A: HighScope Indonesia is a Sekolah Perjanjian Kerjasama (SPK), because HighScope Indonesia applies the National Curriculum integrated with HighScope Curriculum. HighScope's educational approach emphasizes "active participatory learning." Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children's interests and choices are at the heart of HighScope programs.
The SHI middle school program implements Sekolah HighScope Indonesia curriculum for grades 6-9. Our curriculum emphasizes understanding for all learners by accommodating their learning needs and interest.
HighScope Indonesia focuses on the process of learning, not only the output where students should follow, memorize, and pass tests and exams. We treat students as human beings who are able to think, comprehend, understand, manage and lead in the challenging times of the twenty-first century. To achieve this long-term objective, the students are taught and then practice necessary skills such as:
The students apply these skills in the subject taught, as well as in the Plan-Do-Review, during which students undertake projects that are initiated, planned, carried out, presented and reviewed by the students.
In addition, middle school students are given an opportunity to internalize and apply various concepts, skills, and values they learn in other subjects through a special subject called Character, Community, and Cultural Development. The students discuss social issues, such as family issues, environmental issues, moral issues, and relationships between religions, to strengthen their character development.
Q: What language is used in the Sekolah HighScope Indonesia Middle School program?
A: HighScope Indonesia implements a Dual Language program. This program provides opportunities for students to use both English and Indonesian, in academic and social situations. As we have an “additive bilingual approach”, we respect and continue the development of the first language. A high level of proficiency in two languages is the goal of dual language education.
Students are given opportunities to develop Indonesian and English simultaneously. Our students continue to develop their language skills, including social language, in an academic environment. “Language of the Day” serves this purpose; each language, either Indonesian or English, is used on alternate days, so the students will alternate between using English and Indonesian throughout the week. All school staffs and other adults (including parents when at school) must follow and use the language schedule on that day.
Q: What are the requirements to become a HighScope Middle School teacher?
A: The requirements are:
Undergraduate Degree from the same background with the subject that they going teach
Proficient English both verbal & written
Pass the psychological test
Pass the observation class
Pass the competence test for the subject that they are going to teach
Pass the demo teaching & interview with the principal
Pass the Medical test
Pass the 8 week HighScope teacher training program
Q: Is there any homework in Middle School program?
A: Sekolah HighScope Indonesia applies homework that is adjusted to student grades. The homework is divided into core subject assigments (such as English, Indonesian, Science, Social Studies & Math), weekly assigments, reading assigments & quick homework. We arrange homework schedules by readiness based on student grades.
Q: How does HighScope apply discipline?
A: Discipline is the joint responsibility of students, staff, and parents. The school’s basic rule is that students, as well as faculty and staff, must show respect for all people and things at all times. The ultimate goal of SHI discipline is student self-control, thus making it possible for a student to direct his or her own behavior appropriately, realistically, and confidently with integrity.
SHI staff is responsible for upholding discipline on the school premises and we are committed to helping our students take steps toward responsible self-direction. Although SHI promotes self-expression and individuality, no student may disrupt the learning environment of other students with disrespectful behavior. In managing disrespectful behavior, SHI does not permit the use of physical and/or psychological punishment. We redirect student disrespectful behavior through discussion to induce understanding and by offering logical consequences to help students comprehend why their behavior is impermissible and as such intrinsically mend it.
SHI teachers manage student discipline and facilitate their growth in learning the importance of respect, responsibility, excellence, and integrity as core SHI values.
Q: Are students required to take the National Exam? And, how does HighScope prepare students for the National Exam?
A: Government Regulations state that the UN is Compulsory for Indonesian student citizens; therefore, HighScope Indonesia School provides "Support Guidance" for 6th, 9th & 12th grade students to prepare for the National Exam. This Tutoring continues for 9 months twice a week after school hours.
Q: What are the school hours in the Middle School program?
A: Each student is provided a weekly schedule for all subjects and activities done at school and the schedule is distributed at the beginning of the school year. The SHI middle school program operates five days a week, with school hours as listed below:
Q: How does HighScope assess students?
A: The student centered approach requires teachers to be assessment specialists. This implies that assessment must be conducted in an ongoing process since the aim of assessment is to get a true picture of a student in all aspects of development, so that he/she can get appropriate support to maximize his/her potential.
The ongoing and authentic nature of the SHI assessment program uses multiple sources of evidence to document and support student progress. As opposed to traditional assessment methods that rely on tests as the only tool to provide data about students, SHI assessment makes use of a variety of evidence taken from various assessment methods to provide a complete and balanced picture of student progress.
At the end of each term, teachers summarize student progress in subject achievement as reported in the assessment and progress report, Summary of Learning Journey. The Summary of Learning Journey is completed with the Learner Outcomes and Plan-Do-Review report at the end of Term 4.