International School of Penang Uplands offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to 5 to 11-year-olds. It was the first school in Malaysia to be authorised by the IBO to offer their PYP.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a broad base of studies intended to extend upon previously acquired knowledge and to provide a foundation for their future schooling. Currently, courses for senior students culminate in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Years 10 and 11. All students entering the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) will study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
The school also places emphasis on sports, visual and fine arts in its curriculum.