If you’re thinking about a Bali-based education for your kids, here's the lowdown on your options for international schools in Bali.
Whether you and the family are looking for a fresh start here in Bali, or you’re a long-time expat with your sights set on a Bali-based education for your kids, we asked mum and fellow expat Rebecca Foreman to find the very best international schools in Bali – all in a bid to make your decision-making easier!
Luckily for you, Bali’s school circuit has everything from bilingual schools to global curriculums like the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. Heck, there’s even an eco-school that covers hands-on global sustainability for mini change-makers. So take a squizz at this list of the most reputable (and accredited) international school campuses in Bali, and we’ll see you in the palm-shaded classroom soon!
Note: due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, most of Bali’s international school campuses are currently closed and offering online learning only. You’ll want to check in with the schools directly for information on when the campuses plan to reopen.
THE BEST INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN BALI
1. Australian Independent School (AIS)
The Australian Independent School was founded in 1996 and offers an integrated Australian Curriculum (AC) from Preschool to Year 10. Senior students able to undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma program or to complete a Senior Certificate in either Jakarta or Bali. Located in Central Denpasar, the facilities are some of the best on the island including campus-wide, broadband WiFi, a 25m competition-standard swimming pool, a field for soccer, hockey and rugby, plus a 850sqm multi-purpose court for basketball, netball, Taekwondo, hockey, volleyball, indoor cricket, badminton and tennis. There’s also an amphitheater, playgrounds, specialist music, art and drama areas, a library, science labs, a cafe, and a canteen – phew! But that’s not all. AIS also offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities including, art, sport, and dance classes plus a whole host of educational offerings (coding class anyone?). Class sizes average 16-22 pupils and scholarships are available. The language of instruction for all subjects is English, except for Indonesian Studies, which will be conducted in the Indonesian language. In secondary school, language options include Japanese, French, Spanish, Korean, and Italian. Fees include tuition and capital levy and uniforms are required.
Where: Central Denpasar.
Grades: Preschool to Year 12.
Curriculum: Australian Curriculum and International Baccalaureate.
2. Bali Island School
Bali Island School in Sanur was founded in 1985 and is one of the most established schools on the island. It’s authorised by the International Baccalaureate to deliver the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 while being accredited by The Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Facilities include a campus with a distinct Balinese vibe, a 25 m swimming pool, two sports fields, an outdoor playground, and an extensive library. There is an average of 250 students school-wide and 20 students per class. School days begin at 7:45 am and finish at 2:45pm, followed by a number of free after school activities including arts, lego, theatre and drama, brain games, dance, swimming for starters. Fees include tuition while scholarships are available and uniforms are required from pre-K to Year 10.
Grades: Primary Years, Middle Years and up to Year 12.
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
3. Canggu Community School (CCS)
Canggu Community School is located in the heart of the bustling expat community of Canggu. Student learning from Pre-K to Year 12 leads to IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The brand spanking new Junior School campus is decked out with an open-aired canteen, 25m swimming pool, football pitch, and playgrounds. CCS enrols 350 students with an average class size of 20 students. There are a number of after-school activities to choose from too, including surfing lessons, arts, sports, music programs, coding club, Model United Nations, GIN, TED Club and more. All classes are conducted in English with mandatory Bahasa lessons until Year 6, then a choice of French or Spanish. Fees are inclusive of tuition plus capital levy, and there is also the opportunity to apply for a scholarship. Uniforms are a requirement, and there is an inviting and inclusive parental support group, FOCCS, that organises many fundraisers throughout the year.
Grades: Pre-K to Year 12
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
4. Dyatmika School
Dyatmika School, based in East Denpasar close to both Sanur and Ubud, is accredited by the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board, employing exams and certifications that are recognised internationally. Dyatmika is Bali’s top bilingual school (and largest international school) whereby classes from Primary Prep through to Grade 5 are taught by one international teacher in English and one national teacher in Indonesian. Mathematics, science, and social studies are also taught in both languages. School facilities include music studios, sports fields, science and computer labs, libraries, a playground, grassed playing fields, a sports hall, a yoga/dance studio, a canteen and IT facilities in every classroom to support teaching and learning. We also love the huge community garden which features Balinese herbs and vegetables, and often hosts concerts, bazaars and pick-your-own-veg days. The student numbers in each class vary: playgroup is 20 students, kindergarten (TK) is 24 students, primary prep to Year 5 is 26 students, and Years 6-8 are 26 students. For Years 10-12, classes rarely exceed 15 students. Fees include tuition, resources and admissions and uniforms are a prerequisite for all students from Monday – Thursday.
Where: East Denpasar
Grades: Playgroup through to Year 12
Curriculum:Cambridge Assessment International Education
5. Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School (GMIS)
The Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School, based in Denpasar, is an IB world school that offers an international curriculum at an affordable price. Facilities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioned classrooms with Smart whiteboards, science and computer labs, a gymnasium / multi-purpose hall, library resource centre, music studios, arts and crafts room and a canteen serving Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Italian and continental cuisine. Although the students are taught in English, GMIS also teaches Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi, and French. There is also a range of co-curricular club activities and sports from which to choose. Fees are age/year dependent. Uniforms are required.
Grades: Primary to Senior High School
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
6. Green School Bali
The Green School is set among lush green jungle surrounds near Ubud and has created its own unique curriculum which draws from research-based best practices from around the world. It is specifically designed to teach Green School skills through hands-on experiential learning experiences in the natural environment. The school aims to inspire sustainability in education in the world, setting the bar high to green habits among the youth. Bahasa Indonesia is offered in Pre-K to Year 12 while Spanish and French are available for middle school and high school students who have met Bahasa Indonesia requirements. The school size sits on average around 520 students and the maximum class size is 15-22 students. Extracurricular activities include BSSA sports, gamelan, music, arts, sports, Balinese dance, gymnastics, and surfing. The school also offers a coworking space called The Bridge with WiFi and collaboration spaces for parents who would like a quiet place to work while kids schooling is in session. Tuition and fees range from IDR 167,000,000 for the youngest students to IDR 333,000,000 for High School seniors, which includes tuition and classroom materials. Students are not required to wear uniforms. Scholarships are offered to Balinese students.
Grades: Pre-K to Year 12
Curriculum: A unique Green School curriculum
7. Lycée Français de Bali (French School Bali)
Tucked away in Kerobokan you will find the French School in Bali. Established in 1991, LFB takes children from preschool through senior high school and is accredited by the French Board of Education and partners with the Agence pour l’ Enseignement Français à l’ Étranger (AEFE). LFB welcomes students from 2 to 20 years old, French or not, and prepares students for the French Baccalaureate, which combined with TOEFL is a guarantee of homogeneous schooling and possible reintegration into any school system, in France or abroad. A wide range of daily OPEX after-school activities are optional and charged additionally. Facilities include undercover basketball courts, a playground, music room, science lab, library and computer room. Fees include tuition, insurance, administrative costs, school supplies, LFB sportswear (no other uniform required), expenses relating to school outings, and other educational activities. Scholarships may apply to those with French nationality.
Grades: Preschool to Senior High School
Curriculum: French Baccalaureate
8. Montessori School Bali
Montessori School Bali offers particular programs that nurture children’s development from six weeks to 15 years of age whereby students are guided on learning paths aligned with their stage of development and method. These programs are taught by teachers that are trained through the Association Montessori Internationale, integrating specific features into its curricula like health and wellbeing, life skills, creativity academics, global citizenship, positive relations, leadership, and experiential learning. The campus facility can accommodate up to 280 children and includes building designs inspired by traditional Balinese pavilions, allowing children to move freely while learning extends into nature. There are large covered verandahs providing ample space outside the classrooms for children to work while sheltered from sun and tropical rains. After-school activities for primary children include capoeira, Balinese dancing, choir, soccer and cricket, as well as violin. Fees are age-dependent and begin from baby right through to adolescent programs.
Grades: From birth (Infant/Toddler Program) through to age 15 (Adolescent Program)
9. ProEducation School
Bali’s ProEducation School is a unique international school based in Umalas, offering individualised education, an extensive range of extra-curricular activities and on-site specialist support services for children aged five to nineteen. ProEducation School follows the British Curriculum and students receive international accreditation through EdExcel, Primary School Achievement test, IGCSE and A Levels. Additionally, ProEd can provide the internationally accredited ASDAN curriculum for those with additional learning needs, as well as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Youth Award, allowing for a tailored timetable building on a specific student’s strengths, whilst supporting individual needs. Facilities include a playground, an open onsite pool, an open-aired playing field, plus a canteen. Fees are grade-dependent.
Grades: Primary to A-Levels
Curriculum: British Curriculum and ASDAN
10. Sanur Independent School
The Sanur Independent School is a community-based learning institute providing a range of educational programs based on Cambridge Assessment International Education and Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) from kindergarten to grade 7, and is open to expat and local students. Fees are age-dependent and include registration, tuition, capital, and resources levy and there is also a short-term study program for overseas students.
Grades: Kindergarten to Year 7
Curriculum: Cambridge and Australian Curriculum
11. Sekolah Lentera Kasih (SLK) & Lollypop Preschool
Sekolah Lentera Kasih (SLK) and Lollypop Preschool are privately owned Christian schools that offer the National Indonesian Curriculum and the Cambridge Curriculum for Secondary, IGCSE and A-Level. Lollypop Preschool offers classes for toddlers, nursery, kindergarten, and preparatory age children, while SLK offers primary, secondary, and junior college-level curriculum. Facilities include a 25 m swimming pool, football playing field, playground and library. Fees are age-dependent and admissions are open for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Grades: Primary to IGCSE
Curriculum: National Indonesian Curriculum and the Cambridge Curriculum
12. Sunrise School
The Sunrise School is a community-centred campus for children aged 18 months to 14 years and follows the British and International Early Years, Primary and Middle Years Curriculums. Sunrise School is located in the lush greenery of Kerobokan and offers students facilities such as undercover and outdoor basketball courts, a grass field, a playground set among lush green gardens, art rooms and plenty of after-school clubs, including arts and crafts, cooking, drama classes, basketball, soccer, badminton, science, guitar, singing classes and EAL classes. There are approximately 160 children in the school with a capacity of 200, and class sizes are between 10 and 20 children. Fees are age-dependent.
Grades: Playgroup to Year 9
Curriculum: British and International Early Years, Primary and Middle Years Curriculums.
Words by Rebecca Foreman
Currently living the island life in Bali with her family, Rebecca fills her days with travelling, writing and reviewing, often with the kids in tow. Follow her bountiful island adventures on her Instagram page.