Cognitive Development Programmes
Levels of Learning at SJI
The Levels of Learning is the core framework behind the Cognitive Development component of an SJI education. It describes the Josephian student as moving from foundational subject-based knowledge, to extending learning by adopting an inquiry-mindset motivated by interest and passion, and eventually making use of these knowledge in service to community in authentic settings.
While the Levels of Learning are designed with the IBDP in mind, all SJI students at the Lower Secondary years will have a chance to participate in all 3 Levels of Learning.
Level 1 Learning: Academic Foundations (Secondary 1 - 4)
A broad-based curriculum comprising languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and arts which provides a strong foundation for exploring interests and talent, and for further studies in the IBDP for the IP boys, and flexibility for IBDP or ‘A’ Level for the ‘O’ Level Programme boys. At upper secondary level, most students offer an 8 subject combinations.
‘O’ Level Programme
English (English Language & Literature)
Mother Tongue Language (Higher/Express)
* Higher or Express
Level 2 Learning: Building Understanding of the World Through Inquiry & Nurturing a Sense of Wonder and Curiosity
To nurture students who are ‘driven by passion and strive for meaning’. The SJI curriculum offers opportunities for extended learning through Level 2 Learning Modules.
Academic Discovery Modules (ADM)
To inquire into the world or the self through a process guided by teachers. This process will get students to think and act like a Scientist or Historian, for example, adopting lenses of the discipline in order to answer essential inquiry questions.
Independent Study Modules (ISM)
To inquire into a topic of great interest through an independent research. Students get to pose any inquiry questions (E.g. What kind of lives do celebrities lead? Why do frogs croak after rain?) which may arise in their daily lives, and go through an independent research process to answer these questions. They will then do an oral presentation in order to communicate their understanding.
Independent Academic Paper (iAP)
Offered only to Upper Secondary IP students, the iAP aims to prepare students for the IBDP Extended Essay (EE). It is an in-depth study of a focused topic of personal interest chosen from subjects offered, and promotes high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. Students will write a research paper under the guidance of a supervisor.
Level 3 Learning: Systematic Inquiry to Address Issues or Problems in Service to Community
Cutting edge innovation and thinking programmes in collaboration with top global institutions empower SJI students to deal with complexity, diversity and rapid changes, so that they can make a difference in our globalized world.