Raffles American School, Iskandar, Bahru District, Malaysia | Best Boarding Schools
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RAS offers an outstanding American education with top-notch international teachers.  Teaching staff holds teaching degrees from the US, Canada, and the UK. The goal of RAS is to educate the whole child through inquiry-based learning. This includes a strong co-curricular program that offers a variety of activities to appeal to the interests of all students, such as sports, dance, music, and art. The curriculum follows the Common Core Standards for Math and Language Arts, Next Generation Standards for Science, and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) for Social Studies.


  • 7 days boarding: 10,000 GBP

School size and facilties

RAS is one of the premier educational facilities in Southeast Asia. This includes state of the art athletic facilities including two gymnasiums, an Olympic-size swimming pool, learning pool, tennis courts, two soccer pitches, a track, and a baseball field. The fine Arts Center consists of a 750-person auditorium, black-box theater, practice rooms, and classrooms. Our custom-designed science labs are complimented with a green house and planetarium. The cafeteria offers nutritional choices for snacks and lunches because we understand the relationship between good nutrition and increased student learning.


Raffles American School is honored to have achieved full accreditation status from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in the USA.

RAS is proud to be officially welcomed as a full member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).

About the school

  • Dorm facilities:

    When housing younger boarders they strive to make their environment much like one they would have with their family at home. Boarders are in constant contact with the duty staff who offer their support in all aspects of boarding life. In addition to this, the boarding facility has separate, specially-designed areas for play, group academic work and activity-based learning.

Social life & attractions

RAS develops a variety of co-curriculars based on current student interests. Our activities are run by in-house teachers and talented, dedicated outside instructors and coaches. Raffles American School offers over 53 Co-Curricular Activities.

Comics, World Scholars, Coding, Robotics, Jazz Band, Vocal Technique, Wushu, Scuba Diving, Dance, Painting, Yearbook Club, Lyrical and Contemp Technique,  Bucket Drummers, Lego Robotics, Mandarin Culture Club, Library Club, Origami, Music and Movement, TechiPad

Academic life

  • What we offer ?


    Middle School  (Age 11-13)

    In the middle school, students rotate to subject-specific teachers. Students are exposed to language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, visual arts, performing arts, physical education, health, and technology. The Middle School curriculum is designed to prepare students for a successful transition into High School. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and passions. Our goal is to develop independent, successful, life-long learners.

    The Big Idea

    At RAS, teachers develop subject-specific process skills in order to provide multiple opportunities for students to acquire the RAS General Learning Outcomes. Content of a subject area, delivered as a means for students to explore the overarching practices and concepts, results in forming an independent, life-long learner.


    Language Arts – CCSS

    Mathematics - CCSS

    Science - NGSS

    Social Studies - C3 Framework

    World Lauguage - ACTFL

    Visual Art - AERO

    Music (or Performing Arts) - NCCAS

    Physical Education - KS

    High School (Age 14-17)

    The RAS High School curriculum qualifies students to earn a US High School Diploma. Student choice in all subject areas allows students to tailor their high school diploma to meet the requirements of desired future studies. Rigorous courses delivered with a focus on the RAS General Learning Outcomes are offered at varying levels of difficulty and commitment. The Advanced Placement (AP) offerings designed by the US College Board culminate in external examinations qualifying students for entry to their university of choice. Beginning in Grade 10 students work with a High School Guidance Counselor to assist in suitable course selection for potential university requirement. Graduation from RAS is, in itself, a passport to potential entry to virtually every university across the globe.

    The Big Idea

    At RAS, teachers develop subject-specific process skills in order to provide multiple opportunities for students to acquire the RAS General Learning Outcomes. Content of a subject area, delivered as a means for students to explore the overarching practices and concepts, results in forming an independent, life-long learner.

    US High School Diploma

    Students graduating from RAS are prepared to enter universities around the world. From Grade 10, students will receive individual counseling regarding their targeted region of university choice. RAS then assists students in choosing courses and co-curriculars necessary to achieve their goals. RAS High School Diploma Requirements:

     English - 4 Credits, Mathematics - 3 Credits, Science - 3 Credits, Social Studies - 3 Credits, World Language - 2 Credits, Physical Education - 2 Credits, Arts - 1 Credits, Health/Technology - 1 Credit, Electives - 6 Credits

    High School Curriculum with Advanced Placement Options:

    English and Mathematics: USA Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

    Science: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

    Social Studies: College, Career & Civic Life (C3 Framework)

    World Languages: American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) - Bahasa Melayu & Mandarin

    Arts: National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS)

    Physical Education: National Standards for Physical Education (SHAPE America)

    AP Course Offerings for the 2017-18 School Year:

    AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Calculus , AP Statistics, AP Comparative Governments and Politics, AP Mandarin, AP Macroeconomics, AP History, AP English literature and Composition

Summer Programs

 About Summer Camp:

Raffles American School is one of the premier boarding schools in Malaysia and all of teachers are native English speakers trained and accredited in the USA and abroad. The aim of the camp is to allow students to experience RAS and to participate in an intensive English language program that will build upon their current level of English. Class sizes are limited to 15 students per class to ensure individual attention is given to each student. During the camp, students will also be exposed to extra-curricular activities such as sports, music and arts after class as well as excursions on the weekends. Students will enjoy living on campus at our state-of-the-art boarding facilities where activities are planned for the evenings. While in boarding, all students will be cared for by  dedicated and professional boarding staff, and all meals and snacks will be prepared by school chef to ensure that we only serve a balanced diet of fresh, nutritious foods.

Camp Information: Our teachers are fully qualified English Language Learning (ELL) specialists and are all trained in the USA. Each class will have a maximum occupancy of 15 students.

Two couses shall be offered:

Novice: Students who speak very little or no English.

Intermediate: Students who possess the ability to hold basic English coversation and possess basic writing skills.

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Raffles American School, Iskandar, Bahru District, Malaysia | Best Boarding Schools
Raffles American School, Iskandar, Bahru District, Malaysia | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description


For every school offering the American Curriculum, there are “standards” or content knowledge that students must master and demonstrate for every subject, at every grade level.

Within each subject area, teachers are aware of, teach to and assist students in mastering these content standards, which have been adapted to reflect their geographic location. Over the course of one year, there are various “benchmarks”along the way to ensure that students are moving in the direction of mastery in each standard in each subject area.


The American Curriculum caters to students starting in Pre-Kindergarten (ages 3 and 4) who then move to Kindergarten (age 5) and then through grade 12. Traditionally, American schools are organized as Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.    


Students who successfully complete the American Curriculum will earn an American High School Diploma, which is recognized by universities around the world as a valid qualification for entry. The American Curriculum also offers students college-level course work during their high school education in the form of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.             


Because of the strong emphasis on the delivery of content knowledge through a learning outcome approach, the students “learn how to learn”, and the transferability to all other schools is quite strong. At the High School level (Grades 9 to 12) this transferability is even more important. Graduation from an accredited American High School is, in itself, a passport to potential entry into virtually every university across the globe.


Jalan Raffles , 79050 Iskandar Puteri., Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru District, Malaysia, Postcode - 79050
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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