XCL Education is a Southeast Asia focused education group dedicated to equip students with the tools, mindset, and exposure they need to confidently navigate the uncertain future, find their own place, and leave their own mark in the world.
XCL Education in Malaysia is one of the country's largest and most successful premier education group that brings together 4 major brands in Malaysian education - REAL Kids, REAL Schools, KDU Schools, and Cambridge English For Life (CEFL). Formerly known as Prestigion K12 Education Group, XCL forms the most diverse and experienced K12 education group in Malaysia with preschools, international schools, private schools, and enrichment centres that provide exceptional educational experiences to over 20,000 students in more than 100 locations nationwide.
Since opening its first education centre in Subang Jaya (REAL Kids, SS19 Subang) in 1988, REAL Kids has built over 30 years of history in providing excellent, award-winning preschool education. REAL Kids was voted by parents as back-to-back winners of the ‘Best Preschool Programme’ 5 years in a row from 2019 to 2023 and ‘Best Kindergarten Centre’ 4 years in a row from 2020 to 2023 categories in the Parent’s Choice Awards respectively (organised by Parenthood Magazine Malaysia).
REAL Kids was also the pioneer in incorporating the Multiple Intelligences approach into preschool education in Malaysia; with its programmes having been thoughtfully and purposefully designed to provide children with a full day’s worth of wholesome, fun learning experiences at our enrichment centres. REAL Kids is also the largest owner-operated preschool chain in the country with 40 centres nationwide that cater to more than 5,000 students.
KDU Smart Schools (primary and secondary) was set up in 2000 on a 12-acre land in Kota Damansara. In September 2011, Sri KDU International School (SKIS) opened its doors to Years 7 to 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme moved in as part of SKIS. A year later, Years 1 to 6 were added to form Sri KDU International Primary School (SKIPS). Testament to its sound pedagogy, Sri KDU Secondary School secured top position among Malaysian schools in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2012, thus placing it among the top-ranked schools from 65 countries in mathematics, science, and reading.
In 2017, SKIS was the first school in Malaysia to be awarded the Education Development Trust’s (formerly CfBT) International School Quality Mark (ISQM), achieving ‘Gold’ level. SKIS was also admitted as a member of FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia) with the aim of promoting excellence, high achievement, and good practice through British-style education in schools. SKIS has expanded to include a new campus at Berkeley Uptown, Klang. It will be the first school in South East Asia to be classified as a Microsoft Flagship School and will embark on a platform of creating Digital Leaders for the future.
Since its establishment in 1985, REAL Schools - with three campuses located in Cheras, Shah Alam, and Johor Bahru - has been preparing students to thrive and succeed in the real world by delivering academic excellence and Real World Skills. Each campus houses an international school and private school that provide innovative and engaging curriculums from primary to secondary levels in both international (British curriculum including the Cambridge IGCSE) and Malaysian national syllabi. REAL Schools is also one of the few schools in Malaysia to offer a 1-to-1 Apple iPad learning programme and incorporates education technology into daily teaching and learning.