Our curriculum is the best of both worlds since it corresponds with international standards while also covering the required national content.


Our Elementary School program uses social and natural phenomena as contexts to develop the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as future-oriented life skills such as Ethical Leadership, Expert Thinking, and Empathetic Social skills. Learners are empowered to make good choices while developing project management skills, and a STEAM mindset in coming up with innovative solutions for real life sustainability issues, using contemporary technology, wherever applicable.

Learners develop at their own pace and their needs vary greatly from one another. Teachers do their best to attend to these needs both academically and non-academically. In a multi-age classroom, learning is personalized for learners based on their unique needs. The learners receive opportunities to co-create the learning with their teachers through choices, continuous reflection, and the management of their own learning portfolio.


In a multi-age classroom, learners of different ages are grouped together. For example, 2nd and 3rd grade learners are put together in grade level 2-3 because they are at the same social-emotional development milestone.

In real life, we interact with people of different ages in various settings. When learners are accustomed to this situation from an early age, we are preparing them to face real life situations from early on. Research has shown that this setting maximizes social-emotional development, as well as academic performance. It helps learners develop empathy and leadership, where older and younger learners respect and learn from each other.

Making Good Choices (MAGIC)

MAGIC is a special class where learners apply project management skills in a topic of interest that can benefit themselves as well as others. Learners typically choose a daily life problem and work on creating an innovative solution to solve it, according to their interest and level of development.

STEAM Mindset

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. That said, we believe that STEAM is not just about the activities. Instead, it's about creating a mindset of coming up with innovative solutions using Scientific inquiries, the right technology, design thinking, empathy and emotional appeal. All of this is practiced throughout the daily routines in multiple contexts.

An example of how the STEAM mindset is developed is during project-based learning. Learners explore problems in their surroundings and work to find an innovative solution to the problem by utilizing research skills (scientific inquiries), mathematical problem solving skills, while using technology.


Our curriculum believes that learning should aim for the long term goals, i.e., skills, values, and concepts. The curriculum contents are designed based on International standards, while adhering to the required National content.

The Elementary School Program covers the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Pendidikan Pancasila dan Kewarganegaraan
  • Social Studies
  • Religion
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Physical and Mental Well-being
  • Making Good Choices (MGC)
  • Meta Level Reflection



We prepare learning activities that promote confidence for our elementary students, enhancing their academic and social capabilities. They are introduced to our specially designed plan-do-review method, leading them to value both the process and end results, which enriches their learning experiences. In addition, we encourage students to develop their unique intrapersonal, interpersonal, and academic skills through the generation of their own thinking and ideas.

Extended Enrichment
Project-Based Cycle Presentation
Independence Day
Business Day


Q: What curriculum does HighScope Indonesia School use?

HighScope Indonesia School is a Satuan Pendidikan Kerja Sama (SPK) school, because HighScope Indonesia integrates the National Curriculum with the HighScope Curriculum.

The HighScope curriculum is uniquely designed to cover:

  • International standards
  • Brain research (brain development and how the brain learns)
  • The most recent research in education

The HighScope Curriculum is specifically designed to provide a rich academic foundation while promoting independence, decision making, cooperation, creativity, and problem solving in young children. The HighScope Curriculum includes learning objectives, effective adult interaction strategies, and assessment measures that help programs ensure a high-quality experience for all learners.

The emphasis of the HighScope Indonesia curriculum is long term goals (skills, concepts, values) which are honed by using natural and social phenomena as contex

Q: What is Multi-Age?

The multi-age class is a class consisting of students who are 1-2 years apart in age, in the same class. This multi-age class describes a real life situation where students interact with other students of different ages and abilities, e.g. grade K with grade 1, grade 2 with grade 3, and so on. Research shows that multi-age classrooms develop interpersonal and academic skills.

If we view it from everyday life (real life), e. g., in our work environment, we work with people who are different ages to collaborate and produce something worthwhile. HighScope believes that by providing these real life experiences, children will learn how to socialize with people of different ages. That's why HighScope runs the Multi-age Classroom consisting of a combination of adjacent ages in the same class.

Q: What language is used in the Elementary Program?

From the Elementary Program to the High School program, HighScope Indonesia School implements a dual language program. The language of instruction used is both English & Indonesian.

These two languages are used in an academic context (academic language) and a social context (social language). In an academic context, there are several subjects delivered in English & there are other subjects delivered in Indonesian.

Examples of subjects delivered in Indonesian are Indonesian Language, Religion & Social Studies (IPS & PPKN) lessons, while subjects other than the 3 subjects above are delivered in English.

In the social context, HighScope Indonesia School has a Language of the Day program. Indonesian & English are spoken alternately at socialization times and morning meetings, for example Monday in English, Tuesday in Indonesian, and so on. With the implementation of the Dual Language Program, students will be proficient in two languages at once, both academically and socially.

Q: Are there religion classes in the HighScope Indonesia School Elementary Program?

HighScope religion lessons are Compulsory. There are five religion classes at HighScope: Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu & Buddhist.

Q: Is there Friday Prayer at HighScope Indonesia School?

Every Friday, our Islamic religion teachers direct students to attend Friday prayers. The area used is distinguished by the grade level: elementary (SD), middle school (SMP) and high school (SMA)

Q: What is the teacher to student ratio?

The support provided and supervision of students is an important part of learning at HighScope. The ratio of teachers to students is organized so that teachers can carry out their duties optimally

The ratios implemented in HighScope are taken from the ratios used by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is a professional organization that aims to improve the quality of education from early childhood to 8 years old in America.

HighScope Indonesia School applies the ratio of 1:12 for Elementary & Middle School.

Q: What are the school hours in the Elementary Program?

Q: Is there any homework in the Elementary Program?

HighScope Indonesia School applies homework that is adjusted to student grade levels. Homework is divided into main subjects (such as English, Indonesian, Science, Social Sciences & Mathematics), weekly assignments, reading assignments & quick homework

We schedule homework based on student readiness and student grade levels.

Q: Is HighScope Indonesia School accredited?

Accreditation is a process undertaken by government agencies & foreign institutions to assess whether an educational institution has met specific standards

Currently most of our schools are accredited “A” or “DISAMAKAN from the government. HighScope Indonesia School – TB.Simatupang has also received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

WASC is a world-renowned accrediting association in the United States and works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the Department of State

Q: What if the child is not fluent in English?

At every HighScope Indonesia School, new students, first go through a "Screening" process by taking the "Basic Competency Test". One of the subjects assessed is English. In addition, HighScope Indonesia School also asks prospective students to complete the admissions "Requirements", one of which is the "Academic Report Card History" to see the history of achievement in English from the prospective student's previous school.

Thus, if HighScope Indonesia School accepts these prospective students, then the consequences are that they must fulfill the standards of HighScope Indonesia School. If they need support, they are required to take the Afternoon English Program (AEP).

Q: Is there any test to join the HighScope Indonesia School Elementary Program?

To join the Elementary Program, there is an observation class for the prospective students and parents with the child psychologist or school principal and an interview of the prospective parents. "Academic Report Card History" to see the history of achievement in English from the prospective student's previous school.

By fostering child creativity, confidence, and independence, we take the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects and prepare children for later schooling and future success in life.