The Privately-Funded Schools offers two types of curricula – International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGSCE).
IB is a globally recognised certificate course that infuses a high academic standard for students. It places greater emphasis on critical thinking and is used for admission to most universities globally. The IB curriculum is also used in most of the international schools in Singapore.
IGCSE are certificate courses for international students before they take on the A-Level or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBP) certificate. It has been adapted from the O-Level and serves as a gauge of the student’s learning ability at the end of high school.
We highlight the types of curriculum among the 3 Privately-Funded Schools below.
Joseph’s Institution International School (SJI International)
SJI International takes in students from age 4 to age 18. They are divided into Elementary School and High School. Elementary School begins at age 4 and ends at age 12. On the other hand, High School begins at age 13 and ends at Age 18.
SJI International offers an international curriculum which culminates to IBP. In the Elementary School, it covers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which also incorporates Singapore maths and Chinese. The IPC is similar to the IB Primary Years Programme and it is catered for students up to 12-year old.
For High School, the first four years will cover the IGCSE programme and the last two years will cover the IBDP programme.
Anglo-Chinese School International (ACS International)
ACS International offers both IB and IGCSE curricula in its six-year secondary and pre-university programme.
In their first two years, students follow IGCSE-preparation courses before selecting their subject combinations for their O-Level examination in the fourth year. Following that, the students will take the two-year IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Year 5 and 6.
Hwa Chong International School (HCIS)
Established in 2005, HCIS offers a through-train six-year programme that culminates with the IBP. In the first four years, students study a curriculum which ends at IGCSE at Year 4 followed by IBDP at Year 6.