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Direct School Admission

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Introduction

The DSA-Sec, introduced in 2004 allows students to seek admission to a secondary school on the basis of talents and achievements that may not be demonstrated at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). The DSA-Sec enables students to enter suitable academic and non-academic programmes in Secondary Schools that can develop the students in these areas.

Schools offer talent development programmes in the following categories:
  •       Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  •       Languages and Humanities
  •       Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  •       Leadership and Uniformed Groups
  •       Performing Arts
  •       Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  •       Sports and Games
  •       Visual Arts and Media

DSA @ Saints

From 2018, schools can admit up to 20% of Sec 1 intake under the DSA exercise. Therefore, in alignment to our Learning for Life Programme (Sports for Life) and Applied Learning Programme (Design Engineering), the school will offer DSA under Sports and Games (LLP) and in areas under STEM (ALP).
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Admission Criteria for DSA (LLP)

Application is opened to male students only.

 

Applicants must possess proficiency in selected Niche-Sports (subjected to performance in trials) and preferably have represented their school/club in at least one recognised tournament. (supporting evidence must be provided).

 

Applicants who have no prior Selected DSA-Sports experience will not be considered for DSA-LLP.

 

For returning Singaporeans, Overseas and International students, please ensure that relevant approvals have been given by the Ministry of Education. (http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/)

 

Applicants should have a conduct grade and school attendance record of at least "Very Good".


Application Process for DSA (LLP)

To apply, candidates will need to submit the following documents. in hard copy, by the submission deadline:


      • Completed DSA-LLP application form;

      • Primary 4 & 5 (Mid-Year and Year-End) and Primary 6 (Mid-Year) Academic Records with conduct grade;

      • Certificates of participation/ representation/ achievements in the relevant selected niche sports;

      • Letters of recommendation from school, e.g. testimonials from CCA/ Form teachers, where applicable.

Selection Process for DSA (LLP)

Based on their application, candidates who meet the admission criteria will be shortlisted (refer to application timeline provided under "DSA-SEC Time Frame, Talent Selection Trial Registration"). 


Selection trials will be conducted to assess shortlisted applicants’ game awareness, as well as their aptitude and strength for the game. 

 

An interview will be held to confirm suitability of the applicants before a final round of selection. 

Admission Criteria for DSA (ALP)

Application is opened to male students only.


Applicants must:
      • have a strong interest in Science, Electronics and/or Robotics; 

      • possess good level of proficiency in Mathematics and Scienceshow ability and interest in STEM through their participation in related enrichment programmes (e.g. basic coding & programming, etc.) and involvement in related projects. 

Applicants who have done well in STEM-related competitions at school or national level. (e.g. Science quizzes, Design & Engineering fairs etc.) would be given preference.  

For returning Singaporeans, Overseas and International students, please ensure that relevant approvals have been given by the Ministry of Education (http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/)

Applicants should have a conduct grade and school attendance record of at least “Very Good”.

Application Process for DSA (ALP)

To apply, candidates will need to submit the following documents, in hard copy, by the submission deadline:             

      • Completed DSA-ALP application form;

      • Primary 4 & 5 (Mid-Year and Year-End) and Primary 6 (Mid-Year) Academic Records with conduct grade;           

      • Certificates of participation/ representation/ achievements in STEM related areas;          

      • Letters of recommendation from school, e.g. testimonials from CCA/ Form teachers, where applicable.

Selection Process for DSA (ALP)

Based on their application, candidates who meet the admission criteria will be shortlisted.   

Selection trials will be conducted to assess shortlisted applicants’ aptitude and strength in STEM.    

An Interview will be held to confirm suitability of the applicants before final selection.

 

Consideration while choosing 


Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, while bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent. In addition, students in MOE mainstream primary schools must sit for the PSLE and obtain a score that will enable them to be eligible for admission to Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical Streams.

Express of interest to participate in our selection trials

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You will need to express more than once if you can considering more than one DSA (LLP) on offer.

Please bring your completed DSA application form during the selection trials.
Download your application form here DSA Application form 2018.pdf


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Please be in your school CCA T-shirt or PE T-shirt and bring along your specific sports gear and equipment on the trials dates. 

Please bring your own water bottle and medication. 

Please bring along your completed DSA application form on the day of selection trials.

DSA – SEC Exercise

Time Frame, Talent Selection Trial Registration

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Contact us

For any general enquiry on Direct School Admission, please email us at sass@moe.edu.sg

Do indicate the following in your correspondence:

1) Area of enquiry (DSA related)
2) Contact details (Names, Mobile No., Email address)