AIS was founded in 1996 with the vision of providing world-class education in Indonesia based on the Australian education system. We are now well known throughout the region for being an inclusive school where every child, regardless of nationality, race, religion, language or learning ability, is valued and encouraged to achieve their fullest potential.

At AIS, we strive for the development of the person as a whole. Academic success is balanced by the school's emphasis on personal growth and development. Our students are challenged and encouraged to discover their individual interests and abilities. AIS teachers are committed to nurturing our students into well-rounded individuals who are confident and creative problem solvers, able to thrive and contribute as Global Citizens.

The AIS community is based on an extended family of teachers, students, parents and alumni students. Together we celebrate and promote the universal human values that connect us all. With over 700 students across three locations, AIS offers a world of exciting experiences and learning opportunities for young children in Preschool right through to young adults laying the foundations for future careers.

In each of our schools, you will find an international community with a warm, caring and inclusive environment. Our students learn to appreciate diversity and change, and to challenge traditional thinking and to look for new ways forward.



The vision of AIS is for our students to become confident, capable and socially aware global citizens who contribute meaningfully to the communities in which they choose to live and work.


Our mission is to achieve this through the provision of high quality, inclusive learning experiences, differentiated to meet individual needs. We support student learning with excellent teachers equipped with up to date teaching materials and technological resources.

Learning takes place in an atmosphere of respect and support where we acknowledge and celebrate our differences and encourage empathy, compassion, understanding and respect for human dignity. Our graduates will have the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes needed to make a positive contribution to the international community.


Empowering minds, Uniting Communities

Our key philosophy at AIS is to develop and demonstrate best practice education, and to make a world-class Australian education available and accessible to all children in Indonesia.

Regardless of ability, culture, ethnicity, gender or language background, all AIS students are encouraged and nurtured to achieve their full social and educational potential.

To achieve this, we are committed to providing a challenging, enriching and supportive learning environment, which develops confident and articulate students. Our students are augmented with the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes needed to shape their future and contribute meaningfully to the international community.



AIS Indonesia was founded in 1996 in response to a demand for inclusive education within the international schools in Indonesia. Prior to the formation of AIS, children with special learning needs were not accepted by any international school in Jakarta.

With the involvement and support of professional educators, diplomatic and commercial representatives as well as a group of committed parents, the school opened on 15 July 1996 with an initial enrolment of eleven students.



Today, more than 700 students thrive in an environment where they enjoy the benefits of a world-class Australian Education. Three well-resourced campuses offer Preschool to Year 12 classes with specialist support for students with learning difficulties, limited English language proficiency or physical disabilities.

Advisor to the Founding Board in 1996: Pak Sabam Siagian
Founders: Penny Robertson, OAM and Peter McGuckian

Of particular importance in establishing the first AIS school were the Founding Board members:

  • Angela Williamson
  • Steven Smith
  • Nick Arathimos
  • Ken Allen
  • Graeme Robertson
  • Barry Smith
  • Kevin Evans
  • Rick Kee


AIS is set up under the requirements of Indonesian national law and operates as a Yayasan (non-profit foundation) with a Board of Founders and a Board of Management.

The members of the Board of Management are appointed from the business and diplomatic communities, and are responsible for the overall financial management of the school.

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