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Direct School Admission (DSA)

  • Background
  • Centralised DSA-Sec Application Process
  • Specific Talent Areas offered by Deyi
  • Admission Criteria
  • Selection Process
  • Key Activities and Dates
  • Frequently Asked Questions


Starting from the 2018 DSA Exercise (for the 2018 P6 cohort), secondary schools will be able to take in up to 20% of their intake through the DSA. This expansion allows more students to be admitted directly into schools that can better nurture their strengths and interests through specific programmes.

Centralised DSA-Sec Application Process 
(NOT applicable for School of the Arts (SOTA) and Singapore Sports School (SSP))

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

Specific Talent Areas offered by Deyi
The following are the various specific talent areas offered by Deyi for the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise.

Visual and Performing Arts

Language and Humanities

Leadership and Uniformed Groups

Sports and Games

Visual Arts

Media/ Journalism


Basketball (Girls)

Dance – International



Volleyball (Boys)

Drama – English




Band – Display/Marching








The following is the write up of the various specific talent areas offered by Deyi for the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise.

Visual and Performing Arts

In May 2005, MOE approved Deyi Secondary's application for development in the Performing Arts. From 2016, we integrated our arts education programmes with our Learning for Life Programme (LLP) - NURTURING CONFIDENT COMMUNICATORS AND GRACIOUS CITIZENS THROUGH THE ARTS to nurture confident communicators and gracious citizens through the arts. The LLP focuses on real-life experiential learning to develop students’ character and values through various In-Curriculum programmes (e.g. Drama).

In anticipation of the future demands of the New Economy, Deyi aims to build on its present achievements to propel the school to the next level where the Performing Arts is extended to the entire school population. Thus Performing Arts @ Deyi is not just about creative movement or opportunities for all students regardless of socio-economic background; more importantly, it is about values inculcation, holistic development of the child, expanding the common space amidst our rich and diverse cultural heritage and fostering social responsibility so that our students will become Active Learners, Gracious Citizens.

All selected students will be recruited into Visual & Performing Arts-related CCAs namely, Art Club, School Band, Choir, Movement & Dance, and English Drama Club for a customised Talent Development Programme.

The desired outcomes we envision for all Deyians in the areas of LLP are:
  • To be more culturally aware and appreciative of the various forms of performing arts;
  • To learn at least one 'performing art' skill (i.e. to be able to dance, act or sing reasonably well);
  • To perform in at least one school / public performance.

Deyi's Applied Learning Programme (ALP) – AC3TIVE VOICE BROADCAST JOURNALISM - commenced in 2016 and introduces students to the basics of Broadcast Journalism, which develops and strengthens language literacy, critical thinking and communication skills. The programme covers Mass Communication & Media, ICT in Information Gathering, and Writing & Presenting.   Students collaborate to produce infographics and videos on a wide range of topics that are broadcast to the school, thereby experiencing a deeper engagement with language on authentic platforms to become competent, confident and effective communicators.

The desired outcomes we envision for all Deyians in the area of ALP are:

  • To be critical inventive thinkers and effective communicators in the areas of broadcast and Journalism.
  • To be able to produce digital multi-media resources to communicate and broadcast fact, opinions and perspectives.
  • To be able to communicate persuasively through spoken and written media.

In Deyi, we are committed to developing leaders who are active contributors to the community, equipped with 21st century’s skills, and possess a passion to serve. We will be looking for individuals who have shown aptitude in service and leadership in their primary schools or one who has keen interest in community service and would like to lead in this aspect.

Our Uniformed Groups (NCC, NPCC & SJB) are all sustained Gold Units which have achieved outstanding performance in Zonal & National Competitions [e.g. Precision Drill Squad competition (NCC) and 1st Aid & Home Nursing competition (SJB).]

Sports and Games
The Deyi student athlete is a sportsman of character who pursues excellence. Through experiences in sports participation, students can develop enduring positive character traits and sportsmanship which will help them deal with future real-life situations that require dedication, diligence, determination, discipline, care and integrity.

The school has traditionally done well in Zonal and National competitions. The Basketball Girls team won the Zonal tournament in 2012 (C Div), 2013 (B Div) and 2014 (B Div). And our Handball Girls team (made up of students from the various sports groups) won the National title in 2012 (C Div), 2013 (C Div), 2014 (B & C Div), 2016 (C Div), 2017 (C Div) and 2018 (C Div).

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.

Admission Criteria

1.    Academic Qualifications
       Student must show diligence and positive attitude towards academic work.

2.    Ability in relevant areas of Specific Talent selected: 
3.    Accomplishments in relevant areas of Specific Talent selected: 
       Accomplishments in the relevant areas will be taken into consideration. For example:
    • Achievement in intra-school, inter-schools or equivalent competitions and performances.
    • Experience of performance, choreography work, scriptwriting, journalistic work, multi-media production etc.; for class, school, community outreach concerts, etc. (if any).
    • Participation and level of representation (e.g. school/club/country) in events (e.g. public concerts, national/international tournaments, Community/Grassroots events, cultural exchanges, etc.) (if any).Participation and level of representation (e.g. school/club/country) in events (e.g. public concerts, national/international tournaments, Community/Grassroots events, cultural exchanges, etc.) (if any).
    • Leadership appointments held in CCAs or Student Leadership Groups

4. Audition/Trial
        Student must pass an audition/trial, in the relevant areas of Specific Talent, conducted by the school. The following is a brief description of the various auditions/trials.


Specific Talent Area

What to Expect during Audition/Trial


Visual Arts, Design and Media: Visual Arts

Candidates will carry out a set of performance tasks specific to their talent area. They will be assessed by the respective CCA Teachers-in-Charge and Instructors.


Performing Arts: Dance – International


Performing Arts: Drama – English


Performing Arts: Band – Display/Marching


Performing Arts: Choir


Language and Humanities: Media/ Journalism


Leadership – Student Leaders

Candidates will go through an Interview by a panel of teachers in charge of Student Leadership development.

Leadership – Uniformed Groups

Candidates will go through an Interview by a panel of Unit Commanding Officers (NCC, NPCC and SJB). They will also be invited to observe/participate in variety of activities with the various Uniformed groups.


Sports and Games – Basketball (Girls)

Candidates will be put through a set physical tests followed by participation in skills demonstration and small sided games. They will be assessed by the respective CCA Teachers-in-Charge and Instructors.


Sports and Games – Volleyball (Boys)

5.     Panel Interview
        Student must pass an interview conducted by a panel made up of: Vice–Principal, HOD/SH of the relevant talent area (e.g. Aesthetics, English, Student Leadership,
        Physical Education) and the CCA OIC of the specific talent area.

Selection Process

Stage 1
Candidates will first be short-listed based on Criteria 1–3.
All shortlisted candidates after Stage 1 will be informed by 10 July 2019 of their interview and audition date. Non-shortlisted candidates will also be informed that they are unsuccessful in their application.

Stage 2
Short-listed candidates will be required to undergo an audition/trial.

Stage 3
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel made up of: Vice–Principal, HOD/SH of the relevant talent area (e.g. Aesthetics, English, Student Leadership, Physical Education) and the CCA OIC of the specific talent area.

After Stage 2 (Audition/Trial) and Stage 3 (Panel Interview), the results will be compiled and all shortlisted candidates will be notified by 30 Aug 2019 if they have been given a Confirmed Offer, put on the Waiting List or if the school is unable to offer them a place.

Those given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school in a course [Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical)] which the student is eligible for. This is based on the PSLE aggregate of the student.

Key Activities and Dates


Key Activities

8 May 9.00am – 4 Jun, 3.00pm

Application Stage. (Through centralised DSA-Sec Portal)

By 10 Jul

All shortlisted applicants will be informed of their audition/trial date.

10 Jul – 29 Aug

Selection Stage.

By 30 Aug

All shortlisted candidates will be notified by post as to whether he/she is on the confirmed, waiting or rejected list.

21 Oct 9.00am – 25 Oct, 3.00pm

Exercise School Preference Stage.


Results Release Stage.

Frequently Asked Question 

1. What type of students are you looking for?

We are looking for students who have relevant experience and achievement in the various Specific Talent Areas offered. He/She must also possess diligence and a positive attitude in academic work.

2. Is there a minimum requirement?

Accomplishments in the various Specific Talent Areas offered will be an advantage. All students who can fulfil the criteria listed in the section on Admission Criteria will be eligible.

3. If my child is unable to attend the interview/audition dates given, can I make alternative arrangements?

Students who are unable to attend the interview / audition / trial dates provided because of valid reasons can make alternative arrangements subject to the availability of school staff. The request for alternative arrangements can be made via email (deyi_ss@moe.edu.sg).

4. How will you select students?

Shortlisted applicants will undergo an audition/trial and an interview. A panel comprising the Vice–Principal, Key personnel and Teachers in-charge of the related CCAs will make the selection.

5. Beyond the Specific Talent Areas stated, what else does Deyi Secondary offer for my child?

In line with the school's vision, Deyians must be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to face the challenges of the world, be 'agile' in their response to changes and have the courage to explore new frontiers. Underlying all these is the courage to make a difference to the community. 

Our comprehensive range of core and enrichment programmes which include the Character Development Programme, IT Enrichment Programme, Science Enrichment Programme and various others will expose students to experiences that provide them with opportunities to learn new skills, develop resilience and form a social conscience.

6. How heavily involved will my child be in this CCA and what academic assistance will you provide my child?

Training and practices for the various CCAs are held 2 times a week. The frequency and intensity will increase nearing competition season. The school has an academic monitoring system in place to identify students that require remediation and academic guidance.

7. Will there be additional fees?

There will not be any additional fees beyond our current standard practice:

The school will provide for the basic requirements (e.g. musical instruments, costumes, etc).

Additional items such as special training courses, overseas cultural exchanges, etc will be heavily subsidised by the school, but students will be expected to bear a certain percentage of the costs. The students' Edusave funds can usually be tapped for this purpose.

The school will ensure that no one is denied any opportunity due to financial difficulties. We will endeavour to work out a suitable arrangement to ensure that anyone who qualifies on merit for any opportunity is able to take it up.

8. If my child does not progress up to expectation, what will the school do?

The school will assess the situation and discuss the matter with you (parents/guardian) to ensure that your child progresses at a pace he/she is comfortable with.

General FAQs on the DSA – Sec Exercise

1. What is DSA - Sec Exercise?

The DSA-Sec Exercise was first introduced in 2004 as part of MOE's move towards a more flexible and broad-based education system. Under the DSA-Sec Exercise, schools will be able to select a percentage of their students for admission outside of the centralised posting system, via their own selection criteria. These criteria can include diverse academic and non-academic achievements and talents.

2. How much flexibility is given to schools to select their students?

In general, schools can decide on their admission criteria, so long as they are meritocratic and transparent.

3. How will the students be admitted into the participating schools?

Students who meet the school-based admission criteria will be made a Confirmed Offer or placed on the Waiting List by the school. Students given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school, in a course [Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical)] which the student is eligible for. This is based on the PSLE aggregate of the student. Students placed on the Waiting List are not guaranteed a place and their admission will be based on available vacancies. 

Students on the Rejected List are deemed rejected by the school. However, they may still opt for the school during the S1 Posting Exercise.

4. Can a student receive more than 1 confirmed offer?

Yes. MOE will consolidate all the offers the student has received from the various schools in the School Preference Form which will be sent to the student. Candidates who have been identified under the Confirmed List and the Waiting List of a school will be asked to indicate their preference for up to a maximum of 3 schools. This will be done at their Primary schools. Amendments or cancellations will not be allowed after the closure of the Exercise School Preference Stage.

5. When will the student know the outcome of his choice?

Candidates currently studying in our MOE schools will be informed of their DSA allocation results together with the release of PSLE results through their primary schools. Other candidates (currently not studying in our MOE schools) will have to collect their DSA allocation results from MOE HQ Customer Service Centre, located in 1 North Buona Vista Drive, Podium Block MOE Building, S(138675).

Successful DSA Candidates will be issued with a Direct Admission Slip, informing them of the school that had accepted them. These students will not be allowed to make any school selection in the centralised S1 Posting Exercise. Unsuccessful DSA Candidates will also be issued with a S1 Option Form, informing them that their DSA application had been unsuccessful. These students must complete their S1 Option Form and submit it to their primary school.

6. Will there be enough places for students who wish to enrol in the school via the Sec 1 Posting Exercise?

As there is a cap of 20% for Deyi Secondary's enrolment under DSA-Sec exercise there will still be 80% of places available for enrolment under the Sec 1 Posting Exercise.