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Yogyakarta International School – Building our Ship, while we are Sailing

YIS - Yogyakarta International School

YIS - Yogyakarta International School


Yogyakarta is located on the southern coast of the island of Java between Mount Merapi and the Indian Ocean. The city is the undisputed cultural capital of Indonesia and has become an international tourist destination. In the historic city centre we find the Palace of the Sultan of Yogyakarta, Hamengku Buwono X, and at only a short distance outside the city the ancient Buddhist shrine of Borobudur and the Hindu temple complex of Prambanan. The region is also renowned for its traditional batik, silver and leather handicrafts, woodcarvings and stone sculptures. Besides this, Yogyakarta serves as a centre of higher education with over 60 universities and academies, including the prominent Gadjah Mada University that was founded in 1948 as Indonesia’s first state university. The Yogyakarta International School (YIS) was founded in 1989 as Yogyakarta’s flagship for primary and secondary international education. In the next school year Yogyakarta International School (YIS) will celebrate its 25th anniversary.


Yogyakarta International School adheres to accreditation standards that are based on international curriculums. Being an independent school, YIS accepts students irrespective of nationality, gender, race or faith. The school operates under a legal Foundation that is fully licensed by the Ministry of Education, and is a member the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS).


Life is a continuous learning cycle, and school education is an essential part of that, where we are taught the art of ‘building our ship, while we are sailing’. YIS aims at preparing its students for their journey through life by providing high quality education in a safe, inspiring and stimulating learning environment that develops a child’s self-confidence, independence and sense of responsibility. The teaching program is delivered in English, but at the same time reflects, and is responsive to the international composition of the school community. For non-English speaking students, the school offers special ESL classes (English as Second Language). Other languages taught at YIS include Spanish, French, Mandarin and Indonesian.


YIS prides itself as being the only international school in Yogyakarta that offers the complete range of education from Pre-school/Kindergarten (3-6 years), Elementary School (6-12 years), Junior High School (12-16 years), to Senior High School (16-18 years). The teaching programs are based on the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Cambridge (IGCSE), and International Baccalaureate (MYP/IB). This implies that reports, diplomas and certificates issued by YIS are compatible with other international schools in Indonesia and abroad, and with universities worldwide.


Besides the regular teaching programs, YIS students a have a wide choice of extra-curricular subjects to develop their creative talents and sportive skills, including music and drama, green club and cooking lab, oil painting and stone sculpture, robotics and 3D-modelling, swimming and taekwondo, soccer and field hockey, basketball and badminton. In addition, students join cultural and scientific excursions and participate in exchange programs with other international schools.


The international classroom teachers of YIS are all university trained and come from native English-speaking countries. In sharing their professional qualifications and overseas experiences, they apply the highest international standards of classroom education, and aim at the same time as role models to motivate and guide the individual students. The team of international classroom teachers is supported by highly qualified national assistant teachers, and by specialist teachers for topics, such as music, arts, sports, mathematics, information technology and foreign languages.

YIS - Drama PerformanceSCHOOL CAMPUS

The YIS campus is strategically located in a residential neighbourhood in the northern part of Yogyakarta with convenient access from the city’s ring road. The school is situated in a spacious garden surrounded by teak, mango, cacao, star fruit and other trees. All classrooms face a central courtyard that serves as the main assembly and playground. The school has its own sports fields, basketball court, science lab, music studio, art studio, library, computer lab, language centre and canteen. Current expansion plans of the school also include boarding facilities for students, whose parents live outside the city or abroad.


The international YIS student community currently counts 16 different nationalities, including not only overseas students, but also Indonesian nationals. For students Enrolment Registration Forms are available at the school’s front desk, or online ( Tuition Fees are usually payable at the beginning of the school year in August, but may also be paid per term. The all-in annual Tuition Fees for the next YIS School Year 2013-2014 range from 4’500 USD for Pre-School, to 6’500 USD for Kindergarten, 7’500 USD for Primary School, and 8’500 USD for Junior and Senior High School. Since there is a limit to the number of new students that the school can accommodate, parents are kindly advised to register their children well ahead of the enrolment date.


The school is located at 30 minutes from the International Airport that serves direct flights to Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Bali, but also to overseas destinations including Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Jalan Cendrawasih No.1, Sinduadi, Mlati, Sleman – Yogyakarta 55284, Indonesia (southeast of the junction of the Ring Road and Jalan Magelang).

P.O. Box 1175, Yogyakarta 55011, Indonesia.

For any inquiries you may contact YIS through [email protected], or through [email protected].

+62 274 625965 / +62 274 625966.

You are more than welcome to make an appointment for visiting the school yourself.

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