Canisius College, Jakarta

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Canisius College
Kolese Kanisius
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Menteng, Jakarta

Coordinates6°11′8″S 106°50′4″E / 6.18556°S 106.83444°E / -6.18556; 106.83444Coordinates: 6°11′8″S 106°50′4″E / 6.18556°S 106.83444°E / -6.18556; 106.83444
TypePrivate, all-male High School
MottoAd Maiorem Dei Gloriam (Latin)
For the Greater Glory of God
Established1927; 91 years ago (1927)
RectorP. Drs. Joannes Heru Hendarto, SJ, M.Ed
(2016 - present)
PrincipalSenior High School
P. Drs. Eduard Calistus Ratu Dopo, SJ, M.Ed (2016 - present)
Junior High School
R. Susanto Dwi Nugroho, S.Pd (2016 - present)
CampusMenteng Raya, Jakarta
Color(s)Blue      and      Orange
AffiliationRoman Catholic (Jesuit)

Kolese Kanisius is an all-male, Jesuit, Catholic high school in Menteng, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, founded by the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) in 1927.


The school has adopted several mottoes:

  • Men for and with others[1]
  • Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God)
  • Competence, Conscience, Compassion, Commitment, and Leadership (commonly known as "4C+1L" in the school)

Administration structure[edit]

The school is led by a Rector, who oversees the Senior and Junior High School Directors (Principals). Each principal has three vice principals, one each for Curricular Affairs, General Affairs, and Student Affairs, the last one more commonly known as the Prefect inside the school. The Rector, Principals, and Prefects traditionally are ordained Jesuit priests.


Canisius' history began on October 26, 1926, with the arrival of Dr. J. Kurris, its first director. On June 1, 1927, the first class of AMS (Algemene Middelbare School) was started in a plot of land at Mentengweg. The plot of land included a 19th-century Indies Empire house where the school initially operated.[2] Since then, other buildings e.g. dormitories, hall, and tennis court was opened by July 1929. On October 26, 1931, Canisius College achieved official status with the appointment of Fr. A. van Hoof, S.J., as its first rector.[3]

During World War II, all activities were suspended and the college was used as a public high school. It was reopened on January 1, 1946.

In 1952, Canisius opened junior and senior high divisions. For 15 years (1952-1967), 90%-100% of students passed the national final examination. In 1967, the curriculum was changed and divided into three areas of study: culture-literature, social economics, and science. In 1974, the college implemented a point credit system.


One of Canisius College’s Activities

As a private school, Canisius follows the Indonesia curriculum KTSP (Kurikulum Tingkat Satuan Pendidikan). In the high school, students are divided into two programs: Natural Science stream and Social Science stream. The Natural Science stream has five classes, while the Social Science stream has two classes, or seven classes in each of the three years.

Events held by the high school representative and Student Union include the Canisius College Education Fair, the Canisius College Cup, CASANOVA (Canisius Science, Art, and Language on Festival), and the Canisius Art Blast. Each year, Canisius Senior High sends its representatives to the International Science Olympiad.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ For others
  2. ^ a b Merrillees 2012, p. 199.
  3. ^ History
  4. ^ "Ginandjar Kartasasmita, Politisi, Birokrat" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Akbar Tanjung" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 25 July 2018.

Works cited[edit]

  • Merrillees, Scott (2012). Greetings from Jakarta: Postcards of a Capital 1900-1950. Equinox Publishing. ISBN 9789793780887.