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How to Enroll Your Children in School in Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're a newcomer in Indonesia and enrolling your children in school in Indonesia, here's how:

Enrolling your child in a public school in Indonesia as an expat can be a complex process. It requires a thorough understanding of the Indonesian education system, the necessary paperwork, and the steps involved. The paperwork includes your child's birth certificate, passport, previous school records, and a health certificate. Additionally, you may need to provide proof of your residency in Indonesia. It's also important to note that the academic year in Indonesia starts in July and ends in June, so it's advisable to start the enrollment process well in advance.

  1. Research Schools: Start by researching the public schools in your area. Consider factors such as the curriculum, the school's reputation, and the distance from your home. You can find information online or ask for recommendations from other expats.
  2. Visit the School: Once you've shortlisted a few schools, arrange for a visit. This will give you a better understanding of the school's environment, teaching methods, and facilities. It's also a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
  3. Prepare the Necessary Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This includes your child's birth certificate, passport, previous school records, and a health certificate. You may also need to provide proof of your residency in Indonesia.
  4. Submit the Application: Once you've gathered all the necessary documents, submit the application to the school. The application process may vary from school to school, so it's best to ask the school for specific instructions.
  5. Take the Placement Test: Most public schools in Indonesia require foreign students to take a placement test. This test is used to determine the student's proficiency in various subjects and to place them in the appropriate grade level.
  6. Pay the School Fees: Once your child has been accepted, you'll need to pay the school fees. The fees for public schools in Indonesia are generally lower than those for private schools, but they can still be quite high for expats.
  7. Attend the Orientation: Most schools have an orientation for new students and their parents. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, learn about the school's policies, and get your child acquainted with their new environment.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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