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Message from the Principal

Welcome to the website of Surabaya European School, a truly unique school community situated in Indonesia’s second largest city. 

Surabaya European School (SES) was established in 2001 to cater for parents seeking an exacting curriculum that would transfer well into all educational systems. We are the only school in Surabaya that combines Montessori education for students from ages 3-5, the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for Primary school students and the Cambridge Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary and Advanced level programmes for Secondary school students. Our school is a learning community where the academic and personal development of each child is at the heart of everything we do.  Learning is focused on the development of skills throughout the school using curricula that support the children’s abilities to apply the knowledge they acquire in new and practical ways to deepen their understanding. The rigour of these well developed international curricula ensures that children make excellent academic progress at Surabaya European School, taking creative risks while being supported by outstanding teaching and high quality learning environments. We are committed to enabling children to leave our school not only having made outstanding academic progress but as global citizens capable of making their way in an ever changing world. 

Sitting alongside our strong academic curricula is a range of sporting, cultural and adventurous activities, as well as community service as part of our co-curricular programme. Our staff and wider community invest a significant amount of time and effort into this programme, which we consider to be essential to our students’ overall development. Our programme includes the internationally recognised IAYP (International Award For Young People) and MUN (Model United Nation) activities that allow our children to interact with other cultures and the environment in a variety of domestic and international contexts. We are proud to have alumni who have successfully transitioned to schools in Europe, USA, Canada, Singapore and Australia. 

Our school has a diverse student population and we welcome children from 17 nationalities through the door each morning.  Each brings with them a unique perspective on the world. A strong focus is placed on developing International Mindedness, which allows for the core value of cultural appreciation to exist within our inclusive international community. The well being of every student is at the heart of all we do and our small size and ‘family like’ atmosphere allows us to closely monitor each child’s development.

While I could write at length about the shared passion for learning here at Surabaya European School, it is seeing that passion in action that makes us especially proud. Please come and visit us and talk to our students, our staff and our parents about what being a part of a privileged ‘family-like’ learning community means to them.


Kind regards,

Paul Moffett