Secondary school

Last updated: 20 November 2018

2018 Direct School Admission for secondary schools (DSA-Sec)

P6 students in 2018 can seek admission to certain secondary schools based on talent in sports, CCAs and specific academic areas. Learn if your child is eligible and how to apply.

Information on the 2019 DSA-Sec will be available from April 2019.

What is DSA-Sec?

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.

If your child is admitted to a secondary school through DSA-Sec, they are not allowed to submit school choices during the Secondary 1 (S1) posting process.

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)
View DSA-Sec schools
How much it costs

Depends on the school. Some schools may offer financial aid for the application.

Key dates

Jul to Aug

Attend interviews, auditions or trials

Different schools have different selection processes. If shortlisted, your child may have to attend interviews, auditions or trials.

Selected students will receive DSA-Sec offers from schools by the end of August.