Academic: The SJI Approach
The IB Curriculum
SJI is an IB World School and is committed to quality education in the spirit of the IBDP. Recognized as the leader in international education, the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) cultivates the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable students to excel in university. Through the SJI IBDP, students gain rigorous and balanced academic preparation, an ability to draw on knowledge and understanding of various cultures and histories, and the experience of learning how to think critically and apply what they have learned in different contexts and across disciplines.
The challenging curriculum educates the whole student aiming to develop their capacity for inquiry, research and problem solving, as well as essential skills for communication and collaboration. Over the course of the two-year IBDP, students will:
- Study six subjects chosen from six subject groups*
- Complete an extended essay
- Follow a theory of knowledge course
- Participate in creativity, activity, service
|Group 1: Studies in Language & Literature||Group 2: Language Acquisition||Group 3: Individuals & Societies||Group 4: Experimental Science||
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: The Arts (or Elective)
The IB Core:
Extended Essay (EE)The Extended Essay promotes high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. The 14-month EE journey culminates in a piece of formally presented and structured writing (3500-4000 words), in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)Part of the IBDP core that encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself and aims to help young people make sense of what they encounter. It focuses on questions such as: What counts as knowledge?; How does it grow?; What are its limits?; Who owns knowledge? For the IB Diploma assessment, students complete a 1,600-word essay over a period of time, and make a presentation on a TOK topic of their choice.
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)Students are offered a wide range of co-curricular activities that gives students the opportunity to experience new challenges in sports, the arts and community service. Students can also choose to continue with their CCA from secondary school. SJI offers a rich and varied selection of activities and programmes, including the Global Education Programme (GEP) where students take responsibility to plan and implement a trip overseas as part of their service component. This is to develop the leadership skills and fuel the student’s sense of idealism and help them to become true global citizens and to see that they too can become a catalyst for change.
Holistic Development: The SJI Way of Life
Global Education Programme (GEP)
Character: The SJI Difference
In SJI we aspire to educate and graduate young people who have integrity and a desire to serve others. Ethics, values and character development are hallmarks of the SJI education. Thus, character education and faith formation are integral parts of the holistic education offered at SJI. Through CAS and SJI’s own Compass programme, our students are nurtured into becoming ‘Men and Women of Integrity’ and ‘Men and Women for Others’.
Compass is a character development programme where Josephians take time to contemplate, communicate and integrate their lives as children of God, citizens of Singapore, students in SJI and friends to others in their community, preparing them as companions on a journey towards making a difference in the lives of others.