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Academic Curriculum

The Academic Curriculum is based on the Academies @ IJ Structure and the principles of Differentiated Curriculum.

At CHIJ Secondary, our girls are differentiated academically into three main categories, which we call Academies @ IJ. The academies are named after our IJ Sisters, who were former principals of CHIJ Secondary. The respective academies are:

1. Sr Elizabeth Academy 
2. Sr Dolores Academy
3. Sr Damien Academy
4. Sr Anne Academy (for the graduating students)

Students sit the GCE O-Level Examination in their 4th or 5th year at CHIJ.

Each Academy has its own special programmes for its students.

Outcomes of An IJ Girl:

Every IJ Girl is a Thinker, Leader and Communicator who is 
confident with humility, 
principled with compassion and 
cultured with grace 

Subjects Offered at Lower Secondary
Subjects Offered at Upper Secondary
School Examination and Assessment
Post Examination Activities
Enrichment Programme



The school ensures that the students has a strong grasp of her subjects, and in addition is also taught thinking and information handling skills.

  • English Language
  • Higher Mother Tongue Language / Mother Tongue Language
  • Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • General Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Food and Nutrition

In addition, the students will take the following non-examination subjects:

  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Character and Citizenship Education (CCC)
  • Enrichment Programme
  • Study Skills
  • Learning Styles
  • Oral Communications
  • ICT Enrichment Programme

A student, if selected, may also offer a Third Language(Japanese, French, German) as an additional subject. Student not taking Malay as a Mother Tongue Language may also offer Malay as a Third Language (Malay Elective).These are offered at the MOE Language Centre in Bishan. 


At secondary 3, students will study a basic course comprising of the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Chinese/Mother Tongue Language (or an approved language)
  • Mathematics Syllabus D
  • Combined Humanities, with History, Geography or Literature as an elective

Students will be allowed to offer a minimum of 7 subjects for the O-Level Examination. Based on Secondary 2 Examination results, students will study either 8 or 9 subjects for Special/Express students. 

The optional subjects are:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Combined Science (Physics with Chemistry)
  • Combined Science (Physics with Biology)
  • Additional Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • English in Literature
  • Art
  • Music
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Principles of Accounts
  • Third Language : German, Japanese, French or Malay

The non-examinable subjects offered to all are Physical Education and Civic & Moral Education


Mid-year Examinations are held in May for all Sec 2, 3 & 4N classes. 
End-of-Year Examinations are held in October for all Sec 1, 2 and 3 classes.
Sec 4N Preliminary Examination will be held in August. 
For Sec 4E classes, there will be two Preliminary Examinations between May to September for all subjects (including Science Practicals).

Students will be given progress report every term. The progress report provides parents with information regarding their child's progress in terms of test and course work performance. These reports are an important means of letting parents know of their child's progress. These termly reports will be collected after parents' endorsement and will be re-issued to pupils together with the examination result slip at the end of the year. 


  • Personal grooming
  • CyberWellness Day
  • Inter-class competitions (e.g. Netball Carnival, Rugby, Picketball, etc)

Excursions to:
  • Science Centre
  • Heritage Trails



Aesthetic Department:
  • "Social Etiquette" workshop at SHATEC
  • Field Trip to Aeroponics Farm
  • Sec2/JC1 Combined AEP Workshop
  • AEP Exibition
  • Australian Visual and Cultural enrichment programme
  • Sec 1-3 AEP Camp

IT Department:
  • Web Design embedded with animation
  • Camera-handling Techniques
  • Video Production

English Department:
  • Drama as a curriculum subject (Literature)
  • Oral Communication (Sec 2)
  • Story-telling Workshop (Sec 1)

Maths Department:
  • Maths Olympiad Training
  • Australian Maths Competition
  • South Zone Maths Competition
  • Mathemagic

Mother Tongue Department:
  • Educational Trip (China, Malaysia or India)
  • Cultural Camps (Sec 1 & 2)
  • Chinese-English Translation Programme (Sec 3)
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
  • Mid-autumn Festival Celebration
  • Mother Tongue Essay Writing Competition
  • Racial Harmony cum Mother Tongue Day

Science Department:
  • Science Centre Lecture-Demo
  • Inter-school Science competitions
  • Life Science Programme
  • Science Investigative Project Work
  • Learning Journeys
  • School-based Competition: Design and play a board game which integrates concepts in Science

Humanities Department:
Field trips:
  • Battlefield tour (history)
  • Beijing, China (history)
  • Ancient Civilisation heritage tour (history)
  • Thailand (geography)
  • Farm trips (geography)
  • Sungei Buloh /
  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve/
  • Meterological Station
  • Study Skills Workshop (history)