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8 Catholic schools listed as best private institutes in Indonesia

St. Louis 1 Catholic High School, Surabaya took first place in the best private high school in Indonesia in 2022. (photo from

The Higher Education for Entrance Test Institute (LTMPT), Indonesia, released a list of the top 1000 best high schools based on the highest computer-based writing test (UTBK) in 2022.

From the list released, among the public high schools, many private high schools comprise the top positions as the best institutes in Indonesia. These private schools are spread across various regions of the country. 

Of the many best private high schools in Indonesia, eight of them are Catholic high schools, which are included among the 20 best private high schools based on the 2022 UTBK average score.

Based on this assessment, the best private high school in the first position is St. Louis Catholic High School 1, Surabaya. This school from East Java experienced a rapid increase in ranking from the previous year, which was in the 12th position nationally, to the second position at the national level.

The school, which has the motto "Be excellence in faith and knowledge," was founded 160 years ago and is currently managed by the priests of the Congregation of Missions (CM) through the Lazaris Foundation.

Initially, the school only accepted male students, but since 1975, St. Louis Catholic High School has accepted female students.

Meanwhile, the seven other Catholic private schools that are included in the top 20 best private schools are Kanisius High School Jakarta, Loyola College Senior High School Semarang, Santa Ursula High School Jakarta, Alloysius High School Bandung, Regina Pacis High School Bogor, De Brito High School Depok Sleman, and St. K College High School. Joseph Malang.

These schools are Catholic schools run by priests and nuns in Indonesia.

Catholic private schools in the country tend to have a good quality of education.

According to Yohanes Hartoyo, one of the teachers who has taught at Catholic schools for about 30 years, Catholic schools do not prioritize quantity.

"Quality of education is prioritized by Catholic schools, not quantity," asserts Hartoyo. "Catholic schools also foster student interest in learning by providing many learning facilities and quality teaching staff."

He also explained that Catholic schools apply and teach discipline, and character formation and are firm when dealing with students and parents.

Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, but Catholic schools have an important role in the world of education in Indonesia. Emiliana Saptaningsih


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