Frequently Asked Questions

Your best source of information is our Admissions Team! Get your facts straight from our office. Every family is unique and we will respond to your concerns. If it matters to you, it matters to us. Whether you’re moving across the world or from somewhere within the Big Durian, we are here for you. Contact us now.

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When should I start an application?

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Please contact the Admissions Office as soon as you think that a move to Jakarta or JIS may be in your future. You do not need to have secure plans in place to make an initial inquiry.

Given that every admissions decision is based on every applicant's learning needs as well as space availability within grades, divisions and programs, we suggest that you gather your application materials early and complete your application according to the Application Timeline.

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When will applications close for a given school year?

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JIS offers rolling admissions for students coming from schools outside of Indonesia, or whose parents are employed by JIS founding embassies (US, UK, Australia). They can apply at any time.

Students transferring from a local or international school in Indonesia should complete their applications by March 1. JIS will not accept applications from local transfers after March 1.


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Does the school offer admissions priority to some applicants?

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JIS groups applications into 3 Application Lanes. JIS was established by the Embassies of the USA, UK and Australia to serve the educational needs of expatriate students. For that reason, children of the foreign employees of JIS's three founding embassies have priority, in Application Lane 1.

Expatriate or host country students coming from overseas, who do not yet have a school in Jakarta are in Lane 2. Lanes 1 and 2 can apply at any time.

Expatriate or host country students transferring from a local or international school in the Greater Jakarta Area (JABODETABEK) join Lane 3. This lane has a fixed application deadline of March 1.

Within these application lanes, children whose siblings are currently enrolled at JIS or whose parents or siblings are JIS alumni have priority over other applicants in the same lane.

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Do I need to submit all application documents in order to be considered for admission?

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An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission until all required documents have been received by JIS Admissions. Always check your online applicant checklist for a list of outstanding documents.

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How can we meet with the Admissions Team?

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It is always our pleasure to meet with prospective JIS families. Our Admissions Specalists can answer your questions on the admissions process, timeline and requirements. Please email or phone the Admissions Office to schedule an appointment with an Admissions Specialist.

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Can we meet with an individual principal, teacher or counselor during our visit to the school?

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A meeting with faculty or administrator outside of the Admissions Office is not part of the application process. Our Admissions Team will respond to your concerns and will liaise with teachers, principals or counselors, if required.

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I see that JIS has 2 Elementary campuses. How do I know which campus to choose for my child?

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There are two Elementary School campuses: Pattimura (PEL) and Pondok Indah (PIE). PEL is on the site of the original JIS campus and is closer to the Central Business District. PIE is part of the main JIS campus, and is adjacent to the Middle School and High School campuses.

Parents who are looking for a home must be aware that the location of their residence determines enrollment priority and availability of school bus service. If you are unsure of which campus is appropriate for your residence, please check with our Admissions Team.

JIS reserves the right to determine final campus placement based on capacity.

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I was told that my child needs to take an entrance test. How can I prepare my child for it?

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Students applying for Grade 6 to 10 take an online entrance test. This test gives us an indication of the child's understanding of grade level-appropriate English and Math concepts. There is no need to study for this test.

Students whose first language is not English will also need to take an English proficiency test. Again, no preparation is required.

These tests are designed to show a student's current knowledge and proficiency. Prepping for the test could present falsely optimistic data which would negatively impact program placement and ultimately, the student's success.

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What are you assessing during the Early Years Meeting and can it be conducted via Skype?

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We learn so much from a personal interaction with your child. We are looking to see whether he or she is ready to engage and benefit from our Early Years Program. It is also a wonderful opportunity for you to share information that can help with your child’s placement, as well as ask us questions about our program. For this reason, the Early Years Meeting must be in person. When you have completed all other requirements, we will hold a seat for your child. You will not lose a spot if your Early Years Meeting is delayed.

Keep in mind that Early Years students should be fully toilet trained prior to the Early Years Meeting.

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What are my options if my child is wait listed at JIS?

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Applicants who remain in the Wait Pool for one school year will be asked if they would like to re-apply for the following school year.

When a seat becomes available, an applicant in the Wait Pool will be offered the seat. If he or she declines the offer, the applicant remains in the Wait Pool with no guarantee of priority should another space become available.