Welcome message from St. Joseph's Institution International
Established in 2007, St. Joseph’s Institution International offers a holistic, values-driven and international educational experience to a diverse student body of around 40 nationalities rooted in the context of Singapore. As a school with a Lasallian Catholic foundation, SJI International's s community welcomes students, teachers, parents, friends and supporters of all faiths and cultural backgrounds. SJI International's core Lasallian values are central to everything that SJI International does: faith, service, community, excellence and respect.
SJI International strives to develop students who are intrinsically motivated to serve others and to give back to the community.
Provision for Catholic families at SJI International includes after-school catechism classes, daily prayers and weekly Mass in the school chapel, regular opportunities to attend the sacrament of reconciliation, and other celebrations to explore and deepen their faith throughout the liturgical year.
Today, SJI International celebrates a community of over 2,000 students across two schools on one campus. The High School admits both Singaporean and international students in Grades 7 – 12 (ages 12 – 18); while the Elementary School caters to expatriate children from pre-school Prep 1 - 2 (ages 4 turning 5 - 6) and Grade 1 – 6 (ages 7 – 12).
Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||20 students / class|
|Maximum||25 students / class|
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|Number of students||
Primary / Elementary: 760
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
Over 40 different nationalities are represented across both our Elementary and High schools.
|Most common nationality||
SJI International Elementary School: Australian
|Ratio of local students to international students||
Our Elementary School is for Internationals only, we currently do not host Singaporeans or PRs.
|Native English speaking teachers||
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
SJI International Elementary School: Chinese, Spanish
SJI International High School: Chinese, English Acquisition, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Spanish, Tamil, Vietnamese
|Max. number of students per class||
Primary/Elementary School: 22
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
|Use of technology in the classroom||
All classrooms have LCD projectors installed and teachers have access to a range of IT including, Mimio interactive whiteboards, visualisers, class sets of laptops, digital cameras and video cameras.
|External examinations or assessments available||
IB Diploma, IGCSE
|Results in these examinations||
Our 2022 IB graduates did remarkably well despite the challenges of the pandemic earlier this year. The 2022 cohort emerged with an average point score of 39, significantly above the average diploma score of the November 2022 session of 30.91 points. Additionally, 50.5% of our students achieved 40 points or more, a result only achieved by 19.8% of students worldwide in November 2021. The cohort performed incredibly well and we are extremely proud of their hard work and dedication.
Our International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) scored exceptionally too. The IGCSE cohort has received excellent results with 53.7% receiving an A*, 76.6% receiving A*-A, and 97.8% receiving A*-C.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
SJI International is fully committed to providing a high quality education for every student who attends its school. SJI International recognises that each student is unique and has individual needs. SJI International believes that all students should be encouraged to pursue excellence and be supported in achieving their personal best.
If SJI International should find that a student will benefit from additional learning support, beyond the standard range of differentiation within the grade level, then they will be referred to the Learning Support Team. However, it is important to note that the scope and availability of the Learning Support services SJI International can offer is limited. All students seeking to enrolls at SJI International, who have received learning support at their previous school, are required to inform the school during the admissions process.
|Learning support offered||
The Learning Support Team works in close collaboration with parents, classroom teachers, the pastoral team and outside professionals, if necessary, to identify how best to support all students on their learning journey.
Typically this involves a member of the Learning Support Team observing the student in the classroom, using a range of screening and assessment tools and conducting cognitive, academic and achievement tests to determine the correct level of support. If appropriate, our Learning Support Team will refer parents to seek further assessments with outside professionals such as an educational psychologist, pediatrician, speech and language therapist, or occupational therapist.
Please find more information on SJI International’s website regarding the Special Needs Support provided at our schools: https://www.sji-international.com.sg/school-life/student-wellbeing/elementary-school/learning-support
|Student access to education psychologist||
|Entry evaluation for students||
SJI is academically selective and all children must pass a period of observation and assessment (Early Years) or an entrance assessment.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
The entrance assessment features computerised testing in English Language, Mathematics and Developed IQ, along with an interview.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
This is subject to availability and only after the child has successfully completed all admissions requirements.
|School start time||
|School finish time||
2:00 pm for KG2 and KG3
|School bus service available||
|School provided lunches||
SJI International has a wide selection of food available from 9am - 3pm in the centrally situated open-air canteen. Selections include Western and Asian Set meals, vegetarian options, chicken rice, Indonesian food, as well as sandwiches, fruits, steamed buns and snacks, and a large selection of fruit and beverages.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
Students in the Elementary school start CCAs from Prep 2, where they are offered a curated selection of CCAs to begin their enrichment journey. In Grades 1-6, the students are offered a vast array of CCAs from the fields of Sports, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Academics, Environment and Sustainability, Digital Technology, Martial Arts and Robotics. Catechism classes are offered through the CCA programme.
Children can represent the school through the ACSIS sports on offer. Our Musical enrichment opportunities have grown substantially in 2022. We have a large Elementary School Orchestra, a Choir, and both a string ensemble, and a guitar ensemble. We also offer in-school music tuition through our ITP programme on instruments including, guitar, drums, violin, piano, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone. We also offer voice coaching.
Students have a wealth of CCA options in the High School. Our CCA programmes enables students to develop an understanding of themselves and others, as well as build resilience and a desire to learn in different contexts. We encourage our students to select activities that will allow them to build life-long passions and interests they may wish to pursue as part of a healthy and creative lifestyle.
|Sports activities included||
Gymnastics, ball games, athletics, swimming, dance
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
|Facilities at the school||
In the Elementary School, we have the Cecilia Creative Arts Centre consisting of 2 Music Rooms, 4 Practice Rooms, 2 Art Rooms, an ICT with a Recording Studio and a Multi-Purpose Room. All students in Grades 1 - 6 are provided with an individual Chromebook, whilst Prep 1 and Prep 2 students have 1:1 iPads to enhance their learning.
The school’s facilities encourage maximum engagement and provide inspiring learning spaces. In addition to specialist subject classrooms, auditoriums, black box, television studios and music rooms, the Lawrence Da Silva Sports Complex on campus includes a 25m swimming pool, indoor sports hall, fitness room and rock climbing wall. Outdoors, the school offers dedicated courts for basketball, netball and tennis, and a large FIFA- and IRB-approved turf field for track and field enthusiasts.
|Sports facilities at the school||
The Lawrence da Silva Sports Complex was opened in 2012. It is a purpose-built 4-storey Sports Hall which has added greatly to existing sports facilities and enabled a number of new academic and recreational opportunities. The complex houses a large multipurpose sports hall, a fitness centre, dance studio, climbing wall, 25-metre outdoor swimming pool, changing rooms and office spaces. The sports hall is also fitted with audio/visual equipment and is used for full school assemblies and for external examinations.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
St. Joseph’s Institution International prides itself for the safe space it embodies for each child allows to flourish and develop the confidence needed for success in an ever changing world.
|Teaching approach of the school||
The school aims to nurture students to be the following:
Compassionate and respectful in their encounters with other people;
SJI International is committed to helping students become academically excellent and exemplary members of society, rooted in their dedication to the community and genuine spiritual awareness.
A look into the school's facilities
Elementary School comprises 25 classrooms, a flexible indoor hall, art room, music rooms, ICT suite, offices and a specialist library. Each classroom enjoys an abundance of natural light and a view of the fields and school gardens. All classrooms have installed LCD projectors and teachers have access to a range of IT including Mimio interactive whiteboards, visualisers, class sets of laptops, digital and video cameras.
High School includes the Dr Stephen Riady Library; the IB Student Centre; spacious classrooms and
learning spaces; 13 science laboratories; IT and music technology resources; a drama blackbox space; The Lawrence da Silva Sports Complex featuring a 25-metre swimming pool and indoor sports hall, fitness room, and rock climbing wall; outdoor basketball, netball, and tennis courts; sports fields; a Campus Ministry Centre and a chapel.
Learning at SJI International involves challenging and inspiring experiences inside, and frequently outside, the classroom that develop a genuine interest in the academic disciplines and encourage personal development.
Besides obtaining academic qualifications that open the doors to the best universities around the world, each student leaves school with a spiritual dimension, and passionate interests and hobbies developed through sports, adventure, music and drama activities, that nurture a sense of self-worth and life-long inspiration. A strong sense of moral responsibility is reflected through an active commitment to the service of other people, particularly the least fortunate.
Dedicated teachers use a child-centred, active learning approach, and strive to support the maximal development of each student.
Learning at SJI International aims to develop the whole person through academic rigour, and by providing opportunities for character growth through service to others, physical challenge, and cultural and spiritual immersion. SJI International's learning programme has four distinct pillars: Academic; Outdoor Education; Service Learning; and Co-Curricular Activities, all of which are underpinned by its commitment to pastoral care and Lasallian values. Throughout the Enrichment programmes, SJI International aims to encourage its students to try new things, develop lifelong passions, and to promote leadership opportunities.