Ubud in Central Bali has been attracting an expat crowd for many years, but more recently an influx of families means parents are looking for Ubud Schools for their children. There aren’t a huge amount of schools in Ubud, but below we have listed a few we recommend for their mix of local, mixed and ex-pat kids and nurturing teachers and staff.
1. Pelangi School
Pelangi was one of the first Ubud Schools to cater for more ex-pat and children from mixed-nationality marriages. The school is located just south of Central Ubud and has lots of outside space and play areas. The teachers are primarily Indonesian but lessons are taught mostly in English with Bahasa Indonesia as a second language.
Classes start from 1.5 years for Tiny Tots all the way up to 3 classes of primary school (grades 1&2, 3&4, 5&6) using the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Pelangi offer short and long term enrollment, which is great if you want to try your kids out in the school before committing to a full year.
2. Green School
The world-renowned Green School is spread over 9 hectares of land about 15 minutes’ drive from Ubud. This school educates children from 3 years old all the way through to high school grade 12. The curriculum is one of environmental and social values, responsibilities and hands on learning. The students are mostly from ex-pat families but there is a scholarship program for a limited number of Balinese children as well.
The Green School is not the cheapest of the Ubud Schools, but many argue that the quality of the teachers, facilities and experiences are completely worth the large price tag.
3. Bali Hati
Bali Hati is a non-profit school a few minutes south of Ubud in Lodtunduh. From play group up to grade 10. The curriculum is taught in Indonesian with the English, Balinese and Japanese (from grade 4) language as part of the curriculum. The students are a nice mix of local, children from mixed-marriages and ex-pat kids, although because classes are in Bahasa Indonesia there are fewer fully ex-pat kids.
Students study from the Indonesian national curriculum with additions of hands-on activities like planting their own gardens, dance and extra languages. The fees for Bali Hati are some of the cheapest of all the ‘national-plus’ schools in the area, which attracts many mixed families.
4. TACCE Wood School
TACCE Wood School was opened in 2013 under the Charity Foundation of TACCE (Tjok Agung Conservation and Cultural Education), with the intention of building a school that would operate a progressive model of education based on the teachings of P.R. Sarkar, the founder of New Humanist Education.
This Ubud school has just 5 classes and is able to accept a small number of students, which means each student is treated as an individual with distinctive learning needs. The Wood School follows the Singapore curriculum for Science and Math and Cambridge for English. The teachers create the Social Sciences curriculum through themes based on cultures from around the world, studied throughout the term.
5. First Bridge Montessori School
For younger children First Bridge Montessori School has classes of Playgroup and Kindergarten just to the west of Central Ubud. This is a chain school with 2 locations in Singapore and 2 in Bali, but has a very independent feel. At the core of their teaching is respect for each individual, for life, and for the environment.
The school also emphasizes self-management, self-initiatives and competency as in all Montessori programs. This is the only one of the Ubud Schools that is Montessori based.
Ubud Schools for All Ages
Ubud doesn’t have a huge selection of schools, but most are quite progressive and have small class sizes so students are nurtured and treated as individuals. Curriculums vary, so spend some time at the schools to find out which best suits your children before enrolling them.