St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) is an Independent Catholic school founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1852. For the past 160 years, SJI has nurtured students to become persons who lead holistic, principled and meaningful lives that make a positive difference to the lives of others, through helping each student to discover and develop their unique vocation and talents.
From January 2013, SJI will admit its pioneer batch of 80 boys and girls for the 2-year pre-university studies in its International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme* (IBDP). The IBDP is suitable for academically able students who have pursued their secondary education on the GCE ‘O’ track or the Integrated Programme (IP) track. As the annual intake for 2013 - 2016 will be limited to 80 students, admission to the IBDP is expected to be highly competitive.
The secondary section (Years 1-4), which is offering a dual track O-Levels and Integrated Programme, will remain as an all-boys institution.
Why do the IBDP?
Pre-university education which prepares young people well for university and for our 21st century globalised world
The IBDP has a strong focus on independent learning, critical thinking, and communication across all subjects, and in particular, in the Theory of Knowledge. It offers a broad-based curriculum (6 subjects in 6 different subject groups) which is important for inter-disciplinary thinking needed for creative approaches in any field of future studies and career. The Extended Essay offers depth of learning, and also university level research and writing opportunity. The Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) contributes to a truly holistic growth by encouraging diversity of experience and stepping outside of personal comfort zone.
Recognized qualification for local and international university admission
The IBDP is a widely accepted qualification to gain admission into courses in local and international universities such as Harvard University, MIT, Stanford University, Cambridge University and Oxford University as well as highly competitive courses in Medicine and Law at the National University of Singapore.
High quality of teaching
SJI has engaged former Headmaster of United World College South East Asia, and founding Principal of SJI International, Andrew Bennett, as an advisor and consultant for our IBDP to ensure that SJI has the necessary systems and processes in place to offer a high quality teaching for our students. SJI has also recruited experienced teachers internationally to take leadership in conducting a very high quality programme which will offer highly interactive and engaging learning with the use of technology*. The Josephian IB will be taught by a rich and diverse teaching staff from Singapore and around the world.
Small group interactive learning
Instead of the mass lecture and tutorial system of the JCs, the Josephian IBDP will be conducted based on a seminar-style of teaching which will have between 10 to 20 students learning in a highly interactive learning environment.
Conducted in the true spirit of IB
SJI is committed to conducting the IBDP in the true spirit of the IB philosophy and approach (which is very much in alignment with the school's mission and values), which focuses on life-long learning and the holistic growth of the individual person. While SJI will certainly work with students to achieve high academic results, these academic results will be achieved without sacrificing values, character and leadership development.
All students will be expected to own their personal computing device as part of the programme. Students who are on financial assistance or in need of financial assistance will be provided help in owning a personal computing device.