FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FFrequently Asked Questions

What is the cut-off date for admissions applications?

As enrolment at AIS is open throughout the year, admissions process can be start anytime, preferably 3 months prior to the anticipated date of commencement.

What is the Academic year?

The Academic year at AIS aligns with the calendar year: January to December, divided into two semesters and four terms of approximately equal length. 

Is there any assessment prior to commencement?

Yes, assessments will be conducted during the admissions process to check the child’s understanding of Mathematics and English. These are however used to assist with placement not to screen for admission.

When are the school holidays?

School holidays occur in between terms for approximately two weeks in April and September, while holidays last for about a month in the middle of the year, as well as at the end of the year.

How does the school determine the children’s levels?

The level placement of the children is determined based on their ages per 31st March and examining the academic reports from their previous schools.

Can a child who does not speak English enroll?

Yes. AIS has more than 30 nationalities as part of the student body, with some students not able to speak English initially. In order to help the students reach their academic goals, AIS provides an exceptional English as Additional Language (EAL) program, which will be given after an in-depth observation is carried out by our highly experienced EAL teachers.

Are there any scholarships and what are the required documents?

AIS Jakarta offers scholarships annually, exclusively for Indonesian nationals, International Baccalaureate Diploma studies. Applicants are required to complete an Application Form, provide school reports from the last two (2) years, and write an essay. Requirements may vary and will be announced upon opening. 

Is there any financial assistance?

Financial assistance may be provided to families of students who have been enrolled at AIS for more than one year, and who pay the fees personally. AIS reserves the right to award financial support on a needs basis.

What is the class size?

The average class size is 18 to 22 students.

What languages are taught at school?

The language of instruction for all subjects at AIS primary school is English, except for Indonesian Studies, which will be conducted in Indonesian language. In secondary school, language options include French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Italian.

Is AIS an inclusive school?

Yes. AIS is an inclusive school, and inclusion serves as one of the most important values at AIS. Students who have learning difficulties or are in need of special attention may be accepted to the Learning Support program after comprehensive observation is conducted prior to commencement. The Learning Support program at AIS has accepted students diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, Down syndrome, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, global developmental delay, speech delay, dyslexia, etc.

What are the nationalities of the students?

As a multicultural school, AIS has more than thirty nationalities from the five continents of the world.

What are the school hours?

School starts at 8 am 

Is parking space provided?

AIS provides a vehicle lane only for dropping or picking up the students at certain times. Cars are not to park inside the school area.

Does the school provide meals?

AIS has a canteen from where parents can order snacks or lunch meals with variety of menus for their children. Orders can be placed on weekly or daily basis.

What universities have the graduates been admitted to?

AIS graduates have been admitted to prestigious universities throughout the world. Click here for the list of university acceptances.

Does the school provide transportation?

Yes. AIS provides an optional bus service covering certain areas for one-way or a return trip. School bus transportation will be charged separately.

What is the safety policy?

The safety of children as well as the security of AIS campuses is paramount. There are certain procedures to enter the school area and to exit from it. CCTV surveillance is also used to enhance the security level. To see the safety policy at AIS, please click here.

Are there any exams?

Students of Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 at AIS sit the Australian NAPLAN (National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy) every year. Other assessments at all year levels from Foundation to Year 10 are internally set.

Are there any school excursions?

Yes, class excursions, including camps, happen from time to time throughout the year as part of the school curriculum and will be integrated into that curriculum. Depending in the age of the student excursions range from short-duration local visits to longer international overnight trips.

What sports activities are offered?

Physical Education (PE) is one of many specialist programs at AIS. There is a broad range of sports taught and practised during PE, including football, athletics, basketball, four square, swimming, etc. There are also many other options available as extra-curricular activities. AIS actively participate in some inter-sport events and competitions, such as JASIS Swim Meet, Basketball Tournament, as well as U8, U10, and U12 Football Competition. AIS also has takes part in the annual Australian International Schools Association Sports Carnival.

What extra-curricular activities are available and what is the cost?

AIS offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Arts: such as coloring, drawing, ballet dance, and contemporary dance. Sport: including gymnastics, taekwondo, golf, basketball, soccer, and netball. Educational: like Indonesian language classes, coding, and NAPLAN practices. Fun: many including cooking and sewing. The activities are offered on term basis and additional charge is payable upon registration.

What music lessons are available?

Music is one of many specialist programs at AIS that students will attend once a week. In addition, AIS offers an instrumental program and choirs as a part of the extra-curricular activities program.

Do you have after-school child care?

No. AIS does not provide after-school child care.

Which countries are your teachers from?

AIS only employs fully qualified teachers and specialists. Most of our teachers and specialists are expatriates from Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA. Specific language teachers come from South Korea and Japan; whereas highly qualified and experienced Indonesian nationals are also employed as local teachers. All teaching assistants and learning support assistants are Indonesian nationals.

Can students be accompanied by sitters or parents in the classroom?

The first day of school can be uneasy for students, however the classroom personnel will ensure that they feel welcomed and will help them settle down. Parents or sitters may wait at one of our waiting areas during school hours and accompany the students once the school finishes.

Does the school have a uniform policy?

Yes. To see the uniform policy at AIS, please click here.