PYP in Sekolah Global Indo-Asia
SGIA was founded in 1998. In 2005, SGIA applied for candidacy for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and in August 2009 SGIA was authorized by the IB to run the Primary Years Programme. The first PYP Evaluation took place on October 10-12, 2012, and the second Evaluation is scheduled in November 2017. Until now, SGIA has been running the PYP for 8 years since it was first authorized as an IB PYP School.
Primary education in SGIA begins with the age of 2 to 11 years old (From Pre-K to Grade 5). PYP is offered starting from K1 (age 3-4) until Grade 5 (age 11-12). In the final year of PYP, students in Grade 5 will have their PYP Exhibition as a culminating event and an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB Learner Profile that they have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP. It is also to celebrate the transition of learners from primary to secondary education. This school year (SY 2017-2018) will be our 9th PYP Exhibition since we first started the first PYP Exhibition in 2009.
Languages in SGIA
What languages do students use and learn at SGIA?
The main language of instruction at SGIA is English, and it is the common language in which all communication and access to the curriculum occurs. In addition to English, students also receive additional languages of Bahasa Indonesia and Mandarin.
Mandarin is taught throughout the school from K1 and K2 for one period per week and two periods per week from K3 until Grade 5. Mandarin classes in Grade 1 – 5 are differentiated into “beginners” and “advanced” to meet the different needs of the students. Indonesian is taught from Grade 1 to 5 for four periods per week and classes are differentiated into native speaker (“national students”) and “expatriate students”. All students are expected to take Mandarin and Indonesian.
All students must be within the specified age range by the start of the school year. Please take note of the age scheme below:
Pre K: Age 2 by August 31
K1: Age 3 by August 31
K2: Age 4 by August 31
K3: Age 5 by August 31
Grade 1: Age 6 by August 31
Grade 2: Age 7 by August 31
Grade 3: Age 8 by August 31
Grade 4: Age 9 by August 31
Grade 5: Age 10 by August 31
Some consideration or adjustment can be made based on entrance exams, past performance, recommendation or report cards from previous school, as well as an interview with the Primary Principal and/or the PYP Coordinator.
English Requirements for Enrollment
ECC (Pre K - K3): We take children in Pre-K, K1, K2 and K3 with no prior experience in English, although some knowledge of English for admission to K3 will be an advantage.
Grade 1 - 5: We expect them to be able to function academically in English. Particularly for admissions to Grade 3 – 5, applicants must be able to speak and understand English. They must have sufficient skills in reading and writing in English to enable them to fully participate in all language offerings. Applicants for Grade 3 – 5 must pass the appropriate grade level entrance test and interview with the Principal.
What support is there for my child's development in English?
SGIA offers the EAL (English as an Additional Language) Programme to Elementary students from Grades 1 – 5 with non-English speaking backgrounds (ages 6 – 8) and whose English language proficiency is inadequate (ages 8 – 11) with the goal that they become fully integrated in the life of the school. The main objective of the programme is to prepare the students to meet the maximum level of competency to instruction in the mainstream as well as to develop confidence to fully engage in all language offerings. EAL programme is implemented through pull-out classes or by giving support within the classroom by a specialist EAL Teacher.
Remedial and Tutorial
Remedial lessons are given from 3:15 to 4:15 PM on weekdays to students who lack some skills and understanding in the language development and/or in other areas.
Tutorial lessons (from 4:15 to 5:45 PM on Weekdays) are highly recommended to new students from Grade 1 onwards whose interview and written assessments indicate poor results. The tutorial lessons depending on the development of the students may stop upon the recommendation of the tutor and the class teachers.
Parents are encouraged to provide reading materials, educational videos and games, and other support at home which encourage enrichment for English and/or other subjects. Private tutorials may be advised for students who need more help than average. It is not recommended that parents employ tutors outside the school, as the methodology will not be complimentary to our curriculum.
Making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education. December 2009. Cardiff, UK. International Baccalaureate.
IB PYP Brochure, March 2013
Sekolah Global Indo-Asia: Language Policy.
Sekolah Global Indo-Asia: Admissions Policy.