A Shortlist of Indonesia’s Best International Schools
WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION, most parents want to provide their children with the kind they truly deserve. Naturally, they want their kids to be happy and safe, have great friends and get the best learning experiences possible. Most importantly, they want their children to succeed in life once they graduate. There are many things parents need to consider when choosing the right international school in Indonesia. It goes without saying that school plays an important role in shaping a child’s future, so parents may have a specific set of expectations when deciding which one is most suitable for their kids. Some parents may want their children to master a new language, channel their passions in extracurricular activities like sports and creative arts, or perhaps discover a hidden talent. For expat families, the pressure is especially on when making sure kids receive the best service and facilities possible, while also hoping the school can be a home for students who hail from different parts of the world. To help expat parents find the right institution in Indonesia, we have rounded up a brief list of the country’s best international schools.
ACG SCHOOL JAKARTA
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Organization for Primary Years Programme from K to Y6; Cambridge Curriculum for Y7 to Y12 Recognized as one of Indonesia’s top international schools, ACG School Jakarta (which is part of the Academic Colleges Group) takes pride in its qualified expat teachers, purpose-built campus and international education standards that both encourage and challenge students to meet their potential. It provides an inquiry- based learning environment that is as relevant as possible to the ‘real world’ outside the walls of the school. Guided tours are provided for new families and prospective students may avail themselves of the ‘student for a day’ trial to know first-hand the ACG School Jakarta experience.
Curriculum: Cambridge Primary Checkpoint for Grades 1- 6, IGCSE for Grades 7-10, IBDP/CP for Grades 11-12 Committed to high standards, ACS Jakarta’s education programme aims to deliver academic excellence. The school claims to represent the child’s total development in order to maximize their potential. The ACS education model is based on the idea that shaping a child’s character needs more than just investing in her mind, body and spirit but also enriching the soul. The curriculum is designed to help develop compassion, consideration, respect and openness. ACS provides comprehensive programmes for music, sports, drama and arts, among others.
AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
Curriculum: Australian Curriculum for Primary (Preschool to Year 10) and IB Curriculum for Years 11-12 The curriculum at the Australian Independent School (AIS) aims to consistently provide opportunities to help students work on each subject according to their appropriate level. The school says its interactive teaching approach inspires student participation to boost confidence, proficiency in communication, effective analysis and problem- solving skills. The AIS syllabus is structured to enable students to invest in and build upon their knowledge and experiences. Complemented by qualified teachers with international experience, the school’s friendly and vibrant community and values-based education provide every student a solid foundation that promotes personal growth and ensures academic success, says AIS.
BALI ISLAND SCHOOL
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Programme from Preschool to Grade 12 Formerly Bali International School, Bali Island School (BIS) encourages students to be confident, globally minded, diligent, interactive, respectful and creative. As the oldest school of its kind in Bali, BIS takes pride in its dedicated, experienced and IB-trained international teaching staff that helps engage students. BIS is known for its diverse, free-of-charge extracurricular programmes, on- campus sports facilities, proactive parents association and full accreditation from the Council of International Schools, the International Baccalaureate and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
GLOBAL JAYA SCHOOL
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Delivering three IB programmes (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma), Global Jaya School (GJS) provides an international dimension to its curriculum that seeks to ensure students take pride in and get a good understanding of local cultures and heritage. Using dual language (English and Bahasa Indonesia) instruction for Years 7 to 10, GJS aims to offer a balanced programme that encourages excellent academic results while at the same time supporting students as they explore sports, leadership and performing arts.
Curriculum: Cambridge IGCSE for Grades 9-10 and Edexcel International A Levels for Grades 11-12 The Ichthus curriculum is regarded by many as one of the top-notch international schools in the archipelago. The school is renowned for its solid academics and values-based education – with an equal emphasis on character building and the Christian faith. The comprehensive and integrated Ichthus syllabus embraces collaborative and cooperative learning, creativity, fitness and sports, visual and performing arts and community services.
JAKARTA INTERCULTURAL SCHOOL
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Programme and Advanced Placement Courses The Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) offers a global learning environment that prepares students for the world’s premier universities and equips them for real- life challenges. JIS‘s diverse community is made up of a student body from more than 60 nationalities and a teaching staff from 30 countries, empowering a healthy collaboration in the continuous pursuit of learning that is streamlined with the school’s values. Outside the classroom walls, JIS outlines co- curricular programmes that offer creative arts, student clubs and athletics, and service learning is embodied in the curriculum.
LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE JAKARTA
Curriculum: French, International Baccalaureate with Optional European English Accredited by the Agency for French Education Abroad, the Lycée Français de Jakarta (LFJ) offers a professional, friendly and welcoming learning environment that guarantees expansive opportunities to become great citizens in the real world.
With qualified and experienced teachers, coupled with the French national curriculum, LFJ offers various academic programmes that encourage knowledge enhancement, skills development and creativity.
NETHERLANDS INTER-COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Curriculum: Reggio Emilia Philosophy, International Primary Curriculum and Cambridge International Curriculum Supporting over 25 nationalities and nearly 15 mother tongue languages, the Netherlands Inter- Community School (NIS) provides a vibrant and interesting learning platform for the early years and primary school. NIS’s holistic approach, based on the Reggio Emilia academic philosophy, places the child at the heart of the learning system that embraces individuality. NIS takes pride in its excellent language support programme as evident by its dual language (Dutch and English) platform. New families are provided a tour of the campus, while new students may be enrolled any time during the school year, provided their grade level has an available slot and admission requirements are complied with.
NEW ZEALAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
Curriculum: Cambridge International Examinations As its name suggests, the New Zealand Independent School (NZIS) embraces a ‘family feel’ and a New Zealandstyle syllabus that centres on the holistic development of the student. Its early years’ curriculum emphasizes learning through self- directed play while primary years are based on developing numeracy and literacy skills, independence, creativity, problem solving and inquiry. NZIS fosters a cooperative learning environment largely based on its mission to “nurture creative minds”, which involves preparing students to become global citizens who deliver excellence in any industry they choose to be part of.
SINGAPORE SCHOOL BONA VISTA
Curriculum: Cambridge Checkpoint, International General Certificate of Secondary Education and International Baccalaureate Programme With more than two decades of providing a worldwide standard of education, Singapore School Bona Vista (SIS) supports a multi- cultural learning environment for preschool to year 12 students. Recognized as one of the excellent schools for Cambridge International Examinations, SIS promotes a curriculum that encompasses an intercultural, international and global mind set. Its course content is incorporated into the school’s teaching and learning approach that caters to a diverse student population.
“For expat families, the pressure is especially on when making sure kids receive the best service and facilities possible, while also hoping the school can be a home for students who hail from different parts of the world.”
Australian Independent School
Bali Island School
Lycée Français de Jakarta
ACG School Jakarta
Singapore School Bona Vista
Global Jaya School