1. About NJIS
  2. Curriculum
  3. Pre-K & Kindergarten
  4. Lower School
  5. Middle School
  6. High School
About NJIS
North Jakarta Intercultural School, is an independent, co-educational international school located in Jakarta. It was founded in 1990 and is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). North Jakarta Intercultural School is also a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS).

Our students are inheriting a rapidly changing world in which the discovery, assimilation, understanding, and management of new information will be vital to them. At North Jakarta Intercultural School our goal is to reach beyond a content-oriented curriculum and to provide students with the academic skills and intellectual confidence to apply knowledge to new problems and situations. We aim to continue our 24 years of tradition: Excellence in international education for Indonesia and Jakarta.

Building on the best of existing state standards, the Common Core State Standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life. The standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning.

The standards are:

  • Research and evidence based Clear, understandable, and consistent Aligned with college and career expectations
  • Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
  • Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society

    According to the best available evidence, the mastery of each standard is essential for success in college, career, and life in today’s global economy. With students, parents, and teachers all on the same page and working together toward shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college, career, and life. The standards focus on core concepts and procedures starting in the early grades, which gives teachers the time needed to teach them and gives students the time needed to master them.

    The standards draw on the most important international models, as well as research and input from numerous sources, including educators from kindergarten through college, state departments of education, scholars, assessment developers, professional organizations, parents and students, and members of the public.

    Because their design and content have been refined through successive drafts and numerous rounds of state feedback, the standards represent a synthesis of the best elements of standards-related work in all states and other countries to date.

    For grades K-8, grade-by-grade standards exist in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. For grades 9-12, the standards are grouped into grade bands of 9-10 grade standards and 11-12 grade standards.

    While the standards set grade-specific goals, they do not define how the standards should be taught or which materials should be used to support students. States and districts recognize that there will need to be a range of supports in place to ensure that all students, including those with special needs and English language learners, can master the standards. It is up to the states to define the full range of supports appropriate for these students.

    No set of grade-specific standards can fully reflect the great variety of abilities, needs, learning rates, and achievement levels of students in any given classroom. Importantly, the standards provide clear signposts along the way to the goal of college and career readiness for all students.

  • North Jakarta International School is committed to developing the youngest of learners in an Early Childhood Education program which emphasizes the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of each child. In the warm, caring, and nurturing environment of Pre-K and Kindergarten, North Jakarta International School strives to
    • provide an experience that will meet students’ needs and stimulate learning in all developmental areas;
    • help students discover and enhance their full potential in a secure, nurturing, and motivating environment;
    • develop students’ skills and help them become independent, responsible, and socially adjusted individuals - in school, at home, and in the community.

    The Pre-K and Kindergarten program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Pre-K and Kindergarten classes are located on the ground floor of our state-of-the-art building. Our environment of bright and spacious classrooms, activity rooms, and play spaces allow for children to learn, inquire, and develop. We also have a library with a large collection of developmentally appropriate books and a music room for our Kindergarten students to participate and engage in music, rhythm, motor, and language programs.

    In a positive learning environment, highly qualified, experienced teachers guide students in developing confidence, self-discipline, intellectual independence, initiative, and community responsibility. 

    The Lower School curriculum provides a solid foundation in all learning areas: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, fine arts, technology and physical education. The core curriculum is based on a sequential presentation of skills at each grade level, reflecting coordination with USA subject specific standards. 

    Middle School is designed to build upon the foundation that students have acquired in Lower School and prepare them to take advantage of educational opportunities in the future. The program strives to achieve a balance between the rigorous demands of a college-preparatory school and the needs of a growing adolescent. Maintaining focus on the development of the whole child, the curriculum addresses intellectual, social/emotional, aesthetic/creative, physical and ethical development. Teachers combine their knowledge with students' special interests to promote an academically stimulating environment. Opportunities are available for individual and collaborative experiences.
    Spacious classrooms with provide a bright, engaging atmosphere for students in Grades 9-12. NJIS offers a vigorous curriculum designed to offer each student a unique opportunity for learning and personal growth. English, mathematics, history, the natural and social sciences, foreign language, fine arts, physical education and character development are enhanced by a variety of electives. High School is based on for credit courses leading to a career, college, or university education. A broad array of academic, aesthetic, and athletic opportunities enable High School students to pursue personal goals and to develop a strong foundation for the challenges of life. NJIS promotes the development of effective communicators, literate individuals, critical thinkers, self-directed learners, and constructive communicators. We seek to provide a rich setting for the significant personal growth that young people experience in the adolescent years to prepare them for the university of their choice.
    Schooling should be a multifaceted experience which allow students to learn to think creatively and critically, to gain practical skills which will equip them for ensuing stages of education and life general, to explore areas of interest, including their own selves, and to learn to work with and to appreciate other people. We recognize that in addition to preparing students for each successive stage of their education, schooling forms a significant chronological segment of a person’s life and, therefore, has its own intrinsic value and importance, a value beyond simply preparing for the next chapter or the next grade level. This lends an added significance and responsibility to all the work we outline below.
    The mission of the North Jakarta International School is to provide its students with the opportunities, resources, instruction, and environment to pursue academic and personal excellence through an international school curriculum with a U.S. orientation, and to help them form the basis from which to become life-long learners and productive, involved citizens in a changing, global society.


    • North Jakarta Intercultural School was established in 1990 to serve the educational needs of expatriate children who are residents of Indonesia. The school enrolls expatriate students whose parents (or at least the father) have a foreign passport and a valid work permit and residence permit. (The Ministerial Decree of May 2, 2000 authorizes NJlS to enroll Indonesian students who meet the criteria established by the National Ministry of Education.) For a student to be eligible, the school administration must agree that the student has a reasonable expectation of academic and personal success within the NJlS program. Students must reside with their parents or legal guardians in greater Jakarta. NJIS may deny students based on disciplinary grounds.
    • NJlS does not employ a school psychologist or psychiatrist and has no program specifically for children with learning differences. Students who have learning differences which are beyond the scope of the school’s programs, professional and material resources, or who have not performed adequately at previous school(s), regardless of the reason for this, will not be eligible for admission to NJIS. NJIS will seriously consider students who have a desire and motivation to succeed but who have had difficulties which the school judges can be addressed within the normal framework of its classroom program. In older grades particularly, poor past performance, whether due to learning differences or other problems, can result in denial of admission to NJIS.
    • Because the ability to learn English is essential for academic and social success at NJIS, the school reserves the right to restrict the admission of non-English speaking children in a given class or grade if it is felt that additional non-English speaking children at this grade level would be difficult to accommodate effectively.
    • Application for admission must be accompanied by full citizenship documentation of the child and parents. This documentation for expatriate students must include a photocopy of a valid temporary Stay Permit (KITAS) for student and both parents or Dinas visa or Diplomatic visa for student and both parents. The original documents must be presented and verified by the Admissions Office. No other visa status will be accepted.
    • If KITAS is in process at the time of admission, a letter from the sponsoring company (employer) is required stating that an application for the KITAS has been lodged. This letter must be in the school’s files prior to the student’s entrance into the school. The original KITAS must be presented within 30 days after enrollment. Holders of Diplomatic and Dinas visas only provide photocopies of the passports and the current visa pages.
    • In Case of financial delinquency, school policy prohibits class attendance and/or the release of grades, transcripts, or other records of attendance and performance.


    NJIS’s school year begins in August and ends in June. Applications may be submitted from February of the year preceding August entry. Once the application and supporting documents have been received, it will be determined whether or not NJIS will be a good match. A student's application will not be processed for admission until all supporting documents have been received.

    All admission criteria must be met prior to entrance into the school. Applicants in Kindergarten through Grade 2 (age 5-7) need no knowledge of English to apply for admission. Applicants in Grades 3-12 applying from non-English speaking schools, or who are not fully fluent in English, will take the ESL (English as a Second Language) test which measures his or her knowledge of vocabulary, reading comprehension grammar, and writing ability. Applicants in Grades 9 through 12 are required to have a basic knowledge of English, minimum of one year's previous instruction in English, and a satisfactory score on the ESL test. Students will be scheduled for tests after the application is stated as complete by the Admissions Office.


    Students applying from schools with calendar year school years from January, February, or March until November, December, or February, as in Australia, Singapore, and Korea, will be considered for admission to the grade that extends their current school year. In other words, students applying for August enrollment should apply to begin the grade they are currently attending, and students applying for January enrollment should apply to join the grade they have just completed.


    All applicants must supply the following documentation:

    • A current NJIS application form, completed and signed.
    • Child’s birth certificate.
    • Copies of child’s and parents’ passports. Originals must be presented at the time of submission of the application or upon arrival prior to admittance.
    • Copies of child ’s and father ’s KITAS, Dinas, or Diplomatic visa (present original) or sponsoring letter from the company.
    • The last two years of school records. School records from schools in which English is not the language of instruction must be translated into English.
    • Two passport-size photographs.
    • A completed NJIS Health Card.
    • A completed NJIS bus form (if applicable) and two passport-size photographs. (It may take up to three days to put a child on a route once the completed bus form has been received).
    • Payment of Tuition Fee is non-refundable, application fee per student at the time of submission of this application. This must be paid in cash (Rupiah). A receipt will be issued upon payment.
    • Maintain the application checklist to be sure that all required documents are submitted.

    Submission of this application does not guarantee admission into the school. Incomplete information may delay the application process. Once all admission requirements are met, parents will be informed of admission and placement, at which time the following procedures are necessary:


    • Tuition and fees are due and payable in full upon receipt of the school’s invoice.
    • Transfer of tuition fees as per the school’s invoice, with a photocopy of the transfer order sent to the school.
    • Payment of Annual Capital Charge (ACC) . Children beginning the second semester in January 2016 must be covered by an Annual Capital Charge. The Annual Capital Charge is payable for the school year or any fraction thereof. It is not refundable at any time.
    • Purchase of a school and a P. E. uniform or material for the school uniform with tailoring guidelines as soon as admission is confirmed. Uniforms and/or materials are available thru Head Secretary.

    Falsification or withholding of any information, including passport, stay permit, birth date, parent information, or school records (academic or behavioral), will result in denial of admission, possible dismissal, and/or possible notification to immigration authorities. The school retains the right to require any documents necessary to verify the applicant's residency, parental, or citizenship status. If there is any question regarding authenticity or source of the documents presented, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide such proof as necessary to document student admissibility.


    We welcome you to apply for enrollment at NJIS. Please ensure that you provide all of the necessary information so that our review of your application is not delayed. When your application is complete, please send it to NJIS. We will be able to respond to you regarding acceptance and placement shortly after the completed application is submitted.

    The application contains the following admission forms:


    Tuition Fee and Annual Capital Charge for Academic Year 2014-2015

    Pre-Kindergarten / IDR 21,000,000 IDR 98,000,000 IDR 60,020,000 IDR 38,500,000
    Kindergarten / IDR 21,000,000 IDR 126,000,000 IDR 70,000,000 IDR 42,000,000
    Primary School Grade 1-5 IDR 51,800,000 IDR 231,000,000 IDR 126,000,000 IDR 71,750,000
    Middle School Grade 6-8 IDR 51,800,000 IDR 245,000,000 IDR 133,000,000 IDR 75,250,000
    High School Grade 9-12 IDR 51,800,000 IDR 259,000,000 IDR 140,000,000 IDR 78,750,000

    Special program offered:

    5% discount on annual, semester or quarter tuition fee.
    Applies to each sibling.
    Siblings from same parents
    *The above tuition fees are applicable for the period 20 August until 20 October 2015


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