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General Information

(1) What are the courses of study offered in the school?
The school offers the Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Courses.

(2) What is the cohort intake?
    • In general, the Sec 1 level of our cohort will have about 200 Express, 80 Normal Academic and 40 Normal Technical students for a total of around 320 students per cohort.

(3) What are the hours for regular school days?

(4) What are the school fees?

(5) Does the school provide school bus? How do I travel to CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent via public transport?
    • No school bus services for secondary school
    • Public Transport: SBS 50, 82, 86, 88, 119
    • MRT Station: Seng Kang, nearest LRT (SE3-Bakau /SE2 – Rumbia)

(6) Do all the students here need to get a locker?
    • It is not compulsory to have a locker. Locker rental services are available if students wish to have one.

(7) What is the Cut-Off-Point (COP) for your school?
    • For 2020 Level 1 Express cohort, the non-affiliation COP was 237; the affiliation COP was 200.
    • For 2020 P6 students applying for admission into CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent in 2021, the COP may differ and would depend on the PSLE T-score of those students who apply.

(8) I wish to appeal to transfer my child into the school if she is not posted here for Secondary 1. How do I do so?
    • Based on MOE policy, only students who meet the COP during the posting year may be considered by the school for appeal to transfer into the school, subject to available vacancy.

(9) My child is from the affiliated primary school and if she is eligible for Express / Normal Academic stream with a T-score below 200 (COP for express stream for affiliated primary school), what is her chance to get into the Express stream if she places SJC as first choice?
    • If her T-score is below COP for express stream for affiliated primary school, she will not be eligible for the Express course and will likely not have a chance to be posted to SJC although she chooses the school as first choice for express stream.
    • If she chooses SJC for the Normal Academic stream as first choice, she will likely have a higher priority given to be posted to SJC as her T-Score meets the COP of the school for Normal Academic stream for affiliated primary school.

(10) What are the subjects offered in Sec 1?
    • Students in Sec 1 & 2 NA & Express streams study the following subjects: English, Maths, Mother Tongue, Science, Art, History, Geography, Literature, Food and Consumer Education (Sem 1 / 2) and Design & Technology (Sem 1/ 2).
    • Students in Sec 1 & 2 NT stream study the following:
      English, Maths, Mother Tongue, Science, Art, Food & Consumer Education (Sem 1 / 2), Technical Studies (Sem 1 / 2), Social Studies and Computer Application.

(11) What is the difference between FCE and F&N?
    • FCE is Food & Consumer Education taught in Sec 1 & 2
    • F & N is Food & Nutrition taught as an elective subject in Sec 3 & 4

(12) What are the chances of getting into the Express/NA stream in SJC if the applicant is from a non-affiliated primary school?
    • From 2020, secondary schools with primary school affiliation can admit at least 20% of intake from non-affiliated primary schools.
    • Applicants who meet the COP for non-affiliated schools who place us as first choice has a higher priority to be posted to us.

For more information of admission requirement, you may like to visit our website: https://chijstjosephsconvent.moe.edu.sg/about-us/admission/sec-1-admission-via-psle-results

Academic Information

(13) Does the school offer Subject Based Learning (SBB)?
    • We have SBB for English, Mathematics, Mother Tongue & Science for Lower Secondary students who meet the MOE’s qualifying criteria to take up SBB.

(14) How many GCE O-Level subjects can NA students take?
    • NA students can take up to 3 ‘GCE O-Level subjects to sit for the examination at the end of Sec 4 - English, Elementary Mathematics and Mother Tongue
    • All Sec 4 NA students sit for the GCE O-Level Mother Tongue papers and the English papers.

(15) Does SJC offer all science combinations for the streaming in Sec 3?
    • We have the following Science combinations for Sec 3 streaming
      - 3 Pure Science of Biology, Physics and Chemistry (Express stream only)
      - 2 Pure Science of either Biology or Physics and Chemistry (Express stream only)
      - Combined Science of Chemistry and Physics/Biology (NA & Express streams)

Academic Information – Mother Tongue Language Related Matters

(16) My child is studying a NTIL (Non-Tamil Indian Language) in Primary School. Does she need to reapply at Secondary School?
    • Students who have obtained approval from MOE at the primary level to study a NTIL do not need to reapply in secondary school. They must continue to offer the approved non-MTL at secondary and pre-tertiary levels.

(17) Are there NTIL parallel lessons, such as Hindi conducted in your school?
    • There are NO NTIL lessons in SJC.
    • Students studying NTIL are required to attend lessons with the NTIL community groups and sit for examinations set by the Board for the Teaching and Testing of South Asian Languages.

(18) Can my child choose to take HMTL at Secondary School?
    • Students who are eligible to take HMTL will receive an MOE option form, that will be distributed to them on Sec One registration day.

(19) If my child does not meet the eligibility criteria for HMTL, is it still possible for her to be offered HMTL later?
    • Yes, if your child meets the following criteria at the End of Sec 1 and Sec 2:
      - obtained at least 75% for MT
      - obtained an overall result of 70%

(20) Does the school offer MT Syllabus B (known as Foundation MT in Primary school)?
    • The school only offers Chinese, Malay, Tamil, Higher Chinese, Basic MT (i.e. BCL, BML & BTL offered to NT stream only)
    • The school does not offer MT syllabus B (i.e. CLB, MLC, TLB).

(21) Can my child apply to offer MT Syllabus B instead of doing MT?
    • All our NA & Express students, except for those granted MT exemption, MUST take Mother Tongue from Sec 1 to 3
    • For students who are eligible to take MT syllabus B, they will only be allowed to take MTB in Sec 4.
    • MTB lessons will be conducted outside school at the following centres:
      - CL “B”: Compassvale Secondary School / St. Patrick’s Secondary School
      - ML “B”: MOE Language Centre (Bishan)
      - TL “B”: Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre

(22) Is it compulsory for MT in lieu students (taking French, Japanese, German as MT) to sit for the exam at MOELC?
    • YES. In order to better prepare our students offering Asian/Foreign Languages as MT in-lieu for their national examination at the end of Secondary 4/5, the school will register all students to take the year-end examinations conducted by the MOE Language Centre (MOELC).
    • The year-end examination will serve as feedback for students undertaking private study.

(23) My child was exempted from the MTL exam at PSLE. Does she still need to study a MTL at Secondary School?
    • If your child was exempted from taking the MTL in primary school, she will continue to be exempted in secondary school. There is no re-application needed.

CCA Information

(24) How many days of CCA trainings are there per week?
    • This depends on each of the CCAs based on the CCA’s seasonal calendar in preparation for competitions or special events/projects.

(25) What time do CCAs start and end in the school?
    • CCAs usually start at 3.45pm after Academic Support Programme (ASP) and ends by latest at 6.15pm.

(26) How many/what CCAs are offered?
    • SJC offers a range of a total of 22 CCAs from the 4 CCA groups.

For more information of each CCA, you may like to visit our website: