The school was started by Mrs Alice Fairfield-Smith at her home in Jalan Eaton, Kuala Lumpur in 1946 at the end of the Second World War.
Providing a high quality education for expatriate children
Mrs. Fairfield-Smith, a biology graduate from Harvard University and an experienced teacher, started with one student and by the end of the week, she had several children all eager to learn. This demand required her to transform her spare bedroom into a classroom, and her daughter was one of the early students.
Mrs. Fairfield-Smith's founding ethos of wanting to provide a high quality education for expatriate families living in Kuala Lumpur is still as relevant today. She wanted to ensure that expatriate children returning to education in their home country or moving to a school in another country could do so as seamlessly as possible.
The Alice Smith Schools Association
When she left Malaya for Australia in 1950, the parents of the children attending the school formally incorporated the Alice Smith Schools Association, placing the responsibility for the administration of the school in the hands of a Council of Governors. In this remarkable not-for-profit educational foundation, the student body comprised the founder nations of Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia and later, children of all nationalities.
The Alice Smith Schools Association remains as steadfast in its principles and governance today, focusing on high academic standards, essential life skills and a sense of responsibility to the community.
Two stunning campuses
In 1952, the school moved to its current premises in Jalan Bellamy to accommodate the increasing number of students. The school grew steadily over the years, educating students aged 11 to 18. In 1997, HRH Prince Edward opened the Secondary Campus at Equine Park.
Leading the way in campus development
The Primary Campus catering for children from the age of 3 to 11 has undergone many refurbishments over the decades, including a new building for Year 5 and 6 students, opened by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah in 2002, a new classroom block for Year 3 and 4 students next to the swimming pool, which also comprises a performing arts centre and an art studio. In 2010, the multi-million two storey sports centre, The Smurthwaite Gym was opened.
2013-2015 was another exciting phase in the development of the Primary Campus with the addition of a student dining hall, one-stop parent centre and a newly laid astro-turf for the sports field.
At Equine Park, a new purpose built split-level library, lecture hall and classrooms opened in September 2003 to complete the original building plan and enhance the provision for the Sixth Form. Further developments in 2008 included a new performing arts suite and enhancements to a variety of curriculum areas. 2011 saw the opening of the Steve Warry Centre, a state-of-the-art building providing a variety of flexible teaching areas that are in line with the best of modern teaching practices, a Media Studies Suite and an ICT Support Centre. Extensive renovations and improvements to the main classroom block occurred from 2013 to 2015, providing modern, light and flexible learning, teaching and administration facilities.
The design of the Jubilee Centre for parents at the Primary Campus was awarded GOLD at the Malaysian Architecture Malaysia (PAM) Awards 2015. In June 2016, the centre was officially opened by HRH The Duke of York Prince Andrew.
In addition, exciting new outdoor facilities at the Secondary Campus opened in September 2016. The Sports Complex includes a world class 8-lane synthetic athletic running track which conforms to the standard of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), a natural turf football field, a 5-a side hockey field and a versatile multi-sport playing area accommodating three futsal fields, netball and tennis courts.
The Alice Smith School is the first international school in Malaysia and the third in the world to receive this certification.
A sense of belonging to something special
With over 70 years of history, the Alice Smith School has a rich web of alumni stretched across the globe opening up a wealth of networking and social opportunities. Today, each one of our 1,550 students is educated with the same level of personal dedication, inspiration and student-focused learning as Mrs Smith had for her first class in 1946.