History


Our History

The Surabaya European School was founded in 1997 as the first Montessori school in Surabaya with an AMI (Association Montessori International) trained teacher. In 2001, in collaboration with the British International School Jakarta, the school grew to embrace the British National Curriculum. SES subsequently progressed to full Cambridge accreditation in 2011 and administered its first on site Cambridge examinations in a newly constructed campus this same year.

From its humble beginnings of a class of 7 children (which included the founder’s children), SES has grown incrementally into a school of approximately 150 students representing 14 different nationalities. We offer a well-established, comprehensive education that ranges from 3 year olds in Montessori to the IGCSE in Years 10 and 11. Throughout this growth SES’s commitment to maintaining a ‘family atmosphere’ and to each student’s educational and emotional growth has remained constant. While the founder’s children, after completing every year level offered by SES, have, like our other alumni, progressed elsewhere to complete the final years of their education and moved on to university, she remains very active and involved in both the school’s operations and its community.