Indonesia Expat - - COTENTS - By Nadya Joy Ador

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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