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 SchoolRobotics and Computing
Anderson Secondary SchoolRobotics
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)Robotics (Boys)
Bukit View Secondary SchoolCoding and Computational Thinking Skills
Changkat Changi Secondary SchoolSTEM
Chua Chu Kang Secondary SchoolRobotics and Automation
Clementi Town Secondary SchoolCoding
Commonwealth Secondary SchoolRobotics
Dunman High SchoolInfocomm and Robotics
Fuchun Secondary SchoolRobotics
Gan Eng SengSTEM
Hai Sing Catholic SchoolRobotics
Hillgrove Secondary SchoolSTEM
Jurongville Secondary SchoolSTEM
Kent Ridge Secondary SchoolComputational Thinking
Loyang View Secondary SchoolSTEM
Manjusri Secondary SchoolScience and Technology
Maris Stella High SchoolRobotics
NUS High SchoolScience, Mathematics
Pei Hwa Secondary SchoolRobotics
Regent Secondary SchoolRobotics
River Valley HighCoding
School of Science and TechnologyComputing, Electronics
Singapore Chinese Girls’ SchoolRobotics
Tampines Secondary SchoolSTEM
West Spring Secondary SchoolInfocommunications
Woodlands Ring Secondary SchoolRobotics
Yio Chu Kang Secondary SchoolCoding
Yishun Town Secondary SchoolRobotics
Zhonghua Secondary SchoolComputer Programming


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