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Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) or Fully Residential School is a school system established during the 1970's in Malaysiamarker . The main purpose of it is to nurture selected outstanding students in a conducive and educational environment to excel in academics and extracurricular activities, creating a wholesome student.

Student selection criteria

There is great competition to acquire places in these elite schools as the number of places are limited compared to the number of eligible applicants. Students are chosen by the SBP unit of the Ministry of Education based on certain criteria. Enrolment is open at the level of Form 1 and Form 4.

Entry to Form 1

  • Achieving at least 5A's in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah or Primary School Evaluation Test
  • Have outstanding achievements in extracurricular activities

Entry to Form 4

  • Achieving at least 8A's in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah formerly known as Lower Certificate of Education (LCE).
  • Have outstanding achievements in extracurricular activities

Other criteria included in the selection:
  • Bumiputra and Non-Bumiputra allocation
  • Eligible students from rural schools
  • Children of school alumni members (in certain schools)

School system

Students are required to stay in campus throughout the academic session. Amenities such as classrooms, lodging, praying area, sports facilities and food halls are provided for the use of the students with the aim of developing their talents and cultivating their potential in a conducive learning environment. Being selected students, the government spends a high sum of allocation subsidising students of SBP.

Schools can either be single sex or coed. The teachers chosen are among the best in their fields, and this is particularly important as a great emphasis is placed in excellent academic achievements.

In accordance to the high standard expected from these schools, students who are found to not achieve at required levels may be dismissed from the system, but this vary between the schools and is at the discretion of the governing body of the respective schools. Students with poor disciplinary records are also dismissed from the school system, as there is little tolerance for misbehaviour.

SBP schools do produce excellent results in all government examinations, and also in extracurricular activities in both the field of academics and sports. Great achievements of these schools is celebrated in the yearly event "Hari Kecemerlangan Sekolah Berasrama Penuh" (HKSBP) where awards are given out to schools with outstanding achievements.

Traditions and pride

The history of SBP is a rich one, and certain fields are considered the hallmark of SBP schools. These include

  • Piala Perdana Menteri (PPM) debate competition of which is a yearly event as part of the HKSBP calendar
  • Wind Orchestra SBP competition
  • annual basketball competitions (both at zone and national level) also part of HKSBP calendar
  • SBP 10's Rugby Annual
  • Nadwah Kepimpinan Islam
  • Kem Kepimpinan PRS
  • Kem Ketua Rumah (KESUMA)
  • Kem Ketua Pelajar
  • Hokkey SBP (both at zone and national level)
  • Archery SBP (both at zone and national level)
  • Cricet SBP (both at zone and national level)
  • Karnival Sains, Showcase Inovasi dan Kejuruteraan SBP

List of fully boarding schools in Malaysia

The following list is arranged according to states in Malaysia.


  • Sekolah Tun Fatimah
  • SM Sains Johor(SMSJ)
  • SM Sains Kota Tinggi (SAKTI)
  • SM Sains Sultan Iskandar
  • SM Sains Muar ( SAMURA )



  • SM Sains Machang(SMACH)
  • SM Sains Pasir Puteh(SCIPP)
  • SM Sains Tengku Muhamad Faris Petra (SCIFER)


Negeri Sembilan


  • Sekolah Menengah Sains Tengku Abdullah(SEMESTA)
  • Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Kuantan(SEMSAS)
  • Sekolah Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Pekan (SHAH PEKAN)
  • SBP Integrasi Temerloh(INs0FT)
  • SBP Integrasi Kuantan(I.K.)
  • SBP Integrasi Pekan(INTEP)



Pulau Pinang


  • Sekolah Menengah Sains Sabah(SMESH)
  • SM Sains Lahad Datu (SEMSALD)

    Sekolah Menengah Sains Lahad Datu (SEMSALD), formerly known as Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Lahad Datu (SBPLD) was established in 1988. It is located 15km from the Lahad Datu town. Sekolah Menengah Teknik Lahad Datu (SMTLD) is the neighbour of this boarding school. In 1998, SEMSALD became a Science School, meaning that it only offers science stream subjects.

    List of Principals:
    1. Tuan Haji Hasnan Ismail.
    2. En Bali bin Hj Yusoff
    3. En. Pesol Md Saad
    4. En. Eko Sukohidayat


  • SM Sains Kuching(SainsKu)
  • SM Sains Miri(SAINSRI)


  • Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah (KISAS)
  • SBP Integrasi Gombak (INTERGOM)
  • SBP Integrasi Rawang (SEPINTAR)
  • SBP Integrasi Sabak Bernam (INTESABER)
  • Sekolah Seri Puteri(SSP)
  • SM Agama Persekutuan Kajang (SMAPK)
  • SM Sains Hulu Selangor (SEMASHUR)
  • SM Sains Kuala Selangor (KUSESS)

Wilayah Persekutuan

  • Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah(SAS)
  • Sekolah Menengah Sains Seri Puteri(SESERI)
  • Sekolah Menengah Sains Alam Shah(ASIS)
  • Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor(SMSS)
  • Sekolah menengah Sains Labuan(SMS EXCEL)
  • Maktab Tentera Diraja/Royal Military College(RMC)

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