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Last Updated: 03 June 2024

Direct School Admission for secondary schools (DSA-Sec)

Primary 6 (P6) students can seek admission to certain secondary schools based on their talent in sports, Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and specific academic areas. Learn if your child is eligible and how to apply.

  • Application for 2024 DSA-Sec has ended.
  • Students will be posted through Posting Groups 1, 2 and 3 under the Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB). This allows them greater flexibility to offer subjects at appropriate subject levels. Learn about Full SBB.

What is DSA-Sec?

DSA-Sec seeks to broaden the recognition of talents and achievements beyond academic grades. P6 students can gain direct entry to certain secondary schools based on their talent in sports, CCAs and specific academic areas, etc, before taking the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

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.
  • Transfer to another school. They must commit to their chosen school for the duration of the programme.
However, the DSA-Sec is not a pathway that suits every student.

To determine if DSA-Sec is an appropriate pathway for your child, you should carefully consider your child's strengths and interests, and the school's programmes and their ability to develop specific talent.

Explore the list of schools and programmes for DSA-Sec using SchoolFinder.

View DSA-SEC schools

Who can apply

P6 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

How to apply

Students can apply through the DSA-Sec Portal. There are no application fees.

If you are unable to apply online, approach your child's primary school for assistance.

If both parents are unable to submit the application form personally at school during DSA-Sec application period, you have to nominate another adult to do so using this proxy form. You can also use the same form to appoint a proxy to submit your child's school preference form in October.


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. They generally update the information by late April.

Tue, 7 May to Mon, 3 Jun 2024


Once you have explored and shortlisted the schools, submit your child's application online through the DSA-Sec Portal by 3pm on Monday, 3 Jun 2024.

By Mon, 9 Sep 2024

Attend interviews, auditions or trials

Different schools have different selection processes. Check the DSA-Sec schools' website for details. If shortlisted, your child will have to attend interviews, auditions or trials conducted by DSA-Sec schools.

Selected students will receive DSA-Sec offers directly from schools by Monday, 9 September 2024.

Mon, 21 Oct to Fri, 25 Oct 2024

Select preferred schools

Choose up to 3 school choices in order of preference using the DSA-Sec Portal by 3pm on Friday, 25 October 2024.

Between Wed, 20 Nov and Fri, 22 Nov 2024

Receive school allocation results

Receive school allocation along with PSLE results.