2020 Direct School Admission – Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise

 

All students interested in applying for a place to Catholic High School via DSA-Sec will need to do so via a centralized DSA-Sec Portal managed by the Ministry of Education (MOE). More information, including application timeline, authentication, number of choices allowed is available via https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec.

Application is free-of-charge and the period of application is as listed below:

 

Start of Application 0900hrs, Tuesday, 12 May 2020
End of Application 1500hrs, Friday, 5 June 2020

 

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

Requirements of DSA-Sec Applicants

 

Mother Tongue Language

 

Catholic High School is a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school that is committed to nurturing bilingual and bicultural students who are immersed in the Chinese language and culture, yet equipped with a global outlook. As with other SAP schools, it does not take in students who offer Mother Tongue Languages other than Chinese/ Higher Chinese. Students exempted from offering CL/ HCL for PSLE in Primary School cannot apply to SAP schools, including Catholic High. In addition:

 

  • Integrated Programme (IP) students must offer Higher Chinese Language in Years 1 and 2;
  • O-Level Programme (OP) students must offer at least Chinese Language.

 

General Academic Criteria

 

IP Track 

 

Regardless of the talent area(s) an applicant applies for, he should have achieved consistent and excellent results for Primary 5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations, and excellent results in any assessment in Primary 6, or equivalent.

 

OP Track 

 

Regardless of the talent area(s) an applicant applies for, he should have achieved consistent and very good results for Primary 5 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examinations, and very good results in any assessment in Primary 6, or equivalent.

 

Conduct

 

Applicants should conduct themselves with decorum, and have positive attitude and sound moral values.

 

Talent-specific Criteria for Selection of DSA-Sec Applicants

 

Talent Criteria
Leadership (IP)
  • Demonstrate exceptional character, aptitude for leadership, ability for critical thinking and good communication skill
  • Strong evidence of leadership experience and appointment(s) (e.g. CCA appointment, Prefectorial appointment), or other equivalent experiences that demonstrate aptitude and passion for leading changes in service of others
Leadership (OP)
Music Elective Programme (IP)
  • Demonstrate strong interest and drive to excel in music study and/or composition and/or performance
  • Strong evidence of outstanding achievement or portfolio in an area of music study and/or composition and/or performance
Music Elective Programme (OP)
Performing Arts (IP)
  • Demonstrate high competency, passion and aptitude for any of the following Performing Arts: Chinese Drama, Chinese Orchestra, Choir, English Drama, Modern Dance, Symphony Band
  • Strong evidence of dedication, passion and aptitude for the Performing Arts
Performing Arts (OP)
Sports (IP)
  • Demonstrate high competency, passion and aptitude for any of the following Sports: Basketball, Floorball, Softball, Table Tennis, Track and Field (Sprints, Cross-country, Throws and Jumps), Volleyball and Wushu
  • Strong evidence of dedication, passion and aptitude for the Sport
  • Medically fit
Sports (OP)
Bilingualism (IP)
  • Demonstrate passion and aptitude for both Chinese and English languages
  • Possess excellent reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Strong evidence of outstanding achievements in both English and Chinese languages (e.g. in competitions, projects and programmes requiring bilingual and bicultural skills)
Humanities (IP)
  • Demonstrate passion and aptitude for the Humanities, Social and Environmental Sciences (e.g. current affairs, politics, international relations and sustainable development)
  • Possess excellent language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and research skills
  • Have a portfolio of outstanding achievements and work in areas of Humanities, Social and Environmental Sciences
Mathematics (IP)
  • Demonstrate strong interest and drive to excel in Mathematics study and research 
  • Have a portfolio of outstanding achievements and work that demonstrates passion and aptitude for Mathematics
Science (IP)
  • Demonstrate strong interest and drive to excel in Science study and research 
  • Have a portfolio of outstanding achievements and work that demonstrates passion and aptitude for Science

 

Selection Process

 

Application and Selection Process

 

After the application closes on 5 June, only shortlisted (IP and OP) students in all talent areas will be contacted to undergo E-interview.

To ensure the safety of all DSA applicants in view of the COVID-19 situation, the school will conduct selection interviews via electronic modes and applicants need not visit our school in person. More details will be updated at our website by end-May.

Important

Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school and programme (4 years for the O-Level Programme or 6 years for the Integrated Programme), and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from year 1-4. 

 

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

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