The Singapore curriculum aims to help the students to discover their own talents, to make the best of their skills and realize their full potential, and to develop a passion for learning that lasts a life time. The Singapore Curriculum is built around three main areas of action:
- “Life Skills” ensures that students acquire sound values and skills to take them through life as responsible adults and active citizens. It comprises the non-academic curriculum.
- “Knowledge Skills” seeks to develop students’ thinking, process and communication skills. This will enable students to analyze and use information and be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively. It comprises all skill-based subjects.
- “The Content-Based” covers subject disciplines i.e. Languages, Humanities & the Arts, Mathematics and Sciences. It ensures that students have a good grounding in content across different areas of study.
Cambridge International Examinations is the world's largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. SIS Bona Vista students begin the programme at Primary 1 Level. The Checkpoint Test takes place at the end of Primary 6 and Secondary 2 followed by IGCSE in Secondary 4.
The Cambridge Primary Checkpoint is designed to help students learn by providing a comprehensive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in the key curriculum areas – English, Mathematics and Science. The tests are marked by Cambridge and provide schools with an international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving schools invaluable information and parents extra trust in the feedback they receive.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an academically rigorous, internationally used, and specialized English language curriculum which is offered to students to prepare them for International Baccalaureate, Cambridge A-Level and BTEC Level 3 (which is recommended for higher tier students). The IGCSE was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations in the 1980s. It is recognized by academic institutions and employers around the world and is considered by many institutions as equivalent to the standard GCSE.
Continuing from the IGCSE path, SIS Bona Vista offers a two year educational programme: the IB Diploma.
The programme provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, and is accepted by many universities worldwide. The IBDP has been commended for introducing interdisciplinary thinking to students.
The IB diploma is accepted in 75 countries at over 2000 universities, and the IB has a search directory on its website, although they advise students to check directly with each university for the recognition policy. Students graduating with an IB Diploma will have no problem enrolling into universities around the world.