We have identified Cluster Schools of Excellence across various areas Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor neighbourhoods as well as recommended property listings parents can take a look at.
This article was translated from Senarai Sekolah Kluster Kecemerlangan di daerah sekitar Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor by Khairul Khalid.
All parents want the best education and schools for their children to gain knowledge. One of the best options for them is cluster schools of excellence, often considered some of the best in terms of school management and student achievement.
The location of these schools is also an important factor for parents who prefer secondary and primary schools that are located nearer to their homes. It is also equally important with regards to the safety of children in primary schools. In this article, we share a list of Cluster Schools of Excellence as well as residential areas within the vicinity.
List of cluster schools in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is well known for its densely populated areas and abundance of employment opportunities, as well as attractive education options for those living in the area. Some of the main advantages for residents living in KL here are the extensive public transportation and entertainment facilities which are easy to find anywhere.
The following are some areas in Kuala Lumpur with Cluster Schools of Excellence as well as the residential properties which house-hunting parents can take a look at:
One of the main attractions of Bukit Nanas is the tropical rainforest located within the city. Formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, it has been renamed KL Forest Eco Park and is open to the public. Bukit Nanas also has two major schools that were established in the British era, namely:
- SMK Convent Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur
- SMK St John, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Kuala Lumpur City Centre has its fair share of cluster schools. The city within a city is home to the Petronas Twin and the following schools:
- SJK (C) Chung Kwok
- SMK Victoria, Kuala Lumpur
- SMK (L) Methodist, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre is the perfect choice if you are looking for homes fully equipped with modern amenities. If you are lucky, you might also enjoy stunning views of KLCC from your window!
Bukit Bintang is a popular hotspot filled with established shopping centres such as Pavillion, Lot 10, Times Square and Plaza Sungei Wang. Residents will also enjoy easy access to the monorail and MRT as well.
- SJKC Davidson Road, Kuala Lumpur
Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
You may still wonder is Cheras located in Kuala Lumpur or Selangor? Cheras was actually divided into two neighbouring areas in Selangor and the Federal Territory. The parts of the Cheras district within Kuala Lumpur were officially handed over to the Federal Government to form the Federal Territory, Kuala Lumpur through the 1974 Kuala Lumpur Agreement. Cheras is a sprawling neighbourhood, in fact, there are 11 MRT stations in the area alone as part of the Sungai Buloh – Kajang MRT Line!
Here is a list of cluster schools in the area:
- SMK Seri Bintang Selatan, Kuala Lumpur
- SMK Seri Bintang Utara, Kuala Lumpur
- SMA Agama Majlis Wilayah Persekutuan
Did you know that Cheras was the third most searched area among property seekers in Malaysia in 2021? Take a look at residential homes for sale in Cheras and check out the 10 most popular condos in Cheras
The name Bukit Jalil will remind you of the loud cheers from the crowds at one of its main attractions, the Bukit Jalil Sports Stadium. It is not surprising that this area also has a sports-based Cluster School of Excellence:
- SM Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil
Bandar Tun Razak
Bandar Tun Razak was named after the second Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdul Razak. Some of the amenities available in this area are Stadium Kuala Lumpur and Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM). Bandar Tun Razak’s educational institutions include two Cluster Schools of Excellence:
- SM Teknik Kuala Lumpur
- SMA Agama Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan
Other than popular shopping malls like AEON AU2 Setiawangsa, Setiawangsa also offers attractive places for nature lovers such as Bukit Tabur and Bukit Dinding. Residents will enjoy easy access to modern entertainment, as well as the beauty and tranquillity of nature.
- SK Setiawangsa
The Setiawangsa area will be served by the upcoming MRT3, which will link with the existing Setaiwangsa LRT station (Kelana Jaya line). Read more here: Is buying a home near the MRT3 circle line a smart move?
The development of the Maluri area began in the 1960s and further burgeoned rapidly in the early 2010s with the construction of medium-density housing and commercial areas. This suburb which is is located close to the boundary between Cheras and Kuala Lumpur’s CBD houses 2 cluster schools:
- SMK Aminuddin Baki
- SK Taman Bukit Maluri, Kuala Lumpur
If you are looking for a rental home in this area, there are great options to choose from – Property rental prices start at just RM1000 for a terrace house of 1,170 square feet.
Those looking to buy into the neighbourhood will be able to secure a landed home from roughly RM700,000.
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List of cluster schools in Selangor
Did you know that Gombak was once an area under Kuala Lumpur? When the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur was formed, part of Gombak was divided into the Gombak District under the state of Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Although it is the youngest district in Selangor, Gombak is on par in terms of development as well as educational facilities. In fact, two schools in this area have been listed as Cluster Schools of Excellence:
- SK Taman Melawati
- SK Taman Melawati Dua
Other than education institutions, the area is complete with public amenities such as government hospitals, malls and wet markets. Two major tourist attractions, Zoo Negara and Batu Caves are located within the area as well.
The Petaling district is unique because it contains three major city councils namely Shah Alam City Council, Subang Jaya City Council and Petaling Jaya City Council. It is said to be one of the most developed areas in the state of Selangor.
Subang Jaya is the third-largest city in the Petaling District in Selangor. Known for being self-sufficient, Subang boasts various shopping malls, higher education institutions, food and beverage spots, entertainment outlets and medical centres.
Those who live in the neighbourhood will have an abundance of Cluster Schools of Excellence to send their children to:
- SK Subang Jaya
- SK Seafield
- SK Seri Selangor
- SK USJ 2
- SK USJ 20
- SKJC Tun Tan Cheng Lock
- SMK USJ 12
- Sekolah Agama Menengah Bestari
- SMK Seafield
If you plan to rent or buy a home here, Subang Jaya offers a great selection of starter homes. You can go through 10 properties in Subang Jaya near LRT stations or browse properties for rent and for sale.
Shah Alam was once nicknamed the ‘Industrial City’ because of its rapid industrialisation. An interesting trivia, Shah Alam has officially recognized the Anggerik as the city’s official flower. Check out its cluster schools:
- SK Bandar Anggerik
- SK Seksyen 13
- SK TTDI Jaya
If you plan to rent a home in Shah Alam, the monthly rental for an average condominium range between RM1,500 to RM1,700 per month. Browse other properties for sale here as well as these 4 Properties in Shah Alam near LRT Bandar Utama-Klang Line (LRT3)
Petaling Jaya or PJ was upgraded to city status in 2006. It is strategically located in the industrial zone between Kuala Lumpur and Port Klang. Fun fact: There are more than 25 colleges and universities within Petaling Jaya alone – These include IACT College, Segi University College, Brickfields Asia College (BAC) and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC).
Meanwhile, these schools have been listed as Cluster Schools of Excellence in PJ:
- SMK Damansara Utama
- SMK Katholik (M), Selangor
- SMK Damansara Jaya, Selangor
- SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 3, Selangor
- SK Kelana Jaya 1
- SKJC Puay Chai 2
Did you know that the Sungai Buloh is governed by the Shah Alam City Council and Petaling Jaya City Council? If you love flowers, Sungai Buloh offers plenty of nurseries. You will be dazzled by the wealth of options here!
Sungai Buloh also these 2 schools listed as Cluster Schools of Excellence:
- Sk Bukit Rahman Putra
- SK Saujana Utama
Any mention of Klang will evoke images of the Klang River flowing through the area as well as the busy Port Klang. The district is managed by the Klang Municipal Council which governs the surrounding areas including Port Klang, Pandamaran, Kapar, Meru and Bandar Sultan Sulaiman. Did you know that the Klang District also encompasses several islands such as Pulau Ketam, Pulau Indah and Pulau Carey?
The following Cluster Schools are located in Klang:
- SAMT Sultan Hisamuddin
- SK Convent (1) (M), Klang, Selangor
- Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Simpang Lima, Klang
You can get rental homes in the area as low as RM650 for a medium-cost flat with 3 rooms and 2 bathrooms in the Pelangi Indah, Klang. It is definitely value for money, especially if you have a small family and wish to rent in this area.
Kajang is popular for its delicious Sate Kajang! Kajang is a sub-district (mukim) and town in the Hulu Langat district of Selangor. It is located next to the Semenyih sub-district, Hulu Langat and Ampang.
Here is a list of Cluster Schools of Excellence in this area:
- SK Convent (M), Kajang
- SMKA Maahad Hamidiah
- SMK Convent(M) Kajang
Bandar Baru Bangi
Bandar Baru Bangi is the second planned city in Malaysia after Shah Alam and is also known as the City of Knowledge. It is no surprise that the area has several Cluster Schools of Excellence:
- SK Bandar Baru Bangi, Bandar Baru Bangi
- SK Jalan Empat
Previously, we listed Cluster Schools in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Now, here is the list of Cluster Schools of Excellence located on the Selangor side:
- SK Taman Puteri
- SAM Hulu Langat
Sabak Bernam’s unique name was said to have originated from its co-founders, who were six best friends. Whether the story is true or not, there is no denying that the district is a very attractive neighbourhood for families:
The cluster schools in the area include:
- SBPI Sabak Bernam,
- SMK Simpang Lima
- SK Seri Makmur
- SMKA Tun Rahah
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Did you know that Hulu Selangor is poised to become Malaysia’s transport manufacturing hub? Located in northern Selangor, Hulu Selangor is the largest district in Selangor — encompassing almost 22% of the entire state. The district has two schools listed as Cluster Schools of Excellence:
- SK Kuala Kubu Bharu Dua
- SK Lembah Beringin, Selangor
The Kuala Selangor district has 9 sub-districts (mukim) and most of its population is dependent on the agricultural, private and government sectors. Some schools in the area are also listed as Cluster Schools of Excellence:
- SMK Kuala Selangor, Selangor
- SK Saujana Utama
- SK Puncak Alam Dua, Bandar Puncak Alam
Sepang is well known for being the home to the and Sepang International Circuit and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). It is in fact the youngest district in the state – back in 1975, several areas from Kuala Langat (Sepang and Labu) and Hulu Langat (Dengkil) districts were merged into what is now known as Sepang. Cluster schools in the area include:
- SK Cyberjaya
- SK KLIA
- SK Taman Seroja
List of cluster schools in Putrajaya
The Federal Territory of Putrajaya is the administrative centre of the Government of Malaysia. It is also fast becoming a popular residential choice among families with young children – 40% of the Putrajaya master plan is earmarked for parks, open spaces, wetlands and lakes, making it a dream come true for outdoor enthusiasts.
Other than its natural sustainability, Putrajaya has a solid education system in place with 5 Cluster Schools in the area:
- SMK Agama Putrajaya
- SK Putrajaya Presint 8(2) – 11-minute drive and 4.5 kilometres to Putrajaya city.
- SK Putrajaya Presint 16(2) – 10-minute drive and 3.4 kilometres to Putrajaya city.
- SK Putrajaya Presint 11(2) – 19-minute drive and 9.8 kilometres to Putrajaya city
- SK Putrajaya Presint 18(1) – 7-minute drive and 2.2 kilometres to Putrajaya city
As the district is the administrative centre of the Federal Government, quite a few residents in Putrajaya are civil servants and government employees. Various government housing schemes and assistance for civil servants are also available in the area.
We hope these lists of Cluster Schools of Excellence will not only help you choose the best schools for your children but also suitable homes nearby if you prefer to stay close to where your children learn and seek knowledge. Whatever you choose, all the best!
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