IPEKA Integrated Christian School in Jakarta has achieved the top ranking in mathematics performance among private schools in the New South Wales Higher School Certificate, and also achieved an 82 per cent success rate to tie second among all schools, recording 46 high scores from 56 entries.
Joshie Katherine Tan, the school’s location co-ordinator, said it started offering students the HSC 20 years ago to help them gain entry to Australian universities.
“More than 90 per cent of our students continue their university studies overseas with increasing numbers of scholarships recipients,” she said. “Thirty per cent of them continue their studies in Australia.
The school has a total of 1100 students, including 69 who sat the HSC this year. The school’s website says its role is to help to educate and train children “to be the next generation of influential leaders in Indonesia”.
Australian Nick Combes, who was the head of school at three international schools in Jakarta from 2008 and 2017 and between 1999 and 2003, said many of the students who attended IPEKA were from Chinese Indonesian families who put a high value on education, particularly maths and science.
He said many of the parents were well-educated businesspeople who could afford to pay high fees. Many of the students aspired to gain entry into overseas universities including in Australia.
“IPEKA had a very high standard of education, taught by local teachers and also expatriate teachers who were specialists in their subject areas, in the time we were there” he said.