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: National Curriculum of England for Primary and Secondary School and International Baccalaureate Programme for Years 12 and 13
In line with its mission to “inspire, challenge and nurture for excellence,” British School Jakarta offers world-class learning experiences that encourage students to be prepared and well-equipped for the real world. BSJ understands that for students to be happy and successful after leaving school, they need to demonstrate character, academic prowess and a wide range of personal skills.
BSJ seeks to integrate the best of global teaching and learning practices and their team of professional and dedicated teachers that offer support and challenge. The entire BSJ team is also encouraged to be mindful of their mantra of “continual improvement” that will enable a successful implementation of their guiding principles, including the ability to sustain its reputation for academic excellence, encourage students to be compassionate lifelong learners and to be globally recognised for its commitment to education for international partnerships.
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Indonesian National Curriculum for Early Years, IGCSE Curriculum for Years 10 and 11 and IB Programme for Grades 12 and 13
What started out as a class of ten students and two teachers in 2001, Canggu Community School (CCS) has grown to become one of the region’s most renowned international schools that has recently produced its first set of IB diploma graduates with one of the world’s highest averages of 35.
CCS aims to mould their students into becoming “confident, socially engaged and globally responsible citizens.” With their unique School Wide Learner Expectations (SWLEs) on which they measure their mission’s success, they expect their students to not only be academically excellent but also to be effective communicators and socially responsible.
Curriculum: Reggio Philosophy for Kindergarten, Thuringian Curriculum (core curriculum for the basic schools of both regions) for Primary School and Secondary Levels (with access to the Cambridge English Language Assessment on all levels).
Deutsche Schule Jakarta aims to be among the high-quality schools in the archipelago with its world-class standards through holistic methods that will enable students to be “competitive in the age of globalization without having to deny their cultural roots.”
DSJ administers a 12-year-long academic curriculum – primary level, secondary level 1 and secondary level 2 – before students take their school-leaving certification. The school serves as a place of encounter and of dialogue between countries and cultures.
Deutsche Schule Jakarta is officially recognized by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Curriculum: IB Primary Years Programme, IB Middle Years Programme, IB Diploma Programme
As a multicultural international school, the Gandhi Memorial International School Jakarta offers a dynamic learning community where diversity is considered as a strength and differences are viewed as assets.
The GMIS Jakarta looks to encourage lifelong learning process and responsible citizenship among its students through its multidisciplinary, challenging and internationally recognised curriculum. The curriculum has been designed to specifically cater to the diverse needs of their students, while simultaneously ensuring equal learning opportunities for every individual.
That said, the GMIS Jakarta aims to enable students to be more self-confident, to be equipped with adaptability and problem-solving skills, to be ready to face the inevitable elements of an emerging globalism and to grow with desirable interpersonal traits of self-discipline, sportsmanship, strong work ethics and self-esteem.
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 his/her 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 Zealand-style 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 mindset. Its course content is incorporated into the school’s teaching and learning approach that caters to a diverse student population.