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Cognitive Development Programmes

Levels of Learning at SJI

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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

Integrated Programme

Secondary 1-2 English (English Language & Literature)
Mother Tongue Language (Higher/Express)
Computer Studies
Visual Art
Secondary 3-4

English Language
Mother Tongue Languages (H/E)*
Additional Mathematics

Sciences (Biology &/or Physics)
Humanities (History or Geography or English Literature)
Arts (Visual Art or Music) (H/E)*

English (English Language & Literature)
Mother Tongue Languages (H/E)*
Additional Mathematics

Sciences (Biology &/or Physics)
Humanities (History &/or Geography)
Arts (Visual Art or Music)

* 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.

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Academic Discovery Modules (ADM)

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To inquire about the world or the self through a process guided by teachers. This process will get students to adopt lenses of the discipline in order to answer essential questions. As an example, this will give them opportunities to think and act like a scientist or historian.

Independent Study Modules (ISM)

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To inquire about 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 learning.

Independent Academic Paper (iAP)

Ofered 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 topic of personal interest chosen from subjects ofered, 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 diference in our globalized world.

This programme provides an experience-based education for our students. SJI is the Singapore Site for this global programme that is a catalyst for student learning through passionate pursuit of innovation and design ideas at the cutting edge of science. Anchored in the core work of an annual scientifc theme that is socially relevant and on the cusp of innovation, it supports and challenges students to stretch their thinking and come up with wild blue-sky ideas to address needs that exist throughout the world. Students do this through the three steps of the ArtScience Idea Translation process of Conception, Translation and Realization. The students will get the opportunity to present their projects at the annual ArtScience Showcase at the end of the term.

Design Thinking uses the mindset of designers to produce innovations in products, processes and business and organizational models, with the core focus on deep understanding of and empathy with the people who use them. Design Thinking@SJI aims to provide opportunities for students to practise balancing between analytical thinking and intuitive thinking to address real-life issues and multi-faceted challenges. Students will be trained in the three ‘gears’ of Design Thinking that integrates a designer mindset with a business-oriented value proposition. The curriculum is grounded in SJI’s longstanding mission of ‘nurturing men of integrity and men for others.’ This alignment with SJI’s value-based education is further manifested through social values-based projects that reinforce the mindsets and skills of Design Thinking.

This is a multi-disciplinary global education programme that equips Josephians with critical thinking skills needed to grasp the multi-faceted nature of global issues. Framed under the theme of Identity and Citizenship, students have the opportunity to discuss and deliberate on issues of local and global signifcances. The students are also presented with the opportunities to actualise their learning, through the SJI International Education hosting programme as well as Service Projects with Singapore Central CDC. Through these avenues, World & Me programme helps to nurture the creative and caring thinking of an engaged global citizen, capable of acting efectively in collaboration with others to address these complex issues.

* subject to changes from 2019.