Message from the Head of School


On behalf of the SIS community, I would like to welcome you to our site. Surabaya offers many choices for your child’s education. SIS is unique among all of the choices for the following reasons: we have the most qualified international and local staff with the highest ratio of expat to Indonesian teachers in Surabaya, we are the only school that is accredited by a Western accrediting body (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), and we offer the most diverse student body in Surabaya.

The majority of our student body wants to continue their university education outside of Indonesia. If you fall into this category, then SIS is the obvious choice for your child. SIS was started by the U.S. Consulate in 1971 and has more experience than any other school in Surabaya preparing students to be successful in universities around the world. In order to be successful in universities, knowledge of English is not enough. Students at SIS are exposed to a rigorous curriculum using U.S. standards. We follow the IB PYP model in elementary school and an American middle school and high school model in the secondary. Our classes culminate with Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered by the College Board which gives students exposure to introductory university classes while still in high school.

A curriculum is only as strong as its teachers. Our teaching staff is where SIS outshines every other school in Surabaya. SIS hires the finest international teachers from around the world to work closely with the finest Indonesian staff. All of our core classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are taught by expat teachers with experience in their home country, as well as other excellent international schools around the world. The majority of our staff hold advanced degrees.

I hope this site gives you a feel of the advantages that SIS will give your child and leaves no doubt that it is without question the finest education in Surabaya. Please contact us if you have further questions.


Kind regards,

Matthew Gaetano
Head of School