The SPH Story

Our Vision

True Knowledge, Faith in Christ and Godly Character

Our Mission

Proclaiming the preeminence of Christ and engaging in the redemptive restoration of all things in Him through holistic education

Our vision of True Knowledge, Faith in Christ, and Godly Character sets out our goals for our students – that they may come to understand that all Truth emanates from God the Creator and Sustainer and is to be found ultimately in a relationship with Jesus Christ, His Son, and our Savior. The end result of the acceptance of these truths is the development of godly character as one made in the image of God.

We aim to achieve this goal by focusing on Christ as the preeminent One in God’s plan of redemption in the world’s restoration from its brokenness. We want our students to be people of influence and action in the world, well-equipped to engage positively wherever they may serve.

We are grounded in an Evangelical, Reformed theology that seeks truth wherever it may be found and recognizes that all truth is God’s. The International Baccalaureate and Cambridge programs – within a biblical worldview – allow us to develop mature, thinking students who are committed to life-long learning, able to utilize inquiry to search out the truth.

We enroll people of all faiths. Our faculty and staff are committed to serving families with a quality education in a holistic approach that helps young people develop their God-given potential, equipping them for further study anywhere in the world.

Statement of Faith

Our mission is to provide holistic transformational learning rooted in Scripture and a Reformed theological framework.  DOWNLOAD STATEMENT OF FAITH

Our History


Sekolah Pelita Harapan schools were founded by two Indonesian businessmen – Johannes Oentoro and James Riady. Their vision was for a network of schools in Indonesia that would transform the nation by raising educational standards at every level of society and, through Christian educators, be used by the Lord to impact Indonesia for His glory. SPH schools work in partnership with dozens of partner schools to serve families across the Indonesian archipelago.

The first SPH school was built in Lippo Village in 1993 and serves as the directing school for the group of five international schools. The Sentul City campus opened in 1994, followed by Cikarang in 1995. Kemang Village opened in 2011 and our newest school, Pluit Village, opened in 2014. A residential program in Sentul City houses up to 70 students in grades 7 and above.

These five SPH schools, located in the Jakarta metropolitan area, Indonesia, led the way in offering Indonesian citizens and expatriate families a top-quality education based on international standards with English as the language of instruction. The campuses are modern, well-resourced, and attractive. Resources include spacious classrooms, science laboratories, libraries, robust Wi-Fi throughout, gymnasiums, music facilities, dance studios, swimming pools, etc.

The faculty is a blend of expatriate and national teachers and are recruited internationally and locally. All teachers are highly qualified, highly relational, and committed to growing in their personal relationship to Jesus Christ. All seek to be used of the Lord as they serve their students in the classroom and beyond.

The schools are a ministry of the Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan – YPPH. Besides the five SPH International Schools, the foundation has almost 60 national schools found in cities throughout the country to provide a Christ-centered western style of education in the Bahasa Indonesia language. Our schools can even be found in the mountainous jungles of Papua where we work alongside evangelical missionaries teaching children about their loving Creator God.

YPPH extends its work in education to the university, graduate and doctoral studies as well, with a Teachers College, an International Teachers College, a prominent university, and a medical college. Beyond the world of education, YPPH partners with medical hospitals throughout Indonesia providing world-class health care. In the remote regions, YPPH establishes schools alongside clinics that serve the health needs of the people in the name of Christ.

Dr. Johannes Oentoro

Dr. James Riady

Sekolah Pelita Harapan is part of Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan education network.
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