In September 2011, Sri KDU International School (SKIS) opened its doors to Years 7 – 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, beginning with Year 12. The following year in September 2012, Years 1 – 6 were added on as the Sri KDU International Primary School (SKIPS).
However, the founding of SKIS goes way back further than 2011. The concept of smart schools in Malaysia was introduced by the Malaysian Government with the aim of providing better learning opportunities to Malaysian students. The idea of the Smart School was based on the introduction of Information Technology into the school process, in administration, academics, and from a management standpoint.
In line with the Malaysian Government Blue-Print on Smart Schools, Paramount Corporation Berhad, the holding company for KDU College Sdn Bhd decided that its successful record of almost 20 years in tertiary and pre-tertiary education via the KDU College network would allow it to take the next and perhaps integral step in providing education from the primary stage.
Consequently, KDU Smart School Sdn Bhd was set up in 1999 to support the government initiative by providing comprehensive smart school education to children interested in enrolling in private schools.
In 2000, after obtaining licenses from the Ministry of Education Malaysia for the set-up of the primary and secondary Smart Schools, the project began. This resulted in the building of the first block of Sri KDU Smart School on a 12-acre piece of land in Kota Damansara.
The Sri KDU Smart Learning Philosophy uses exploration and innovation as a catalyst for education, in the hope that the teaching environment will enable the students to become self-directed individuals.
Testament to Sri KDU school's sound pedagogy, Sri KDU Secondary School secured the top position among Malaysian schools in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012, placing it among top-ranked schools from 65 countries in mathematics, science and reading.
The opening of SKIS offered parents a choice between the Malaysian national curriculum at Sekolah Sri KDU, and the British national curriculum at SKIS, both backed by Paramount Education's strong reputation for academic excellence, personal development and focus on pastoral care.