Admissions Guidelines

Admissions Policy

JIS welcomes learners who can benefit from and contribute to a high-quality elementary to secondary university preparatory curriculum. 

To be eligible for admission to High School, an applicant must be able to complete graduation requirements prior to turning 21 years of age.

Inclusion Statement

At Jakarta Intercultural School, inclusion is a commitment to welcoming, embracing, valuing, and educating a diverse range of learners. We believe that diversity enriches our community and creates a learning environment that reflects the natural complexity of our world. Inclusion fosters opportunities for all members of our community to grow and thrive.  As a community, we develop empathy, compassion, and an evolving perspective as we learn alongside others with different backgrounds and abilities.

We can offer places at each grade level to a limited number of students who require support services. Areas of support include: English as an Additional Language (EAL), speech and language services (Elementary and Middle School only), occupational therapy (Elementary School only), academic support, classroom guidance, and individual counseling.
 Admission is contingent on a match between the student's needs and the level of services available. 

The admission of any student with identified needs (language or learning) is determined on a case-by-case basis using multiple sources of information, such as school records, evaluations, Individual Learning Plans, and in some cases, an interview.

Admissions Priority Policy

JIS groups applications into three Application Lanes.

Dependents of employees of JIS founding embassies (United States, United Kingdom, and Australia), and eligible dependents of JIS faculty.


Expatriate or host country students coming from overseas who do not yet have a school in Jakarta. 

Expatriate or host country students transferring from a local or international school in the Greater Jakarta area (JABODETABEK). Applications in this lane have a deadline of March 1 and is for August enrollment only. You will be notified of your admission status after April 15.

Please note that the application period for admission for August 2021 has been extended and is currently open. You can begin your application process here. Please contact if you have any questions. 

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

Early Years Policy

Early Years students must be fully toilet trained prior to admission.

Before an admission decision can be made, Early Years applicants will meet with an Admissions Representative to determine readiness for the Early Years program.

Elementary Campus Placement

JIS has two Elementary campuses: Pattimura (PEL) and Pondok Indah (PIE). PEL is closer to embassies and the Central Business District while PIE is in a residential area in South Jakarta. Travel time between the campuses is approximately 20 minutes. 

Admission priority is given to applicants based on the area of residence. In addition, if a grade level or student support service has reached capacity at the student's preferred campus, the student will be assigned to the alternate campus. The school reserves the right to determine these placements.

Grade Placement

The Admissions Board and divisional leadership will determine grade placement after a comprehensive review of an application. Your child's current school may name their grade levels differently from JIS. Please check the appropriate JIS grade level by downloading the JIS Grade Level Equivalents Table. In the Early Years Program, placement is based on grade-level age requirements. 

From Grade 1 onward, placement for students joining at beginning of the JIS school year is based on grade levels already completed at an accredited school. 

Students who arrive after the JIS academic year has started will generally continue in their current grade.