St Joseph’s Institution International School Tropicana, Petaling Jaya Campus (often referred to as just SJIIM) is a continuation of Saint John Baptist De La Salle’s 300-year-old education mission. The school was established in 2016 by the Lasallian Asian Partnerships for International Schools.
This is the first St. Joseph’s Institution in Malaysia and is an integral part of the prestigious St. Joseph’s institution across the world. This school is a brother school of SJI International School, Singapore. Like all the schools of the Lasallian philosophy, this academic institute believes in enabling students, within a Lasallian community, to learn how to learn and to learn how to live, empowering them to become people of integrity and people who will serve others.
An integral component of Lasallian education is to develop ‘good character’: a set of shared ethical beliefs that enables students to, not just be successful in exams, but live as fully functioning members of society. And thus, SJIIM’s character education programme provides a steady framework by which the institute aims to cultivate ‘practical wisdom’ so that members of the community are able to make decisions that are guided by a moral compass, empathy, tolerance and consideration.
SJIIM offers an ‘all through’ type of educational structure in the UK National Curriculum , beginning with the Early Years at ages three or four, and ending with the seniors in Year 11 and Year 11 taking their International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) A Levels followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) in their Year 12 and Year 13 when the students are sixteen – seventeen plus years old. SJIIM pupils have accomplished outstanding academic achievements in practically all levels of scholastic test scoring, from Elementary School to High School to IB DP stages.
The school utilises the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework as the basis for its curriculum in Nursery and Reception classes. At the Elementary stage for five to ten year olds or Years 1 – 6, SJIIM draws from three of the best academic programmes from around the world: largely based on the English International Primary Curriculum (IPC), there is also the adapted Singapore mathematics curriculum, plus a daily Mandarin programme. Through the IPC our students will be engaged in topic-based learning, a cross-curricular approach that integrates different subject matter under an umbrella topic or area of interest.
Meanwhile for the High Schoolers between the ages of 11-15 plus, they have to take the Foundation IGCSE course at the age of 11-13 years old (or Years 7-9) followed by the IGCSEs proper at Years 10 and 11. All courses are two years in length with assessments taking place at the end of Year 11.
St Joseph’s Institution International School Tropicana Petaling Jaya Campus takes pride in providing a value-centric education approach where they seek to create well-rounded learners out of their students. The school draws from the extensive experience of the brother schools and creates an excellent learning environment through collaborative learning platforms.
Knowledge and resource sharing between brother schools is an indispensable part of all SJI schools. The school started with a modest four hundred and thirty students, but since then has grown by leaps and bounds. Currently, students from at least 29 different nationalities study here at the Tropicana campus which has an extensive array of co-curricular facilities (see below in Facilities).
St Joseph’s Institution International School follows the core Lasallian values which are faith in the presence of God, concern for poor and social justice, inclusive community, quality education and respect for all persons. The school seeks to be the best international school in Petaling Jaya and Malaysia.
The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools continues the good work of St John Baptist De La Salle. It is a world-wide educational organisation which is involved in over 1,000 schools ministering to more than 938,000 students across 80 countries. There are more than 4,000 Brothers working in association with about 85,000 teachers.