High School Curriculum Pathway 

At SJI International we offer a complete pathway from pre-school to Grade 12 for students between the ages of 4 and 18.

The Elementary School provides the International Primary Curriculum from Prep 1 to Grade 6 (ages 4 to 12); while the High School offers the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) from Grades 7 to 12 (ages 12 to 18).

Elementary School

International Primary Curriculum

High School

Assessment and Reporting

Parents can expect to receive information on progress in all subjects in three main ways:

  • by formal reports which include Achievement grades (on a 1-7 scale), feedback on a student’s Attitude towards Learning and some comments about how the student can best improve
  • by accessing the online markbooks where grades are shared from all subjects
  • at Parent Teacher Conferences

There are two documents that will help explain these assessment grades. Firstly there are the Attitudes towards Learning criteria which provide detailed and standard descriptors for this aspect. Our staff have worked together to identify the characteristics of students’ attitudes towards learning that are in line with the school’s, and also the IB’s, pedagogy and approach to learning. The intention is to raise the expectations of our students by making clear reference to positive attitudes such as taking initiative and actively participating in lessons.

Similarly there is a breakdown of SJI International Attainment Levels (Grade 7-12) providing a more detailed description of the school’s attainment levels. This will hopefully provide a greater understanding of the overall structure of our attainment levels and the level that your son or daughter is currently working at. To supplement this subject leaders have been developing subject specific assessment criteria designed for sharing with students, to show them how they might be able to make further progress and improve their attainment.

Curriculum Overviews

Foundation IGCSE (Grades 7 & 8)

The aim of the curriculum in Grade 7 and 8 is to provide a broad range of subjects, enabling students to discover their own aptitudes and strengths and to develop the skills and knowledge base for the IGCSE course in Grade 9 and 10. In particular, Grade 8 will be seen as a “pre-IGCSE course”. Contexts for study are wide-ranging with course materials drawn from a range of local and international examples. Wherever possible, trips and excursions are offered to extend the curriculum beyond simply a classroom experience.

Curriculum Structure

Approximately 4 hours per week will be allocated to:

  • Mathematics
  • English (including one semester of Drama)
  • Science
  • Second Language
  • Humanities (including History and Geography)

Religious Education (including ethical issues and lifeskills): 1.3 hours

Aesthetics (Music and Art): 2.6 hours

PE: 2.6 hours

Pastoral/Registration time: 1.25 hours

IT is integrated throughout the curriculum

Languages in the High School

We frequently receive questions concerning the progression of languages at SJI International.  Please see the Language Progression Diagram for information on the language choices in the High School, and the progression from languages currently taught in the Elementary School.

2017 Foundation IGCSE Curriculum booklet

Alternatively, you can download a PDF of the booklet here.

IGCSE (Grades 9 & 10)

Curriculum Structure

All students study:

  • Mathematics, including Additional Mathematics for about half the cohort
  • English Language and Literature
  • Second Language
  • PE (1.3 hours – not examined)
  • Religious Education / Personal and Social Education (1.3 hours- not examined)

And either:

Chemistry and Physics and Biology plus one of Economics, History, Geography, Music, Drama, Art, Physical Education

Coordinated Science plus one Humanities subject (History, Geography, Economics) and one other subject (another Humanities subject, Drama, Art, Music or Physical Education).

The Option Choices FAQ answers some of the most common questions concerning IGCSE Course Selection at SJI International.

2017 IGCSE Curriculum booklet

Alternatively, you can download a PDF of the booklet  here. 

Foundation IB (FIB)

The aim of the Foundation IB Curriculum is, in a one-year course, to prepare students for the IB Programme. FIB students join SJI International at the start of Grade 10 and they cannot therefore sit for the IGCSE examinations in most subjects as the IGCSE is a two-year course.

FIB students study a curriculum set at the standard of Grade 10 work which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to enable students to confidently tackle the IB Diploma course in Grades 11 and 12. If they wish to and are at a suitable level, they may take the final IGCSE examinations in their second language, Extended Mathematics or Additional Mathematics.

Curriculum Structure

FIB students take the equivalent of Mathematics and Additional Mathematics, English Language and Literature and an integrated Science course. For their Language other than English they join Grade 10 classes (see the IGCSE course for details of the Language programmes). FIB students take two Humanities subjects: History and Geography and also follow a course in Art or Music (they are asked to select this after the first few weeks of the year). All students take one double period of Drama in addition.

All FIB students will sit internally-set examinations towards the end of the academic year.

IB Diploma (Grades 11 & 12)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme encompasses a challenging course of study which pushes the boundaries of our students’ physical, social and creative growth. The programme successfully fulfils its aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who then have the opportunity to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB Diploma course consists of six subjects, three to be studied at higher level and three at standard level. We encourage our students to choose subjects that will both optimise their success and also become a pathway to their preferred university course. In selecting subjects, our students should ask themselves the following questions:

  • Do I enjoy studying this subject?
  • Do I have a solid background in the skills associated with this subject?
  • Have I selected a manageable package?

It’s the core elements that distinguish the IB Diploma programme as the most holistic course of study at this level. These are the extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity-activity-service. The Extended Essay (EE) is an independent, self-directed piece of research culminating in a 4000-word paper. Theory of Knowledge (ToK) is a subject devoted to encouraging students to critically think about knowledge itself and the ways in which we learn. Creativity-Activity-Service (CAS) is a programme which enables students to share their creative talents, to engage in energetic activities and to develop an awareness and concern for their community and beyond.

We are very proud of our IB Diploma graduates. They have successfully completed the programme in the true spirit of the aims of the IB and have secured excellent tertiary courses in renowned universities spanning the globe.

 IB Curriculum Booklet


Alternatively, you can download a PDF of the booklet here

The IB general regulations can be accessed here.

Creativity, Activity, Service

As mentioned above, Creativity, Activity and Service, or CAS as it is better known, is an important part of the IB Diploma programme in Grades 11 and 12. For more information please see the CAS booklet. 

Languages in the High School

We frequently receive questions concerning the progression of languages at SJI International. Please see the Language Progression Diagram for information on the language choices in the High School, and the progression from languages currently taught in the Elementary School.

The Vice-Principal (Academic) is Ms Amy Lee: amy.lee@sji-international.com.sg


  • SJI International, 490 Thomson Road, Singapore 298191
  • High School (all enquiries): (+65) 6353 9383
  • Elementary School Admissions: (+65) 6871 5261
  • Elementary School: (+65) 6871 5202