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Direct School Admission


Introduced in 2004, the Direct School Admission (DSA) scheme provides students with the opportunity to seek admission to a secondary school, based on a diverse range of specific academic and non-academic achievements and talents that they can demonstrate beyond the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). Primary 6 (P6) students who do not participate in the DSA-Sec will continue to seek admission based on their PSLE results through the Secondary 1 (S1) Posting.


Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent. 

DSA- Sec talent area offered at East Spring Secondary School

Leadership (Girls and Boys)

DSA- Sec Criteria for our talent area

Students who would like to seek entry into East Spring Secondary School via DSA-Sec (Leadership) would have exemplary conduct and demonstrates strong leadership potential. The following is a typical student profile:



· A high level of confidence when conversing about social issues. Interested applicants would demonstrate a genuine interest in current affairs or national, community issues and are able to articulate their thoughts in a clear and organized manner.

• Has a good record of leadership experience in Community / Value in Action projects that bring benefit to the community and society.

· Keen to adapt to the academic rigor and school’s climate which focuses on the pursuit of excellence in all facets of education,

· To be fully able to embrace the values-centric approach to development, applicants must uphold high standards of behaviour.

Interview and Audition

All DSA-Sec (Leadership) Applicants will be required to deliver an Oral presentation during the interview process.  

Key Dates


From 2019, application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 8 May to 4 Jun 2019. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec


SELECTION (1 JUL 2019 – 30 AUG 2019)

School shortlists and selects students who have applied to their schools for the various talent areas. Interviews and Auditions will be conducted. School will notify all their DSA-Sec applicants to inform them of the outcome.



DSA-Sec applicants who receive at least one DSA-Sec offer and are studying in MOE mainstream schools will each receive a School Preference Form on 21 Oct 2019 through their primary schools.

Those not studying in MOE mainstream schools will need to collect their School Preference Forms on 21 Oct 2019 from MOE Customer Service Centre.

After receiving the School Preference Form, DSA-Sec applicants may indicate up to three school preferences.

Applicants may submit their school preferences through the MOE online system, or by submitting the completed School Preference Form (in hardcopy) to their primary schools if they study in mainstream schools.

DSA-Sec offers not taken up will be considered as lapsed at the end of the School Preference Submission period.


DSA-Sec candidates studying in MOE mainstream schools will receive their DSA-Sec results together with their PSLE results through their primary schools. Candidates not studying in MOE mainstream schools will receive their DSA-Sec results via email.