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School suggestions in Bandung (public, private, independent, etc.)

cup1981

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Hey all! I have exhausted Google, so I am looking to you all for help. Please!!

We decided to enroll our 8-year-old son (and eventually his 4-year-old brother) in school in Indonesia instead of online homeschooling through the U.S. The parental involvement in U.S. online school will be too much for our busy lifestyle.

We are planning to look at a few schools in Bandung after landing there in 23 May. I have looked into BIS, and the rp159,000,000 per year is a tough pill to swallow for me. I mean, I can pay it, but only if it is head and shoulder above all other options. I have my doubts it is really worth that kind of money.

So, I am looking for suggestions for most cost-effective options in Bandung. We are open to public, private or any other options. We are also OK with a Catholic or Protestant school if needed. What schools do you all recommend we check out? What are the costs, if you know them? :)

Thanks!
 

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Something you might wanna look into, is Santa Angela. http://sd.santa-angela.sch.id/

It's connected to the order of Santa Ursula in JKT and has always been on the level of Santa Theresia. It's also mixed now.

The catholic schools in this country (and esp. on Java) have a very good name. And my wife even has Muslim friends who attended school with her, just because their parents wanted the best education.

Don't know about the costs, sorry. But it's private of course so it will not be cheap either.
 
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Prices are usually significantly cheaper but I know that there is a waiting list for Santa Ursula in Jakarta.
 

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Our daughter went to PK in Bandung at the the Catholic school. Santo Aloysius on Sari Jadi. We’re not religious, but the school was affordable, and fairly good.

The only negative comment I’d make is the school “performances” are horribly planned. 3 different schools having all their different PK and Kindergarten classes perform at the same time and place. 3+ hours of confusion, and bored kids waiting for their 5-10 minutes on stage.
 

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My wife said to also check out Mutiara Nusantara school.
 

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My wife said to also check out Mutiara Nusantara school.
Thanks! That one is actually on my list to check out :). I've got a lot of homework to do. Thankfully, I have you all to help out and my wife's cousin in Bandung has a few school-age kids and is helping us. The hardest part will be if we decide to go with a Catholic school and convincing her family it was an educational decision, not a religious one lol. They are all strict Muslims. My wife is far more moderate and open, and I am agnostic, so we only care about education quality. Her family... not so much.
 

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Thanks! That one is actually on my list to check out :). I've got a lot of homework to do. Thankfully, I have you all to help out and my wife's cousin in Bandung has a few school-age kids and is helping us. The hardest part will be if we decide to go with a Catholic school and convincing her family it was an educational decision, not a religious one lol. They are all strict Muslims. My wife is far more moderate and open, and I am agnostic, so we only care about education quality. Her family... not so much.
You’d be surprised how many Muslims send their kids to Catholic school.
 

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You’d be surprised how many Muslims send their kids to Catholic school.
Yeah, I read about that and told my wife. She still fears her "Orang Kampung" (her words, not mine) family will not understand lol. At that point, I just said they are our kids, not theirs, and we decide where they go to school :). I think she is OK with it now, but we will see when it actually comes down to it.
 

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Yeah, I read about that and told my wife. She still fears her "Orang Kampung" (her words, not mine) family will not understand lol. At that point, I just said they are our kids, not theirs, and we decide where they go to school :). I think she is OK with it now, but we will see when it actually comes down to it.
We will be coming to Indonesia for the summer in late May. We’ll be in Jakarta until after Idul Fitri, but will head to Bandung in June.

I’m sure we can give you some recommendations.
 

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Mutiara Bunda is a really good school. It is an Islamic school, but to the best of my knowledge they accept other faiths.

https://www.sekolahmutiarabunda.com/


Re the housing question from your other post (sorry for tagging it on in here, but I am tired and feeling too lazy to look for that post) Setra Murni is quite a lovely complex, with tennis courts and fairly quite streets and is inhabited by well-heeled people...
Some affordable places there- Don't be put off by the higher prices in the agent's ads... they are overpriced and can often be nego'ed
Another area you may like is Setiabudhi Regency
Also, Pondok Hijau
https://www.rumah123.com/properti/bandung/hor4273111/

https://www.rumah123.com/properti/bandung/hor3638928/
https://www.rumah123.com/properti/bandung/hor3097570/

https://www.rumah123.com/properti/bandung/hor4259142/

https://www.rumah123.com/properti/bandung/hor4282401/

I also wouldn't worry too much about fully furnished etc...with your kind of budget, buying beds, sofas etc would probably work out cheaper over a longer term rental on an unfurnised property than paying the extra high price of furnished, I am assuming you intend to stay for several years... this too can be a factor to nego for the rental - you can get a significant price drop in a 2 or 3 year lease

I advise staying to the north of the city as the water is better(allegedly) and it is not prone to flooding.
 
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