Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Australian-connected international schools in Indonesia

THE AUSTRALIAN International School in Indonesia, a not-for-profit Foundation (Yayasan), was founded in Jakarta in 1996 by Australian professional educators, diplomatic and commercial representatives as well as a group of parents.

It offers an Australian curriculum and school year and NAPLAN testing and now manages schools in three Indonesian provinces: AIS Jakarta with a Primary campus in Kemang (Preschool 3 to Year 6) and a Secondary campus in nearby Pejaten (Year 7 to Year 12); AIS Bali (Preschool 2 to year 12); and AIS Balikpapan (Preschool 2 to Year 10).


From an inaugural enrollment of eleven students, AIS now has more than 850 students and offers Preschool to Year 12 classes with specialist support for students with learning difficulties, limited English language proficiency or physical disabilities.

A motivation of Penny Robertson OA, joint-founder, former principal and current chair of the AIS Yayasan Board, to open the school was "the difficulties she was having in finding a suitable place for her daughter". Prior to the formation of AIS, children with special learning needs were not accepted by any international school in Jakarta. AIS remains a leader in this field in Indonesia and also delivers regular training courses in various aspects of special needs education and school management to local schools and institutions as well as to National Education Department staff from various directorates.

The school began introducing the new Australian Curriculum in 2012, commencing with English, Mathematics and Science, and offers courses accredited by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Board of Senior Secondary Studies in Years 11 and 12. Students who successfully complete the ACT Senior Certificate have access to universities in Australia and around the world. Indonesian graduates can also apply to go to Indonesian universities due to a dispensation received by the school in 1996.

In June 2013 the school was granted "candidate" status by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and will begin teaching the Diploma program in 2015.

AIS-Indonesia is about to embark on campus redevelopment projects on existing and new sites in Jakarta and Bali that will significantly increase its enrollment capacity.

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THE JAKARTA International School was established in 1951, as a school for the children of United Nations staff posted in Jakarta, the capital of the then newly independent Indonesia. In 1969, the school became the "Joint Embassy School" under the sponsorship of the Australian, British, Yugoslavian, and United States Embassies.

JIS, a not-for-profit Foundation (Yayasan), now has three campuses, two solely for Elementary students in
Pattimura and Pondok Indah, and one much bigger and considered the main campus for junior high and high school students in Cilandak, South Jakarta.

Although the Australian Embassy remains a Foundation Embassy with a role in selecting a number of School Board members, the school adheres to North American and other curriculum models from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.


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