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Hillcrest School
Jalan HIS
Sentani, Papua 99352
(Kotak pos 249, Sentani 99352)
Phone +62-967-591460
Fax +62-967-591673
Email [email protected]
Tim Cripe, Director

HIS is open to all expatriate children whose parents have valid visas to work in Indonesia. The current enrollment is 200. Kindergarten through the 12th grades are taught. Tuition costs are based on a sliding scale, see the website for current tuition costs. The language of instruction is English.

School Program

HIS is a private Christian school located in the scenic foothills of 7,000-foot Mount Cyclops, overlooking Lake Sentani. The elementary school was established by the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1958, as Sentani International School to provide English-language education for missionary children in Papua. The secondary program began in 1987 as an inter-mission school. In 1994, the two were combined in a K-12 program. Roughly 10% of the students board at the HIS hostels, while the remainder are day students. The student body is comprised of the children of missionaries, expatriate business people, and others who live and work in Papua. HIS also sponsors a village tutorial program. This program enables children to spend time in interior villages with their parents during the school year. HIS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, and is active in Missionary/Christian Overseas Schools.


The faculty of HIS is recruited through sponsoring mission organizations. A low student-to-teacher ratio enables HIS to provide individualized instruction and to tailor programs to meet the needs of students. HIS is served by highly trained and dedicated staff members, many of whom have graduate degrees.


The HIS campus is divided into three distinct areas. Seven classrooms are strategically clustered around a well-manicured courtyard to comprise the elementary school. The middle school, grades six, seven and eight, are in close proximity to the library and computer labs. The high school classrooms include specialized rooms for art, drama, language arts, the math, science, history, and Bible rooms. Additional facilities comprised of two gyms, a soccer field, band room, health clinic, multi-purpose room, a lunch room and playgrounds. Additionally, there are two dormitories to accommodate high school students whose parents are working in the interior of Papua.


HIS offers a strong core curriculum based on US standards. The curriculum is Christian in world view and global in perspective. Efforts are made to accommodate the needs of students from home countries other than the US. In addition to the core curriculum, computer education, Indonesian language study, music, art and physical education are offered at all levels. Special education and ESL tutorials are offered as staff is available. "The high school curriculum is college preparatory and is designed to take advantage of the cultural, biological and geographical distinctives of Papua, i.e., tropical rain forest, marine life and the culture of indigenous peoples. Each year there is an Outdoor Education Program, as well as numerous other field trips and activities, which give students exposure to the educational opportunities unique to Papua. Additionally, there is a strong emphasis on computer technology in order to equip students for life in the 21st century.

Last updated October 13, 2015

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