2022 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/dsa-sec.

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

Start of Application1100hrs, Thursday, 5 May 2022
End of Application1500hrs, Wednesday, 1 June 2022

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, we only take in students who offer Chinese or Higher Chinese. Students exempted from offering Chinese or Higher Chinese for PSLE in Primary School should not 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 and Primary 6 Examinations.

OP Track

Regardless of the talent area(s) an applicant applies for, he should have achieved consistent and very good results for Primary 5 and Primary 6 Examinations.

Conduct

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

Talent-specific Criteria for Selection of DSA-Sec Applicants

The selection criteria and process for the talent areas will be updated by early-June. For more information on DSA-Sec, please refer to the MOE website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec



TalentCCASelection CriteriaSelection Process for shortlisted participants (No preparation is necessary unless notified; dates may be subject to change)
Leadership (IP / OP)
  • 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
  • Interview (13 and 14 Jul)
    Music Elective Programme (IP / OP)
  • 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
  • Audition and written test (8 Jul or 15 Jul)
  • Interview (22 Jul)
  • Performing Arts (IP / OP)
  • Modern Dance
  • Choir
  • Chinese Drama
  • English Drama
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Demonstrate high competency for any of the following Performing Arts: Chinese Drama, Chinese Orchestra (Bass / Cello, Di Zi, Er Hu, Percussion, Plucked String, Sheng, Suona, Yangqin), Choir, Concert Band (Bassoon, Clarinet, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, String Bass, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba), English Drama, Modern Dance
  • Strong evidence of dedication, passion and aptitude for the Performing Arts
  • Audition (23 and 24 Jun or 14 Jul or 15 Jul – refer to table below)
  • Applicants for Chinese Orchestra, Choir, Concert Band & Modern Dance may be required to prepare an item for the audition
  • Interview (Mid-Jul to Mid-Aug)
  • Sports (IP / OP)
  • Basketball
  • Floorball
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wushu
  • Demonstrate high competency 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
  • Trial (23 and 24 Jun or 14 Jul or 15 Jul – refer to table below)
  • Interview (Mid-Jul to Mid-Aug)
  • 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)
  • Possess a strong interest and drive to excel and develop bicultural knowledge and skills for service to others
  • Interview (6 Jul)
  • 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
  • Interview (18 Jul)
  • 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
  • Interview (7 Jul)
  • 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
  • Interview (1 Jul)
  • DSA Trial/ Audition 1Date/TimeTalent AreaVenue
    Thu, 23 Jun (3 pm to 5 pm)BasketballIndoor Sports Hall Level 2
    WushuIndoor Sports Hall Level 1
    Fri, 24 Jun (3 pm to 5 pm)Chinese DramaAuditorium
    Chinese OrchestraCO Room
    ChoirMusic Room
    Concert BandBand Room
    English DramaMulti-purpose Room
    FloorballIndoor Sports Hall Level 2
    Modern DanceDance Studio
    SoftballSchool Field
    Table TennisTable Tennis Room
    Track and FieldSchool Track
    VolleyballIndoor Sports Hall Level 1
    Fri, 8 Jul (3 pm to 5 pm)Music Elective ProgrammeMEP Studio 1 and 2
    DSA Trial/ Audition 2 (For applicants who are unwell or are unable to attend DSA Trials/ Auditions 1)    Thu, 14 Jul (4 pm to 5 pm)BasketballIndoor Sports Hall Level 2
    WushuIndoor Sports Hall Level 1
    Fri, 15 Jul (4 pm to 5 pm)  Chinese DramaAuditorium
    Chinese OrchestraCO Room
    ChoirMusic Room
    Concert BandBand Room
    English DramaMulti-purpose Room
    FloorballIndoor Sports Hall Level 2
    Modern DanceDance Studio
    SoftballSchool Field
    Table TennisTable Tennis Room
    Track and FieldSchool Track
    VolleyballIndoor Sports Hall Level 1
    Fri, 15 Jul (3 pm to 5 pm)Music Elective ProgrammeMEP Studio 1 and 2

    Important

    1. Meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the student will be shortlisted/ given an offer.
    2. 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.
    3. 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

    Information updated 7 June 2022