Dear Parents,

To all of our new students and families of the Independent School Batam


According to new regulations of the Minister of Education of the Indonesian government, commencing from December 2104, The International School Batam became the Independent School Batam (The ISB). The main curriculum HAS NOT changed which is based on the British National Curriculum modified according to our needs and the consequences of the new rules are some compulsory Indonesian subjects have to be taught in the primary and secondary school at the Independent School Batam. The subjects are Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language) for foreign and Indonesian students, Budaya Indonesia (Indonesian culture studies) for foreign students, Pendidikan Pancasila dan Kewarganegaraan/PPKN (Pancasila and Civics studies) and Religion for Indonesian students.

Up to the end of School Year 2019-2020, we have continued to successfully apply the above rules and gave the internal tests of the Indonesian compulsory subjects and both Indonesian and foreign students had excellent results. Our Primary Year Six (Y6) students have participated in National Examination (Ujian Nasional) for the second time and the subjects tested are Bahasa Indonesia (Language Indonesia), Matematika (Mathematics) and Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam/IPA (Science). They have done well, in fact our school has achieved the 5th place from all primary school in Batam. We should congratulate our year 6 students and appreciate our teachers’ effort.

The high school Students in Year 9 has also participated in UNBK (Ujian Nasional Berbasis Komputer) for the Indonesian curriculum on the subjects of Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language), Mathematics, Sciences (IPA) and English. Indeed they also could do quite well as the test was conducted in Indonesian language.

Until date we would like to express our thanks to all parents for their continued support of our school and a special thank you to all new parents who are sending their children to the Independent School Batam (ISB) for the first time. Our teachers and staff have been working hard during the school holidays for the start of 2020-2021 School Calendar. To those parents who have children just joining our Pre-School, we look forward to working together in this major step in your young child’s life. Here at ISB we place a great emphasis on creating a warm and caring environment to allow your child’s first educational experience to be positive and fulfilling. Children moving on to join Reception One (R1) and Reception (R2) Classes will find that they will have more studies than during Pre-School as they prepare for Primary level and of course our Primary students are expected to a spend longer time studying in school and have more challenging homework according to their year group.

The ISB has had Key Stage 3 – (Years 7, 8 and 9) as Junior High School for the last Nine years and the sixth year of our Senior High School, Key Stage 4 – Year 10. The graduated Y-10 students can continue to do “O” Level Singapore Cambridge as we have cooperation to work together with The Touchstone International Institute Singapore (TSI) or to do the IGCSE-Cambridge where the examination is conducted in the British Council Singapore. For your information, some of the graduated Y-10 2014-1015 and 2015-2016 have done “O” Level Singapore Cambridge in Singapore and the IGCSE- Cambridge which was conducted in the British Council Singapore May 2018 and their results are excellent for English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. They continued to study in Polytechnic Singapore and to the Pre-university level in Monash University and Some Institutions in Singapore. Again, this is depending on each student where he/she would like to continue to study after the O level. Besides, we broaden our curriculum to enrich our students’ knowledge with many kinds of activities and one of them is a Robotics Courses which we have been doing with the TSI-Singapore.

We have had quite successful results for our students in the Junior and Senior High School by the end of our School Year. Again, with all parents’ support we continue our Senior High School- Year 10 for the 7th year for this coming academic year 2020-2021. Once again on behalf of the International School Foundation and the Independent School Batam, we very much thank you for your continuing support and loyalty to our school.

ISB is a place where people care for each other and assist new students to feel welcome and enjoy the school and respect cultural differences of many nationalities. We wish everyone a rewarding year and once again thank you for your ongoing support.

Best wishes for the schooling year ahead,

Dr. Ramdani Chancellor

School Principal