The school is mainly famous for the academic achievements of its students, constantly sending its students to International science olympiads.It is considered as one of the most prestigious high schools in Indonesia.
After the end of Dutch colonization in Indonesia, CVS was taken over by THKTKH (Tiong Hoa Kie Tok Kauw Hwee, Union of Chinese Christian) and renamed SMA Istimewa (Special Christian High School). On August 1st, 1950, SMA Istimewa became SMAK I under the BPK Jabar Foundation. On March 1989, BPK Jabar KPS Jakarta changed its name to BPK PENABUR KPS Jakarta.
In the same year, after the completion of its new building in 4 Tanjung Duren Raya Road, SMAK I was moved to the new building, its current location. Its previous location at Pintu Air 11 Road was to be used by SMAK II, previously an afternoon school in the same location.
In 1994, in accordance to the new Indonesian Educational Curriculum, SMAK I was renamed again as SMUK 1 (Christian High School 1).