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Your One-Stop Guide to DSA Applications in Singapore [2021]

Confused about the DSA system and looking to gather important details needed before getting started?

You’re in the right place.

This comprehensive guide will provide a thorough overview of DSA applications in Singapore. 

Whether it’s about getting into secondary school, or a junior college, this article contains all the information you will need before applying to DSA-Sec or DSA-JC. 

What is DSA?

Direct School Admission (DSA)  is an effective Singaporean program that was introduced in 2004. Ever since its inception, the program has gained widespread popularity because of its benefits.

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The purpose of DSA is to offer admission to a secondary school for students in their late primary years (DSA Sec), or to junior college for students in secondary school (DSA JC). 

For thousands of students hoping to get into a secondary school or junior college of their choice, DSA acts as a saving grace.

The DSA applicants are ranked according to the DSA test given by their institute. According to these ranks, students are granted a “Confirmed”, “Waitlisted”, or “Rejected” status.

One important point to note is that the DSA is based on talent in a specific domain (more on this below). It allows students to gain mastery in specific key areas rather than just academics and learning. Now, the question arises, “what is the selection criteria based on?”.

What Talents Can Be Used for DSA Applications?

There’s a variety of skills that give you the opportunity to apply for DSA. Some common ones are listed below:

Sports and Games

Every school’s extracurricular portfolio includes sports and games. No matter which school you study in, such extracurricular activities are important and are considered a special skill.

If you think you’re good at a particular sport and the talent is invited by your institution of choice, you can hone your skill further to secure an admission. Provided you’re able to compete against other students, you’ll likely receive that confirmation letter with minimal struggle.

Languages and Humanities

If you think you’re good at language or humanities, you can send the DSA application for any of the field’s components. The better you are at one or more of the components, the more chances you get to secure the yes. Following are the examples of humanities:

1) Philosophy
2) Language
3) Literature
4) History
5) Geography
6) Art

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Aside from such extracurricular activities, you can also consider:

Your Study Subjects

There’s always a list of particular study subjects you can apply for. Whether you’re interested in Mathematics, Biology, or Computer Science, you’ll likely spot them on the list. So, you can apply for one of your studying subjects as well. These particularly include:

1) Science
2)
Mathematics
3) Engineering

Furthermore, you can also look into:

Public Speaking

Public speaking is a learnable skill sought out by DSA schools. If you like to be on stage and want to develop the confidence to deliver your thoughts in front of a huge audience, you might want to consider public speaking or debates. Supposed that you’re good at these, you’re likely eligible for DSA applications.

Literary Art

Literature and poetry, and even creative writing are some other considerable talents for DSA applications. If you think you have a good grip on either skill, use it to the best of your advantage.

With this section out of the way, let’s roll into the details of applying for DSA.

How to Apply for DSA-Sec

First things first, a common question people frequently ask is, “Do I have to apply for DSA-Sec online or offline?”.

The standard approach is applying online but it may vary depending on the institute you want to get into. You can find the information on the official website of the DSA school or college you’re considering.

What to Know Before Applying to DSA-Sec

Now, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind while intending to apply for DSA-Sec. These include:

Time Restriction

For the year 2021, the time to submit an application has already lapsed. DSA-sec applications closed at 3 pm SGT on Tuesday, 1 June 2021. If you have applied and are waiting on your outcome, expect to receive word from DSA- Sec by 3 pm on Monday, 13 September 2021. For next year, applications should open around early May.

Relevant Information

Once you’ve made sure you have the right deadline, the next step is to gather the relevant documentation needed at the time of admission. This may include your birth certification, previous report books, parent’s identification, and so on. These requirements will also be listed on the concerned school’s website.

Applying to a DSA-Sec Application

1) Logging into the DSA-Sec

After you have the basic information at hand, it’s time to sign into the DSA-Sec portal. It will require your Singpass Two-Factor Authentication (Singpass 2FA). Since you will be logged into the portal, you won’t have to input any basic information.

2) Selecting talent areas

Next, you’ll be prompted to select key talent areas. The portal will give you complete information on how many talent areas you can choose.

3) Input information on non-school activities and achievements

The portal gives you the option to mention your preferred extracurricular activities. You can also list achievements – if relevant and if it helps support the listed talents.

4) Putting the contact details

You don’t want to miss important updates especially if your application is shortlisted. So, make sure you’ve entered accurate information to stay updated.

Note: The portal also gives you the option to resubmit, withdraw, or update your application during the application period.

Furthermore, if and when you’re shortlisted, you’ll have to choose a DSA secondary school. But what are the top secondary schools for DSA-Sec? Let’s find out.

List of DSA Secondary Schools for DSA-Sec

Following is the definitive list of DSA Secondary schools in Singapore.

No.School NameLocationSchool CodeSchool NatureSchool ModeOfficial Website
1Crescent Girls' SchoolBukit Merah
357 Tanglin Road, S247961
3005Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttps://www.crescent.edu.sg/
2Clementi Town Secondary SchoolClementi
10 Clementi Ave 3, S129904
3029Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.clementitownsec.moe.edu.sg/
3Commonwealth Secondary SchoolJurong East
698 West Coast Road, S608784
3012Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.commonwealthsec.moe.edu.sg/
4Compassvale Secondary SchoolSeng Kang
51 Compassvale Crescent, S545083
3622Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.compassvalesec.moe.edu.sg/
5Crest Secondary SchoolJurong East
561 Jurong East Street 24, S609561
7806Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.crestsec.edu.sg/
6Damai Secondary SchoolBedok
4800 Bedok Reservoir Road, S479229
3056Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.damaisec.moe.edu.sg/
7Deyi Secondary SchoolAng Mo Kio
1 Ang Mo Kio Street 42, S569277
3228Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.deyisec.moe.edu.sg/
8Dunearn Secondary SchoolBukit Batok
21 Bukit Batok West Avenue 2, S659204
3503Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.dunearnsec.moe.edu.sg/
9East Spring Secondary SchoolTampines
30 Tampines Street 34, S529231
3609Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.eastspringsec.moe.edu.sg/
10Ang Mo Kio Secondary SchoolAng Mo Kio
6 Ang Mo Kio Street 22, S569362
3026Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.angmokiosec.moe.edu.sg/
11Edgefield Secondary SchoolPunggol
36 Punggol Field, S828814
3075Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://edgefieldsec.moe.edu.sg/
12Anderson Secondary SchoolAng Mo Kio
10 Ang Mo Kio Street 53, S569206
3001Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.andersonsec.moe.edu.sg/
13Admiralty Secondary SchoolWoodlands
31 Woodlands Crescent, S737916
3072Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.admiraltysec.moe.edu.sg/
14Orchid Park Secondary SchoolYishun
10 Yishun Street 81, S768454
3605Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.orchidparksec.moe.edu.sg/
15Outram Secondary SchoolCentral
3 York Hill, S168622
3215Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.outramsec.moe.edu.sg/
16School of the Arts, SingaporeCentral
1 Zubir Said Drive, S227968
7802Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sota.edu.sg/
17School of Science and Technology, SingaporeClementi
1 Technology Drive, S138572
7805Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sst.edu.sg/
18Pasir Ris Crest Secondary SchoolPasir Ris
11 Pasir Ris Street 41, S518934
3613Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.prcss.moe.edu.sg/
19Pasir Ris Secondary SchoolTampines
390 Tampines Street 21, S529400
3235Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://pasirrissec.moe.edu.sg/
20Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)Hougang
296 Lor Ah Soo, S536742
7026Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://www.plmgss.moe.edu.sg/
21Pei Hwa Secondary SchoolSeng Kang
21 Fernvale Link, S797702
3073Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.peihwasec.moe.edu.sg/
22Peicai Secondary SchoolSerangoon
10 Serangoon Avenue 4, S556094
3232Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.peicaisec.moe.edu.sg/
23Peirce Secondary SchoolBishan
10 Sin Ming Walk, S575566
3061Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.peircesec.moe.edu.sg/
24Ping Yi Secondary SchoolBedok
61 Chai Chee Street, S468980
3231Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://pingyisec.moe.edu.sg/
25Punggol Secondary SchoolPunggol
51 Edgefield Plains, S828870
3070Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.punggolsec.moe.edu.sg/
26Queenstown Secondary SchoolQueenstown
1 Strathmore Road, S148800
3508Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.queenstownsec.moe.edu.sg/
27Queensway Secondary SchoolQueenstown
2A Margaret Drive, S149295
3007Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.queenswaysec.moe.edu.sg/
28Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)Bukit Timah
11 Blackmore Drive, S599986
9162Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.mgs.moe.edu.sg/
29Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary SchoolYishun
751 Yishun Avenue 7, S768928
3201Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.ahmadibrahimsec.moe.edu.sg/
30Evergreen Secondary SchoolWoodlands
11 Woodlands Street 83, S738489
3623Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.evergreensec.moe.edu.sg/
31Fajar Secondary SchoolBukit Panjang
31 Gangsa Road, S678972
3064Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.fajarsec.moe.edu.sg/
32New Town Secondary SchoolQueenstown
1020 Dover Road, S139657
3507Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.newtownsec.moe.edu.sg/
33Ngee Ann Secondary SchoolTampines
1 Tampines Street 32, S529283
7310Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.ngeeannsec.moe.edu.sg/
34North Vista Secondary SchoolSeng Kang
11 Rivervale Link, S545081
3071Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.northvistasec.moe.edu.sg/
35Northbrooks Secondary SchoolYishun
585 Yishun Ring Road, S768692
3612Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.northbrookssec.moe.edu.sg/
36Woodlands Secondary SchoolWoodlands
11 Marsiling Road, S739111
3041Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.woodlandssec.moe.edu.sg/
37Xinmin Secondary SchoolHougang
11 Hougang Avenue 8, S538789
3050Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.xinminsec.moe.edu.sg/
38Yio Chu Kang Secondary SchoolAng Mo Kio
3063 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, S569868
3222Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.yiochukangsec.moe.edu.sg/
39Yishun Secondary SchoolYishun
4 Yishun Street 71, S768516
3020Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.yishunsec.moe.edu.sg/
40Yishun Town Secondary SchoolYishun
6 Yishun Street 21, S768610
3045Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.yishuntownsec.moe.edu.sg/
41Yuan Ching Secondary SchoolJurong West
103 Yuan Ching Road, S618654
3223Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://www.yuanchingsec.moe.edu.sg/
42Yuhua Secondary SchoolJurong West
35 Jurong West Street 41, S649406
3019Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.yuhuasec.moe.edu.sg/
43Yusof Ishak Secondary SchoolBukit Batok
8 Sumang Walk, S828676
3307Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.yusofishaksec.moe.edu.sg/
44Yuying Secondary SchoolHougang
47 Hougang Avenue 1, S538884
7027Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.yuyingsec.moe.edu.sg/
45Zhenghua Secondary SchoolBukit Panjang
91 Senja Road, S677741
3617Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.zhenghuasec.moe.edu.sg/
46Zhonghua Secondary SchoolSerangoon
13 Serangoon Avenue 3, S556123
3240Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.zhonghuasec.moe.edu.sg/
47Naval Base Secondary SchoolYishun
901 Yishun Ring Road, S768689
3214Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.navalbasesec.moe.edu.sg/
48Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)Queenstown
102 Dover Road, S139649
7309Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.fairfieldmethodistsec.moe.edu.sg/
49Montfort Secondary SchoolHougang
50 Hougang Avenue 8, S538785
7011Boys SchoolSingle Sessionhttps://montfortsec.moe.edu.sg/
50Fuchun Secondary SchoolWoodlands
21 Woodlands Avenue 1, S739062
3024Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://fuchunsec.moe.edu.sg/
51Fuhua Secondary SchoolJurong West
5 Jurong West Street 41, S649410
3614Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.fuhuasec.moe.edu.sg/
52Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)Geylang
2 Geylang East Central, S389705
7005Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.geylangmethodistsec.moe.edu.sg/
53Greendale Secondary SchoolPunggol
51 Edgedale Plains, S828866
3074Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.greendalesec.moe.edu.sg/
54Guangyang Secondary SchoolBishan
8 Bishan Street 12, S579807
3238Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://guangyangsec.moe.edu.sg/
55Hillgrove Secondary SchoolBukit Batok
10 Bukit Batok Street 52, S659250
3048Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.hillgrovesec.moe.edu.sg/
56Hougang Secondary SchoolHougang
2 Hougang Street 93, S534256
3046Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.hougangsec.moe.edu.sg/
57Hua Yi Secondary SchoolJurong West
60 Jurong West St 42, S649371
3226Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.huayisec.moe.edu.sg/
58Junyuan Secondary SchoolTampines
11 Tampines Street 84, S528933
3608Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://junyuansec.moe.edu.sg/
59Jurong Secondary SchoolJurong West
31 Yuan Ching Road, S618652
3211Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.jurongsec.moe.edu.sg/
60Jurong West Secondary SchoolJurong West
61 Jurong West Street 65, S648348
3068Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.jurongwestsec.moe.edu.sg/
61Northland Secondary SchoolYishun
3 Yishun Street 22, S768578
3058Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.northlandsec.moe.edu.sg/
62Meridian Secondary SchoolPasir Ris
31 Pasir Ris Street 51, S518901
3076Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.meridiansec.moe.edu.sg/
63Mayflower Secondary SchoolAng Mo Kio
2 Ang Mo Kio Street 21, S569384
3031Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.mayflowersec.moe.edu.sg/
64Serangoon Garden Secondary SchoolSerangoon
21 Serangoon North Avenue 1, S555889
3509Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sgs.edu.sg/
65Serangoon Secondary SchoolHougang
11 Upper Serangoon View, S534237
3010Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.serangoonsec.moe.edu.sg/
66Spectra Secondary SchoolWoodlands
1 Woodlands Drive 64, S737758
7807Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://www.spectra.edu.sg/
67Springfield Secondary SchoolTampines
30 Tampines Avenue 8, S529593
3053Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.springfieldsec.moe.edu.sg/
68St. Andrew's Secondary SchoolToa Payoh
15 Francis Thomas Drive, S359342
7015Boys SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.standrewssec.moe.edu.sg/
69St. Anthony's Canossian Secondary SchoolBedok
1600 Bedok North Avenue 4, S469700
7016Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttps://stanthonyscanossiansec.moe.edu.sg/
70St. Gabriel's Secondary SchoolSerangoon
24 Serangoon Avenue 1, S556140
7017Boys SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.stgabrielssec.moe.edu.sg/
71St. Hilda's Secondary SchoolTampines
2 Tampines Street 82, S528986
7029Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sthildassec.moe.edu.sg/
72St. Margaret's Secondary SchoolBukit Timah
111 Farrer Road, S259240
7021Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.stmargaretssec.moe.edu.sg/
73Swiss Cottage Secondary SchoolBukit Batok
3 Bukit Batok Street 34, S659322
3304Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.swisscottagesec.moe.edu.sg/
74Tampines Secondary SchoolTampines
252 Tampines St 12, S529427
3037Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://www.tampinessec.moe.edu.sg/
75Tanglin Secondary SchoolClementi
301 West Coast Road, S127391
3511Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.tanglinsec.moe.edu.sg/
76Tanjong Katong Secondary SchoolMarine Parade
130 Haig Road, S438796
3512Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.tanjongkatongsec.moe.edu.sg/
77Seng Kang Secondary SchoolSeng Kang
10 Compassvale Lane, S545090
3607Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sengkangsec.moe.edu.sg/
78Teck Whye Secondary SchoolChoa Chu Kang
31 Teck Whye Crescent, S688848
3403Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.teckwhyesec.moe.edu.sg/
79Sembawang Secondary SchoolSembawang
30 Sembawang Crescent, S757704
3606Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sembawangsec.moe.edu.sg/
80Riverside Secondary SchoolWoodlands
3 Woodlands Street 81, S738524
3239Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.riversidesec.moe.edu.sg/
81Dunman High School (Secondary)Kallang
10 Tanjong Rhu Road, S436895
3101Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.dunmanhigh.moe.edu.sg/
82River Valley High School (Secondary)Jurong West
6 Boon Lay Avenue, S649961
3103Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://rivervalleyhigh.moe.edu.sg/
83Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (Secondary)Queenstown
121 Dover Road, S139650
9161Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.acsindep.moe.edu.sg/
84Whitley Secondary SchoolBishan
30 Bishan Street 24, S579747
3015Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.whitleysec.moe.edu.sg/
85Woodgrove Secondary SchoolWoodlands
3 Woodlands Avenue 6, S738990
3616Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://www.woodgrovesec.moe.edu.sg/
86Woodlands Ring Secondary SchoolWoodlands
10 Woodlands Ring Road, S738239
3604Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.woodlandsringsec.moe.edu.sg/
87Regent Secondary SchoolChoa Chu Kang
50 Choa Chu Kang North 5, S689621
3618Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://regentsec.moe.edu.sg/
88Temasek Secondary SchoolBedok
600 Upper East Coast Road, S465561
3030Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://temaseksec.moe.edu.sg/
89Unity Secondary SchoolChoa Chu Kang
20 Choa Chu Kang Street 62, S689143
3611Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.unitysec.moe.edu.sg/
90West Spring Secondary SchoolBukit Panjang
61 Senja Road, S677737
3067Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.westspringsec.moe.edu.sg/
91Changkat Changi Secondary SchoolTampines
23 Simei St 3, S529894
3402Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.changkatchangisec.moe.edu.sg/
92Christ Church Secondary SchoolWoodlands
20 Woodlands Drive 17, S737924
7025Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.christchurchsec.moe.edu.sg/
93Chua Chu Kang Secondary SchoolChoa Chu Kang
3 Teck Whye Crescent, S688845
3055Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.chuachukangsec.moe.edu.sg/
94Jurongville Secondary SchoolJurong East
202 Jurong East Avenue 1, S609790
3063Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.jurongvillesec.moe.edu.sg/
95Juying Secondary SchoolJurong West
33 Jurong West Street 91, S649038
3066Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://juyingsec.moe.edu.sg/
96Kent Ridge Secondary SchoolClementi
147 West Coast Road, S127368
3619Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.kentridgesec.moe.edu.sg/
97Kranji Secondary SchoolChoa Chu Kang
61 Choa Chu Kang Street 51, S689333
3065Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.kranjisec.moe.edu.sg/
98Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary SchoolBishan
10 Bishan Street 13, S579795
7028Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.kuochuanpresbyteriansec.moe.edu.sg/
99Loyang View Secondary SchoolPasir Ris
12 Pasir Ris Street 11, S519073
3077Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.loyangviewsec.moe.edu.sg/
100Manjusri Secondary SchoolGeylang
20 Ubi Avenue 1, S408940
7307Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.manjusrisec.moe.edu.sg/
101Maris Stella High School (Secondary)Toa Payoh
25 Mount Vernon Road, S368051
7111Boys SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.marisstellahigh.moe.edu.sg/
102Marsiling Secondary SchoolWoodlands
12 Marsiling Road, S739110
3615Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.marsilingsec.moe.edu.sg/
103Mayflower Secondary SchoolAng Mo Kio
2 Ang Mo Kio Street 21, S569384
3031Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.mayflowersec.moe.edu.sg/
104Meridian Secondary SchoolPasir Ris
31 Pasir Ris Street 51, S518901
3076Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.meridiansec.moe.edu.sg/
105Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)Bukit Timah
11 Blackmore Drive, S599986
9162Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.mgs.moe.edu.sg/
106Montfort Secondary SchoolHougang
50 Hougang Avenue 8, S538785
7011Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://montfortsec.moe.edu.sg/
107Nan Chiau High SchoolSeng Kang
20 Anchorvale Link, S545079
7112Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.nchs.edu.sg/
108Nan Hua High SchoolClementi
41 Clementi Avenue 1, S129956
3047Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.nanhuahigh.moe.edu.sg/
109Nanyang Girls' High SchoolBukit Timah
2 Linden Drive, S288683
7114Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttps://www.nygh.edu.sg/
110National Junior College (Secondary)Bukit Timah
37 Hillcrest Road, S288913
701Co-Ed SchoolFull day sessionhttp://www.nationaljc.moe.edu.sg/
111Naval Base Secondary SchoolYishun
901 Yishun Ring Road, S768689
3214Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.navalbasesec.moe.edu.sg/
112New Town Secondary SchoolQueenstown
1020 Dover Road, S139657
3507Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.newtownsec.moe.edu.sg/
113Ngee Ann Secondary SchoolTampines
1 Tampines Street 32, S529283
7310Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.ngeeannsec.moe.edu.sg/
114North Vista Secondary SchoolSeng Kang
11 Rivervale Link, S545081
3071Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.northvistasec.moe.edu.sg/
115Northbrooks Secondary SchoolYishun
585 Yishun Ring Road, S768692
3612Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.northbrookssec.moe.edu.sg/
116Northland Secondary SchoolYishun
3 Yishun Street 22, S768578
3058Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.northlandsec.moe.edu.sg/
117NUS High School of Mathematics and ScienceClementi
20 Clementi Avenue 1, S129957
7801Co-Ed SchoolFull day sessionhttp://www.nushigh.edu.sg/
118Orchid Park Secondary SchoolYishun
10 Yishun Street 81, S768454
3605Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.orchidparksec.moe.edu.sg/
119Outram Secondary SchoolCentral
3 York Hill, S168622
3215Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.outramsec.moe.edu.sg/
120Pasir Ris Crest Secondary SchoolPasir Ris
11 Pasir Ris Street 41, S518934
3613Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.prcss.moe.edu.sg/
121Pasir Ris Secondary SchoolTampines
390 Tampines Street 21, S529400
3235Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://pasirrissec.moe.edu.sg/
122Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)Hougang
296 Lor Ah Soo, S536742
7026Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.plmgss.moe.edu.sg/
123Pei Hwa Secondary SchoolSeng Kang
21 Fernvale Link, S797702
3073Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.peihwasec.moe.edu.sg/
124Peicai Secondary SchoolSerangoon
10 Serangoon Avenue 4, S556094
3232Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.peicaisec.moe.edu.sg/
125Peirce Secondary SchoolBishan
10 Sin Ming Walk, S575566
3061Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.peircesec.moe.edu.sg/
126Presbyterian High SchoolAng Mo Kio
5209 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, S569845
7308Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.presbyterian.moe.edu.sg/
127Punggol Secondary SchoolPunggol
51 Edgefield Plains, S828870
3070Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.punggolsec.moe.edu.sg/
128Queenstown Secondary SchoolQueenstown
1 Strathmore Road, S148800
3508Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.queenstownsec.moe.edu.sg/
129Queensway Secondary SchoolQueenstown
2A Margaret Drive, S149295
3007Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.queenswaysec.moe.edu.sg/
130Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)Central
2 Braddell Rise, S318871
3008Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.rgs.edu.sg/
131Raffles Institution (Secondary)Bishan
1 Raffles Institution Lane, S575954
3009Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.ri.edu.sg/
132Regent Secondary SchoolChoa Chu Kang
50 Choa Chu Kang North 5, S689621
3618Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://regentsec.moe.edu.sg/
133School of Science and Technology, SingaporeClementi
1 Technology Drive, S138572
7805Co-Ed SchoolFull day sessionSingle sessionhttp://www.sst.edu.sg/
134School of the Arts, SingaporeCentral
1 Zubir Said Drive, S227968
7802Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sota.edu.sg/
135Sembawang Secondary SchoolSembawang
30 Sembawang Crescent, S757704
3606Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sembawangsec.moe.edu.sg/
136Seng Kang Secondary SchoolSeng Kang
10 Compassvale Lane, S545090
3607Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sengkangsec.moe.edu.sg/
137Serangoon Garden Secondary SchoolSerangoon
21 Serangoon North Avenue 1, S555889
3509Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sgs.edu.sg/
138Serangoon Secondary SchoolHougang
11 Upper Serangoon View, S534237
3010Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.serangoonsec.moe.edu.sg/
139Singapore Chinese Girls' SchoolNovena
190 Dunearn Road, S309437
9132Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.scgs.moe.edu.sg/
140Springfield Secondary SchoolTampines
30 Tampines Avenue 8, S529593
3053Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.springfieldsec.moe.edu.sg/
141St. Andrew's Secondary SchoolToa Payoh
15 Francis Thomas Drive, S359342
7015Boys SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.standrewssec.moe.edu.sg/
142St. Gabriel's Secondary SchoolSerangoon
24 Serangoon Avenue 1, S556140
7017Boys SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.stgabrielssec.moe.edu.sg/
143St. Hilda's Secondary SchoolTampines
2 Tampines Street 82, S528986
7029Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.sthildassec.moe.edu.sg/
144St. Margaret's Secondary SchoolBukit Timah
111 Farrer Road, S259240
7021Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.stmargaretssec.moe.edu.sg/
145St. Patrick's SchoolBedok
490 East Coast Road, S429058
7022Boys SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.stpatricks.moe.edu.sg/
146Swiss Cottage Secondary SchoolBukit Batok
3 Bukit Batok Street 34, S659322
3304Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.swisscottagesec.moe.edu.sg/
147Tampines Secondary SchoolTampines
252 Tampines St 12, S529427
3037Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://www.tampinessec.moe.edu.sg/
148Tanjong Katong Girls' SchoolMarine Parade
20 Dunman Lane, S439272
3013Girls SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.tkgs.moe.edu.sg/
149Tanjong Katong Secondary SchoolMarine Parade
130 Haig Road, S438796
3512Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.tanjongkatongsec.moe.edu.sg/
150Teck Whye Secondary SchoolChoa Chu Kang
31 Teck Whye Crescent, S688848
3403Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttp://www.teckwhyesec.moe.edu.sg/
151Temasek Junior College (Secondary)Bedok
22 Bedok South Road, S469278
702Co-Ed SchoolFull day sessionhttp://www.temasekjc.moe.edu.sg/
152Temasek Secondary SchoolBedok
600 Upper East Coast Road, S465561
3030Co-Ed SchoolSingle sessionhttps://temaseksec.moe.edu.sg/

After selecting a DSA-Sec school or if a school seeks you out, you’ll be asked to attend e-interviews or e-auditions conducted by their board of admissions. Make sure you’re prepared.

How to Apply for DSA-JC

To apply for DSA-JC, keep the following things in mind:

Know the application period:

First things first, it’s crucial to know the starting date and the deadline for the DSA-JC application. Thankfully, DSA-JC admissions are conducted in two phases with different colleges. If you’re unable to apply in the first phase or get rejected, you can still apply for some college in the second phase.

Application Process

The application process for DSA-JC is quite similar to DSA-Sec – you log into the portal, submit the general information, take your pick from the list of colleges, and disclose all your talents.

Selection Process

Once your application is reviewed, what comes next is the selection process. Depending upon your application and the interests you chose, you may be asked for the following information:

  •       A portfolio displaying your talents and achievements (both curricular and extracurricular)
  •       CCA records
  •       A personal statement
  •       Secondary school report books
  •       A character reference

If you’re looking for detailed and specialized information on the college you want to get into, it’s recommended to visit their website and explore the Direct School Admission (DSA) webpage.

Possible Outcomes

There are two possible outcomes a DSA-JC announces – either you’re granted an “offer” or your application is classified as “unsuccessful”. There’s no waitlist to give you hope. Applications for both phases open around early May, with offers for the first phase revealed around late July to mid August.

You’ll have until Saturday, 14 August 2021 3 pm SGT to respond to your offer. For Phase 2 applications, offers are sent out around mid August to early September and you’ll have until 3 pm SGT Friday, 10 September 2021 to respond to your offers.

Offer

The outcome “offer”  signals that you now have a reserved seat at the institute.  The only step to make it official from there is signing the acceptance letter. Once that’s signed and returned to the institute, it’ll be no time before you receive your confirmation letter.

Unsuccessful

On the other hand, if you receive the outcome “unsuccessful”, it means you were not accepted for DSA-JC and will have to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).

With that out of the way, what are the best DSA junior colleges you can look into? Let’s find out.

The following is the definitive roundup of all the DSA colleges in Singapore.

No.JC NameLocationSchool CodeJC NatureJC ModeOfficial Website
1Anderson Serangoon Junior CollegeAng Mo Kio
4500 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, S569843
Arts: 39A
Science: 39S
Full day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.asrjc.moe.edu.sg/
2Anglo-Chinese Junior CollegeQueenstown
25 Dover Close East, S139745
Arts: 22A
Science: 22S
Full day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.acjc.edu.sg/
3Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (Junior College)Queenstown
121 Dover Road, S139650
International Baccalaureate: 51Single sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.acsindep.moe.edu.sg/
4Catholic Junior CollegeNovena
129 Whitley Road, S297822
Arts: 23A Science: 23SFull-day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttps://cjc.moe.edu.sg/
5Dunman High School (Junior College)Kallang
10 Tanjong Rhu Road, S436895
Arts: 44A Science: 44SSingle sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.dunmanhigh.moe.edu.sg/
6Eunoia Junior CollegeBishan
2 Sin Ming Place, S573838
Arts : 38A Science : 38SFull day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.eunoiajc.moe.edu.sg/
7Hwa Chong Institution (Junior College)Bukit Timah
661 Bukit Timah Road, S269734
Arts : 24A Science : 24SSingle sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.hwachong.edu.sg/
8Jurong Pioneer Junior CollegeChoa Chu Kang
21 Teck Whye Walk, S688258
Arts : 40A Science : 40SFull day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://jpjc.moe.edu.sg/
9Nanyang Junior CollegeSerangoon
128 Serangoon Avenue 3, S556111
Arts : 26A Science : 26SFull day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.nanyangjc.moe.edu.sg/
10National Junior CollegeBukit Timah
37 Hillcrest Road, S288913
Arts : 27A Science : 27SFull day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.nationaljc.moe.edu.sg/
11Raffles Institution (Junior College)Bishan
1 Raffles Institution Lane, S575954
Arts : 28A Science : 28SSingle sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.ri.edu.sg/
12River Valley High School (Junior College)Jurong West
6 Boon Lay Avenue, S649961
Arts : 45A Science : 45SSingle sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttps://rivervalleyhigh.moe.edu.sg/
13School of the Arts, SingaporeCentral
1 Zubir Said Drive, S227968
N/ASingle sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.sota.edu.sg/
14Singapore Sports SchoolWoodlands
1 Champions Way, S737913
N/AFull day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.sportsschool.edu.sg/
15St. Andrew's Junior CollegeToa Payoh
5 Sorby Adams Drive, S357691
Arts : 30A Science : 30SFull day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.standrewsjc.moe.edu.sg/
16St. Joseph's Institution (Junior College)Novena
38 Malcolm Road, S308274
International Baccalaureate : 52Single sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.sji.edu.sg/
17Tampines Meridian Junior CollegePasir Ris
21 Pasir Ris Street 71, S518799
Arts : 41A Science : 41SFull day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.tmjc.moe.edu.sg/
18Temasek Junior CollegeBedok
22 Bedok South Road, S469278
Arts : 32A Science : 32SFull day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.temasekjc.moe.edu.sg/
19Victoria Junior CollegeBedok
20 Marine Vista, S449035
Arts : 33A Science : 33SFull day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttp://www.victoriajc.moe.edu.sg/
20Yishun Innova Junior CollegeYishun
3 Yishun Ring Road, S768675
Arts: 42A Science: 42SFull-day sessionCo-Ed Schoolhttps://yijc.moe.edu.sg/

Final Words

Having your position reserved in an institute of your choice grants you complete peace of mind and a positive outlook for the future.While the DSA system is often criticized, it is noteworthy that its pros outweigh its cons.

Not only does a child get the positive reinforcement needed to excel in future academic stages but also to explore other talents beyond education. 

I hope this guide helped you with what you were looking for. Wishing you all the luck with your application!

Rum Tan

Rum Tan is the founder of SmileTutor and he believes that every child deserves a smile. Motivated by this belief and passion, he works hard day & night with his team to maintain the most trustworthy source of home tutors in Singapore. In his free time, he writes articles hoping to educate, enlighten, and empower parents, students, and tutors. You may try out his free home tutoring services via smiletutor.sg or by calling 6266 4475 directly today.