Our Senior School Programmes aim to produce 21st century lifelong learners with a passion for education, and a cultural sensitivity through a balanced and holistic curriculum.
To develop these key skills and prepare our students for the international stage, the curriculum is divided into three stages.
Our Grade 7 & 8 students go through a two-year preparatory course to be ready for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Grade 9 & 10. The Pre-IGCSE Programme has been developed to bring out the creativity and curiosity of the Senior School’s youngest students. Students are challenged and display their learnings through many exciting events such as the Science Fair, Interdisciplinary Projects, Chinese Singing Competitions, and the Poetry Slam. Our teachers work with the students to encourage them to take risks, and to explore their interests and passions, as they prepare for the next stage in the IGCSE Programme.
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The IGCSE curriculum is followed worldwide and is recognised by universities around the world as evidence of academic ability. The Cambridge IGCSE is also recognised for its breath of study, range of assessment methods and international mindedness. It is an ideal preparation for a number of pre-university entry courses, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), Advanced Levels (UK and Singaporean A-Levels), Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), and American Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
The Cambridge IGCSE aims to cultivate the development of critical skills in Grade 9 & 10 students, which includes creative thinking, enquiry and problem-solving. In doing so, the programme shapes students into confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, and engaged individuals while facilitating the path towards further studies and career enhancement.
The IGCSE curriculum at SSIS is made up of four core and compulsory IGCSE courses (English, Chinese, Mathematics and Science), and up to six optional IGCSE subject choices. The mandatory and optional IGCSE subjects at SSIS have been designed to ensure all students have the balanced education to qualify for the Cambridge International Certificate of Education (ICE) Group award, and also have the academic nous and skills to be successful in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.DOWNLOAD SSIS IGCSE COURSE OPTION BOOKLET
Our Grade 11 & 12 students undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). This rigorous course provides balanced academic exposure, lays the foundation for university life, and is a pathway to the world’s leading universities. The IBDP aims to cultivate students not just with excellent breadth and depth of knowledge, but also with the skills to succeed physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
We strive to cater to a large school population while providing each student with individual attention and care. This focus has been successfully established and maintained since 2005. Classes are small, ranging from 5 to 24 students. Our students are all given personal advice about their choice of IB Diploma subjects. This advice is given in coordination with our IB Coordinator and our university counselors. Parents are involved fully in this process and information events are staged for parents and students
The highly respected IBDP curriculum comprises six subject groups and the DP core, which includes:
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. The course challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, to develop the ability to analyse evidence that is expressed in rational argument.
- Extended Essay (EE), an in-depth study of a limited topic within a subject which provides students the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
- Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), which complements the academic disciplines of the IBDP curriculum, encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.
PATHWAY TO SUCCESS
SSIS would like to congratulate our graduates of Class 2019 for receiving outstanding university offers and IBDP results! They received a total of 22 offers from world-ranked universities in the top 55 and earned a wide variety of majors in fields like Art History and Curating, Biomedical Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Health Psychology, Mathematics, Hotel Management and many more.
This year, we are most proud of Andrew Bulla and Mrunal Tamhankar for their excellent achievements (both received 43 out of a maximum total of 45 points), as they head to Oxford University and Imperial College respectively.
RAPIDSuccess Pastoral Care Programme
The RAPIDSuccess Grades 7-12 Pastoral Programme is designed to promote a culture of friendship, teamwork, compassion and excellence at SSIS. Each RAPIDSuccess class has a Homeroom teacher who will support the students in all aspects of their schooling from goal setting, timetable scheduling, to inter-class and inter-house challenges. The RAPIDSuccess classes are vertically grouped to ensure that all students have the support and supervision needed to set and achieve all academic and social goals.
RAPIDSuccess is also about fun. The programme conducts regular events to promote school spirit and general happiness, including sports day, Halloween Carnival, Christmas Sweater Day, and Spirit Days, all spread across the school year. In SSIS, academic achievement and holistic development are both essential components of the school’s motto, and RAPIDSuccess is our way of making sure students are prepared not just for higher education and the workforce, but for life as a global citizen.
Sports, Aesthetics & Activities
Inside and outside of SSIS, we expose students to a wide variety of curricular, co-curricular and community service opportunities. These include the annual Next Star talent competition, excursions and Model United Nations Conferences. Students are exposed to a scrupulous mix of academic and co-scholastic life – enriching activities that help them enjoy multiple aspects of learning.
No matter how brilliant the academic curriculum is, we believe that students need to be engaged and involved in many areas of interest. Our curricular and After School Programme, like competitions and public performances, provides a nurturing platform for the development of teamwork, self-esteem and school spirit. We recognise students learn not only skills, but develop life-long attitudes through participating in vibrant sports, fine arts, and developmental programmes.
Technology in Learning
Technology at SSIS comprises several major strands, such as ICT, Computer Science, EdTech integration, STEAM, Digital Citizenship and Robotics. SSIS is moving towards educational technology (EdTech) integration to ensure teachers and students get in-classroom support from technology coaches.
Learning and growth happen when learners apply skills and tools to solve tasks and develop solutions to real-life needs. Technology allows our students to acquire knowledge and skills in various subjects, and at the same time learn to creatively and responsibly utilise a variety of tools. We equip our graduates with technological awareness, plus skills and knowledge that help them thrive in their further studies and life.