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. MIS also began accepting local students as the expat population in Medan continued to shrink.
For the 2016-2017 school year we have 35% local students, 30% students with mixed nationality parents with one Indonesian parent and 35% foreign 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 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. This year saw 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.
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 (in actuality they meet more than is required). The trustees have the responsibility of selecting a principal to lead the school and approving the yearly budget. Our current trustees reserve a seat for the US Consul General. Other members of the trustees include an administrator at the Australian Centre, a grandmother (and former parent) of current students, a former parent and a former executive director of the YPPIA (an English teaching foundation), an expat member of the business community and a legal expert. Members were selected based on their willingness to help the school develop. Terms are unlimited. The nationalities represented are 1 Dutch, 1 UK, 1 Australian, 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. Currently 3 of our 4 members are parents and represent the following nationalities: Indian, Indonesian, Australian and Norwegian.
The administrators are made up of the principal/head of school, the office manager and the accounts officer. 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 accounts officer 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. Gerald Donovan is the Principal/Head of School at MIS. He holds an M.Ed from the University of San Francisco, an MBA from the University of Western Australia, and a Teaching Diploma from Trinity College, London. This is his second posting as a Head of School, and he has taught in England and Macedonia but has made Indonesia his home for the last 16 years.
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 instructor and an IB Diploma Examiner for English Language and Literature A. He is a certified teacher (English 6-12, State of Florida) with a total of twelve years teaching experience in the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan. This is his first year at MIS.
Ms. Rachel earned her Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Toledo with a concentration in science. She holds a certificate for grades 1-8 from the State of Ohio. She went on to continue her education and has completed 54 graduate level credit hours. She has taught in the United States as well as in international schools in Macedonia, China, Russia, Finland and now in Indonesia. This is her second year at MIS.
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.
Ms. Rechtin earned her BA in Psychology from Allegheny College and her Elementary Education Teaching Licensure through The University of West Florida. She holds a Teaching and Learning Certification in the PYP. She is currently working on her Master’s thesis, which focuses on the benefits of integrating a Positive Psychology framework into education. She has taught in South Korea, the United States, and the Philippines before joining MIS.
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. Lowe received his BA in Sociology from St. Mary's University in Canada. He earned a a Master's in Education in Educational Management from Bristol University and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Teaching Secondary Social Studies from the University of Maine. He has taught in Vancouver, Canada as well as in international schools in Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand.
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. Dolatta earned his BA from the Teaching Department of Sport and Health Education at the State University of Medan. In addition to working at MIS he has worked at Global Jaya and Pelita Harapan. He has attended trainings in the IB PYP and MYP programs.
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 has attended IB training in MYP 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. Lydia earned her BA in English from Medan State University. She previously worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as an English teacher.
Novi earned her S1 in English Literature at the Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara. She joined MIS in 2015 after working in customer relations at the Hermes Palace Hotel.
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.
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.
Alpian received an S1 Degree in Management from Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara. He began working in MIS in January of 1994 as the Accounts Officer. In July of 2007 he became the Business Manager.
Ms. Meli earned her BA in Music from Nommensen University in Medan.