“Green School Bali is the stuff of kids’ dreams. It takes education to another realm entirely. It was my launchpad into the world.”
CLOVER HOGAN, ALUMNI & FOUNDER OF FORCE OF NATURE
Green School Bali has been educating changemakers since 2008. We have over 500 full-time students from all over the globe, offering a progressive, research-based curriculum for Pre-K to Grade 12. Through individualized pathways, we support our graduates ‘thrive with purpose’ in this ever-evolving world, whether at top universities or through a more entrepreneurial route.
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Meet the Admissions Team
HEAD OF COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT
LEE ANN MCKEE
COMMUNITY AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
ADMISSIONS SUPPORT MANAGER
We know moving your life and family to Bali is a big deal. To help in your decision-making process, we’ve gathered all the essential information here, including the application process, tuition and fees, our learning programme, and tips on living in Bali.
WHAT AGES DO YOU CATER TO?
Our students range in age from 3 to 18 years. Our four Learning Neighborhoods are:
- Early Years Programme, ages 3-5 (Geckos, Starlings, Kindy)
- Primary Programme, ages 6-10 (Grades 1-5)
- Middle School Programme, ages 11-13 (Grades 6-8)
- High School Programme, ages 14-18 (Grades 9-12) *Note that we do not admit students in Grade 12. Students must complete Grade 11 & Grade 12 to receive a Green School Bali diploma.
WHAT CURRICULUM DO YOU USE?
The Green School approach to education cannot easily fit into the conventional concept of a ‘curriculum.’ Our students experience opportunities for personal and academic growth through our holistic, home-grown curriculum, as well as our focus on teaching skills and values that are intentionally designed to encourage authentic, meaningful actions and interactions. Our curriculum is constantly evolving as we learn from research-based best practices and each other. We have both national and international teachers who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our community, and we embrace a growth mindset in our pedagogical approach. You can request an in-depth school prospectus here.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE STUDENTS FOR ‘REAL LIFE’?
At Green School Bali, we believe that students learn more from how they are taught than from what they are taught. Our R.E.A.L. learning principles are Relationship-centered and holistic, Experiential and evolving, Authentic and interconnected, and Local to global. The overlapping elements of our programme are skills-based learning, values-based learning, and core academics, via a R.E.A.L. approach. This looks different at the various grade levels, but have in common a commitment to helping students develop a life-long love of learning. In Early Years, our play-based approach focuses on nurturing a connection with nature and with each other. In Primary, students develop core academic skills through hands-on learning and exposure to a wide range of topics. Our Middle School students begin diving more deeply into their personal interests and exploring new skills. In High School, students are supported in discovering and developing an individualized pathway to graduation, whether their lives after Green School lead to top universities around the world, volunteering through service to their communities, or taking an entrepreneurial route. Throughout our learning programmes, our goal is to support students to ‘thrive with purpose,’ whatever their individual path.
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO SPEAK ENGLISH?
Students come to Green School Bali from all over the world with varying levels of English fluency. Students applying to our Early Years Programme (ages 3-5) may enter with limited or no English skills. Students applying to our Primary School Programme (ages 6-10) with limited English skills may benefit from our Green School English Programme before entering Green School. Students applying to our Middle School or High School Programmes (ages 11-16) need to have intermediate to advanced English skills in order to be admitted for enrollment.
HOW DO WE KNOW IF GREEN SCHOOL BALI IS RIGHT FOR US?
It’s important to learn as much as you can about our school in an effort to determine whether we are a good fit for your children and for you. Read our Head of People & Community, Kate Druhan’s, Is This the School for You? We highly recommend visiting our school in person, either during a tour (held daily all year) or by attending one of our Open Days offered twice a year. A more immersive experience is available through Green Camp, a partner program that gives an adventure-focused taste of our unique campus. If an in-person visit is not realistic, we suggest you sign up for an online chat to ask our admissions team any questions. In the meantime, you can ask our admissions team a question through this online form.
LIFE AT GREEN SCHOOL
WHAT KIND OF FAMILIES GO TO GREEN SCHOOL BALI?
Green School Bali is a wonderfully diverse community, with families originating from over 40 different countries. Our cosmopolitan world-travelers live and learn alongside local families, allowing for opportunities to expand horizons and open hearts and minds. Some families come for a single year, with parents taking sabbatical from work and focusing on reconnecting with each other and with nature. Others move here with a long term commitment to creating a life in Bali. What we all have in common is a sense of adventure and a passion for making the world more sustainable. Tolerance of insects and patience with traffic jams helps, but more important is a respect for and interest in local culture and customs.
WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING A PARENT AT GREEN SCHOOL BALI?
Green School welcomes the whole family and encourages a multi-generational community. Many parents take advantage of the co-learning and co-working space on campus, The Bridge. This unique parent resources is often dubbed ‘Green School for grown-ups,’ hosting daily workshops on fascinating topics ranging from building a mindfulness practice to starting a business in Bali. There are also many other parent-initiated activities like fitness groups, cultural outings, language courses, and volunteer efforts. The Green School Parent Association (GSPA) is an active part of our school whose voice is highly valuable to the constant growth and evolution of our community. Parents can also help with student/class projects and mentoring programs.
HOW 'GREEN' IS GREEN SCHOOL BALI?
Green School Bali was built with a vision of being a sustainable, wall-less campus that allows students to be immersed in nature through hands-on learning. We are constantly working to minimize our carbon footprint and be a model for sustainability in education globally. A few examples include:
- Vegetarian school lunches
- Compost center
- Gardens for learning and growing food
- Bio Bus
- Composting toilets
- Recycling center
- Solar energy
- Vortex hydropower
- Community outreach
- Learn more about our campus and sustainability programmes here
We strive to improve in our sustainability, but always put students at the centre. We prioritize solutions which offer great learning for our students.
CAN WE JOIN GREEN SCHOOL FOR A FEW DAYS, WEEKS, OR MONTHS?
If you are looking for a way to connect with the Green School experience for a period of less than a year (or less than six months for children age 3-5), we suggest one or more sessions at Green Camp, which has options of varying length for children and their families. Green School English is our partner programme on the Green School campus that prepares children ages 6-10 with limited English skills for entry into Green School Bali. Their programmes range in length from one week to a full semester.
LIVING IN BALI
WHAT IS LIVING IN BALI LIKE?
Bali is a culturally rich island with a mix of serene natural environments and bustling urban centers. It is many things to many people: ancestral home with tight knit community to locals, a spiritual refuge or epic surf spot for travelers, an affordable, laid back destination for expats. Green School families opt for a wide range of lifestyles, from modest homes in local villages to luxury villas with ocean views. The cost of living likewise varies depending on factors such as housing, transportation, and holiday travel. Bali is generally affordable by western standards, but families should not move here expecting to find employment once they arrive. The government puts strict restrictions on foreigners taking jobs that could be held by its own citizens, and employment for foreigners is highly competitive. Modern amenities like western-style grocery stores and shopping malls can be found on the island. However, families often learn to simplify their lives and acclimatize to the locally produced food and warm, humid weather. People who are happiest here tend to let go of their achievement-oriented western expectations and embrace a mindset of gratitude and wonder.
HOW DOES GREEN SCHOOL SUPPORT FAMILIES SETTLING IN TO BALI LIFE?
If your family is moving to Bali from overseas, the transition to a new country can be stressful. There will be many logistics to sort out, from housing and banking to buying groceries and getting around, but with an adventurous spirit, it can be lots of fun. We support families in their transitions in a number of ways:
- A detailed Living in Bali Guide for admitted families, which includes resources for many logistical considerations
- Orientation Day for new students and their parents before the first day of school
- Soft Landing Day for parents the first week of school, with lots of opportunities to connect with other parents and learn
- Connecting new families with Class Ambassadors, committed parents who volunteer their time to help new families transition and coordinate grade-level social events
- New Parents Facebook Group – where new families can connect with current community members, and with each other, prior to arrival.
DO WE NEED VISAS TO LIVE IN BALI?
Yes, visas are required by Indonesian law for non-Indonesian students and their parents. For many years, our families have been using Ganesha Bali Consulting, who conveniently have an office on our campus. They can advise you on visa options and associated costs. They can also help with information on the lowest carbon visa solutions (taking account of flights in and out of the country). Please make direct contact with them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may contact the Indonesian Embassy in your country.
WHAT ARE THE MEDICAL FACILITIES AND RESOURCES LIKE IN BALI?
There are many clinics and hospitals with English-speaking doctors and staff on island. For more complex medical issues, many families opt to travel to Singapore (a 2.5 hour flight), which has world-class medical facilities and highly trained physicians and surgeons. Medical insurance with flexible coverage will give you more options for treating unexpected medical issues as they arise. Obtaining private medical insurance is a requirement of enrollment.
HOW AND WHEN CAN WE APPLY TO GREEN SCHOOL BALI?
Our online application is open year-round for students age 6 and above interested in joining our school community in August (Semester 1) or January (Semester 2) of each year. Students ages 3-5 may be admitted for entrance into our Early Years Programme on a rolling basis. Note that we do not admit new students for the final year of High School (Grade 12). For more information about the application process and timeline, please click here.
WHEN DOES THE GREEN SCHOOL BALI ACADEMIC YEAR BEGIN?
Green School Bali begins in August of each year and ends in June. We admit students to begin in August (Semester 1) and January (Semester 2). For more information about our academic calendar, click here.
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
Our goal in admissions is to find students and families who are a good fit for our school community. We do not have specific academic requirements beyond those related to speaking English (see below). Rather, we welcome students of all backgrounds to apply to our school. We strive for diversity and do not discriminate based on nationality, ethnicity, gender, learning background, neurodiversity, or religion. Most importantly, we look for students and families with open hearts, open minds, and a genuine motivation to make our world more sustainable. We also take our commitment to our school values seriously. These values are integrity, responsibility, empathy, sustainability, peace, equality, community, and trust. You can read our admissions guidelines and policies here.
DO YOU HAVE A BOARDING PROGRAM?
Green School Bali no longer offers a boarding program. Students must reside with one or both parents or with a designated legal guardian who is fully responsible for the student’s wellbeing.