Rumah.Com – Expats moving to Indonesia for the first time are confronted with their biggest challenge around having to deal with the language barrier. This challenge multiplies for children as they have to adjust to different education systems and language. Thus, an international school is a better option for expats kids who live in Indonesia. Rather than forcing them to learn the language from scratch and follow the national education curriculum, which is quite different from the one in their hometown countries, the international school provides international curriculum and uses English as the language of instruction by including Indonesian as one of the subjects. The advantages that an international school offers puts the parents at ease as they can watch their children get the best experience in education with no worries. The institutions are also known for their diversity.
The school fees are varied but are certainly more expensive. Average costs are in the range of 35 million to 500 million annually. However, they are worth the price. Most of the teachers are foreigners or English speakers. Additionally, this type of school provides better and more complete facilities than the national school.
Benefits of International Schools
International schools usually have a more diverse community and environment. Some kids and teachers come from different nationalities. This helps students to learn and adapt to different cultures and enable them to view things from different perspectives.
While local schools use the national curriculum of the country, international schools offer an international curriculum or the national curriculum of another country. For example, the Curriculum of England or an American curriculum.
Since most teachers and students have an international background, they will most likely speak English. Even the education provided is in English.
This is the reason why international schools are more expensive. They provide the latest technology for a more practical experience for students. These facilities will create more effective and conducive environment to maximize their potential.
Top International Schools in Jakarta
ACG School Jakarta
ACG School Jakarta is an international school located in South Jakarta and is easily accessible. It is a member of ACG Education (Academic Colleges Group) and offers world-class education from early childhood (Kindergarten) to university preparation (Year 13). 85% of the students are from other countries. If you are looking at sending your child here, you may want to rent at nearby apartments such as Gardenia Boulevard, Adiratna Puri Jatipadang Apartment, The Villas at Kebagusan, and others. Pejaten Village and Cilandak Mall are only around 1 to 2 km away.
- Address: Jl. Warung Jati Barat (Taman Margasatwa) No. 19, Jati Padang, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta 12540
- Annual Fees: From Rp137,700,000 to Rp348,100,000
Nord Anglia School Jakarta
Nord Anglia School Jakarta (NAS) is the world’s leading premium international school organisation. It has over 60 schools spread across the globe. Its education system is for students from 1.5 to 12 years old. Their curriculum is a combination of the English National Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum that cultivates an enquiry-led education. Their curriculum focuses on high expectations, key skills and knowledge and understanding, as well as encouraging excellent attitudes to learning and metacognition. The languages used here are English and Dutch. There are several indoor play centers and outdoor playgrounds near the school for children to play. NAS Jakarta is one of the greenest and most tranquil campuses in Jakarta, so it is a safe environment for children.
- Address: Jl. NIS 1, Kenanga Terusan, Ampera Raya, Cilandak, South Jakarta 12560
- Annual Fees: From Rp86,090,800 to Rp275,301,600
British School Jakarta
British School Jakarta is an international school with British heritage, that provides a high-quality international education based on the British education system for 3 to 18 years old. It is located 7 km south-west of Jakarta. It is also one of the best schools for sports-loving students, as it boasts five tennis courts, extensive grass and artificial playing fields, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. It's Sports Centre also facilitates basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts, as well as a gym room and a dance studio.
- Address: Jl. Raya Jombang-Ciledug Bintaro Sector 9, Pondok Aren Tangerang 15227
- Annual Fees: From Rp136,235,000 to Rp353,499,000
Top International Schools in Bandung
Bandung Independent School
Bandung Independent School is an international school founded in 1972 that offers world-class education and an international community for students from Playgroup to Diploma program (Year 11-12). It is located in Bandung, surrounded by a number of residences and guest houses, and home to 22 teachers from abroad and students from 23 different nationalities. Their teachers come from various countries such as Canada, England, Ireland, America, Korea, and Indonesia.
- Address: Jl. Surya Sumantri No.61, Sukawarna, Sukajadi, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
- Annual Fees: From Rp57,700,000 to Rp263,200,000 (depends on education level)
Bandung Alliance Intercultural School
Bandung Alliance Intercultural School (BAIS), formerly known as Bandung Alliance International School, is a private, non-profit, and co-educational day school, that offers education for students from preschool to grade 12. BAIS is a member of the Network of International Christian Schools (NCIS), therefore Christian and biblical perspectives are implemented into its education system. Students from BAIS will surely be able to converse in English and this prepares them to enter English-speaking universities. It is located on the outskirts of Bandung called Kota Baru Parahyangan.
- Address: Jl. Bujanggamanik Kav. No.2, Kertajaya, Padalarang, West Bandung District, West Java 40553
- Annual Fees: from Rp59,000,000 to Rp240,500,000
Stamford school was founded in 2009 and one of the first schools in Bandung that offered Cambridge qualifications for students. It now offers a wide range of education from Pre-Nursery (2-years old) to grade 12, where students can learn three languages: English, Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia. It is located in Dago Atas, a cool climate area, 1100 metres above sea level. It is set in a lush green area within the Allegro Altura private estate, and surrounded by beautiful outdoor learning spaces, where the air is fresh and away from the city, but still easy to access.
- Address: Allegro Altura Complex, Jl. Citra Green, Ciumbuleuit, Kec. Cidadap, Kota Bandung, West Java 40142
- Annual Fees: -
Top International Schools in Bali
Bali Island School
The Bali Island School was founded in September 1985 and is the oldest school in Bali. It is the only Bali school authorized to offer the full International Baccalaureate Programme from Preschool to grade 12 (3-18 years old). BIS is also accredited by the Council of International School (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Its location is safe, quiet, and easily accessible. The school year is divided in four terms, that starts in August, and ends in June, but they accept applications throughout the year.
- Address: Jl. Danau Buyan IV No. 15 Sanur, Denpasar, Bali – 80228 Indonesia
- Annual Fees: from Rp70,000,000 to Rp307,000,000
Australian Independent School
Australian Independent School, formerly known as the Australian International School, is a world-class international school founded by Penny Robertson and her husband in 1996. The school was accredited by The Council of International School (CIS) in October 2015 and offers a fully accredited Australian curriculum for students from Preschool to Year 12. It is located in Kuta, and was built due to a demand for inclusive education within international schools in Indonesia. Admission applications are open throughout the year but acceptance depends on seat availability. There is an apartment nearby called Bali True Living Apartment.
- Address: Jl. Imam Bonjol No 458, Denpasar, Bali 80119
- Annual Fees: From Rp83,700,000 to Rp537,937,000
For more details about the fees, visit their website
Dyatmika School is a non-profit school located north of Sanur that overlooks rice fields and the Indian Ocean. It was founded in 1996 and now has over 600 students. It offers both the International University of Cambridge curriculum and the National Curriculum, from playgroup to grade 12, thus its curriculum is taught both in English and Bahasa Indonesia.
- Address: Jl. Pucuk Bang, Banjar Tangtu, Kesiman Kertalangu, Denpasar 80237 Bali
- Annual Fees: details about the fees can be found here
Other International Schools Across Indonesia
Medan International School
Medan International School (MIS) was founded in 1969. It is the only school in Sumatra that offers the International Baccalaureate's, Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme. It is also the only school in Medan that is a member of the East Asian Regional Council of Overseas School (EARCOS). Its campus is located outside the city, with a peaceful and beautiful environment. Their students’ population consists of 50% Indonesians, 24% having dual citizenship, and around 30% expatriate students. You can apply anytime of the year, but acceptance depends on available capacity.
- Address: Jl. Jamin Ginting Km. 10 / Jl. Tali Air No.5, Medan - 20141, North Sumatra, Indonesia
- Annual Fees: from Rp106,600,000 to Rp273,300,000
Sekolah Ciputra Surabaya
Sekolah Ciputra is the only IB school in Surabaya and East Java, that offers all three International Baccalaureate programmes. These programmes are offered for students from playgroup to grade 12. Their curriculum is taught in English and by experienced native English-speaking expatriate teachers and IB trained Indonesian teachers.
- Address: Puri Widya Kencana, Citraland, Surabaya, Indonesia 60213
- Annual Fees: from Rp35,860,000 to Rp87,320,000
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