The foundations of the school were laid in 1999 with the formation of the yayasan by Ibu Ace Robin and Ibu Sopantini and the acquisition of the front building by Keith and Asri Mitchell on behalf of Ibu Ace Robin and Peter Cranfield, the Lombok resident founders. Joint founder Mark Heyward acted as educational consultant. The school opened on January 17th 2000 with six students and five teaching staff (three full-time Indonesian and two part-time international teachers). It grew steadily over the first two years, with Ibu Sopantini as the founding principal. Work continued on consolidating curriculum planning, administrative systems and the professional development of teachers. Sekolah Nusa Alam was a founding member of the National Plus Schools Association, formed in Jakarta in 2000.
Founding Staff Members (2000)
Ibu Pearl Daphne accepted the position of Head Teacher in 2002 as the school became more established and enrollments grew to over 50 by the start of 2003. To accommodate the growth, land was acquired adjacent to the initial site. A sports hall was built in late 2002 followed by new classrooms, a covered play area and a toilet block, completed in June 2003, and subsequently a parking area. In the years 2004 to 2013 further additions were made including junior secondary classrooms and buildings extended to provide more classrooms, sports halls, science and computer labs, play areas and toilet facilities, a large parking area and a senior school block.
In 2014 the school obtained its SPK licence and also achieved SMA national accreditation obtained with a score of 92, and designation ‘Amat Baik’ (Excellent).
As the school entered its 17th year it begins a new chapter with the agreement to move to a brand new purpose-built international campus on the outskirts of Mataram, only a short distance from the original Nusa Alam site.
History Over the Years