Programme Overview

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

The IB Academic Groups

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)

  • English: Literature
  • English: Language and Literature
  • English: Literature and Performance
  • Chinese: Literature

  • Chinese B
  • Malay B
  • Tamil B
  • Mandarin Ab Initio
  • Malay Ab Initio
    (last exam in May 2021)
  • Spanish Ab Initio
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

  • MAA Mathematics HL
  • MAA Mathematics SL

  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Elective: Instead of an Arts subject, students can choose a subject from Groups 3 or 4

* subject to staffing resources

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.