The 70th anniversary of jis

The International School of Djakarta had a humble beginning with one goal, two women, seven children and a makeshift classroom in a home garage on Jl. Kebon Sirih. 

Our founders never imagined that in 70 years, the school would grow into a community of over 2,500 students and more than 100 teachers and staff from over 60 nationalities, learning and connecting on three different campuses. 

Join us as we celebrate seven amazing decades of learning and growing together as an inclusive community — none of which would have been possible without the support of our Dragon families, teachers, and staff.


Our 70 Years History

1960s: Building Our Foundation

What started out with the initial Calvert education system aiming for excellence in teaching continued when JIS moved to the Pattimura campus; the living room school turned into a proper school. In the new space, JIS was able to better provide a well-rounded education approach with traditional subjects, as well as art, music, and physical education. New teachers were recruited and the school now offered classes from nursery and kindergarten up to eighth grade. 

In 1965, the International School of Djakarta became the Joint Embassy School (JES). The school was extended to ninth grade in 1967, and a full High School program was being considered. As foreign investments in Indonesia increased, more children arrived at JIS. Through the continued growth of the student population, it became increasingly necessary to offer not only Elementary and Middle School but High School as well. In 1969, the decision was made to look for a new school location and to expand the JIS education to the High School level.



1950s: The Early Days

On September 1, 1951, the International School of Djakarta officially opened its doors with three teaching staff and eight children ranging from 3 years to 10 years old. After the first month, the two garage classrooms were already overflowing with too many students. The school was expanded to the “side yard beside the house”. Another four open-shed classrooms were built.

In 1952, the school acquired a plot of land in what was then the outskirts of Jakarta, in Pattimura, Kebayoran Baru. The Stepanek’s had already received notice that they needed to leave their UN house by June 1953. The Pattimura school opened its door after the summer break in 1953, offering nursery and kindergarten classes, as well as grades 1 to 6. The student body had already grown threefold by then.



Anniversary Wishes

Congratulations! At JES I had the time of my life.

Charles Franklin

Wishing you many more year of creating global citizens and life long learners!

Danielle Trawick (Bray)

Happy 70th birthday to amazing JIS! Many happy returns

Parents’ Booster Club

Keep building an amazing community of bright and proactive students who go out to make a better world.

Ariel Aldrin

May JIS continue to prepare young minds to achieve their full potential and contribute positively to Indonesia and the world.

Laetitia Lemaistre

Keep up your course and stay with it.

Tina Liem

Happy 70th Anniversary JIS. Thanks for impacting the lives of so many.

Pam Yarberry

Congratulations and thank you for the grandest of educations, for living diversity, celebrating multiculturalism, and being home of the Dragons. You are best for the world! Proud to have been a JIS lifer, Alumni, and now a parent of nagas too.

Zoelda Anderton

Happy 70th Anniversary JIS. Once a Dragon, always a Dragon.

Facilities Office 

Happy Birthday JIS


Happy birthday JIS, I feel privileged to be a part of this amazing legacy.

Paul McTigue

Happy 70th anniversary! Many happy returns, 500 years to go! Be the best school always.

Maya Lubis

What I tell graduates on their last day: You cry because you're leaving JIS; you smile because JIS will never leave YOU. From former classmates to mentor colleagues, to JIS alumni and to my students past and present —thank you for accepting, guiding, and encouraging me. Mohon maaf lahir dan batin.

Yuichiro Hara

Happy 70th anniversary my awesome JIS

Luciana Siahaan

Happy anniversary JIS! Thank you for making a home for so many students over the years.

Chiara Collette

Happy Anniversary to JIS, we gave had 2 generations gone thru covering the 70, 80, 90, 2000 to this day. May you have many more years to come.

Jerome Landerer

Happy 70th anniversary, JIS. Attending school there has left a lasting impact on my life, career, and friendships. So proud to be a Dragon for life.

Dennis Harter

Congrats to 70 years and for all of us to continue to strive to be Best for the World.

Doug Slusher

Congratulations on reaching 70! May the JES/JIS family continue to grow, expand, and educate many more generations of caring, responsible, open-minded, creative and amazing world citizens.

Monica Cooley

Happy 70th Anniversary JIS! I hope everything goes great for you in the future! All the best

Farbod Poorvash

Go jis!


Here is to another seven fabulous decades ahead

Dahlia Asmat

Keep up the good work! Happy birthday!

Rachel Rohner

Happy anniversary JIS, we are so happy to be part of the JIS community and dragon family!!

Yulieta Sanchez

Happy 70th Birthday. May JIS continue to grow and thrive. Keep up the great work for students, staff and the community. I am proud to be part of the dragon family

Erika Fries


Memorable Photos

PEL students, Grade 1 AS

Some of our first grade students at PEL wanted to wish JIS a very happy birthday by making these amazing birthday cards!

Tina Liem, Parent

Kids having lunch at the cafeteria and the yearly United Nation celebration with all the food, costumes and cultures all over campus.



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Let's celebrate seven decades together using our 70th anniversary Twibbon. Don't forget to put the hashtag #JIS70th and tag us @jakartainterculturalschool