Among all the educational systems and curriculums, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is one of the best programmes to shape globallyminded students who surpass their peers in terms of coping with demanding workloads, time management and meeting high academic expectations.


The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is designed to prepare students in their last two years of school to attend university. Several studies commissioned by the IB have concluded that, compared to their peers, IB students are more likely to attend universities, and to be accepted by prestigious universities. Once there they perform at a high level. The reason is that the programme encourages students to become confident and independent learners, encourages critical thinking and creates globallyminded graduates. The studies also looked at careers chosen by postgraduates and found that IB students are more likely to be employed in professional, scientific and technical activities or human health and social work activities.

In addition to six rigorous subject courses, the programme consists of three core elements: 1) Theory of Knowledge, in which students analyse and reflect on the nature of knowledge as well as critical thinking, 2) The Extended Essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word university style paper, 3) Creativity, Activity, Service, in which students complete projects in these three areas.


Bali Island School (formerly Bali International School) has offered the IB DP since 2004 as the first school on the island and has therefore many years of expertise in encouraging their students to succeed in the programme. BIS has experienced teachers, many of whom are also IB examiners, moderators and workshop leaders. The school’s counsellor supports students regarding their preferred universities and with any social or emotional issue.

In the last six years, BIS students have managed to consistently achieve results above the world DP average. Students graduating with an IB Diploma are accepted at renowned universities around the globe. BIS alumni have been accepted at many prestigious universities: such as Brown University (USA), University of California Berkeley (USA), University of Warwick (UK), University of British Columbia (Canada), and RMIT (Australia).


BIS offers small classes and a broad range of course options to meet students’ needs and interests. By selecting subjects from the six available subject groups students focus on their strengths and build their knowledge of each subject with the assistance of their teachers. BIS is also offering a new subject as of August 2016, the Environmental Systems and Societies course that provides students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face. The teaching approach is such that students are allowed to evaluate the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of the issues (cited from

The new subject will be in line with BIS’ beliefs that moral and ethical responsibility start with adult life, but must be fostered from a young age. The school encourages students from Pre-K to Grade 12 to apply what they have learned in the classroom, develop leadership and communication skills, become more caring, responsible and well-rounded citizens and help their community. BIS works with several non-profit organizations, including R.O.L.E Foundation, BAWA, Kupu Kup and Bali Life Street School.


BIS also has a generous after school activities program in academics, sports and performing arts. There are many opportunities for students to take on leadership roles, either through student government, or as leaders within various school groups. The recent EARCOS Global Issues Network (GIN) Conference held in Bali was collaboratively organized by the students and teachers of BIS, where the students played important parts as hosts for fellow students from around Asia.

Admissions is now open! Bali Island School – now celebrating 30 years of worldclass education – offers a chance for students to benefit from its educational opportunities in the Early Childhood, Primary Years, Middle Years or Diploma Programme on “the Island of the Gods”.

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