Taruna Nusantara

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Taruna Nusantara
Taruna Nusantara seal
Satu Nusa, Satu Bangsa, Satu Bahasa
("One Motherland, One Nation, One Language")
TypeBoarding school
PrincipalBGen (Ret) Soebagio, S.I.P.
Grades10-12 (US Equivalent)
Enrollmentaround 375 pupils/year
Average class size32 pupils
Alumniapprox. 7000 (1992–2016)

Taruna Nusantara (also called Tarnus or TN) is a boarding senior high school with high-rated discipline that is located in the town of Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The school gains reputation from its strong emphasis on national values[1] in addition to exceptional academic and leadership achievements.[2] The school and its teaching method has been referred to as "the inspiration for the setting up of other top schools in Indonesia."[3]

Taruna Nusantara can be literally translated as "Patriot of The Archipelago." The word Taruna itself also generally refers to Indonesia's military cadet, which has no direct relation to and should not be confused with the school and its students.


The idea for the school was made by then- Indonesian Minister of Defence and Security, Gen. Leonardus Benjamin Moerdani in 1985. He envisioned a civilian school that is able to educate country's best talents and produce graduates who can continue carrying forward the national mission set by the nation's founding fathers.[4] It was then followed by the signing of MoU by Indonesian Armed Forces and Taman Siswa, which is among the first local and formal educational groups in Indonesia, to set up and support a foundation called Lembaga Perguruan Taman Taruna Nusantara (LPTTN). It is this foundation that eventually crystallised Gen. Moerdani's vision, and subsequently oversaw the operational process of the school.

The school was unveiled by the then- Commander of Armed Forces, Gen. Try Sutrisno in 1990. The whole campus, consisted of the school compound, students' dormitories and teachers' housing complex, occupied an 18.5 ha site, donated by the neighboring Indonesian Military Academy. During the first six years, the school admitted 245 male students every year. Starting from 1996, it became a co-ed school by accepting the first batch of 70 female students, and to accommodate this change, the school area was expanded to 23 hectares.

To be able to attract outstanding teenagers, the school, backed by the politically and financially strong Armed Forces, offered full scholarship to all students. Its teachers also enjoyed above-average salary and facilities. However, after the severe Asian currency crisis in 1997 and the change of national political landscape thereafter, the school faced financial difficulties and withdrew its scholarship scheme in 2002 or when accepting its thirteenth batch of student. To date, some needy students still receive the scholarship,[5] which is sponsored by private corporations,[1] state's departments,[6][7] local and regional governments,[8] or its alumni.


Although the school is sometimes referred to as having military-like discipline, it is not in any way similar with the military. The school curriculum is no different to the national education curriculum; all students receive the same education as others at senior high school in Indonesia, with additional courses and activities being specifically added to develop nationalism and leadership among the students as emphasized by the founders original goal.

Contrary to many public opinions, students graduated from the school do not have any obligation to attend the military academy, and may choose to continue their higher education freely.

Selection process[edit]

The school screening process for applicants includes academical, physical and psychological tests, health check and interview.


In delivering its lessons and developing its pupils, the school focuses on the three aspects: nationalism, patriotism, and national culture.[9] These aspects are reflected in its curriculum: besides studying based on the compulsory national curricula, the students must take special subjects which are not taught elsewhere to people in their age, namely Leadership, Nationalism and National Defence.[10][11]

Leadership development programs[edit]

In order to prepare its students to become a leader in their respective fields and contribute back to the society, the school provides leadership opportunities through a combination of both theoretical concepts and practical application of leadership principles.[12] The school runs classroom lectures on leadership theories, organizational behavior and public speaking, just to name a few.

In order to make sure that leadership opportunities are available to each and every students, and not only the selected few, the school has a rotation program, where all students are alternatingly being assigned to a class and/or dorm leader position for one week.

Other activities[edit]

  • Basic education of discipline and leadership. All pupils of freshman year join this basic education process, which may consist of nationalism education and basic military training. During this period, they are not allowed to make any contact with outside parties, including their own families; the purpose being to strengthen their independence and self-confidence.
  • Journey of Gen. Sudirman. One of the field activities of the students is to take part in a journey on foot to jungles and mountains, simulating guerrilla war led by General Sudirman, a famous military leader during Indonesian National Revolution. The journey follows a 15 km (about 9.4 miles) route, takes in one day.
  • Camps and social works. Students have camps and social works to attend. In many cases, the camps require them to stay in wilderness under minimal supervision, a method believed to cultivate their sense of survival.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Extracurricular activities available at Taruna Nusantara includes the Student Board Organization (Organisasi Siswa Intra Sekolah / OSIS), Student Representatives (Majelis Perwakilan Kelas / MPK), Ceremonial Platoon (Peleton Upacara / Tonpara), School Security Patrol (Patroli Keamanan Sekolah / PKS), Color Guard Section (Pasukan Tanda Kehormatan / Pataka), Gita Bahana Nusantara Marching Band (GBNMB), First Aid Club, Debating Society, Sports Team (Soccer, Tennis, Volley, Swimming, Athletic), Arts and Performances (Gamelan, Rampak Gendang and Band).

Study Subject Team[edit]

SMA Taruna Nusantara have place for students with great achiecements who want to develop their favorite subject(s) to advanced level and have chance to contribute in many olympiad. That places are study subject teams which are part of Section IIIB of OSIS. Consists of:

  • Aeromodeling (Aeromodeling team)
  • Prasasti (School Magazine Team)
  • KIRTARA (KIR SMA Taruna Nusantara, Student Science Club)
  • Fractura (Photography team)
  • Tomat (Mathematics Olympiad Team)
  • Elephyte (Electromen and Physics Team)
  • Cesium (Chemistry Squad with Incredible and Unbeatable Members)
  • BioHolic (Biology Team)
  • TNCC (Taruna Nusantara Computer Club)
  • Astrogank (Astronomy Olympiad Team)
  • TNEC (Taruna Nusantara Economy Club)
  • Granity (Geology and Geography Taruna Nusantara Community)
  • Hiperbola (Indonesian Language Team)
  • TNESC (Taruna Nusantara English Speaking Club)
  • TNT (Taruna Nusantara Ni Hon Go Team)
  • Deutsch Club (German Language Club)
  • TNRC (Taruna Nusantara Robotic Club)
  • Konsisten (Civic Education Team)


Another feature of the school is the qualification of its principals who, before the time of incumbency, were high-ranking military officers, with the exception of the first principal who previously was a rector in a local university.

The principals:

Best Graduates[edit]

Best graduates of the school are awarded the 'Garuda Trisakti Taruna Tama' Gold Medal. Awardees are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership competence, personality, character, and physical fitness.[13]

List of Garuda Trisakti Taruna Tama awardee:

  • Firman Dwi Cahyono (1993)
  • Jati Setiawan (1994)
  • Dito Sutejo (1995)
  • Yusa Adi Hartanto (1996)
  • Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (1997)
  • Andi Arvianto (1998)
  • Achmad Hikam (1999)
  • Wulan Asti Rahayu (2000)
  • Muhammad Syaiful Anam (2001)
  • Ina Damayanti Dwi Artiningsih (2002)
  • Muh Farid Isnawan (2003)
  • Dhana Putra Prasetya (2004)
  • Intan Nur Asma Hardhani (2005)
  • Satrio Tegas Wicaksono (2006)
  • Ronggo Wiyono S. Putro (2007)
  • Ryan Putera Pratama (2008)
  • Bagas Dhanurendra (2009)
  • Guinandra Luthfan Jatikusumo (2010)
  • Fauzy Pratama (2011)
  • Anggara Putra Bagustama (2012)
  • Anastasha Puspagita Herasmoro (2013)
  • Fransiska Herline Novitasari (2014)
  • Neo Aditya Kuntar (2015)
  • Annisa Fajriani (2016)
  • Deas Makalingga Emiri (2017)
  • Apandi Purba (2018)
  • Rahmat Akbar Berliano Ulurura (2019)


  1. ^ a b Bantuan Lembaga Perguruan Taman Taruna Nusantara Archived 2010-01-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ SMA Taruna Nusantara: Nasionalisme Hingga Apresiasi Chris John[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ SMA TN Beri Ilham Berdirinya Sekolah Unggulan Archived 2009-06-29 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ http://www.taruna-nusantara-mgl.sch.id/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=127&Itemid=47
  5. ^ Beasiswa SMA Taruna Nusantara (TN) Tahun Ajaran 2009-2010 Archived 2010-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "MENHAN TATAP MUKA DENGAN ALUMNI SMU TARUNA NUSANTARA". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  7. ^ "ANTARA Jateng News : Pertamina Bantu Perbaikan SMU Taruna Nusantara". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  8. ^ Tempointeraktif.com - SMA Taruna Nusantara Dapat Bantuan Dari 14 BUMN Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "SMA Taruna Nusantara". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  10. ^ Sekelumit YKPP Dephan RI Archived 2010-01-15 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ http://www.taruna-nusantara-mgl.sch.id/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=128&Itemid=48
  12. ^ http://www.taruna-nusantara-mgl.sch.id/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=129&Itemid=49
  13. ^ http://www.taruna-nusantara-mgl.sch.id/ Taruna-Nusantara-mgl.sch.id

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