Learning in Paradise – The Ultimate List of Bali’s Best Schools

Whether you’re looking to settle in Bali long-term, or have decided to take a family gap-year, finding a school that’s the perfect fit for your child is going to be top of your ‘to do’ list.

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Learning in Paradise – The Ultimate List of Bali’s Best Schools

Whether you’re looking to settle in Bali long-term, or have decided to take a family gap-year, finding a school that’s the perfect fit for your child is going to be top of your ‘to do’ list.

Thankfully, Bali has plenty of choices when it comes to education, offering a variety of different curriculums to suit your child’s learning style. Choose from the globally renowned IB (International Baccalaureate) program to the highly reputable Cambridge Curriculum, as well as Montessori and Early Child play-based learning approaches.

Selecting the right school for your child is a massive decision, which is why we have handpicked some of the best schools on the island to help you discover the perfect academic solution to your Bali adventure!

Bali Island School

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Set your children off on a voyage of learning at Bali Island School (BIS) in Sanur, an island educational institution steeped in a legacy of over 35 years. From its humble beginnings in 1985 as the first international school in Bali, to its current thriving community, Bali Island School stands as a testament to the pursuit of academic excellence and holistic development.

Authenticated by the International Baccalaureate, Bali Island School proudly delivers Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes from Preschool up to Grade 12. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the school boasts a vibrant campus with a touch of Balinese charm, featuring a 25m swimming pool, sports field, playground and expansive library.

With an average of 20 students per class, classrooms are tailored to support student’s individual learning journeys, creating a comfortable and dynamic environment. From Primary school stations equipped with age-appropriate technology, to Secondary school rooms encouraging group or individual study, Bali Island School fosters a nurturing atmosphere that also combines academic excellence.

Beyond the classroom, students can take advantage of a wide spectrum of after-school activities, from unleashing creativity in arts and crafts sessions, to taking center stage in drama classes, as well as plenty of sporting clubs. At Bali Island School they’re committed to raising principled, knowledgeable, and open-minded leaders of tomorrow – ready to spread their wings and make the world their classroom!

Contact the school by phone: at (+62)361-288-770 or via email: [email protected] for more information or to book a campus tour.

Bali Island School (BIS)

Address: Jl. Danau Buyan IV No.15, Sanur Kaja, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar
Website: www.baliinternationalschool.com
Instagram : baliislandschool

Australian Independent School (AIS)

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Australian International School Bali

For over 25 years, the Australian Independent School (AIS) has been a leading educational institution on the island of Bali. From Preschool through to Year 10, the AIS integrated Australian Curriculum and its inquiry-based approach to learning has focussed on developing well-rounded, confident learners with a strong foundation in literacy, numeracy, science and humanities. Led by a team of dedicated international educators, AIS prioritises innovative and challenging learning programs to lay a rich foundation for students’ future academic success.

As students progress through high school, they delve deeper into core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Information Technology, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Health and Indonesian. This prepares them for the IB Diploma Programme offered in Years 11 and 12 – a globally recognised qualification that opens the doors to universities worldwide. 

Set amongst lush greenery, AIS boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including a multi-purpose court, swimming pool, tennis court, football field and rooftop cafe. AIS provides an enriching environment for students to thrive both academically and socially. 

Contact the school office at +62 361 845 2000 or email them at [email protected] to organise a private campus tour.

Address: Jalan Imam Bonjol No. 458A, Pemecutan Kelod, Denpasar Barat
Website: www.ais-indonesia.com
Instagram: @ais.school.bali

Alam Atelier Pre-school

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Step into a world where young minds blossom and curiosity knows no bounds! Alam Atelier Preschool offers a unique educational experience rooted in the belief that children thrive when they engage with nature. The school promotes holistic development, encouraging each learner to develop at their own pace. 

With a curriculum program inspired by a mixture of the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, Nature Education and inquiry-based learning, Alam Atelier provides a dynamic and enriching experience for little learners, centred around independence, resilience and creativity. Educators at the school prioritise understanding each child’s individual needs and interests, carefully crafting tailor-made learning experiences that are designed to spark curiosity and ignite the imagination.

The rich learning environment is a mixture of outdoor spaces, carefully thought-out to nurture children’s creativity, alongside generous indoor areas bathed in natural light, offering a haven where learners can thrive and flourish. Contact the school directly via WhatsApp on: +62 813-1771-7700 and come and experience a community where every child’s journey is a story to be celebrated.

Address: Jl. Pemelisan Agung, Berawa, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara
Website: www.alamatelier.com
Instagram: @alamatelierschool

Guidepost Montessori Open House at AYANA Bali

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Unleash the spirit of adventure and learning at Guidepost Montessori Open House AYANA Bali – a haven for young minds to explore, grow and create lifelong memories. Led by passionate Montessori professionals, this unique program blends classroom sessions with a journey of exploration throughout the sprawling AYANA estate, ensuring an immersive and secure learning experience.

Crafted by Guidepost, a global network of authentic Montessori schools, each week brings a new cultural or nature theme. For short-term adventurers a week-long camp runs from Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am to 1:00pm daily, promising a delightful blend of English and Mandarin learning and lunch. From ocean wonders at Kubu Beach to the vibrant Balinese arts at the SAKA museum, each day is a new discovery!

For those looking to stay in Bali long-term, AYANA introduces the Children’s House – a full academic Montessori program tailored for little learners aged 2.5 to 6 years. Here, your child directs their own learning activities, fostering confidence and social skills in an environment specially crafted for their growth. 

Whether it’s a single week or an extended journey, Guidepost Montessori Open House offers a nurturing home away from home, where learning unfolds as a joyful exploration and ignites your child’s sense of adventure! For further inquiries email: [email protected]

Address: Sejahtera, Jl. Karang Mas, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung

Guidepost Montessori Open House AYANA Bali

Website: www.ayana.com/bali/guidepostayana/
Instagram: @guidepostmontessori

ProEd Global School

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ProEd Umalas has long been a testament to its pioneering approach to learning, thanks to its differentiated curriculums, high student-teacher ratios and focus on inclusivity. Now, with the recent launch of its sustainably conscious Nuanu Campus located in the Tabanan regency, ProEd marks a new chapter in its commitment to shaping the leaders of tomorrow.

Both ProEd campuses follow the British Curriculum and Edexcel IPrimary Program, as well as IGCSE and A-Level studies in the high school. For those students with additional learning needs, ProEd offers the internationally accredited ASDAN Curriculum, creating tailored timetables that support student’s strengths, as well as their individual needs. ProEd also offers a spectrum of onsite specialist services which are unique in Bali, including speech & language support, occupational therapy, counselling and a dedicated Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator.

Their well-stocked library, sensory resources and IT centre ensures that their students have access to the latest learning tools for an exciting educational journey, echoing the school’s mission statement to cultivate curious minds and awaken a love of learning. ProEd’s diverse extracurricular activities invite students to explore their interests, ranging from accounting to art and basketball to yoga. 

ProEd isn’t just about learning, it’s a vibrant community that fosters growth, curiosity and a lifelong journey of discovery, empowering students to be the best versions of themselves. If you are interesting in finding out more about their Umalas and Nuanu Campus, or would like to arrange a tour, contact them by email or WhatsApp on:

ProEd Global School

Address (Umalas): Banjar Anyar Umalas, Jl. Bumbak Dauh, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara
Address (Nuanu Campus): Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali
Website: www.proedschool.com
Instagram : @proedbali

The Garden School – Early Learning Centre

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Established in 2014, The Garden School stands out as one of Bali’s premier early years centres which adheres to the Australian Early Years standards and accommodate children up to 7 years of age. Instead of a regular yearly academic timetable, the school breaks the mold by staying open all year round, allowing families to seamlessly blend education with travel – perfect for families that are on the go! 

Inspired by leading Early Childhood philosophies like Reggio Emilia and Montessori, their play-based learning approach focuses on child development, literacy, and numeracy. Their curriculum also offers extra classes in music, drama, Bahasa Indonesian, PE, and gardening, ensuring a well-rounded learning experience.

The Garden School also offers PlayDates drop-in classes, designed for kids aged 6 months to 2.5 years, which provides an entertaining 1.5-hour hands-on experience filled with music, parachute play, and sensory activities – making it an ideal choice for busy toddlers. As well as spacious indoor learning areas, their lush tropical gardens are adorned with learning nooks and interactive sensory hubs, designed to promote curiosity, inquiry, and wonder.

Although currently based in Canggu, The Garden School will soon be opening a new centre in Sanur in 2024, promising even more opportunities for young minds to flourish!

Contact them via WhatsApp to book a tour or reserve your space at : +62 858-5722-2941

The Garden School

Address: Jl. Raya Semat No.18A, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Website: www.thegardenbali.com 
Instagram: @thegardenbali
Email: [email protected]

Summit Academy (Formerly CLC)

Embrace a new era of learning at Summit Academy, a boutique education centre, where students are empowered to reach new heights, both in and out of the classroom! With a firm belief in creating an inclusive and compassionate learning community, Summit Academy provides unique and enriching educational experiences that go beyond the traditional classroom boundaries.

From ages 11 to 18, students embark on a transformative path, starting with the Cambridge Checkpoint programme, designed to assess their academic understanding across the core subjects. This progresses to the Cambridge IGCSE and AS/A Levels programmes, empowering students to delve deeper into their passions and prepare for higher education.

Starting from August 2024, Summit Academy is set to launch their innovative Outdoor Programme. Led by experts, students will be immersed in nature as they develop valuable life-skills such as teamwork, resilience and a deep appreciation for the environment through engaging activities, such as hiking and camping. With its affordable tuition rates and an emphasis on character development, Summit Academy has all the tools to help your child develop the skills and confidence they need to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Contact them now via WhatsApp to find out more or arrange a tour on: +62 811-3960-2366.

Address: Jl. Gunung Salak No.66X, Padangsambian Klod
Website: Summit Academy
Instagram: @summit_academy_bali

Boundless Life Education Centre

Nestled in the heart of Sanur close to Sindhu Beach, Boundless Life Education Centre is a haven for young minds from ages 1-12. Their unique campus, surrounded by traditional Balinese architecture and lush greenery, offers a refreshing blend of indoor and outdoor learning spaces, fostering an environment where kids can ignite their curiosity.

At Boundless, education isn’t just confined to traditional classrooms. Taking inspiration from the world-renowned Finnish system and Montessori learning style, the school adopts a multi-age approach, empowering students to learn at their own pace instead of being grouped solely according to their age. The school encourages their educators to work as collaborative mentors to the students, guiding them along personalised learning paths which follow the UN Sustainable Development Goals, inspired by real-world experiences and hands-on learning.

Boundless also offers a network of global Life Education Centres beyond Bali, allowing families the opportunity and flexibility to take part in ‘family semesters abroad’, promoting connections with a diverse global student community. It’s ideal for families that are looking for an education choice which fits in with a more flexible, nomadic lifestyle.

If you’re interested in embarking on a boundless adventure, click here to book a discovery call to find out more. 

Boundless Life

Address: Behind Inna Sindhu Sanur, Jl. Pantai Sindhu No.14, Sanur, Kota Denpasar
Website: bali.boundless.life 
Instagram: @boundlesslife

SPARK BALI Micro School

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Welcome to SPARK school, where education meets innovation for teenagers seeking a dynamic alternative learning experience in Bali. Born out of the founder’s personal desire to combine the benefits of traditional schooling and homeschooling, SPARK BALI Micro School tailors academic support with a focus on fostering independent study skills and individual social and emotional growth, creating an engaging learning environment for their students.

SPARK recognizes that all teenagers are as unique as their learning styles. By working with small groups of learners spanning various ages, skills, and personalities, SPARK combines diverse teaching methods. Aligned with the Cambridge International path and IGCSE exams, their comprehensive core subject curriculum covers English Esl and Fle, Maths core & extended, Business Studies, Environmental Management, and ICT.

But it doesn’t stop there – at SPARK the focus goes beyond the typical subjects, such as Science & Physics, Bahasa Indonesia, Global Perspective, Food Science, Cooking Lessons, and Creative Thinking which are taught through a more flexible methodology.

The growth and development of teenagers take center stage at SPARK which shows in their distinctive teaching methods, featuring group lessons during the week (Monday to Thursday) and personalized one-to-one sessions on Friday. Ignite your teenager’s thirst for learning at SPARK BALI!

Contact them via WhatsApp at +62 812-3931-1416 or email at: [email protected] to find out more about admissions.

SPARK BALI Micro School

Address: Jl Puskesmas, Sayan, Ubud, Bali, 80571
Website: sparkbali.org 
Instagram : @spark_bali

Caterpillar School Bali

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Nestled in the heart of Umalas, discover the vibrant world of Caterpillar School Bali, where education is an exciting journey that blends fun and learning into one harmonious haven. Their small student and teacher ratios (10 students to one teacher & one teaching assistant) creates an intimate and homely environment, ensuring that your child gets all the focus and attention that they need to shine.

What makes Caterpillar School stand out is their groundbreaking hybrid curriculum, merging the acclaimed holistic Finnish Early Childhood Education Curriculum, with the rigour of the British National Curriculum. This unique fusion creates an educational experience that goes beyond textbooks, with a nurturing curriculum that prioritises growth and development academically, socially and emotionally.

The school welcomes children from 1.5 years to 8 years of age, boasting a generously sized outdoor space and countless facilities for curious minds to explore. Caterpillar School also offers a wide range of extra-curricular and after school activities, such as guitar sessions, swimming lessons and language classes in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. Here at the Caterpillar School, your little learners will emerge from their chrysalis not only academically empowered, but with wings ready to soar into the great wide world!

Caterpillar School Bali

Address: Jl. Umalas Klecung No.6, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Website: www.caterpillarschoolbali.com
Instagram : @caterpillarschoolbali


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Renowned as Bali’s largest international school, Dyatmika holds the prestigious accreditation of the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board, ensuring their students achieve a world-class education that is recognised globally. 

Strategically positioned between laid back, family friendly Sanur and the lush landscapes of Ubud, what sets Dyatmika apart from many other schools on the island is its bilingual approach to learning. From Primary Prep up to Grade 5, each class is led by one international teacher and one national teacher in Indonesian, fostering a dynamic language-rich environment where even mathematics, science and social studies are explored bilingually.

Class sizes are meticulously structured for an optimal learning experience, ranging from a cosy 20 in playgroup, to a maximum of 26 students in primary years. For the older students in Years 10-12, classes rarely exceed 15, ensuring an intimate and focussed learning environment. Dyatmika’s campus overlooks scenic expanses of rice fields and the Indian Ocean, with purpose-built buildings equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology.

Their expansive community garden full of fruit and vegetables, doesn’t just serve as a green oasis, but is also a hub for concerts, bazaars and pick-your-own-veg days. Complete with music studios, sports fields, science and computer labs, libraries, playgrounds, sports hall, canteen and yoga/dance studio – your child will have access to all of the facilities they need to nurture their minds and flourish!

Contact them on WhatsApp to arrange a school tour: +62 821-4400-7678 or send them an email at: [email protected] 

Address: 87X8+QG3, Banjar Tangtu, Jl. Pucuk Bang, Kesiman Kertalangu, Kec. Denpasar Tim, Kota Denpasar
Website: dyatmika.org/en/home
Instagram : @sekolahdyatmika

Choosing the right learning environment for your child is certainly a big decision, and we hope that our handpicked selection of the best schools in Bali has helped you to navigate this mindfield of options. 

So, whether you are settling on the island long-term, embarking on a family gap year adventure, Bali offers a rich pallet of options to help your child on their journey of growth and self-discovery!

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