The Alice Smith School is owned by the Alice Smith Schools Association (ASSA), which is a not-for-profit educational foundation registered in Malaysia.
Any surplus funds generated are ploughed back into the school and all resources are focused on the development and well-being of students.
The trustees who set up the ASSA in 1950 did so to strengthen and perpetuate the school, which was started by Mrs. Alice Smith in her home in 1946. She and other like-minded expatriates wanted to educate their children in Kuala Lumpur and did not want to send their children to schools far away so soon after the Second World War.
From only a handful of students, the school has grown in the past 60 years to a learning community of close to 1,600 students on two campuses. Priority for admissions is still given to students of the founding trustee nations – British, Australian, New Zealand and Irish students. These nationalities make up slightly under half of the student population. ASSA is proud to welcome students of all other nationalities who are able to access the curriculum and has around one-third Malaysian students and over 50 nationalities represented.