- Application for DSA has closed for 2021. The application period usually begins in May each year, and DSA information relevant for the year will be available from mid-April.
How does my daughter apply for DSA?Applicants are to apply through MOE's centralised online application portal (visit MOE's website - 'DSA-Sec'). Each applicant has only three choices to exercise, with a maximum of two talent areas for each school. Application is free-of-charge and all schools will follow the same application timeline. More details of our Admissions processes can be found at https://www.rgs.edu.sg/admissions/Admission-to-RGS/overview/.
What are the different talent areas for DSA?
Academic Talent Areas: English Language, Chinese Language, Malay Language, Tamil Language, Science and Mathematics
Aesthetics Talent Areas: Visual Arts and Music Elective Programme
Sports Talent Areas: Badminton, Basketball, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Netball, Sailing, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis
Community Youth Leadership
Can a student apply for more than one talent area?Each applicant can apply up to TWO talent areas in one school. Switching of talent areas is not permitted once the online application period closes.
What will a student be evaluated on for admission via DSA?
To find out more, visit https://www.rgs.edu.sg/admissions/Admission-to-RGS/via-DSA/
Can a student who is currently in a lower level (e.g. Primary 5) be considered for the DSA?No, admission to Secondary One is only for students who have completed Primary 6 or its equivalent.
Can a student apply to more than one school?Yes, she many apply to more than one school that offers admissions via DSA, up to a maximum of three schools. The conditions of eligibility (e.g. different sports), selection process and criteria may vary from school to school.
Does a student who applies through DSA have to participate in the centralised Secondary One Posting Exercise?Once she has been offered a place in her choice school and has accepted the offer, she will not take part in the centralised Secondary One Posting Exercise as she would have been deemed to have secured a place in her choice school. A very important point to note is that once she has accepted a place in the school of her choice via DSA, she cannot transfer out of the school even after the PSLE results have been released. She may have done better than expected but she must remain committed tot he DSA school in which she has accepted a place. In the same way, the DSA school is committed to its offer of a place to the student so long as she qualifies for secondary education in the 'Express stream'. Applications for a transfer will only be considered if there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from fulfilling her DSA commitment after she has accepted a place (e.g. a permanent injury that she sustained after accepting a place in her choice DSA school via a sport, and where it is medically deemed that she cannot fulfil her commitment to play the sport after that).