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Last Updated: 29 March 2023

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.

Note: 2022 DSA-Sec School Preference Submission has ended.

What is DSA-Sec?

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.
  • Transfer to another school. They must commit to their chosen school for the duration of the programme.

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)

How to apply

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

View DSA-SEC schools


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.

Thu, 5 May to Wed, 1 Jun 2022


Once you have explored and shortlisted the schools, submit your child's application online through the DSA-Sec Portal by 3pm on Wednesday, 1 June 2022.

By Mon, 12 Sep 2022

Attend interviews or auditions

Different schools have different selection processes. If shortlisted, your child will have to attend interviews and auditions conducted by DSA schools.

Selected students will receive DSA-Sec offers from schools by Monday, 12 September 2022.

Mon, 31 Oct to Fri 4 Nov 2022

Select preferred schools

Choose up to 3 school choices in order of preference using the DSA-Sec Portal by 3pm on Friday, 4 November 2022.

Wed, 23 Nov 2022

Receive school allocation results

Receive school allocation along with PSLE results.