Bali, Indonesia. 
Non-profit Private school, 
Founded in 2006, 
Number of students: 800, 
Age: Pre K-Grade12

Develop green leaders for sustainability through learning in nature and local community
The Green School educates children for sustainability, through community-integrated, entrepreneurial learning, in a wall-less, natural environment. Holistic, student-guided approach inspires and empowers children to be green leaders.
Combining  three frames of learning, thematic frame, proficiency frame and experiential frame, the school provide programme to foster children’s  skills, values and discipline-based competencies (academics) that prepare learners for an ever-changing world.



Green School was conceived by its founders, John and Cynthia Hardy in 2006 and opened in 2008 with 90 students and a tailor-made campus that emerged from the jungle and rice fields. Since then it has grown to 400 students and to an inspiring example of education for sustainability.

A community of learners making our world sustainable
– empower children to be green leaders
be local, let the environment lead and think about lives of grandchildren

Community-integrated entrepreneurial learning in a wall-less natural environment
– Bamboo campus in wall-less, natural and local environment
Skills, Values and academics to be green leader
Structured pedagogical approach using three frames

Learning in wall-less, natural and local environment
Their bamboo campus is immersed in the jungle, providing constant opportunities to experience the impact on the environment. To build an appreciation of sustainability, the students start small by thinking locally, they reacquaint themselves with the environment and rebuild their symbiotic relationship with it.
Also students from many different countries learning about local community including Indonesian language and cultures around their campus.

Skills, Values and academics to be green leader
Green school’s learning programme seeks to find a balance between the skills, values and discipline-based competencies (academics) that prepare learners for an ever-changing world.

-Green School SkillsTo be a lifelong learner, students learn various skills through every part of learning program, including projects, activities and lessons.
Skills to think: Think Creatively, Think critically, Think in systems
Skills to act: Active, Collaborate, Communicate
Skills to Reflect: Be aware, Solve problems, Adapt

-Green School Values
School subscribe to a set of values “I RESPECT” – Integrity, Responsibility, Empathy, Sustainability, Peace, Equity, Community, Trust. These values enable students to take responsibility for their learning, have a positive impact on the community, and to show care for their environment.

-Academics
Green School’s learning programmes are designed to provide a foundation for learners to develop their knowledge and skills through challenging and integrated experience.

Structured pedagogical approach using three frames utilizing natural environment
The learning activities on the timetable consist of three frames of learning:

  • Thematic Frame:
    interdisciplinary learning focusing on a particular theme (e.g. water issues, Health and Wellbeing)
  • Proficiency frame:
    core discrete intellectual competencies that require repetition to reach proficiency (e.g. Literacy, Mathematics, Science)
  • Experiential frame:
    “hands-in getting dirty” hands-on and project based learning (e.g. Physical, Art, Jalan-Jalan*)

In each frame, some subjects or activities are designed depending on each educational stage.

*Jalan-Jalan is unique activity in Green School Bali. It is designed to link learning to life outside school. There are courses of three areas; service, enterprise, and outdoor education. Students are asked to step outside of their comfort zones and try something new. Students work with teachers to identify their personal learning outcomes to compliment those designed by the teacher.

Substantial contribution to the sustainability of the community
Student-led projects supports sustainable community
-The school model attracts worldwide attention and has impact on others

School activities and student-led projects have made positive changes to the sustainability of schools and communities, such as renewable energy systems on campus, community recycling centre managed over 20,000 ton of trash during the year, etc. In addition, students act for world environmental issues. In 2017, students represented the voice of youth at the UN Climate Change Conference.
The school received several education awards and their education model attracted worldwide attention.

Expand activity to pursue the school vision
to build new programmes, facilities, increases number of learners
-to turn local solutions into global solutions.