In 1969 several expatriate parents working with the British and American Consulates in Medan developed a school to serve the educational needs of their children. Mrs. Suzy Stuckey, the wife of a Baptist minister, started the school in a house at Jln. Petula No. 36, Medan. There were about 15 children enrolled at the beginning of the 1969 school year.
Mr. Morgan Selvidge took over as principal in 1970. He was the first principal to be recruited from the USA. Modern textbooks and teaching aids based on an American curriculum were used. About 40 children were enrolled at that time with six full-time teachers, two part-time teachers and a teacher coordinator working in the school. Naturally, small classes were maintained at all levels.
In 1972 with an enrollment too great for the small house at Jln. Petula No. 36, the school was moved to Jln Dr. Cipto 8. Many modifications were made to accommodate the growing expatriate community.
From 1969 to 1976 the school was known as the Medan Joint Consulate School and was administered by the American and British Consulates. This arrangement provided for the import of books and equipment through diplomatic channels. At that time the Parent-Teacher Organization together with the American and British Consulates constituted the decision-making body for the school.
In 1976 various factors, including new regulations from the Indonesian government relative to schools for expatriates and the disinclination of the consulates to continue to govern an ever-growing school, resulted in the school becoming the new Medan International School. Under the new arrangement the MIS Foundation, or "Yayasan", had full authority to operate a school under the control and responsibility of the MIS Board of Directors (8) whose ultimate responsibility was to the parents whose children attend the school. In May 1976 the first Board of Directors was elected for the MIS Foundation and its school.
In the 1981-1982 school year, MIS began the school year on its present site in a purpose built campus funded generously by Mobil Oil, Inc. Enrollment grew to new highs. Following the withdrawal of Mobil Oil from Medan, our student numbers began to fall again.
In 2002, MIS became an authorized school with the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization becoming the first school in Sumatra to offer this prestigious programme. In 2003, MIS was authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme. In 2017, MIS was authorized to offer the Diploma Programme, and the 2018-2019 school year mark our first graduating Grade 12 cohort.
Now we have approximately 50% Indonesian students, 24% of which holds dual citizenship and around 30% expatriate students.
The MIS campus has the feel of a tropical garden. It is an oasis of peacefulness set amongst busy Medan. It has spacious classrooms, a library, a computer lab, a science laboratory, an early childhood center, two swimming pools, an indoor gymnasium with a stage, an art room, a music room, a full sized soccer field, three outdoor playground, and an administration building. We have a fully Wifi campus and a state of the art Apple-based computer lab. Our campus allows for optimal conditions to educate both the mind and the body.
The board has begun an ambitious renewal project for the entire campus. Starting with the renewal of the swimming pool area. In August of 2015 we opened our new science lab to support upper level science courses.
"The purpose of Medan International School is to provide a high quality, internationally accredited education which places the development of each student at the centre of educational endeavours". The MIS library supports this aim. MIS follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum that aims "to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect". In each subject, all students are encouraged to be able to independently find appropriate information to enhance their studies.
MIS believes that the library is the heart of the school, and much effort has been made to create a comfortable environment for students of all ages. The MIS Library is registered online with SCIS (School Catalogue Information Service). SCIS is an Australian and New Zealand information retrieval and cataloguing service for schools. This service is very helpful for classifying and cataloguing books. It also provides information about the books in our collection. SCIS (Schools Catalogue Information Service) was created with the aim of providing schools with access to a database of consistent catalogue records created according to agreed standards.
The MIS library has about 16,000 books, such as picture books, big books, fiction books, non-fiction books, and reference materials. There are about 540 magazines, 667 posters, 171 DVDs, 97 CD-ROMs, and about 1300 books for teacher resources. There are two computers which the students and teachers can use for searching and checking books in and out.
The school is now also a member of Scholastic Book Club, an international English book provider that offers age-specific, latest English books with free delivery worldwide.
All classrooms are equiped with Air Conditioning (AC), overhead projector with screen, whiteboard, comfortable learning space, and high-speed internet access monitored by teachers.
Medan Independent School provides the highest quality education in Sumatra by developing globally-minded students who are ready and able to make the world a better place.
We provide a rigorous and challenging internationally-recognized program that focuses on intercultural understanding, 21st Century skills, knowledge, and attitudes to enable life-long learners who can adapt and act in a caring way leading to a positive impact on the future of our world.
As an IB School, we develop students who are:
MIS is a registered Yayasan (Foundation) with the Indonesian government. It has a three-tiered system of governance.
The trustees meet a minimum of once a year to approve the annual report and to set the direction of the school. The trustees have the responsibility of selecting a principal to lead the school and approving the yearly budget. The trustees reserve a seat for the US Consul General. Our current trustees are led by the administrator at the Australian Centre in Medan, Mr. Michael Stevens, who is supported by Mr. Rein Meijer, Mrs. Ningrum Sirait, Mrs. Vicky James, Mrs. Joesra Bahroeny and Mr. Djasamen Saragih; with expertise ranging from education, legal, business, international relations and public sectors. The nationalities represented are 1 Dutch,1 UK, 1 Australian and 3 Indonesians.
The supervisors meet more regularly with the principal and administration office to take a closer look at month to month operational procedures. A treasurer is selected to help develop and manage the budget and make strategic financial decisions. Supervisors make recommendations to the trustees about the performance of the principal and office staff. Members are appointed by the trustees. Members are usually selected from the parent community, although it is not a requirement. Our current members are Ibu Jeannette Kosman and Ibu Putri Panggabean. Both are Indonesian and they are parents of active MIS students.
The administrators are made up of the principal/head of school, the office manager and the accounts manager. The principal is in charge of day to day operations of the school. The principal makes all decisions regarding the staffing of the school. The principal also recommends policy to the supervisors. The office manager overseas the ground staff and the administrative work with the school to ensure that the school is in compliance with all Indonesian regulations. The account manager is responsible for all financial transactions of the school.
Our staff is the strength of our school and what separates us from other schools in Medan. Our core teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 10 are all certified ex-pat teachers. 60% hold a Master's Degree. Our local staff teach language, art, music, physical activity, ICT and Early Childhood. They have local certification as well as training in the International Baccalaureate Programme. Please take a moment to get to know more about the teachers and staff of MIS.
Mr Darren Acomb is the Head of School at MIS. He holds an M.Ed in international education administration from Endicott College in the USA, a BA in History and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Lancaster in the UK. He has worked in international education for over 20 years, across seven countries and three continents.
Mr. Kenneth Kitchens holds a Master's of Science in Education from Indiana University and a Bachelor's of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Washington. He is an experienced IB Diploma Coordinator, DP and MYP English teacher, Theory of Knowledge teacher, Extended Essay Coordinator, and college counselor. He is a certified teacher with a total of over eighteen years of teaching experience in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan. He has worked at MIS since 2016.
Ms. Elizabeth Acomb earned her Bachelor of Science Psychology from the Bolton University, UK and a Post Graduate of Higher Education from Caterbury Christchurch University. She has been in the leadership of the PYP since 2011 and has over 20 years teaching experience in the UK, Portugal, Sudan, Qatar, Germany, and East Africa.
Mr. McGuire received his B.Sc. from the University of New Brunswick and his B.Ed. from St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada. He holds a Teaching License from the Province of New Brunswick. He has taught overseas at Colegio Albania in Colombia and the American International School of Kingston before joining MIS in 2009.
Judith Van Kooten is a very experienced classroom teacher with over 35 years of experience working in schools in New Zealand, England, Germany and now Indonesia. She have held the positions of Team Leader, Assistant Principal, Classroom Teacher, Special Needs Teacher, International School Teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher and Sole Charge Principal. She earned her Bachelor of Education from Waikato University, New Zealand and Diploma in Teaching from Hamilton Teachers College New Zealand.
Julie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Massey University in New Zealand. She has a Diploma of Teaching from Palmerston North Teacher College. She also has level 3 of her Playcentre Diploma. She has taught Primary and Early Childhood in Auckland and Palmerston in New Zealand. This is her second term of employment with MIS.
Mr. Sebastian Daniels holds degrees in History and Education from Simon Fraser University. He is currently finishing up his Masters in Education from Athabasca University. He has taught Economics, Geography, English, Physical Education, and Business Management within the Canadian system and the International Baccalaureate Programs with over 10 years experience in Trinidad & Tobago, South Korea, and China.
Ms. Kathy earned her BA in English Language and Literature at North Sumatra University. She holds a teaching certificate from Pelita Bangsa University. She has worked at MIS since 2001. She has attended IB Training sessions on Assessment, Inquiry and Promoting International Mindedness.
Ms. Bintang earned her BA in economics from the University of North Sumatra. She holds a teaching certificate from Pelita Bangsa University. She has attended IB Training sessions in MYP Language B, PYP Inquiry and PYP Assessment.
Mr. Exaudi Damanik earned his Bachelors of Arts in Teaching Department of Sport and Health Education from Medan State University. He has over 8 years teaching experience in various schools in Medan.
Ms. Suci earned her BA in English Language and Literature from Nommensen University. She joined MIS in May 2012.
Ms. Imelda holds a Public Health Degree from North Sumatra University. She has a Master's Degree in Occupational Health from North Sumatra University. She has worked at MIS in two different stints for a total of seven years.
Mr. Bosman earned his BS in Physics from North Sumatra University. He earned his teaching certificate from Pelita Bangsa University. He is now teaching both MYP & DP Mathematics.
Desy earned her BA in Management from North Sumatra University. She holds a teaching certificate from Pelita Bangsa University. She has attended multiple training sessions covering aspects of the IB PYP. She began working at MIS in 2004.
Ms. Irma earned her BA from IKIP in Medan. She holds a teaching certificate from the French Department at the State University in Medan. In addition to working at MIS, she also works with the Alliance Français. She has worked at MIS since 2001.
Ms. Musepini earned her first bachelor's degree in Biology from Medan State University and her second bachelor's degree in English from Medan Darma Agung University. She has over 4 years teaching experience in Medan.
Mr. Henry earned his Bachelor of Computer Engineering from STMIK Mikroskil Medan and Diploma in Hardware Engineering from UNPAD. He has experienced in handling General Affairs in the British Council Indonesia Foundation and had joined our school from 2017. HE oversees the school's compliance with government regulations as well as managing the ground staffs at MIS.
Yohana earned a D3 Degree in Banking and Finance from Politeknik Negeri Bandung. Before joining MIS she worked with Briton International English School. She joined MIS as the accounts officer in August of 2013. She oversees the financial activities throughout the school.
Mr. Andy earned his BA in music from Nommensen University in Medan. He earned his Master's degree from North Sumatra University. He has experience teaching in a local school in Medan as well as with Nommensen University. He attended an Intro to the IB program.
Ms. Meli earned her BA in Music from Nommensen University in Medan. She's currently assisting the MYP & DP Coordinator academic and administrative works.
Ms. Kiky earned her first Bachelor of Science majoring Chemistry from North Sumatra University Medan then she completed her Master of Science majoring Chemistry from the same university. She has been with MIS since 2018 teaching Chemistry and now given the new role to teach Physics in the Diploma Programme (DP).
Frau Yuni earned her Bachelor of German from Medan State University and gained her Teaching Certificate from the same university. She has been teaching German in Goethe-Institut Indonesia, Jakarta and previously an experienced Aupair Mädchen in Germany.
Ms. Chloe earned her Master Degree in Fashion Design and Engineering from Dong Hua University in Shanghai China after earning her Bachelor of Fashion Design and Engineering from the same university. She has a teaching license from Province of Hunan, China.