DSA for Secondary Schools 2022: Talent Areas, Open House Events

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If your child is in Primary 6, you might be wondering when applications for the DSA-Sec (or Direct School Admission for Secondary Schools) will begin.

Well, the key dates have been announced! The 2022 DSA-Sec application period—for entry into Secondary 1 in 2023—will be from 5 May 2022 11am to 1 June 2022 3pm.

What is the DSA-Sec All About?

For first-time parents or those new to the Singapore system, the DSA-Sec refers to a school applications process that allows Primary 6 students to apply to their preferred secondary schools—before taking the Primary School Leaving Examination.

If your child is admitted to a secondary school through the DSA, he or she will not submit school choices during the Secondary 1 posting process at year end. Your child must also commit to the chosen school, even if his or her PSLE results are good enough to qualify for a ‘better’ school. 

To better understand how the DSA process works, be sure to bookmark the Ministry of Education’s DSA page and use it as your go-to information source.

Why Apply to a Secondary School Through the DSA?

For primary school students with a passion or talent, the DSA is a chance to secure a spot in a secondary school that can support and nurture that gift. If your child also happens to be less academically inclined, the DSA offers an alternative entry route to a school that is based on talent, rather than exam results.

More specifically, DSA students do not need to meet a secondary school’s PSLE cut-off point for admission. For instance, whether they have applied via the DSA to join the Express or Integrated Programme stream, they will only need to qualify for Express to gain entry, with an AL score of 20.

Curious about the number of DSA applicants every year? In 2020, 1 in 4 P6 students—or a total of 11,900 students—applied for the DSA. In 2021, 12,100 students opted for the DSA route.

As for success rates, 2021 figures are not available, but in 2020, 3,600 were successful in their DSA applications— about 30% of applicants. Here’s what else we know:

  • About 33% were admitted to Integrated Programme schools
  • 40% of admissions were via sports and games
  • 20% of admissions were via performing arts
  • 20% of admissions were via STEM
  • Nearly 10% of admissions were via leadership skills and uniformed groups
  • About 10% of admissions were across these talent areas: 
    • entrepreneurship and innovation
    • languages and humanities 
    • visual arts, design, and media

Do refer to our DSA guide to explore the different talent areas that secondary schools are looking out for!

How to Choose a DSA School for My Child?

Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of school choices? The Ministry of Education recommends that you follow these steps:

  1. Shortlist schools that can nurture your child’s talent.
  2. Visit the schools’ websites to learn more about their selection process.
  3. Take note of the PSLE scores for the Express, Normal (Academic), and Normal (Technical) pathways—if your child is most likely to qualify for the Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) pathways, he or she will not be able to DSA into a school that only offers Express or Integrated Programme courses.
  4. Choose a school type that suits your child’s goals. For Singapore citizens, financial assistance and scholarships are available to help them attend the school of their choice.
  5. Consider the location of your shortlisted schools, and think about transportation options for your child.
  6. If your child has special educational needs, choose a school that can support these needs.

Once you have chosen the schools that you think will suit your child, you will need to submit your child’s application online through the DSA-Sec portal by 3pm on 1 June 2022. Get the full details and step-by-step instructions here.

Is it Essential to Attend a School’s Webinar or Open House?

Now that Singapore has eased its Covid-19 group mingling rules, we can expect some secondary schools to hold in-person open house events this year. That said, there is already plenty of information that one can access online, either via the school websites or on forums like ours. If you still have burning questions but are strapped for time, you might be better off calling the school directly to get your queries answered, or to set up a private meeting.

On our part, we’ve visited the websites of the 142 secondary schools that offer DSA entry. Unfortunately, a number of school websites were down at the time, and of those that we managed to access, only a handful of schools had posted their event information. However, many school websites were fairly comprehensive, and a fair number of schools also had virtual open house sites for prospective students to view.

Based on what we could gather, we’ve put together a table below, so that you can begin browsing schools right away! If you are keen to visit certain schools, we encourage you to call them directly or check their websites regularly to find out if they will be holding any events in May.

Secondary School Location DSA 2022 e-Open House Events
Admiralty Secondary School Woodlands Talent Areas    
Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School Yishun Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
Anderson Secondary School Ang Mo Kio Talent Areas    
Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Ang Mo Kio Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
Anglican High School Bedok Talent Areas    
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) Novena Talent Areas   20 May 2022
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (Secondary) Queenstown Talent Areas   Held in April
Assumption English School Bukit Panjang Talent Areas    
Bartley Secondary School Toa Payoh Talent Areas    
Beatty Secondary School Toa Payoh Talent Areas    
Bedok Green Secondary School (merging) Bedok Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
Bedok South Secondary School Bedok Talent Areas    
Bedok View Secondary School Bedok Talent Areas    
Bendemeer Secondary School Kallang Talent Areas    
Boon Lay Secondary School Jurong West Talent Areas e-Open House  
Bowen Secondary School Hougang Talent Areas    
Broadrick Secondary School Geylang Talent Areas    
Bukit Batok Secondary School Bukit Batok Talent Areas e-Open House (2022)  
Bukit Merah Secondary School Bukit Merah Talent Areas    
Bukit Panjang Govt. High School Choa Chu Kang Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
Bukit View Secondary School Bukit Batok Talent Areas    
Canberra Secondary School Sembawang Talent Areas    
Catholic High School (Secondary) Bishan Talent Areas   21 May 2022
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School Toa Payoh Talent Areas   28 May 2022
Changkat Changi Secondary School Tampines Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
CHIJ Katong Convent Marine Parade Talent Areas    
CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) Toa Payoh Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent Seng Kang Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School (Secondary) Ang Mo Kio Talent Areas e-Open House (2021) 30 April 2022
CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent Bukit Merah Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
Christ Church Secondary School Woodlands Talent Areas    
Chua Chu Kang Secondary School (merging) Choa Chu Kang Talent Areas    
Chung Cheng High School (Main) Marine Parade Talent Areas    
Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) Yishun Talent Areas    
Clementi Town Secondary School Clementi Talent Areas    
Commonwealth Secondary School Jurong East Talent Areas e-Open House  
Compassvale Secondary School Seng Kang Talent Areas    
Crescent Girls’ School Bukit Merah Talent Areas    
Damai Secondary School Bedok Talent Areas    
Deyi Secondary School Ang Mo Kio Talent Areas    
Dunearn Secondary School Bukit Batok Talent Areas    
Dunman High School (Secondary) Kallang Talent Areas   21 May 2022
Dunman Secondary School Tampines Talent Areas    
East Spring Secondary School Tampines Talent Areas    
Edgefield Secondary School Punggol Talent Areas    
Evergreen Secondary School Woodlands Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) Queenstown Talent Areas    
Fuhua Secondary School Jurong West Talent Areas    
Gan Eng Seng School Bukit Merah Talent Areas    
Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) Geylang Talent Areas    
Greendale Secondary School Punggol Talent Areas    
Greenridge Secondary School (merging) Bukit Panjang Talent Areas e-Open House  
Guangyang Secondary School Bishan Talent Areas    
Hai Sing Catholic School (relocating) Pasir Ris Talent Areas    
Hillgrove Secondary School Bukit Batok Talent Areas    
Holy Innocents’ High School Hougang Talent Areas    
Hougang Secondary School Hougang Talent Areas    
Hua Yi Secondary School Jurong West Talent Areas    
Hwa Chong Institution (Secondary) Bukit Timah Talent Areas   21 May 2022
Junyuan Secondary School Tampines Talent Areas    
Jurong Secondary School Jurong West Talent Areas    
Jurong West Secondary School Jurong West Talent Areas    
Jurongville Secondary School Jurong East Talent Areas    
Juying Secondary School Jurong West Talent Areas    
Kent Ridge Secondary School Clementi Talent Areas    
Kranji Secondary School Choa Chu Kang Talent Areas    
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School Bishan Talent Areas e-Open House  
Loyang View Secondary School Pasir Ris Talent Areas    
Manjusri Secondary School Geylang Talent Areas    
Maris Stella High School (Secondary) Toa Payoh Talent Areas    
Marsiling Secondary School Woodlands Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
Mayflower Secondary School Ang Mo Kio Talent Areas    
Meridian Secondary School Pasir Ris Talent Areas    
Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) Bukit Timah Talent Areas   30 April 2022
Montfort Secondary School Hougang Talent Areas    
Nan Chiau High School Seng Kang Talent Areas    
Nan Hua High School Clementi Talent Areas    
Nanyang Girls’ High School Bukit Timah Talent Areas e-Open House (2022) Held in April
National Junior College (Secondary) Bukit Timah Talent Areas    
Naval Base Secondary School Yishun Talent Areas    
New Town Secondary School (merging) Queenstown Talent Areas    
Ngee Ann Secondary School Tampines Talent Areas    
North Vista Secondary School Seng Kang Talent Areas    
Northbrooks Secondary School Yishun Talent Areas    
Northland Secondary School Yishun Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science Clementi Admissions   21 May 2022
Orchid Park Secondary School Yishun Talent Areas    
Outram Secondary School Central Talent Areas    
Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School Pasir Ris Talent Areas    
Pasir Ris Secondary School Tampines Talent Areas    
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) Hougang Talent Areas   28 May 2022
Pei Hwa Secondary School Seng Kang Talent Areas    
Peicai Secondary School Serangoon Talent Areas    
Peirce Secondary School Bishan Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
Presbyterian High School Ang Mo Kio Talent Areas    
Punggol Secondary School Punggol Talent Areas    
Queenstown Secondary School Queenstown Talent Areas    
Queensway Secondary School Queenstown Talent Areas    
Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) Central Talent Areas Check website from 20 May 2022  
Raffles Institution (Secondary) Bishan Talent Areas    
Regent Secondary School Choa Chu Kang Talent Areas    
River Valley High School (Secondary) Jurong West Talent Areas    
Riverside Secondary School Woodlands Talent Areas    
School of Science and Technology, Singapore Clementi Admissions   14 May 2022, 24-25 May 2022
School of the Arts, Singapore Central Admissions    
Sembawang Secondary School Sembawang Talent Areas    
Seng Kang Secondary School Seng Kang Talent Areas    
Serangoon Garden Secondary School Serangoon Talent Areas    
Serangoon Secondary School Hougang Talent Areas    
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School Novena Talent Areas    
Springfield Secondary School Tampines Talent Areas    
St. Andrew’s Secondary School Toa Payoh Talent Areas    
St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School Bedok Talent Areas    
St. Gabriel’s Secondary School Serangoon Talent Areas    
St. Hilda’s Secondary School Tampines Talent Areas    
St. Joseph’s Institution (Secondary) Novena Talent Areas   21 May 2022
St. Margaret’s Secondary School Bukit Timah Talent Areas    
St. Patrick’s School Bedok Talent Areas    
Swiss Cottage Secondary School Bukit Batok Talent Areas    
Tampines Secondary School Tampines Talent Areas    
Tanjong Katong Girls’ School Marine Parade Talent Areas    
Tanjong Katong Secondary School Marine Parade Talent Areas    
Temasek Junior College (Secondary, relocating) Bedok Talent Areas    
Temasek Secondary School Bedok Talent Areas    
Unity Secondary School Choa Chu Kang Talent Areas    
Victoria School Bedok Talent Areas   21 May 2022
West Spring Secondary School Bukit Panjang Talent Areas    
Westwood Secondary School Jurong West Talent Areas    
Whitley Secondary School Bishan Talent Areas    
Woodgrove Secondary School Woodlands Talent Areas    
Woodlands Ring Secondary School (merging) Woodlands Talent Areas    
Woodlands Secondary School Woodlands Talent Areas e-Open House (2021)  
Xinmin Secondary School Hougang Talent Areas    
Yio Chu Kang Secondary School Ang Mo Kio Talent Areas e-Open House  
Yishun Secondary School Yishun Talent Areas    
Yishun Town Secondary School Yishun Talent Areas   20 May 2022
Yuan Ching Secondary School Jurong West Talent Areas    
Yuhua Secondary School Jurong West Talent Areas    
Yusof Ishak Secondary School Punggol (2022) Talent Areas    
Yuying Secondary School Hougang Talent Areas    
Zhenghua Secondary School Bukit Panjang Talent Areas    
Zhonghua Secondary School Serangoon Talent Areas    
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