited) and bring in aspects of political science, sociology, environment and law  – and call this aggregate subject that promotes thinking skills to deal with the complex problems of the future by a new name – say, Global Perspectives? (Our examining body, Cambridge, is already proposing this by offering this new syllabus).

Similarly, do we also need to merge the Arts with Design (architectural and industrial design) – and then further with the Sciences?   (Again, Cambridge is already moving in this direction as reflected in their changes to the syllabus). After all, to make any product and service useful to society, it must look good (art skills), function well for the intended purpose (architectural and design engineering skills), perform well (science skill) – and finally, must be viable and saleable (economic and business/marketing skills).

The socio-economic ants of the near future would need to be able to combine their passion and personalities (soft skills) with their expertise and interests (hard skills) to thrive in this new society (now over 7 billion plus compared to 3 billion in 1960).  In view of these global trends, the schools has started make small incremental changes in this direction …  We hope that by introducing change in this manner, we stay true to the principle of  ‘engaging, preparing and inspiring’ our students.


The curriculum used, in both the Primary and Secondary Divisions, is modelled on the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Curriculum from the UK. The detailed curriculum for Years 10 & 11 and for AS/A Levels is prescribed by Cambridge International Examinations board administered by Cambridge University.

Curriculum for Year 1 to Year 11 is patterned on practices conforming to the CIE IGCSE syllabus.

Primary Division

The subjects offered in Primary are:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physical Education, Sports, Swimming and Play
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Languages (Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, French)
  • PSCS/ Agama (for Malaysians of Islamic faith)
  • ICT

Secondary Division

The subjects covered in Secondary are:

  • English & English Literature
  • Maths & Additional Maths
  • General Sciences / Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
  • Literature
  • History
  • Geography
  • Physical Education & Sports
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Languages (Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, French)
  • PSHE/ Agama (for Malaysians of Islamic faith)
  • Accounting & Economics
  • Computer Studies (including Design & Technology)

For the Secondary Division there is no separation into Science and Arts streams. At the point of entry to Year 10, students together with their parents are advised on an optimum combination of subjects to begin the process of preparation for preferred career paths and university education.

Additional Extra-Curricular-Activities (ECA) will be arranged and scheduled during the academic year.

AS/A Levels

The AS/A Level curriculum is patterned on practices conforming to the CIE AS/A Level syllabus.

At this level where Tanarata runs the programme over 2 years, students are encouraged to take no more than 4 subjects (and no less than 3 subjects) at A Levels. Students may however opt to take additional subjects at the AS Level.

Subjects offered at AS/A Levels:

  • General Studies (AS Level only)
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Accounting / Business
  • Literature
  • History
  • Law

Please feel free to contact us with any queries or questions you may have.

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