Secondary school

Last updated: 04 April 2019

Direct School Admission for secondary schools (DSA-Sec)

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

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 (for example, prefects)
View DSA-Sec schools
How to apply

Students can apply through the DSA-Sec portal from 2019 onwards.

How much it costs

No application fees from 2019 onwards.

Key dates

Jan to May

Explore school choices

Schools offer different talent areas and each has its own selection process and schedule. Visit the schools' websites for more information.

Wed, 8 May to Tue, 4 Jun


Once you have explored and shortlisted the schools, submit your child's application online through the DSA-Sec portal by 3pm on Tuesday, 4 June 2019.

By Fri, 30 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 Friday, 30 August 2019.