Charis International School
First International School in Tawau

1-1-2014 THU 2:42PM

Charis International School is located in Calvary Crown.

Calvary Crown is a ten storey educational building costing RM18 million situated along Jalan Chong Thien Vun, Tawau

The facilities available to the students include an indoor sports hall, a state of the art gym that comes with a sauna and spa; a music and dance studio, a cafeteria that serves international cuisine and four-star ensuite student accommodation.


Charis International School
TB4111, Tmn Setia, Mile 2, Jln Datuk Chong Thien Vun.
91000 Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia
Telephone: +6089-748830

Charis International School Tawau Town, Island of North Borneo

Charis International School Tawau Town, Island of North Borneo

Tawau's First International School
posted on Mar 19, 2014

Charis International School is the first international school in Tawau that was approved by the Private Education Department of the Ministry of Education Malaysia. The setting up of this school will open up a whole new horizon in the field of education for the children of Tawau.

With globalization and advances in IT development, the world is changing at a rapid pace. It is a concern and desire of all parents to provide their children with the best education so that they will be well equipped and ready to face the challenges ahead of them.

With this in mind, Calvary City Church decided to start this new international school in Tawau. It will be located at the Calvary Crown that is presently under construction in Taman Setia, along Jalan Datuk Chong Thein Vun.

Michael Watson, a well known interior designer from the UK was engaged to do the interior layout. Among his notable projects are the design of three palaces in Saudi Arabia, a chain of hotels in the UK, as well as retail outlets and airports in some Europe.

The building will cost an estimated RM18 million and will be of four-star standard. Students who study here will have an international experience from the multinational expatriate teaching staff. The standard of teaching and conducive environment will nurture minds, build good character and groom students to have leaderships skills.

Charis International School has also in principal been approved by the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) to become a CIE Registered Centre. Once the building is completed and the Occupation Certificate is obtained, the school will register with the Sabah State Department and Ministry of Education as well as seek affiliation with CIE in order to offer the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Lower Secondary, Primary and Kindergarten Programs.

The IGCSE of Secondary Education is currently the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year old students. It is conducted in more than 2,600 schools worldwide, including 650 schools in the UK.

The school will not only improve the educational infrastructures in Tawau for the local students but will also meet the needs of expatriate children.

Ng Kim Huat, the Senior School Development Manager (Malaysia) for the CIE said that there is no such thing as a budget international school. The fees will reflect the high standard that internationals are known to have.

Charis International School will engage both expatriate and local teachers who are qualified and experienced. Classes will be kept small, with no more than 25 students in one class. School will commence in August 2014 with only one class for each level.


The first international school on the east coast of Sabah, on the island of North Borneo.
The school started in Aug 2014 and is running the Cambridge curriculum from Primary to Secondary 1 and 2(IGCSE).
The school is affiliated to Calvary City Church and has the vision to provide an internationally recognized education based on Christian values where every child will be loved, cared for, respected and accepted as unique individuals to be groomed to develop their full potential to fulfill their God given destiny.

Charis International School  is part of the vision of Calvary City Church, Tawau to move into the 7 mountains that God desires His church to take over. Calvary City Church has successfully run a nursery with more than 200 children since 1997. It is also to provide access to internationally recognized education for the local community and students from nearby countries.


Age 4-5 (2 years)

Age 6 -11 (6 years)


Age 12- 14 (3 years)

curriculum for IGCSE
equivalent to GCE 0 Levels
|Age 15-16 (2 years)

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