Choosing a school in Bali
It’s one of those big decisions that you have to make in life… which school to send the kids to. If you’re thinking about making the tropical sea change, we’re here to give you the lowdown on your options for schools in Bali.
Canggu Community School
Canggu has become an expat hub and Canggu Community School is often the first choice for families in the area. It has just undergone massive renovations resulting in a brand new senior school campus with a new library. The adjacent Canggu Club has a 25 metre swimming pool and full size oval that the students are able to use. The school caters to pre-school to year 12.
Canngu Community School, Jalan Subak Sari, Banjar Tegal Gundul, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia, p. + 361 844 6391
Australian International School
AIS runs on a fully accredited Australian system so it’s the obvious choice for Aussie expats who will eventually return back home and want their kids back in the system without any fuss. There is talk of the school changing campus location as it is presently situated on a very busy road. The school caters to pre-school to year 12.
Australian International School, Jalan Kerobokan, Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia, p. + 361 734 936.
Sanur Independent School
This is a lovely, small community school that runs from kindergarten to Year 7. A great option if you have younger kids and are thinking of living beachside in the Sanur area. The school caters for pre-school to year 12.
Sanur Independent School, Jalan Tukad Nyali Gang SMU 6 #3, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, p. + 62 361 286554.
Bali International School
This is Bali’s oldest school with a really good reputation for providing academic excellence and there are plenty of kids who travel from around the island to go to school here. They have a great extra-curricular after-school activities program which is run by the staff, parents, and outside organisations. The school caters to pre-school to year 12.
Bali International School, Jalan Danau Buyan 4, Sanurm Bali, Indonesia, p. + 62 361 288770
If the word holistic ticks your boxes then this one is for you. Pelangi, a parent-initiated community project, is a small school located ten minutes’ drive from central Ubud. The British-based curriculum caters to kids from playgroup to Grade 4.
Pelangi, Banjar Kumbuh, Mas, Bali, Indonesia, p. + 62 361 850 4569.
Located just north of Sanur, the point of difference with this school is that it runs classes in both Bahasa Indonesia and English. It also has a gorgeous campus with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. The school caters to playgroup to year 12.
Sekola Dyatmika, l. Pucuk Bang, Kesiman Denpasar , Bali, Indonesia, p. + 62 361 461 874.
The Green School was opened in 2008 by philanthropist and long-time Bali resident John Hardy and runs from preschool to Year 12. This has to be the most architecturally stunning school in the world, made entirely from bamboo and other local and naturally sourced materials. Even if you don’t want to send your kids here, it’s worth doing one of the tours that they hold throughout the week to check out the breathtaking design.
Green School, Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar Saren, Abiansemal, Badung, Bali, Indonesia, p. + 62 361 469-875.
Top image: Green School