Singapore is an economic success and often described as one of the most advanced cities in the world. With the best hospitals in the region, efficient transportation system, the busiest port and the best airport in the world, Singapore’s success undoubtedly came from good leadership and a foresight to invest in an education system second to none. Research, innovation and enterprise is a national priority. And the education system is aimed at creating talent.
Every year world rankings by different international bodies put Singapore as amongst the top in the world. In 2016 PISA (Programme for Interactional Student Assessment) conducted by OECD put Singapore as the top in the world in Maths, Science and Reading & Comprehension.
Research has shown that a child learns at an astounding rate from birth to age twelve. What parents do and expose their children to in their early and primary school years will have a big impact on the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the child.
It is with purpose that our Early and Primary years look to Singapore for the core curricula as used in top schools in the island. The Secondary School looks to the Cambridge Curriculum while the High School (Junior College) adopts the International Baccalaureate.
Our Primary Program looks to building the foundations of Maths, Science and English. It promotes reading and writing and exposes the student to regional languages like Mandarin. It demands digital literacy and provides exposure to Sports, Physical Education (PE), Health Education, the Creative Arts as well as a host of other after-school activities. In their Learning Journeys which will take our students to other communities and countries, they will have first hand experiences working with different cultures, nationalities and projects.
An essential part of the Primary Program is the Inter-Disciplinary Project (IDP). The IDP is a project-based learning activity which provides an opportunity for our students to learn outside of their subjects, take responsibility for their learning and collaborate with others to achieve a common goal.
Our Secondary School Program adopts the challenging and inspiring Cambridge international curriculum which is a global standard for education and recognized by universities and employers all over the world. The Program builds on the foundation of Maths, Information Technology and Science. It enhances the knowledge and encourages interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Students will see their foundation in the English Language improve vastly. Students will also be exposed to complex relationships between communities and the physical environment as well as gain knowledge of the failures and success of the past through our Geography and History Programs. They will also learn about the fundamentals of the business world. The Secondary School Program looks to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through a variety of sports and creative arts activities. The Program will help hone their research, writing and presentation skills.
The students will sit for the Cambridge *ICE/IGCSE, an internationally recognized benchmark examination.
Our Junior College students will experience the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP). The IBDP has earned its reputation as being among the most challenging and broadest in focus. The program is designed to provide students of different linguistic, cultural and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social and critical perspectives necessary for the adult world that lies ahead. An essay component, reflections on knowledge and perception, and service in the surrounding community link the subjects together, encouraging students to reflect on their values and recognize those of others. Through its interconnected approach the IBDP challenges, enriches and empowers. Students emerge from the program as global citizens: articulate, compassionate and insightful individuals who strive to impact their communities and the world in a positive way.
Each student will also be taking a component of CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) to graduate. Here our students are offered a vast array of activities that allow for physical, aesthetic and emotional maturity. Our programme entails a balance of academics, access to a myriad of Activities, and a well-structured Community Service programme that allows students to develop awareness of, and take action on behalf of, local and global issues they feel passionate about.
At all levels of the school, we provide exceptional opportunity for students to develop independence and leadership skills.
There is no doubt that our leaners will graduate into a world that will present to them a challenging job market, and a world of tremendously accelerating change. Employers are saying they do not see the required skills in today’s young job-hunters who come to them. Employers blame the universities and colleges. These institutions in turn point an accusing finger at high schools saying they are not preparing students for the real world.
We understand these issues. We understand that schools need to change the way education is imparted.
To prepare our learners for the 21st century, the Founders and faculty had many exchanges with colleges, universities, successful businessmen and women, alumni and major industry players. These conversations gave rise to our initiative; PACE
Things will often look difficult and the young may question their own abilities. In SIS we help our learners to understand adversity and persevere. We work with them very closely in their journey towards their own goals. We celebrate effort.
Activities around subject content look at real life situations and problems. Students are taught to analyze before solving problem. They test predictions and generate solutions. They learn to plan, prioritize and act. Note taking is an important area of focus here.
Communication / Collaboration
Our learners are guided to communicate in a manner where others can understand their viewpoints. They learn to listen and appreciate other views. Students are also taught to communicate their ideas through diagrams, graphs, charts, and other digital tools widely used today. Students are given ample opportunities to work in teams that are often randomly put together. They learn about collaboration and leadership.
The many Inter-Disciplinary Projects (IBDP) in SIS require our learners to be creative and innovative. They will apply their knowledge across many disciplines, testing and communicating their ideas. In the senior years, through our Business Studies and Enterprise program, students undertake projects to explore entrepreneurship through their creative and innovative skills.