An all-through Catholic school in Toa Payoh, SJI International School has a reputation for its impressive exam results, pastoral care and rigorous approach to teaching maths at elementary level.
St Joseph's Institution (SJI) International School is a Catholic school with a strong academic record in IGCSEs and the IBDP. As one of seven Lasallian schools in Singapore, SJI is also focused on pastoral care and “respect for the individual”. While the school is founded on the same values as Saint Joseph’s Institution, a Catholic school founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1852, SJI does offer a more international education.
SJI International is one of three local international schools in Singapore (the other two are Hwa Chong International School and the Anglo-Chinese (International) School). These three local international schools are managed by the MOE,but they are privately funded and they have the freedom to set their own curricula and fees. While at least half of the students must be Singaporean, these schools tend to have a very international student community.
A local international school like SJI International appeals to expat students for many reasons: it is easier to get a place than at a local school; teaching combines the MOE and international curricula such as the IB programme and A Levels; fees are lower than many international schools; and academic standards are high.
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The non-profit SJI International High School opened its doors in 2007, and was shortly followed in 2008 by SJI International Elementary School; the two schools share one campus. In just 10 years, the school has come a long way. There are around 650 students in the elementary school, which follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC); there are more than 1,000 students in the high school, where students work towards their IGCSEs and the IBDP.
At elementary level, teachers follow the Singapore maths programme; the curriculum also includes daily Mandarin lesson from Prep classes onwards and weekly Religious and Moral Education (RME) lessons, and an instrumental teaching programme.
In 2017, the average IBDP score was 38 points, and 40% of students scored 40 points or higher; in the IGCSEs, 68% of all grades awarded were A* or A.
Admission and fees
Admission is based on the school's own entrance exam (and not the MOE’s AEIS). Fees range from $26,366 to $27,986, which is average in terms of international tuition fees and considerably cheaper than other high performing international schools.
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