2018 Direct School Admission – Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise

CHS 2018 DSA Banner for Website

Thank you to all applicants. Our DSA 2018 application is now closed, and all notifications were sent by 31 Aug 2018.

Please click the following link if you are looking for the DSA application for admission to IP Year 3 in 2019:

/secondary/admission-to-year-3-integrated-programme/


Frequently Asked Questions about DSA-Sec Confirmed Offer (CO)

You can read some of the frequently asked questions in the follow downloadable PDF, e.g. “As a successful CO applicant, what is the PSLE T-score required of me to be “eligible to attend the Express course based on PSLE results”?

CHS 2018 – FAQs from CO DSA Applicants (version 20180904)


DSA-Sec 2018 Information

NOTE:

  • The following sections are some information from the 2018 DSA-Sec exercise that are maintained here for reference only.
  • Please note that it is not the complete set of information: applicants for the 2019 DSA-Sec exercise are advised to check this web page in early May 2019 for the complete application information.

(Section A) General Information from MOE about DSA-Sec

Click here to visit Ministry of Education’s (MOE) DSA-Sec website, where you can learn more about the purpose, stages and FAQ regarding DSA-Sec.

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.


(Section B) CHS’ 12 Categories of DSA-Sec and How DSA Students Are Developed

  1. CHS offers 12 categories of DSA-Sec, as shown in Table (1)
  2. All applicants can apply up to four (4) CHS DSA-Sec categories (in any combination).
    • E.g. DSA-Sec (OP-Sports) + DSA-sec (IP-Sports)
    • E.g. DSA-Sec (OP-Sports) + DSA-Sec (IP – Humanities) + DSA-Sec (IP – Performing Arts)
    • E.g. DSA-Sec (IP- Bilingualism) + DSA-Sec (OP – Performing Arts) + DSA-Sec (IP – Leadership)
TABLE (1): CHS’ DSA Categories (2018)
S/N Name
1 DSA-Sec (OP – Leadership)

  • For enrolling talented OP track students who demonstrate aptitude and passion for leading changes and in service of others.
  • Successful DSA Leadership applicants can choose their CCA upon joining CHS.
2 DSA-Sec (OP- Music Elective Programme)

  • For enrolling talented OP track students who demonstrate aptitude and passion for music, and are planning to join the MEP.
  • Outstanding CHS Level 1 MEP student enrolled in 2019 may be awarded CHS’ Joseph Wallace Family Music Scholarship.
3 DSA-Sec (OP – Performing Arts)

  • For enrolling talented OP track students for Performing Arts CCAs: Chinese Drama, Chinese Orchestra, Choir, English Drama, Modern Dance, Symphony Band.
  • Successful DSA Performing Arts applicants must join the CCA that they audition for DSA.
4 DSA-Sec (OP – Sports)

  • For enrolling talented OP track students for Sports CCAs: Basketball, Floorball, Softball, Table Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wushu.
  • Successful DSA Sports applicants must join the CCA that they audition for DSA.
5 DSA-Sec (IP – Leadership)

  • For enrolling talented IP track students who demonstrate aptitude and passion for leading changes and in service of others.
  • Successful DSA Leadership applicants can choose their CCA upon joining CHS.
6 DSA-Sec (IP- Music Elective Programme)

  • For enrolling talented IP track students who demonstrate aptitude and passion for music, and are planning to join the MEP.
  • MEP students can choose their CCA, although we encourage them to choose a performing arts CCA such as symphony band to leverage their present talent.
  • Outstanding CHS Level 1 MEP student enrolled in 2019 may be awarded CHS’ Joseph Wallace Family Music Scholarship.
7 DSA-Sec (IP – Performing Arts)

  • For enrolling talented IP track students for Performing Arts CCAs: Chinese Drama, Chinese Orchestra, Choir, English Drama, Modern Dance, Symphony Band.
  • Successful DSA Performing Arts applicants must join the CCA that they audition for DSA.
8 DSA-Sec (IP – Sports)

  • For enrolling talented IP track students for Sports CCAs: Basketball, Floorball, Softball, Table Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wushu.
  • Successful DSA Sports applicants must join the CCA that they audition for DSA.
9 DSA-Sec (IP- Bilingualism)

  • For enrolling talented IP track students who demonstrate aptitude and passion for both Chinese and English languages.
  • Successful DSA Bilingualism applicants can choose their CCA upon joining CHS.
10 DSA-Sec (IP – Humanities)

  • For enrolling talented IP track students who demonstrate aptitude and passion for the Humanities, Social and Environmental Sciences (e.g. current affairs, politics, international relations and sustainable development).
  • Successful DSA Humanities applicants can choose their CCA upon joining CHS.
11 DSA-Sec (IP- Mathematics)

  • For enrolling talented IP track students who demonstrate aptitude and passion for mathematics.
  • Successful DSA Mathematics applicants can choose their CCA upon joining CHS.
12 DSA-Sec (IP – Science)

  • For enrolling talented IP track students who demonstrate aptitude and passion for science.
  • Successful DSA Science applicants can choose their CCA upon joining CHS.

How Are DSA Students Developed (via Subject-based TDPs / MOE Special Programmes)?

DSA and other high-performing students in talent areas are developed via:

  • Unique specialised programmes and workshop conducted by university and industry experts/trainers
  • Seminars and lecture conducted with university and industry experts
  • Internal and external competitions such as Olympiads
  • Class allocation by talent areas where relevant
  • Research projects and mentorship with professors and staff from Institutes of High Learning
  • Workshops, camps, seminars and research programmes with MOE, e.g. Gifted Education
  • Overseas immersion trips (sometimes with conference, camp or school immersion)
  • Job shadowing or work attachment, e.g. with research institute
  • … and more.

(Section C) Steps for Applying to CHS DSA-Sec

Diagram 1: Overview of CHS’ DSA application Process:

2018 CHS DSA Process Flowchart for Applicants


(Section D) Criteria and Requirements

The following Table (2) shows other specific criteria for each of the 12 CHS DSA-Sec categories:

TABLE (2): Specific Criteria for CHS’ DSA Categories
S/N Category-specific Criteria
1 DSA-Sec (OP – Leadership)

  1. Applicant should demonstrate exceptional character, aptitude for leadership, ability for critical thinking and good communication skill
  2. Achieved consistent and excellent results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Possess portfolio, leadership experience and appointment (e.g. CCA appointment, Prefectorial appointment), or other indicators that demonstrate aptitude and passion for leading changes in service of others
2 DSA-Sec (OP – Music Elective Programme)

  1. Applicant should demonstrate strong interest, an inquiring mind and drive to excel in music study, composing and/or practical
  2. Achieved consistent and very good results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Achieved outstanding performance in music and meet the following criteria:
    • Attained at least a Grade 6 practical certificate (merit) in one of the Western / Chinese music instruments from Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or the equivalent standard from other examination boards including the NAFA-CCOM for Chinese music;
    • Attained at least a Grade 5 theory in ABRSM or equivalent examination board
  4. Excel in CHS DSA’s music written test and audition
3 DSA-Sec (OP – Performing Arts)

  1. Applicants should possess passion and aptitude for any of the following Performing Arts: Chinese Drama, Chinese Orchestra, Choir, English Drama, Modern Dance, Symphony Band
  2. Achieved consistent and very good results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Possess portfolio or other indicators that demonstrate outstanding achievements, passion and aptitude for the Performing Arts, e.g. top placings or represented school at Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation
4 DSA-Sec (OP – Sports)

  1. Applicants should possess passion and aptitude for any of the following Sports: Basketball, Floorball, Softball, Table Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wushu
  2. Achieved consistent and very good results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Possess portfolio or achieved other indicators that demonstrate outstanding achievements, passion and aptitude for the Sport, e.g. top placings or represented school at National School Games
  4. Attained minimum Physical Fitness Test Silver Award at P6
  5. Are medically fit
5 DSA-Sec (IP – Leadership)

  1. Applicant should demonstrate exceptional character, aptitude for leadership, ability for critical thinking and good communication skill
  2. Achieved consistent and excellent results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Possess portfolio, leadership experience and appointment (e.g. CCA appointment, Prefectorial appointment), or other indicators that demonstrate aptitude and passion for leading changes in service of others
6 DSA-Sec (IP – Music Elective Programme)

  1. Applicant should demonstrate strong interest, an inquiring mind and drive to excel in music study, composing and/or practical
  2. Achieved consistent and very good results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Achieved outstanding performance in music and meet the following criteria:
    • Attained at least a Grade 6 practical certificate (merit) in one of the Western / Chinese music instruments from Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or the equivalent standard from other examination boards including the NAFA-CCOM for Chinese music;
    • Attained at least a Grade 5 theory in ABRSM or equivalent examination board
  4. Excel in CHS DSA’s music written test and audition
7 DSA-Sec (IP – Performing Arts)

  1. Applicants should possess passion and aptitude for any of the following Performing Arts: Chinese Drama, Chinese Orchestra, Choir, English Drama, Modern Dance, Symphony Band
  2. Achieved consistent and excellent results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Possess portfolio or other indicators that demonstrate outstanding achievements, passion and aptitude for the Performing Arts, e.g. top placings or represented school at Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation
8 DSA-Sec (IP – Sports)

  1. Applicants should possess passion and aptitude for any of the following Sports: Basketball, Floorball, Softball, Table Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wushu
  2. Achieved consistent and excellent results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Possess portfolio or achieved other indicators that demonstrate outstanding achievements, passion and aptitude for the Sport, e.g. top placings or represented school at National School Games
  4. Attained minimum Physical Fitness Test Silver Award at P6
  5. Are medically fit
9 DSA-Sec (IP – Bilingualism)

  1. Applicants should demonstrate aptitude and passion for both the Chinese and English languages
  2. Achieved consistent and excellent results for the P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examination and the P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent.
  3. Possess excellent writing and language abilities
  4. Possess a strong interest, an inquiring mind and drive to excel and develop bicultural perspectives, attitudes, knowledge and skills for service to others
  5. Applicants who have achieved consistent and excellent results in CL, HCL and English will be given priority
  6. Applicants who have won awards in CL and EL related competitions will be given priority
10 DSA-Sec (IP – Humanities)

  1. Applicants should demonstrate aptitude and passion for the Humanities (e.g. History, Geography, Literature), Social and Environmental Sciences (e.g. current affairs, politics, international relations and sustainable development)
  2. Achieved consistent and excellent results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Possess excellent writing and language abilities
  4. Achieved academic results, portfolio or other indicators that demonstrate aptitude and passion for the Humanities, Social and Environmental Sciences
  5. Applicant should demonstrate strong abilities in independent research, primary data collection and oral presentation
11 DSA-Sec (IP – Mathematics)

  1. Applicant should demonstrate strong interest, an inquiring mind and drive to excel in mathematics study, research and application
  2. Achieved consistent and excellent results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent
  3. Achieved academic results, portfolio or other indicators that demonstrate aptitude and passion for mathematics
12 DSA-Sec (IP – Science)

  1. Applicant should demonstrate strong interest, an inquiring mind and drive to excel in science, technology and its applications.
  2. Achieved consistent and excellent results for P5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations and P6 Mid-Year Examination or equivalent.
  3. Achieved academic results, portfolio or other indicators that demonstrate aptitude and passion for science

 


 

(Section E) Enquiries about CHS DSA-Sec

For inquiries regarding CHS DSA-Sec, please contact us at:

  1. Email Address: chs@moe.edu.sg
  2. Telephone: 6458 2177

(Section F) Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ (General and DSA-related)

You may have questions about our school and the DSA process (e.g. school fees, Mother Tongue, transportation, CCA) or the DSA (e.g. editing submitted application form, joining the DSA CCA, results that you presently don’t have such as NAPFA results).

Please visit our regularly updated FAQ page for our replies to some of the commonly asked questions from prospective students and parents.

Click here to go to the FAQ page.


 

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