A Guide to DSA (Direct School Admission)

As all secondary schools are increasing the proportion of students’ intake though the DSA, more and more parents are considering that route for their child.

Here is a guide to:

What is DSA and how it works?

Direct School Admission for secondary schools (DSA-Sec) allows students to apply to some schools before taking the PSLE. Students apply based on their talent in sports, CCAs and specific academic areas.

How do schools select students for the DSA?

The selection process varies from school to school, and across DSA categories. For instance, they may have to submit a portfolio of their achievements, result slips, CCA records and a personal statement or character reference. The student may also have to go through interviews, camps, trials or tests for that particular area of talent.

Who can apply?

Primary 6 students can apply for DSA-Sec based on a wide-range of talents, including:

  • Sports and games
  • Visual, literary and performing arts
  • Debate and public speaking
  • Science, mathematics and engineering
  • Languages and humanities
  • Uniformed groups
  • Leadership (e.g. prefects)

Which DSA schools are Technology-focused talent area?

As technology related interests are gaining in popularity, so are schools in adopting students who are talented in that particular area. Schools who adopt the DSA program with a focus in technology related talent areas typically require students to have a portfolio and/or go through an interview process to present themselves and their achievements.

Schools that adopted the DSA program with a focus in technology related talent areas:


Talent Area

Admiralty Secondary School Robotics and Computing
Anderson Secondary School Robotics
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Robotics (Boys)
Bukit View Secondary School Coding and Computational Thinking Skills
Changkat Changi Secondary School STEM
Chua Chu Kang Secondary School Robotics and Automation
Clementi Town Secondary School Coding
Commonwealth Secondary School Robotics
Dunman High School Infocomm and Robotics
Fuchun Secondary School Robotics
Gan Eng Seng STEM
Hai Sing Catholic School Robotics
Hillgrove Secondary School STEM
Jurongville Secondary School STEM
Kent Ridge Secondary School Computational Thinking
Loyang View Secondary School STEM
Manjusri Secondary School Science and Technology
Maris Stella High School Robotics
NUS High School Science, Mathematics
Pei Hwa Secondary School Robotics
Regent Secondary School Robotics
River Valley High Coding
School of Science and Technology Computing, Electronics
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School Robotics
Tampines Secondary School STEM
West Spring Secondary School Infocommunications
Woodlands Ring Secondary School Robotics
Yio Chu Kang Secondary School Coding
Yishun Town Secondary School Robotics
Zhonghua Secondary School Computer Programming


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