Frequently Ask Question

Q: Who is the founder of this school?

A: The founder of this school is Ms. Ira. She is a parent and has passion in art. The purpose of her life is to participate in education development in Indonesia. She is also an educator in our school. Her background is in early childhood education in Montessori.

Q: Is this school registered in DIKBUD?

A: Our school is registered with non-formal permit, which is PKBM or Pusat Kegiatan Belajar Mengajar (Teaching Learning Center). The representative of Education Department is regularly having school visit to our school.

Q : What is the accreditation status of this school?

A: It is still on accreditation process. There are some requirements the school needs to fulfill in order to get accreditation, some of them is already have some graduated batches from the school. In school year 2016, we only have 1 batch graduated from ESoA.

Q : Which universities that the art teachers in this school are graduated from?

A: teachers come from various colleges in Indonesia and abroad, like Institut Seni Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Institut Kesenian Jakarta, Bina Nusantara, and Curtin Australia.

Q : What are the art curriculum used?

A: Our art curriculum covers learning and understanding of the use of art media and its application through periodic practice.

Q : If my child does not need National Certificate, is my child allowed not to take national subjects?

A: Students are allowed not to take enrichment in senior class. However, in freshman and sophomore class, students are obliged to take national subjects because art cannot stand alone without any other subjects.

Q : How is the composition of the art and national subjects?

A: Our school has 60% art subjects and 40% for national subjects.

Q : If the subjects for National Exam is only 40%, can students join the exam?

A: Students can join National Exam by having national subjects and using art as the learning method. In senior class, they have social study enrichment. Their ability to pass the exam is just the same as other schools, which depends on student’s ability.

Q : Is it possible for my child to continue study here? My child now is already in freshman/sophomore year.


Q : If my child wants to continue study abroad, will the school help with the process?

A: School will help to find out whether the study program that the student wants to take is available in university that student is interested in. After that, we will let the family continues with the process.

Q: Why are there so many students outside the class like this? Is it break time?

A: It is a part of Self Learning class. The students are allowed to continue their own activity to finish their art project. There also teachers who give Brief before the class to be discussed and processed by students in the Self Learning process.

Q : How many are the students?

A: Nowadays, we have 72 students. 34 students in first grade, 24 students in second grade, and 14 students in third grade.

Q: How the school and students react to LGBT?

A: We respect all opinion and we don’t support or promote it in any way possible.

Q: Why there is no Religion subject?

A: Religion is not one of the subjects because it is the right and responsibility of each student’s parents. We, in ESoA, teach the value of religious life in social area.

Q : What kind of lesson? What kind of learning process?

A: Learning process is not just in classroom or studio, but also from visit outside school, like gallery, traditional market, or participating in activities related with subject being taught.

Q : Is there any scholarship?

A: Our scholarship is different from other scholarships. We have scholarship for applicants who come from family with difficult economy, but they have high motivation and potential in art. There are some documents needed to be prepared to be able to get the scholarship.

Q : I have a child with special needs. In my child’s school now, I provide him with shadow teacher. Does ESoA accept my child?

A: We are public school, not an inclusive school. We accept students with special needs, but they will not have shadow teacher and they will be treated as other students.

Q : When the selection process is held?

A: To join selection process, parents need to register their child first and later we will schedule the selection.

Q : Is there rule that prohibit boy students to have long hair? Is there any specific clothes?

A: Rules in our school is called agreement. This agreement is made together with students and acknowledged by the school. We have uniform and it is only worn once a week. Students may choose the clothes they want to wear to school as long as it is respectful. So far, we don’t have any rules regarding hair.

Q : By having democratic system in the school, how to make the students behave?

A: Democratic system is different from liberal. The goal of our system is to help the students find themselves. From the system, we also want students to be able to recognize the strength and weakness that they have in them. Besides, students will also know the influence of their decision to their surroundings, because we do encourage students be brave to make their own decision so that they will be responsible to the results.

Q : Is it only children from wealthy family who can go to this school?

A: No. We also have scholarship for students who have difficulty in economy.

Q : What are the requirements to get into this school?

A: All applicants need to pass Junior High School and join all selection processes in ESoA. There are 3 selection processes in 3 different days. The first one is Art Perspective Assessment (APA). This is one process to know the applicant’s interest in art. Then applicant needs to present their 5 portfolios in 5 recent years, manually or digitally. After that, applicant will go through Project Assessment (PA) process and will present the result. Last, applicant will have interview process with parents.

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