Secondary Level

Secondary education at SISHK provides a range of experiences to help students develop skills, competencies and values that will help them thrive in a fast-changing world.  Our bilingual curriculum (English and Chinese) builds on the foundation of the primary curriculum and prepares students for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations at the end of Secondary 4, followed by the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). 

Our curriculum is future-oriented, holistic and rigorous.  It emphasises the development of an international outlook amongst our students, cultivation of sound values and character, and acquisition of 21st Century skills and knowledge in a bilingual environment.  The curriculum is complemented by a vibrant co-curricular programme.

The details of our secondary programme are detailed in the following segments:

Secondary Curriculum Overview

The Secondary Curriculum is modelled along the lines of the rigorous Singapore education system and offers a seamless natural path of progression to IGCSE, and then to the IB Diploma Programme.

This 6-year curriculum is coherently sequenced to promote a balanced development of the whole person in terms of intellectual, emotional, personal and social growth. Students study a wide variety of academic subjects while experiencing the vibrant atmosphere of an international school with a Singapore flavour, which includes participation in co-curricular activities, leadership opportunities, sports, and social events. Students also develop important study skills and habits in addition to language skills. In short, the curriculum is aligned to the IB learning outcomes to ensure that our students become not just knowledgeable and reflective thinkers, but also principled, caring and responsible global citizens ready to take on the world.


 Secondary Level Subjects

Secondary 1 and 2
Our Secondary 1 and 2 curriculum is aligned to the Singapore Lower Secondary curriculum and thus provides a seamless progression from the primary school education. SISHK offers an array of subjects to help lay a strong academic foundation and allow students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and values for progression to the next level.

Subjects at Secondary 1 and 2

English Language Arts
First Language Chinese/Chinese as a Second Language
Information and Communication Technology
Physical Education
Pastoral Care
Education and Career Guidance

Secondary 3 and 4
The school prepares Secondary 3 and 4 students for the IGCSE examinations and the International Certificate of Education (ICE) developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). To qualify for the ICE, candidates must achieve at least a pass in at least 7 subjects including two languages (Group 1) and at least one subject from each of the other subject groups (Group 2 to 5).

The Cambridge IGCSE subjects offered at SISHK are as follows:




English First Language

Chinese First Language

Chinese as a Second Language


World Literature







Additional Mathematics

Art and Design

Information and Communication Technology

Computer Science


All Secondary 3 and 4 students take:

  • The following compulsory subjects from Group 1 to 4: 
    • English First Language, World Literature, Chinese First Language or Chinese as a Second Language, Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology or Physics, and Economics or Geography or History
  • 1 elective subject from Group 5: Art & Design, Information & Communication Technology, Computer Science or Music
  • At least 1 elective subject from Group 2 to 5 (subject to certain constraints); and
  • Physical Education and Pastoral Care

These subjects provide the range of learning experiences needed to cover the required breadth and depth of a sound secondary education. By the end of Secondary 4, our students will become familiar with the core subjects areas and will have acquired sufficient knowledge and skills to identify their preferences and eventually streamline into specific course choices for the IB Diploma Programme.

Pedagogical & Assessment Tools

Teaching & Learning: A wide variety of teaching and learning strategies are used to engage students actively in their learning:

  • experiential learning;
  • problem-based learning;
  • differentiated instruction;
  • cooperative learning and group work;
  • use of ICT – the use of iMac for music, art and graphic design; data-loggers for geography and science, e-platforms for knowledge forums;
  • inquiry-based approach in the humanities and sciences (through sources and real world cases); and
  • presentations, debates and role plays.

Assessment: Different modes of assessment are used to evaluate students’ learning:

  • traditional pen-and-paper tests;
  • self- and peer assessments;
  • investigative projects;
  • rubric assessments;
  • performance tasks;
  • journaling;
  • portfolios; and
  • International Schools' Assessment (ISA)

Varied assessments are used to enhance higher-order thinking skills in students and promote independent learning. In addition, the students will make use of their computer skills and be suitably prepared for life in the digital age.

Below are links to the various secondary assessment calendars. Here you can monitor the assessment schedule for your students. The calendars are kept up to date by the teachers.


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