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Please fill out our online Application for Admission form by following this link Admissions Overview
Green School screens all applicants carefully with the goal of ensuring that we can meet the learning needs of each of the students that we admit. We require copies of report cards from previous schools plus a recommendation letter from a current or recent teacher who knows the applicant well. In some cases where learning support has been part of a candidate’s academic history, we require further documentation such as Individualized Learning Plans or Ed-Psych reports to support the application. For candidates at the Middle School and High School levels, Skype or phone interviews are required when their families are unable to visit Green School prior to their admission.
Minimum enrollment is one semester, either late August to late December or early January to mid-June. Under exceptional circumstances, students are admitted mid-semester, but in such cases tuition fees are due for the entire semester and a commitment must be made to re-enroll for at least one full semester thereafter.
Green School families comprise a diverse mix of long-term Bali-based expats and Indonesians along with a significant number who move to Bali in large part to enroll their children at Green School. We have many students at Green School who have been at the school since it opened in 2008. Every year, about 80% of our families return. Many families enroll with the intention of being here for only one semester or year but end up staying much longer.
There is often a waiting list for certain classes; please inquire about your child’s specific grade level.
Green School has a full-time ESL teacher who works with non-native English-speaking students every week on an individual or small-group basis, as needed. We assess each child carefully and tailor the ESL teaching to meet the child’s needs. There are additional fees for this service.
Green School has an expert Learning Support team that provides support for certain learning challenges. Please contact us with specifics about your child’s needs to see if we can provide the required support.
Please see the fee schedule at: www.greenschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Green-School-Fee-Schedule-2013-2014.pdf
The application fee is not refundable but it is transferable if you postpone your entry into Green School to a later date. We use the fee to cover the time and energy we spend processing each application and also to ensure that applications are serious.
As a non-profit school that is still in its very early stages of development, we focus the vast majority of our scholarship resources on a scholarship program for local Balinese children. A limited amount of financial aid is available, generally to expat families who have already lived in Bali for a significant period of time. This is evaluated on an individual basis. If you would like to inquire about financial aid, please discuss this with the Admissions team during your application process.
All fees are listed in the current tuition and fee schedule: www.greenschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Green-School-Fee-Schedule-2013-2014.pdf
Green School covers 20 acres with more than 30 buildings, elaborate renewable energy systems, acres of gardens, and a staff of several hundred teachers, administrators, grounds and facilities managers, and many others who work very hard to make Green School the vibrant learning environment that it is. Green School is officially registered in Indonesia as a Yayasan, or non-profit foundation, and as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization in the U.S. Green School receives no government support but relies on school fees to provide the vast majority of operating revenue. All incoming funds are put directly back into the running of the school. Although Green School was founded by the generous donation of John and Cynthia Hardy, the school must raise all of the funds needed to sustain its operation every year.
Green School takes payment by credit card, Paypal, personal check, bank transfer, and cash. See: www.greenschool.org/admissions/payment/
For deadlines and early payment discounts, please see: www.greenschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Green-School-Fee-Schedule-2013-2014.pdf
Although we are located below the equator, Green School runs according a Northern Hemisphere-type academic calendar, with a school year that starts in August and ends in June. Please see detailed dates here: www.greenschool.org/calendars/school-calendar/
Green School is closed for an eight-week vacation between June and August, and we do not currently offer summer school. However, our Green Camp programs operate year round and are offered especially frequently during this period. See www.greencampbali.com for more information.
In limited circumstances we do accept students entering late into a semester. This can be evaluated on an individual basis.
Relocating to Bali
Green School’s legal team helps families with visas, but every family’s circumstances are unique. For visa-related inquiries, please direct your questions directly to our Admissions team.
Should you require specific assistance with relocation tasks such as housing, transportation, shipping, etc., we suggest you contact Ibu Yani at our Green School welcome desk: email@example.com. For general information about life in Bali, we recommend prospective parents join our Green School Parents Facebook group at : http://www.facebook.com/groups/greenschoolparents/. This site was developed by a Green School parent and covers a great deal of information that will help orient you to the ins and outs of life in Bali.
Although our pristine jungle location sometimes feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, we are actually accessible from many of the main residential areas of the island. Most of our international families live in places like Ubud (the nearest big town to Green School and the island’s cultural capital), Sanur, Canggu, and Seminyak. These are all within 30-40 minutes of the school. Many of our Indonesian families live in the villages near the school or in nearby Denpasar. International families do have some options for living closer to the school. The Bamboo Village is actually on the campus but across the river from the main school buildings; these are rustic but very beautiful bamboo houses, with contact Ibu Yani at our Green School welcome desk: firstname.lastname@example.org A more luxurious option is Green Village: www.greenvillagebali.com These extraordinary houses were designed and built by the same company that did Green School and are located about 600 meters down the river valley.
If you are looking to find a way to make a personal business work while living in Bali, we invite you to view our Green School Community and Parent Blogs to see if you are able to get involved with any of the various projects taking place in the community.
One of Green School’s greatest strengths is the amazing collection of families who make up the community, many of whom have actually relocated from far-away parts of the world at least in part so that their children could enroll at GS. We like to think we have one of the most parent-friendly campuses anywhere. Many parents spend a lot of time at the school enjoying a conversation and a cup of Bali’s best coffee or a raw food treat at our Warung area, taking a yoga class in our beautiful studio perched high above the Ayung River, or bringing their laptop and taking care of business through our wifi connection. In addition, parents are encouraged to participate in the life of Green School through a number of projects around the campus, many of which are initiated by parents themselves. This happens under the auspices of our Green School Community Association, which also organizes social gatherings for GS families. You can see more details about the GSCA here: http://community.greenschool.org/
Green School Curriculum
We are developing and implementing a unique, student-centered Green School curriculum that ensures our students receive all of the core academic skills and content but at the same time offers something more than you’ll find in most conventional schools. All of the traditional subjects are offered here, up and down the grade levels. The difference at Green School is that academics come wrapped in rich layers of experiential, environmental, and entrepreneurial learning and the creative arts. In the process we hope to create more authentic motivations for learning, and at the same time expand our students’ sense of global citizenship and environmental responsibility while exposing them to different possibilities for how we live and grow as a fragile planet. The cornerstone of the Green School curriculum is the Three Frame Day. You can read more about this and other aspects of Green School’s unique curriculum here: www.greenschool.org/curriculum/
The Three Frame Day is the foundation of the Green School Curriculum and is currently implemented in the Primary and Middle Schools (Grades 1-8). Each day is made up of three frames, or elements. 1. The Integral Frame consists of a thematic lesson that usually takes up approximately the first hour and a half of the school day. The theme is chosen according to the appropriate developmental stages of consciousness of the students and is covered for around 20 class days in a row. Thematic teaching challenges the students in four ways: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually – in every lesson. This enables students to have a deeply satisfying learning experience, develop as whole people, and remain engaged with the learning process as a result. The integral themes support the students’ ever-widening interests and stages of awareness. 2. The Instructional Frame targets core skills that need repetitive practice. They are underpinned by traditional subject syllabi, including: mathematics, English, music theory, and languages other than English. Co-operative learning, multi-level teaching, multiple intelligence theory, and a three-day rhythm are employed in these lessons – strategies proven in promoting deep learning. 3. The Experiential Frame occupies an extended time-slot each day. Experiential and environmental sessions link students to real world enterprises and to the natural world and take advantage of learning opportunities that arise on, or off, campus, e.g. the arrival of a culture group, the installation of a renewable energy project, the birth of livestock, etc. The goal is here to establish connections between the learning and the real world and in the process create some more authentic motivations for learning. In our Early Years and High School programs we use a variant of the Three Frame Day model we call Three Frames of Learning. This incorporates the same elements but in a way that allows greater flexibility based on the developmental needs of the younger children and the academic requirements of the older students.
Although Green School doesn’t conform to most people’s mental image of what a school is meant to look like, we are committed to providing an internationally recognized academic education that gives our students the ability to be competitive and successful in the wider world. It’s true that you’ll see students at Green School getting to learn and express themselves in many different ways both inside and outside the classroom, but you’ll also find students here taking tests, writing essays and doing homework assignments, and in the high school preparing for and taking international exams. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that students across the grade levels learn the essential skills and content that will take them to the next level.
No. Rather, we have developed achievement outcomes for each subject in each grade that are culled from best accepted standards from top English-speaking school jurisdictia around the world. Achievement objectives are underpinned by a number of Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs), or essential skills that must be learned to progress in a certain subject. SLOs are generally delivered during the Proficiency Lesson in a way that is tailored to each child’s style and rate of learning.
We haven’t gotten rid of math, science, English and social studies here, but as much as possible we try to integrate the academic subjects with ways of learning that are experiential, environmental, and entrepreneurial. Our goal is to always connect the learning to the natural world. For example, Green School students study in the classroom and on field trips the role of rice in Balinese history, culture, and mythology, but they then take the learning a step further by actually planting, tending, and harvesting rice fields on the campus, and eventually eating the rice they helped to grow. Please read all about Green Studies at Green School here: www.greenschool.org/curriculum/the-green-studies-curriculum/
Green School is now offering the Green School Educator Certification Course. For more information, please see: www.greenschool.org/greeneducator/
Our high school curriculum and programs emphasize intellectual and personal growth. The centerpiece of this program is a system of Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) with the ultimate goal of teaching students how to take responsibility for their own education and life beyond high school. We encourage our students to be self-directed learners who follow their passions, while at the same time ensuring that they receive core academic skills and content. You can read more about high school at Green School at: www.greenschool.org/curriculum/high-school-grades-9-12/
Green School has a full-time high school guidance counselor who works very closely with each high school student to determine their future plans and post-graduation direction. We celebrate each student’s post-graduation choices equally and work hard to ensure that their academic course work and special programs support their choices. Green School’s first graduating students (Class of 2013) received an excellent acceptance rate from the colleges and universities they applied for.
Our boarding program has been created to accommodate international demand from families who cannot move to Bali full-time as well as Bali-based families. Boarding in Student Village is available for Grade 6 and up for the 5-night program, and Grade 8 and up for full-time boarding.
Boarding students experience a true green lifestyle in the Student Village, located on the Green School campus. They live in beautiful bamboo homes just across the Ayung River from the main campus, and are part of a vibrant community of faculty and Green School families living in the same area.
There are full-time resident parents dedicated to nurturing students in a secure and natural environment. Students also have access to a car and driver, and a cook who prepares delicious and healthy meals.
Bali Residents: (Grades 6 and up) A ten-month program available to Bali-based families. Students have the option of five nights per school week at Green School as a way to take advantage of the unique structure and supervision of the residential program, while allowing family time on weekends. International Students: (Grades 8 and up) A ten-month program available for families who reside outside of Bali. Students spend seven nights per school week on campus enjoying day student activities as well as well-organized extra-curricular events on and off campus tailor made for our live-in students.
www.greenschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Student-Village-Fee-Schedule-2012-14.pdf (Please note that this will soon be revised to reflect a slight increase in fees for 2013-14.)
In addition to sports and other after-school activities, boarding students participate in scheduled weekday and weekend activities like formal dinners, beach days, cultural performances, overnight snorkeling trips, Balinese crafts and building, ropes course at Bali Treetop, farming, kite making, organic chocolate and pizza making, river swimming, and regular trips to Ubud, Kuta, and Denpasar. We have an activities coordinator to provide the students with a stimulating, educational and fun residential experience.
Indonesian Scholarship Fund
Green School’s scholarship program for Indonesian students (mostly Balinese but also including some students from other parts of the archipelago who have grown up in Bali) is one of our most important ways of giving back to the community, and these students serve as a living link to the island that surrounds and sustains us. Green School aims to allocate up to 20% of its places to local students who would otherwise not be able to afford our school fees. These scholarships enable some of Indonesia’s brightest, most creative and engaged students to receive a world-class education for a minimal cost. As an international school, we want to educate a new generation of Green Leaders for the world, but we always remain mindful of the many environmental challenges faced by Bali and Indonesia and we are confident that the education our scholarship students are receiving will enable them to be part of the solution.
Our aim is to have 20% of our student body attending through the scholarship program, but for now we are currently under 15%. With your support, we can grow this number each year.
To make a difference in an Indonesian child’s life and impact their future forever, please visit www.greenschool.org/contribute/donate-now/ and click on “donate” to make your donation via PayPal.
Working at Green School
Please check for current openings: www.greenschool.org/staff/work-at-green-school/
All teachers must be accredited in their home country and have at least 2 years of in-classroom teaching experience.
Please send a letter or video of introduction and your resume/CV. You are encouraged to send other interesting materials to support your candidacy but please be aware that these materials should be chosen very carefully, keeping in mind that we will be screening hundreds of applications. We encourage you to convince us why we should consider you as one of our best candidates!
Most of the staff and faculty at Green School are also parents of Green School students. If there are positions available for which you are qualified, please do apply!
Green School receives many inquiries about volunteering for the school and we deeply appreciate the interest and enthusiasm from you all! Unfortunately, we are currently unable to support on-site volunteers, as the Indonesian government requires expensive work visas even for volunteers. However, if you are outside of Indonesia and depending on your skill-set, there still may be ways to help remotely. Please contact us if you would like to help Green School from your home country. There are opportunities to become a Green School ambassador from anywhere in the world.
In the future, Green School plans offer a residential Intern Program, which will offer invaluable work experience in a world-class setting. Please stay informed through the Green School international newsletter and Facebook page for announcements about the Intern program at Green School.
Yes! Green Camp gives us the ability to expand our reach by offering students who don’t live in Bali the chance to experience some of the magic Green School has to offer, either through our regularly scheduled programs, which take place throughout the year, including residential weekend family camps, as well as customized school, group and adult programs, which all take place on the Green School campus. Please learn more at www.greencampbali.com
Yes! Green Camp offers amazing opportunities for visiting school groups to live and learn onsite at Green School for an educational experience of a lifetime. Please see www.greencampbali.com for more information.
Please see an updated Green Camp program calendar at: www.greencampbali.com/rates-and-registration/program-calendar/
Visiting Green School
Prospective families are always welcome to visit us during the school day. Please send an email to email@example.com to set up a private admissions tour. Due to extensive interest in Green School, we also offer general public tours of the campus every weekday afternoon at 2:45, excluding Indonesian public holidays. Tours usually last 1 ½ hours. For more details and to make a reservation (requested but not required), see: www.greenschool.org/book-a-tour/
Unfortunately, public transportation in Bali is limited and not very reliable. Most visitors come to Green School via taxi or a car and driver provided by their hotel and villa. Although our location is a bit obscure, many local drivers know where we are. If this is not the case it may be wise to bring our phone number along in case you get lost: 0361 780 5446. Some braver souls do drive themselves or even ride a bicycle to Green School. You can see maps and directions here: www.greenschool.org/book-a-tour/
Visitors have an array of food and drink options either before or after the Green School tour. Our welcome area features the F.R.E.A.K. Coffee Warung, serving high quality locally grown and roasted coffee (some call it the best in Bali), the Living Food Lab, our raw food café, as well as our Green Warung, offering a variety of cooked foods and fruit juices. Visitors are welcome to arrive before the tour and have lunch here. Wifi is available.
Limited on-campus accommodation is available in our Bamboo Village, a rustic but beautiful set of houses located just across the Ayung River from the main campus. To inquire about availability or to make a booking please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email email@example.com if your group is larger than 20 people and we can set up a private visit for you. Otherwise, feel free to join the regular tour at 2:45 every weekday.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the photos at http://www.greenschool.org/gallery and if there are others that you need, let us know.
Yes, just please give Green School a credit.
If a child appears in any photos we have used on the Green School website, then their parent has already signed a photo release waiver.
Green Schools Worldwide
Opening a Green School requires land, facilities, licenses, committed and passionate teachers and parents, and of course, funding. If you are well into your process of gathering all of the necessary components of starting your school, and would like to discuss partnership with us, please contact us.
We welcome your inquiries and proposals and look forward to connecting with change makers from around the world to extend Green School’s mission and reach. Please contact us at http://www.greenschool.org/contact
Supporting Green School
There are many ways you can contribute to Green School, Bali and our global environment. To find out more please see: http://www.greenschool.org/contribute
Please see http://www.ibuku.com to read about the amazing bamboo architects who designed and built Green School.
Please contact Ibuku directly with inquiries, http://www.ibuku.com/contact
Please inquire directly with Green Village at http://www.greenvillagebali.com