SMUK 1 Jakarta

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SMAK 1 PENABUR – Jakarta
SMAK 1 Logo.png
“Iman, Ilmu, Pelayanan” (Indonesian)
“Faith, Knowledge, Service” (English)
West Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
Type Private
Established 1947
Principal Dra. Endang Setyowati M.M.
Enrollment 350 per year
Color(s)      Red     Blue      Yellow

SMAK 1 BPK PENABUR Jakarta (also known as SMUK 1, SMAK 1, or SMA Kristen 1 PENABUR – Jakarta) is a private Protestant high school in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is located in Tanjung Duren, a financial and residential district in West Jakarta.

SMAK 1 is considered one of the most prestigious high schools in Indonesia. It sends its students to local and international competitions, most notably the International Science Olympiads.[1] In 2007 then-student Jonathan Pradana Mailoa (now studying at MIT) won the International Physics Olympiad in Singapore.

SMAK 1 is one of 50 schools in Jakarta, Banten, Lampung and West Java managed by BPK PENABUR, a Christian-based organization.



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Sekolah Menengah Atas Kristen 1 PENABUR – Jakarta was established on 1947 as a MULO (Meer Uitgebreid Lager Onderwijs, Colonial Dutch secondary school) in its old location at Pintu Air 11 Road (then known as Sluisbrugstraat 11). Its director was J. C. Boss (1947–1950), a mathematician. In the following year, the school was renamed as CVS (Christelijke Vereniging Scholen, Christian Association School), and its directorial position was taken over by Dr. Van Der Meer (1950–1951).

Following the end of Dutch colonization in Indonesia in 1945, CVS was handed to THKTKH (Tiong Hoa Kie Tok Kauw Hwee, Union of Chinese Christians) and renamed SMA Istimewa (Special High School). Lessons were conducted in Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian.

On August 1, 1950, SMA Istimewa was taken over by BPK Jabar Foundation, and the school underwent major revamping. One of these changes was the adjustment of its name to SMAK 1 (Sekolah Menengah Atas Kristen 1) and the usage of Indonesian as the sole medium of instruction. The addition of the word “Kristen” (Christian) was done to emphasize its Christian roots and values.

In 1956, the school was selected as a model school for the development of other schools in Jakarta. In the same year, it also set the record-high for Indonesian National Physics and Chemistry Examinations, an achievement held until today.

On March 1989, BPK Jabar KPS Jakarta changed its name to BPK PENABUR KPS Jakarta. In the same year SMAK I was moved to its current location of Tanjung Duren Raya Road. In addition to a running track, a canteen, sport fields, laboratories, a library and an auditorium, the school has a language laboratory, music and dance rooms, drawing rooms, a greenhouse, a student counseling center, and twenty six fully air-conditioned classrooms.

The principal is Dra. Endang Setyowati

Academic system and curriculum

The school curriculum adheres to the standard Indonesian high school curriculum. The duration of study is three years. First year curriculum includes basic science and social science subjects (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, computing, history, sociology, economics, accounting, law), Indonesian language, English language, foreign language (students can choose German, Mandarin Chinese, or Japanese), physical sciences and theological studies. Students are streamlined in the second year of their study into one of two programs : the (natural) science program or social science program. These specialized curricula exclude subjects tangential to the programs, allowing students to focus on their specializations. In the final year, students are presented with advanced versions of the subjects they learned in the first two years of their study.

The school offers preparation courses for several standardized tests, such as UAN (standardized Indonesian national examination), SAT and TOEFL.

In addition to having the standard Indonesian curriculum syllabus, the school curriculum also incorporates advanced subjects. These include university level physics (advanced mechanics, relativity and components of modern physics, chemistry (organic and biochemistry), mathematics (advanced calculus and algebra) and biology (molecular biology, cell biology and physiology) .

SMAK 1 offers extra-curricular activities including sports clubs, art and design club, music clubs, debating club and language clubs. Exceptional students are allowed to join the science clubs, where more advanced university courses are taught. Many students from these science clubs becomeInternational Science Olympiad medalists.

Universities attended by graduates

University of Melbourne, University of Technology Sydney, La Trobe University, Bandung Institute of Technology, University of Indonesia, NTU, NUS, SMU, HKUST, Monash University, University of New South Wales, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Washington, University of Texas – Austin, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Duke University, Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Illinois, Purdue University, Yale University, Stanford University, MIT and University of Cambridge. Some of these universities waive their entrance examination requirements for SMAK 1 students.