Perkumpulan Mandiri School (SPM) - www.spm.sch.id
Beginning October 2014 YDB signed a management agreement with the Mandiri Association to operate the Sekolah Perkumpulan Mandiri (previously known as Sekolah PSKD Mandiri) in Menteng, Central Jakarta.
SPM, previously named PSKD Mandiri School, is a Kindergarten – Grade 12 school located in the historic Menteng neighborhood of Central Jakarta, just minutes away from the nation’s capital. The not-for-profit school that has been operating since 1995. Established as one of the first model national plus schools, SPM runs one class per grade, is bilingual (Indonesian-English), complies with the Indonesian national education requirements, and has been accredited “A” for many years by the Ministry of Education. SPM further enriches the program content with international curriculum, innovative and critical thinking approaches, character building, and a strong emphasis on leadership.
In April 2011, FranklinCovey, USA – known for Dr. Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits for Highly Effective People” and “The Leader in Me” program for schools – recognized the school as the first international Lighthouse School, outside the United States and North America, and the first in Indonesia (www.theleaderinme.com).
In April 2014, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) recognized SPM as another member of its network, now more than 10,000-school strong in 160 countries across the globe, 180 of which are in Indonesia. CIE is the world’s largest provider of international education programs and qualifications for 5-to-19 year olds. Enriching SPM’s curriculum with Cambridge prepares students for life, helps them develop an informed curiosity, and a lasting passion for learning. Created by subject experts, the curriculum is rooted in academic rigor and reflects the latest in educational research. “The number of universities that recognize Cambridge qualifications as evidence of outstanding academic achievement continues to grow. In the USA, for example, over 475 universities, including all of the Ivy League universities, formally recognize Cambridge qualifications in their entrance requirements,” as noted in the magazine Cambridge Outlook, issue 19, page 21 (www.cie.org.uk).