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The Netherlands Inter-community School (NIS) origin dates back to 1962, when an Indonesian teacher began teaching Dutch children in the back room of her home in Menteng. This small school slowly expanded and in 1967 another dwelling was found in the annexes of the Philips Company on Jalan Proklamasi. The Netherlands School Association was officially established on June 14th 1969.

The school continued to grow and with the assistance of subsidies from the Dutch government, relocated to Slipi in 1972. During the 1980's the school prepared for its final move to Cilandak, a suburb in South Jakarta, where the majority of the expatriate community lived. At the end of the of the 1990 academic year NIS made its final move to the beautiful grounds on Jalan Jeruk Perut.