Search for the best international schools in Indonesia; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.
Indonesia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. It has around 300 distinct ethnic groups speaking nearly 800 languages, six formally recognised religions and a centuries-old history of interaction with other countries through trading and colonialism.
Recent governmental changes to the regulation of education mean that Indonesian international schools are not actually allowed to have ‘international’ in their names. But there are many dozens of international schools in the country.
Other results of the educational reform include the requirement for all teachers at international schools to have at least five years’ qualified experience, and the fact that all schools must teach Indonesian culture and language to foreign students. Otherwise, Indonesia’s international schools pretty universally follow an international curriculum, often based on British or American educational systems.
There are several international school associations operating in the region. For example, 15 schools are members of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools, an organisation of 158 member schools across East Asia. Seven are members of the worldwide Council of International Schools, and one – the British School of Jakarta – is also accredited by the Council of British International Schools.
The British School of Jakarta was founded in 1974 with support from the British embassy. It is an all-through school, teaching children from the age of 3 all the way until 18. Over 1400 pupils study there, 70% of whom are international students. The academic curriculum of Years 12 and 13 is based on the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
There are 53 IB World Schools in Indonesia. Of these, 38 offer the IB Diploma Programme. As with the country’s other international schools, practically all of them have English as their language of instruction, with others teaching in French or Dutch. If you are looking specifically for an IB World School, you can read profiles of selected schools at www.ibyb.org