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Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec): Explore school choices

2. Choose a DSA-Sec 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.

Selection processes and schedules

Schools have different selection processes, criteria and schedules. Visit the schools' websites to learn more.

School type

Choose a school type (for example, government, government-aided, independent, specialised independent school) 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, for example, hearing loss, visual impairment, physical disability or mild special educational needs, choose a school with specialised facilities or resources that can support them. Learn more about special educational support in schools.

Schools that only participate in DSA-Sec

The following specialised independent schools do not participate in S1 Posting and accept students through the DSA-Sec process:

These schools may also participate in Supplementary Intake Exercise after PSLE results release to take in additional students, subject to available vacancies. Visit the schools' website to learn more.

For School of the Arts, you should apply directly to the school. Their online application is from 9am on Monday, 1 April 2024 to 5pm on Friday, 10 May 2024. Refer to the school's website for more information.

School that only conducts school-based admission

The following specialised independent school does not participate in S1 Posting and accepts students through its own admission process:

Refer to the school's website for information on its application process and timeline.

List of DSA-Sec schools and programmes

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


Once you have shortlisted schools and programmes that your child is interested in, you should:

  1. Visit the schools' websites to learn about their selection processes, schedules and requirements.
  2. Take note of any potential interview, audition or trial dates, especially when applying to multiple schools as these trials take up your child's time.


The admission quotas for DSA-Sec vary depending on school types:

  • Integrated Progamme (IP) schools generally admit about 30%-35% of their S1 IP intake through DSA-Sec.
  • Non-IP schools can admit up to 20% of their S1 intake through DSA-Sec.
  • Specialised independent schools such as NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, School of the Arts, School of Science and Technology can admit 100% of their S1 intake through DSA-Sec.