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By 2 August 2021April 25th, 2023No Comments

The Direct School Admission (DSA) scheme in Singapore allows primary six students to apply for secondary school admission based on their talents and achievements in specific areas such as sports, arts, and leadership. Here’s some information on the DSA for secondary schools in Singapore:

  1. Eligibility: Primary six students who are Singapore citizens, permanent residents or international students are eligible to apply for DSA.
  2. Application Process: Students can apply for DSA to one or more secondary schools between May and June of their primary six year. The application process involves submitting the necessary documents and attending selection trials, interviews or auditions depending on the area of talent.
  3. Areas of Talent: Secondary schools in Singapore offer DSA in a range of areas, including sports, performing arts, visual arts, leadership, and academic excellence. Each school may have its own set of criteria and selection process for each area.
  4. Selection Criteria: Students are selected based on their talent and achievements in the chosen area as well as their overall academic performance, conduct, and character.
  5. Timeline: Successful DSA applicants will receive their secondary school placement results in November, before the release of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results.
  6. Advantages: The DSA scheme allows students to secure a spot in a secondary school of their choice based on their talent and abilities, rather than just their PSLE scores. It also gives them a head start in pursuing their interests and developing their skills in their chosen area.
  7. Disadvantages: While the DSA scheme provides an alternative pathway for students to enter their desired secondary school, it can also create additional stress and pressure for students who may feel the need to excel in a particular area to secure a spot.

Overall, the DSA scheme provides an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and secure a spot in their desired secondary school based on more than just their academic results.