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'O' Level Programme

The academic curriculum is comprehensive and demanding, and designed to prepare express-stream students for the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations and, more importantly, for post-secondary education and beyond. Hence, our goal is for every Josephian to offer a combination of 'O' Level subjects that will give him as much choice as possible for his post-secondary education and to face future challenges.

At the lower secondary level, all boys do the following examinable subjects: English Language, Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Science and Humanities. Higher Mother Tongue Languages are offered to Josephians who are in the top 10% of the PSLE cohort or top 30% with an A* in MTL at PSLE or at least a merit in HTML.

At the upper secondary level, boys in the ‘O’ Level Programme can choose from a variety of subject combinations:

- 8 Subject Combination: 2 Languages | 1-2 Humanities | 2 Mathematics | 2-3 Sciences
- 7 Subject Combination: 2 Languages | 1 Humanities | 2 Mathematics | 2 Sciences

The specific GEC ‘O’ Level subjects offered include:

Languages: English Language, Chinese/Malay/Tamil Language or Higher Chinese/Malay/Tamil Language

Mathematics: Mathematics, Additional Mathematics

Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Humanities: Humanities (Social Studies + Geography or Social Studies + History), English Literature, Geography, History

Others: Art, Higher Art, Music

All Upper Secondary Boys are required to offer Humanities as one of their Humanities subjects. Humanities consist of Social Studies and one Humanities subject which includes English Literature, Geography or History. For Humanities, SJI only offers Social Studies with either History or Geography. Boys who intend to offer English Literature as an 'O' Level subject will have to offer the subject as a full Humanities subject at 'O' Level.

Levels of Learning at SJI (Year 1 - 4)


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 this knowledge in service to the 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.

Cognitive Development: Academic Foundation
Level 1 Learning (Year 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 the upper secondary level, most students offer an 8-subject combination.

Cognitive Development: Academic Extension (Years 1 & 2 Programmes)
Level 2 Learning: Building Understanding of the World Through Inquiry & Nurturing a Sense of Wonder and Curiosity

  • 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.

Cognitive Development: Academic Application (Years 3 & 4 Programmes)
Level 3 Learning: Systematic Inquiry to Address Issues or Problems in Service to Community

  • Curriculum+ (OP 3 & 4)

Curriculum+ aims to develop and to prepare our students to be ready for a dynamic and complex world through living the Josephian mission. The three main broad components are:
Self Development: Strengthening social-emotional competencies of resilience, self-regulation and confidence.
Skills Focus: Honing future-ready skills of problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity.
Making Connections: Enhancing community-mindedness through collaboration and service orientation.