<Last updated 10 May 2017>

This section documents frequently asked questions from prospective parents and students about our school, admission and DSA.
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Categories of Questions

(A) General Questions about Admission and School

(A1) What are the school fees?

Singaporean citizen pays $28 per month, including miscellaneous and other fees. This is regardless of the track (O-level Programme or IP). PR, IS (ASEAN) and IS pays $223, $623 and $973 respectively, including the miscellaneous and other fees. (Information accurate as of 8 May 2017)

(A2) What is the Cut-Off-Point (COP) for your O-Level and IP tracks?

For 2017 Level 1 cohort, the COP for O-Level track was 248; the COP for the IP track was 252. For 2017 Primary 6 students applying for admission into Catholic High School in 2018, the COP may differ and would depend on the pool of students who apply.

(A3) How do I know which track (IP or OP) is more suitable for me?

The IP track caters to students who prefer to forgo GCE O-levels to have more time to explore more deeply and widely the curriculum content and concepts through projects and various independent-learning activities. The IP curriculum is designed to dovetail into the A-Level curriculum of Eunoia Junior College. The O-Level track follows a more structured curriculum which specifically prepares the students for the GCE O-Levels at Secondary 4.  In both tracks, rich and diverse student development and enrichment opportunities will complete their education experience.

(A4) Can a student transfer from the O-Level to the IP track?

Secondary 2 students in our O-Level track may apply to the IP at the end of Sec 2 and join IP Year 3 if he meets the school-based criteria. Students who transfer track will retain their CCA. DSA OP students are not allowed to transfer track.

(A5) I am / my son is exempted from CL/HCL in Primary school. Can I / he apply to CHS?

Students exempted from offering CL/HCL in primary school and PSLE cannot apply to SAP schools, including CHS. All CHS IP students (including DSA students) must offer Higher Chinese Language (HCL) in Years 1 and 2. All CHS O-level Programme students (including DSA students) must offer at least Chinese Language (CL). CHS does not offer other Mother Tongue Languages such as Malay or Tamil.

(A6) Can I offer/don’t offer Higher Chinese (HCL)?

CHS is an SAP school, and all our students must offer CL or HCL as one of their subjects. Our Integrated Programme (IP) students offer HCL in their first two years (Years 1 and 2), and they typically go on to offer HCL in Years 3 and 4. We encourage all our students to offer HCL as far as they could and if they qualify. On top of deepening their cultural quotient, world readiness skillset and language ability, offering HCL will open opportunities and pathways for our students.

(A7) Can I / my son join more than one CCA (if he did not enter CHS via DSA)?

We require all students to choose a main CCA from either the Physical Sports, Uniformed Groups or Performing Arts CCAs. Students are discouraged from joining more than one CCAs, as students are expected to have a balanced and holistic development portfolio.

(A8) How do I travel to CHS via public transport?

Situated in the heart of Bishan, our school is accessible via buses and the MRT. Bishan MRT station, with its North-South and Circle Lines, is only several minutes’ walk from CHS. Bishan Street 22 runs alongside the CHS campus, and it is plied by buses 13, 52, 54, 88, 162, 162M and 410.

(A9) How do I learn more about Eunoia Junior College (EJC)?

You can learn more about EJC at their website http://eunoiajc.moe.edu.sg/. While students from our IP track will articulate to EJC in Year 5, EJC will also accept students offering the O-Levels who meet the entry criteria.

(A10) Is CHS affiliated to Eunoia Junior College (EJC)?

CHS OP students do not have affiliation bonus points when applying to EJC, but have 2 affiliation bonus points when applying to Catholic Junior College (CJC is affiliated to several mission schools). Eunoia JC is a partner school for our IP. IP students do not need the bonus points: so long as they meet the JIP promotion criteria, they will join EJC in their JC1 (Year 5).

(A11) Can I / can my son bring his mobile phone to school?

CHS allows students to bring their mobile phone to school as a mean for contacting their family. However, lower levels (Level 1 and 2) students must surrender their phones (through a structured process) until the end of the timetabled lessons, so as to ensure they stay focused on lessons and make good use of their time during breaks. Upper level students are not required to surrender their phones, but are expected to be disciplined and keep their phones during lessons.

(A12) Do I / does my son need to buy a laptop/mobile devices as part of school programme when he joins CHS?

CHS does not require students to buy laptop or mobile devices. We do not have one-to-one mobile computing programme, although we have ICT programmes and ICT-supported curriculum. We provide devices for students when required. Students can loan devices from our ICT staff or use laptops in our library. Our school has a Wi-Fi network for students to bring-their-own-device to connect to the internet for learning purposes.

(B) Questions about DSA Categories and Criteria

(B1) Are there GAT and general academic selection tests (as in the past) for the 2017 CHS DSA?

There is no GAT or general academic selection tests for CHS’ 2017 DSA process. This is different from previous years. However, specific DSA category may have its own selection test for talent area, e.g. essay test, sports trial, music audition.

(B2) How many DSA places do you have for the four DSA-Sec (IP) categories?

We have more than 60 places for the DSA-Sec (IP) categories. We do not set quota for each category: the students we take in for each DSA category depends on the talent pool that apply to us.

(B3) If I / my son accept(s) CHS’ offer for DSA-Sec (IP-Performing Arts) / (IP-Sports) based on my audition for “X” CCA, do I need to join this CCA?

All students who have accepted our DSA-Sec (IP) offer are committed to the development of their specified talent for 6 years: Years 1 to 4 at CHS, and Years 5 and 6 at Eunoia Junior College (EJC), e.g. trumpet player who accepts our DSA-Sec (IP-Performing Arts), with audition for the Symphony Band, must join the Band for his CCA.

DSA-Sec (IP) academic talent students, however, can apply to join any CCA (Uniformed Groups, Sports, Performing Arts), pending selection and trials conducted by the various CCAs. DSA-Sec (IP – Leadership) students may be admitted on condition of joining certain CCAs, e.g. Scout.

(B4) Can I / my son who enters CHS via DSA join more than one CCA?

All successful DSA applicant is committed to the CCA that he has applied for, e.g. if he has trialed for Wushu, then he is expected to join our Wushu CCA.

For DSA students, their expected commitment to their DSA CCA is high, and joining a 2nd CCA is strongly discouraged.

(B5) Does I / my son need to have offered Higher Chinese in PSLE (as a prerequisite) to apply for any of the DSA-Sec (IP) categories?

To apply to any of CHS’ DSA-Sec (IP) categories, your son must qualify for offering HCL in IP Year 1 and 2, although he may not be offering HCL in PSLE, e.g. he has consistently good P5 and P6 CL results that indicate he has strong language foundation to offer HCL in Year 1 and 2.

(B6) Is the Music Elective Programme (MEP) open to students only through DSA, and only to IP students?

MEP is offered to both OP and IP students. Students can apply to MEP when they have been posted to CHS via Sec 1 registration after PSLE. However, DSA via MEP is only available to students who want to join IP.

(B7) For DSA-Sec (IP) for academic areas (e.g. science), what are the minimum overall results from P5 to P6 are your school looking for?

We will look at an applicant’s Personal Statement, P5/6 results and portfolio (e.g. achievements, CCAs, leadership roles, as indicated in online form) before we decide on whether to offer him an interview and relevant auditions/tests for DSA-Sec (IP). The decision is not based solely upon P5/6 results.

(B8) For DSA-Sec (IP) for academic talent areas, what should the student commit/contribute to the school should he successfully gain entry by DSA?

Successful DSA-Sec (IP) applicant in academic talents will be expected to contribute to CHS in academic and/or leadership areas, e.g. Math Olympiad, English Debate. The contributions should be in the area of his passion, talent or giftedness.

(B9) Must my son join Eunoia JC, should he enter CHS through DSA-Sec (IP)?

All successful DSA-Sec (IP) applicants are required to commit to a 6-year programme with CHS and EJC.

(C) Questions about DSA Application Process

(C1) I need to edit my submitted application form, e.g. I gave wrong figures for my academic results.

All applicants will receive an email upon submission of online form: this email contains a link that allows applicants to edit their submitted form, if necessary, before 4.00pm, 7 July 2017.

(C2) I have submitted the online form.  However, I have not received any email confirmation from the school.

It is highly likely that you have filled in the wrong email address for ‘Applicant’s Email Address’ and the system is not able to send email to you. Please write to us directly (@ DSA@chs.moe.edu.sg) to look into this matter.

Please check your email account’s SPAM or JUNK box, in case our email is accidentally diverted there.

(C3) I do not / my son does not have academic results for “X” subject, because he was (“ill” / “on Leave of Absence” / “overseas competitions” etc.), and we can’t complete the Academic Records section in the online application form.

In the event that an applicant does not have complete P5/P6 academic results, he can fill in “VR” in whichever Academic Records box where he does not have any results due to valid reasons approved by his school or MOE(e.g. certified medical leave).

(C4) My son’s / my school doesn’t provide “%” for subject results, only grades. What should we fill in for the P5/P6 subject results section of the online application form?

Please fill in what your son’s school prints in his report book for academic results.

(C5) I have not received my NAPFA results. How should I apply online?

You can select “NIL” in the online application form’s question on “P6 Physical Fitness Test Award Attained”. We will follow up with you later.

(C6) Can I / my son apply online before your Open House on X date?

Yes, applicants can submit their online form before our Open House (e.g 27 May for 2017). You can also apply after our Open House, so long as you meet the deadline of 4pm, 7 July (for 2017).

(C7) Can I / my son apply at your Open House or submit a hard copy form?

We do not accept hard copy form, nor do we register applicants at our Open House. Our DSA application is strictly done online.