JIS is a large, thriving school with 1700 students from 55 countries, 3-18 years in age, offering a broad, liberal education in the best traditions of western independent schools.
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Education standards are high in the tiny, oil-rich state of Brunei, where GDP rose by 226 per cent in the 10 years to 2012. The Muslim sultanate on the north coast of Borneo has the second-highest human development index in South East Asia and more than 30 per cent of school leavers went on to university or college in 2015.
Public schooling from age five to 18 is free for Brunei citizens but not available to foreign nationals. A private sector comprising 30 per cent of all schools caters for the large, culturally diverse community of expatriates working in the oil and gas industries and other businesses.
It includes two large, international schools, which are both close to the capital Bandar Seri Begawan. The International School Brunei and Jerudong International School offer modern, spacious campuses with boarding facilities, British and international curriculums and a strong suite of extra-curricular offerings.
Both are IB World Schools authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma, with ISB accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), while Jerudong International School is accredited by British Schools Overseas (BSO) and the Headmistress and Headmasters Conference (HMC).
All government schools and the two main Universities in Brunei teach students through the medium of English. There is an Arabic school and there are some Chinese schools where the language of instruction is different. Bruneian students are required to learn the official Malay language – Bahasa Melayu. Private schools thus offer a range of languages which includes Bahasa Melayu for Bruneian students and other languages such as Chinese, Malay, French and Spanish for expatriate students.
Brunei is a former British protectorate and British influence remains strong in education. The Brunei-Cambridge O-level is taken in many private schools, while others offer IGCSEs and A-levels. The private sector includes many missionary schools, both Catholic and Anglican, as well as Islamic schools that require study of Arabic and the Qur’an.
If you are looking specifically for International Baccalaureate World Schools in Brunei Darussalam, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.