The Formal Education Program, from Grades 1 through 12, serves 130 students, who range in ages from 6 to 17.
The School uses a combination of international and Indonesian curricula which is ideal for educating both Indonesian and foreign-born children in a common environment, providing an excellent opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and understanding, and contributes to our collaborative educational environment.
Indonesian students participate in National examinations from Jakarta (Indonesia’s Capital) and provincial examinations from Palangka Raya district Educational Office. In the future, we plan to offer an international high school certificate such as Cambridge IGCSE or the International Baccalaureate.
The international component of the curriculum is open-ended and aims to raise inquisitiveness and interest in the subject through enquiry and project based learning. Thus the students are included in the teaching/learning process. This stimulates their curiosity and makes them want to learn more and understand better. A space is created in which there is enough time for teacher and students to complete a subject to the full – memorization is replaced by memorable moments in the process of learning.
Depending on the type of project, upon completion, students may present the result of their research to the rest of the class, to other students during the school assembly or to students at other schools. This way the students are actively involved in the learning process, from asking the first questions, to researching the answers, presenting their findings and sharing their knowledge with others. The teacher acts more as a facilitator and guide while the students are actively engaged in each stage of the process.
As well as academic excellence, BCU School also nurtures:
- A sense of humanity
- A social conscience
- Environmental awareness
- Racial and religious tolerance
- Individuality and self-worth
- Creativity and compassion
- Independent and responsible learning
SCHOOL FACILITIES / LOCATION
Palangka Raya is the Provincial Capital of Central Kalimantan and has an approximate population of 300,000. On a greater scale, Kalimantan, which means ‘Rivers of Diamonds’ is rich in untapped natural resources, and is the Indonesian part of Borneo. Kalimantan lies right under the Equator and rain forests dominate the characteristics of the land.
BCU School is located 36 KM from Palangka Raya, in Rungan Sari, a mixed community of Indonesians and foreigners and consists of a housing complex, a boutique hotel, and other meeting and leisure facilities. Facilities include: a swimming pool, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, and a soccer field.
The Community Hall at Rungan Sari acts as an academic space consisting of 5 classrooms, and a science lab.
The Siregar School Building is close by and has seven classrooms, an art room, a library, a science lab and a computer lab, and is where the administration and staff offices are located.
The BCU school setting provides a relaxed learning environment within a peaceful, natural setting. The school is ideally located for families in the wider area, with relatively easy access from Palangka Raya, the Provincial Capital, and Kasongan, the District Capital of the Regency of Katingan.
ACADEMIC SCHOOL LEVELS :
JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL