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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?
Morning assembly starts at 7.30am on regular school days. Students will report at 7.15 a.m. for silent reading.

(4) What are the school fees?
CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent is a government-aided school.

(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, 136, 161.
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?
Please refer to point (9) in FAQ for details.

(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) With the new PSLE scoring used for 2021 PSLE students seeking admission into 2022 Secondary One vacancies for secondary schools, how is the new PSLE scoring system and cut-off point decided for affiliated and non-affiliated primary school students wishing to apply to the school?
The new scoring system is based on the Indicative Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) score ranges provided by the Ministry of Education (MOE) for the school.  

The indicative scores are the scores of the first and last student who would be admitted into each school under the new scoring system, based on the 2020 cohort's results and school choice patterns. The PSLE score of the last student is referred to as the school’s cut-off point.


The score ranges for CHIJ SJC can be found on:

The new PSLE scoring system was released by MOE on 27 April 2021. 

(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: