The JIS Story

The Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) was established in 1951 to cater to the children of a growing expatriate community in Indonesia’s capital.

Over the decades, our own diverse community of students, staff and faculty members from across the globe – the mighty Komodo Dragons – grew to take up three expansive campuses equipped with innovative learning facilities.

And while JIS is now known across the region for our comprehensive inquiry-based curriculum, we also value our students individual skills, talents and interests, nurturing them to be Best for the World.

The JIS iBook

In 2018, JIS created this interactive glimpse into our culture of learning and leading as part of our application to renew our Apple Distinguished School designation. If you have an Apple device, please download this iBook to engage virtually with our vibrant school and to see why we were awarded this honor in 2015 and again in 2018.


Click the iBook thumbnail to download the iBook from iTunes and the Apple iBook Store. Please note it is a large file and best downloaded with a strong wifi connection.
If you have trouble accessing the iBook from the thumbnail above, please try clicking here.

The JIS Batik Story

First page of the PDF file: JISBatikStory-Web

Learning in Indonesia means having first-hand access to many cultural wonders. Batik, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage, is one of those treasures. Several years ago, JIS collaborated with local artisans to create handcrafted textile designs for our school. Many Indonesian batik patterns are symbolic, and so is the one created for JIS. Read our Batik Story to learn more about the Naga, Jatayu, Cakar and the Tree of Knowledge, symbols that animate our campus.