Secondary school

Last updated: 04 January 2019

Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec): Apply

3. Choosing a school

When discussing DSA-Sec school options with your child, think about:

Programmes and activities

Shortlist schools that offer the programmes and activities your child is talented in.

Applications and timelines

Schools have different application criteria and deadlines. Visit school websites to learn about these.


Students accepted through DSA still need to qualify for a course offered by that school. Choose schools that match your child’s academic performance.

School type

Choose a school type (e.g. government, government-aided, independent, specialised independent school, etc.) that suits your child’s goals. If your child is a Singapore citizen, financial assistance and scholarships are available to help them attend the school of their choice.

Location and transportation

Think about transportation options for how your child will get to school.

Special needs

If your child has special needs, make sure you choose a school that caters to them.

Schools that only participate in DSA-Sec

The following specialised independent schools only accept students through the DSA-Sec process:

Refer to these schools’ websites for information on their application processes and deadlines.

List of DSA-Sec schools and programmes

Explore the list of schools and programmes for Direct School Admission.

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