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Best Five Intercultural Schools in Jakarta


NOW!Jakarta picks the best intercultural schools in Jakarta which has strong reputation to create the best graduates, building the human resources who capable in academic, non-academic skill, including cultural education approach. 

As one of the best intercultural school in Jakarta, NJIS has professional teachers who capable in different science and subjects. Photo courtesy of NJIS/NOW!JAKARTA

Singapore Intercultural School

SIS Takes Centre Stage at the 8th IFC Global Private Education Conference. SIS Group of Schools is now widely recognised as one of the leading international schools not only in Jakarta but across the archipelago.

Every two years, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) invites top executives, education players, and thought leaders from developed and emerging markets from across the globe to participate in an exclusive gathering known as the Global Private Education Conference.

The prestigious assembly serves to provide a unique environment for leaders, policy makers, investors, strategic partners, university players, and other relevant individuals and personalities to come together to exchange ideas, best practices, and knowledge in the world of education.  

Nearly three decades ago, when Jaspal Sidhu first came up with the idea of building schools that will cater to the needs of expatriate students in Indonesia with parents not having  the need to break the bank, he approached the local banks for financial help. Unfortunately however, the economic crisis during that time made it difficult for local banking companies to accommodate Sidhu’s request. 

This forced the Singaporean engineer to approach IFC, one of the most prominent members of the World Bank Group, to whom he  a submitted proposal should fulfill the following requirements: the programme should have a measurable social impact, should promote excellent-quality product/service, and should be under outstanding governance.

It didn’t take too long before IFC saw the propitious concept that the SIS Founder and CEO’s brainchild held, Sidhu’s idea of a school operating under the world’s best curriculum and international standards accessible even for low-income families easily passed all three criteria as required by IFC—hence, the beginning of the long-term collaboration between the Singapore Intercultural School and the IFC.

This year’s Global Private Education Conference, held in Cape Town, South Africa in April, focused on reviewing the most recent World Bank Report and tackled a most pressing concern: the burgeoning learning crisis worldwide. 

Presenters and panelists at the conference included, among others, MD Asia and MENA McMillan Education’s Emma Bourne, TES Global CEO Rob Grimshaw, World Bank senior education specialist Elizabeth Dulvy, and SIS founder and CEO Jaspal Sidhu.

The global gathering of leaders in the emerging market of private education aimed to look at technological advances as they redefine the education industry and transform labour markets. 

The participation of the SIS chief executive office at the prestigious assembly put the school on a global stage and earned the educational institution international recognition. With nearly 500 education industry leaders from dozens of nations from all the continents well represented, the event was an unmissable opportunity to establish a substantial foundation for an international network that any global private education CEO can always leverage and optimise to their school’s advantage moving forward.

As a distinguished panelist, Sidhu was privileged with the opportunity to present the Singapore Intercultural School system, its unique curricula, and the amazing results that it has so far achieved over the three decades of operation. As a result, Sidhu received an overwhelming number of invitations and requests for an audience to have the chance to discuss the feasibility of establishing SIS schools in their countries. Among these invites were from academic leaders and policymakers from Kazakhstan as well as some African countries. 

The SIS Group of Schools is world renowned for its focus on the strict implementation of the concepts of perseverance, analytical thinking, collaboration and communication, and entrepreneurshipwhich they collectively refer to as the PACE philosophy—across the community, personnel, parents and teachers, and students.

In the end, Sidhu felt a deeper sense of renewed drive to lead the expansion and development plans of the SIS community.

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British School Jakarta

Founded in 1974 with support from the British Embassy, BSJ is a not-for-profit international school with British heritage, for boys and girls from around the world aged three to 18. 

BSJ  is located in 18 hectares of green space, on the south-westerly outskirts of Jakarta. Around 1,400 children study at BSJ, and there are over 130 members of academic staff, most of whom trained in the United Kingdom (UK). 

At Foundation Stage, BSJ follows the UK’s Early Years Curriculum. In Years One to Six, BSJ teaches a blend of the National Curriculum in England and the International Primary Curriculum.

Students in Years Seven to Nine follow an academic programme based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, adapted to an international context. The curriculum in Years Ten and 11 culminates in IGCSE examinations, set in the UK. In Sixth Form, students study for the International Baccalaureate diploma

Students from BSJ go on to attend some of the most selective universities globally, with the majority opting to study in the UK and USA. 

Applicants take an entry test to assess their academic standing, and abilities in cognition and the English language. When a year group is full, applicants may be placed on a waiting list. 

“The best thing about BSJ is probably the students and their backgrounds. I have friends from Russia, Spain, Australia, Indonesia, China etc, and they have all lived in many different countries. Their parents have been raised in a different environment again and all of them, in a different way. To have all these people with different opinions and personalities creates a very odd but brilliant learning space.” - Eleanor (Year 7) 

“As the country I am from is very small and isolated, [being at British School Jakarta] has made me aware of all the other cultures and experiences... that are out in the world It has made me more aware.” - Madeleine (Year 12)

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North Jakarta Intercultural School

Attracting students for more than 25 years, North Jakarta Intercultural School (NJIS) is an international school in the heart of Kelapa Gading with a highly qualified faculty and extraordinary facilities. 

NJIS is committed to preparing students for success in higher education and excellence in all aspects of life. Its classrooms are equipped with smartboards and projectors, and its facility houses inspired art rooms and music rooms, as well as innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) labs. Its other facilities are also well equipped and comfortable, including a 450-seat performing arts theater, an indoor sports arena, indoor and outdoor playgrounds for younger children, semi-Olympic swimming pool, canteen, library and computer lab.
The students of NJIS are guided by outstanding teachers with international qualifications from the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Germany, with an average teaching experience of 12 years. An interactive, hands-on style of teaching creates a more collaborative atmosphere, and class sizes of 10-15 support an individualized approach to learning where students can best employ critical thinking to analyze and understand their lessons.

To date, NJIS graduates have continued their education in a number of well-known universities including: Babson College (USA), Berkeley School of Music (USA), Parsons School of Design (USA), Central Saint Martins (England), University of Westminster (England), Monash University (Australia), as well as other notable universities.

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Jakarta Intercultural School

Founded in 1951 as the Joint Embassy School, it became Jakarta International School in 1978 and Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) in 2014. Approximately 2400 students representing 70 nationalities are currently enrolled at three campuses (Pattimura Elementary, Pondok Indah Elementary, and Cilandak Middle and High School) nestled in 20 hectares of lush tropical gardens. Class sizes range from 12 to 22 students organised in the best possible way to structure engaging learning for all students appropriate to the subject and course.

JIS offers students a full range of athletic, service, performing arts, visual arts, and academic extracurricular opportunities. JIS’s unique community prepares students for the world’s renowned universities and real-life challenges through a global learning environment, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities on our three garden-like campuses.

Through intentional and meaningful integration of environmental and service learning, students develop a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be “best for the world.” It strives to live it every day on campus through carbon neutral policies, the JIS Peduli philanthropic organisation, and through a culture that values service learning at its core

The school has numerous student led clubs, trips, and initiatives that focus on making a difference with the environment, people, and animals in need.

The Curriculum
JIS offers university preparation for expatriate and Indonesian students from early childhood through grade 12. Accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. All JIS graduates earn a high school diploma, and the majority pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma or takes individual Advanced Placement courses concurrently. Beyond the classroom, our co-curricular program provides athletics, creative arts and student clubs, while service learning is a vital part of its curriculum.

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Australian Independent School

Since its foundation in 1996, AIS has been dedicated to the vision of providing world-class Australian education in Indonesia. Recognised as one of the best education systems in the world, the Australian education system nurtures excellence through innovation, creativity as well as independent thinking. Based on the Australian Cuririculum and best teaching practices, the AIS academic programme is designed to form a solid foundation from which young people may reach their potential and enter the world as confident and compassionate citizens

AIS has s a strong reputation for having an inclusive school culture which reflects the true range of personalities, backgrounds and abilities found in the real world. With over 800 students across four locations, AIS offers Australia’s interactive teaching approach which encourages student participation and develops confidence and effective communications skills.

There are three campuses across Indonesia – Jakarta and Bali. AIS is an IB world school offering the IB Diploma for years 11 and 12.The community hails from many cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds and their apprach to teaching and learning focus on individual student’s needs.

Academic suceess is balanced by the school’s emphasis on personal growth and develpment. Students are challenged and encouraged to discover their interests and abilities. There are a range of facilities for students to access should they need them, in particular learning support programmes to help students who might need a little adjustment to mainstream school systems.

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This article is originally from paper. Read NOW!Jakarta Magazine May 2018 issue “Building Future Leader”. Available at selected bookstore or SUBSCRIBE here.