DSA for Secondary Schools 2022: Talent Areas, Open House Events
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:
- Shortlist schools that can nurture your child’s talent.
- Visit the schools’ websites to learn more about their selection process.
- 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.
- 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.
- Consider the location of your shortlisted schools, and think about transportation options for your child.
- 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|