Our History

The story begins in mid 90’s with a church in the city of Bandung made a list of ways to become blessings for Indonesia. One item on the list is to create a school that would truly be “a light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:6). One by one the members of this church got married and eventually had schooled-age-children. At that time, it was very difficult to find a school which prioritize to teach the fear of the Lord than mere focusing on the knowledge. By utilizing one room in church office, some of the church members started a Homeschool co-op in 2003 for their own children as well as for some children from outside their church. These parents wanted to take seriously God’s commandment to “Raise your children in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) by providing an education presented from a Biblical worldview. In order to become blessings for many families, Cahaya Bangsa Classical School (CBCS) became a formal school in 2004. Today, CBCS has 752 students, from preschool through the twelfth grade.

At CBCS, we desired to take seriously our Biblical mandate of becoming a blessing to the nation (Genesis 12:2-3). We also desired to set up a school that could serve as a model for Indonesia’s struggling education system and in that way, truly be a “light” to the nation. We believe that parents have the ultimate and major responsibility of training their children, not schools, and therefore we believe our role is to partner with families to help train, instruct, disciple and encourage their children so that they will become mature adults who love God, who possess a heart oriented toward serving others, and who exemplify above all other virtues, integrity, holiness and courage to do what is right.