10 Top Schools in Malaysia (Residential)

10 top schools in Malaysia named for residential category

The Ministry of Education today revealed its much anticipated list of 10 top schools in Malaysia after the previous intention of the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to announce it a few weeks back. This is the first list or rank of its kind. Muhyiddin is also the current Education Minister.

As anticipated, several high profile schools, especially those government-supported full boarding and residential schools appeared on the list (particularly Sekolah Tun Fatimah, Malay College Kuala Kangsar, Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah and Kolej Tunku Kurshiah) which made up part of the 10 residential secondary schools selected.

Apart from the 10 residential schools, four day schools (SMK (P) Sri Aman, SMK Aminuddin Baki, SMK Sultanah Asma and SMK (P) St. George) and six primary schools (SK Seri Bintang Utara, SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail, SK Bukit Damansara, SK Zainab (2), SK Convent Taiping and SK Bandar Baru Uda 2) are ranked in the coveted 20-school list.

However, no MRSM was named in the list, while a number of so-called low profile schools made surprise entries.

Full list of top 10 schools in Malaysia (residential)

1. Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah (SAS), Putrajaya


Formerly known as Sekolah Alam Shah, SAS is a full boarding or residential school that has also obtained the the Cluster School, Smart School and Bestari School status. SAS was one of the earliest Malay-stream schools that provided the form sixth classes and became an important stepping stone for many students vying to enter top tertiary institutions. For more than 4 decades, the school was based in Kuala Lumpur before transferring to a new site in Putrajaya.

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2. Sekolah Seri Puteri (SSP), Selangor


Sekolah Seri Puteri or SSP began its history with the name of Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Kolam Ayer. The school was facing shortage of teaching staff early in its formative years and had to employ teachers from neighbouring countries before they were being replaced by local workforce. Before its move to the current site in Cyberjaya, SSP was considered one of the smallest boarding schools in the country in terms of campus size.

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3. Sekolah Dato’ Abdul Razak (SDAR), Negeri Sembilan


First established in Johor Bahru with merely 80 students just before Malaya’s independence, SDAR is one of the oldest all-boys fully residential schools which entered the education scene. The school is prominent not only in academic field but also in sports, particularly its flagship sport, rugby. After Johor Bahru, it relocated to Tanjung Malim in 1957, later to Seremban in 1972 and finally to Sungai Gadut, Seremban in 2002.

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4. Kolej Tunku Kurshiah, Seremban (TKC), Negeri Sembilan


Located in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, the all-girls school TKC takes the name of Tunku Kurshiah, in honour of the country’s first queen. It takes more than academic excellence to get into this school, where a student is expected to be on top of her co-curricular fields and sporting activities. The school was first established in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur before moving to the current location in the 60s.

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5. Sekolah Tun Fatimah (STF), Johor


A full boarding school with the number of selected students filtered carefully by folks at the MOE (Ministry of Education). Consistently featured in the top school lists for excellence in academic (PMR and SPM) and co-curricular activities. Founded in Melaka by the name of Sekolah Menengah Perempuan Melayu, the school moved to a new site in Johor Bahru in 1962, and remains until today.

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6. Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), Perak


MCKK was founded with the initial objective to create elite Malays, especially the rulers’ and leaders’ rank. It grew to become a production house for many prominent (and to a few, controversial) figures such as Sultan Azlan Shah, Dato’ Onn Jaafar, Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, Dato’ Dr. Hj Fadzilah Kamsah, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tan Sri Hassan Merican and fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK).

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7. Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim (SEMSAH), Kedah


Taking its initial sharing base in Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid, Alor Setar, Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim or SEMSAH was established as the need to accommodate the increasing number of students rose. The current site in Jitra was officially opened in 1965 by the ruler of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. Some local folks refer the school by the name of ‘Sekolah Jenan’.

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8. Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah, (KISAS) Klang


KISAS was first founded in 1955 with the original name of Kolej Islam Malaya. Its heritage site was once a palace and was donated by the late Sultan Hishamuddin Ibni Sultan Sulaiman as an effort to produce prominent scholars and religious teachers. In late 60s, the school changed its name to Kolej Islam Klang, and some time after being upgraded to full residential school, the name was changed again to Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah, KISAS.

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9. SMS Tuanku Syed Putra, Perlis


The best school in Perlis, Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Syed Putra was conceived in 1973, taking the usual old trend of settling in a shared premise. A few years after the establishment, the teachers and students were blessed with the finding of a new dedicated campus in Behor Pulai, nearby the state capital, Kangar.

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10. SMS Muzaffar Syah, Melaka


Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Shah began its history as Sekolah Menengah Sains Melaka and is located at an elevated area of over 100 meters above the sea level. More popularly known among the residential schools fraternity as ‘Moz@c’ (or Mozac), the school houses both male and female students.

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15 Replies to “10 Top Schools in Malaysia (Residential)”

  1. This is so not true. What is best school is all about? If it is based on GPS or in other words academic result, of course the best GPS of course goes to MRSM Langkawi with 1.443. Since MRSM Langkawi special programmed is being demolished so the current best school im Malaysia is MRSM Taiping with GPS 1.56 somethin. It is the result based on SPM Result 2008. Is there is any school with GPS higher than that? If it exists please tell me coz for now, this is the fact that even mass media don’t publish yet.

    1. These so-called high performance schools are evaluated based on a number of criteria (will try to cover soon) and not only academic results for certain year (GPS can be used to compare between MRSMs but not other schools which use different methodology).

      But like you, I would agree that some MRSMs should get some sort of recognition for producing many talented and successful students out there.

  2. I was from SMS Tuanku Syed Putra in Perlis. You called that one of the best 10 residential schools in Malaysia? You must be kidding. There were a lot of sodomy and lebianism going in there. Constantly water rationed and lousy mess food.

    Malaysia no standards la!

    1. got nearly 7 bil people on earth now, 28+ mil on Malaysia & thankful to Allah swt, we have just another one person from SMS Tuanku Syed Putra in Perlis who became The Londoner – complaints about Malaysian standards & problems she faced… Alhamdulillah… segala puji bagi Allah…

        1. Alhamdulillah… segala puji hanya layak bagi-Nya… terima kasih krn meng’loser’kan saya… byk lagi yg saya perlu belajar… byk lagi yg perlu saya temui… byk lagi tempat di alam ciptaan Allah yg terlalu luas ini utk saya terokai… byk juga cara utk mengesan IP address ‘The Londoner’, Service Provider, User Identifier, User Status, Log info, Hardware & System Status…

          1. You sound dangerously Talibanistic like the types found out here in UKM……they teach you much about global history there..???

  3. my deepest thanks to ‘The Londoner’ for providing the avenue to ease SKMM duty. your support by wisely using the Net through provocative words is greatly appreciated. thank you again.

    1. Provocation is good. If you really cannot take criticisms, then so be it. Leave the internet and stay inside your tempurung. Report all you want to the SKMM coz you fit the typical stereotype of katak di bawah tempurung.

      Feeling like a jackass engaging with a otak udang like you waste bandwidth and time. Good riddance!

  4. Ini semua sekolah Soalan Bocor No 1…

    This list is a scam….none of these boarding school /SMS / MRSM kids are in Yale..Harvard..Oxbridge ..even NUS or Nanyang for 2 reasons…cannot speakath the Inggeris and almost zero intellectual powers…..maybe good at rote learning and vomitting it out like a parrot…

    The best schools are probably in Damansara…like Damansara Jaya..Damansara Utama..Subang Utama..Sea School…maybe Taman Tun..Taman Megah….etc…..for one simple reason….a school is only as good as its sum total of its neighbourhood intelligence….pray tell how the heck a school in Grik..Langkawi or Pekan will ever help a student…..

    Unless our education authorities are living on Mars….our best brains are in KL..PJ..Penang and maybe Ipoh…if you detach a student from the best available brains …then you have just done a great disfavour to the student and his future…..

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