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Direct School Admission (DSA)

  • Background
  • Admission Criteria
  • Selection Process
  • Application Procedure
  • Key Activities and Dates
  • Frequently Asked Questions
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Background

The DSA-Sec and S1 Posting are the two modes of admission to Secondary Schools. Primary 6 (P6) students who wish to seek admission to a secondary school based on their achievements and talents beyond PSLE can consider applying through the DSA-Sec. Otherwise, students will take part in the S1 Posting, whereby admission is based on merit according to their PSLE results.

From 2019, application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 8 May to 4 Jun 2019. For more details, please refer to MOE website – https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec.

The following are the various specific talent areas offered by Jurongville for the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise.

Learning for Life Programme (LLP) Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
Sports & Games Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
Football (Boys) Electronics
Tchoukball (Boys & Girls)  

The following is the write up for the various specific talent areas offered by Jurongville for the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise.
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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.


Admission Criteria

  1. Academic Qualifications
Student must show diligence and positive attitude towards academic work.

  1. Ability and Accomplishments in relevant areas of Specific Talent selected:
      • Displays strong interest in the relevant areas
      • Qualifications in the relevant areas would be an advantage.
      • Accomplishments in the relevant areas will be taken into consideration.

  1. Interview
Student must pass the interview conducted by school.

  1. Audition/Trial
Student must pass an audition/trial, in the relevant areas ofSpecific Talent, conducted by the school.


Selection Process

Stage 1
Candidates will first be short-listed based on Criteria 1 and 2. All shortlisted candidates after Stage 1 will be informed by 12 July 2019 of their interview and audition date. Non-shortlisted candidates willalso be informed that they are unsuccessful in their application.

Stage 2
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel comprising the Vice–Principal, Key personnel and Teachers-in-charge of the related CCAs. Shortlisted applicants will undergo an audition/trial as well.

Stage 3
Short-listed candidates will be required to undergo an audition/trial. After Stage 2 (Interview) and Stage 3 (Audition/Trial), the results will be compiled and all shortlisted candidates will be notified by 30 Aug 2019if they have been given a Confirmed Offer, put on the Waiting List or if the school is unable to offer them a place.Those given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school in a course [Express, Normal (Academic)or Normal (Technical)] which the student is eligible for. This is based on the PSLE aggregate of the student.


Key Activities and Dates

Timeline Key Activities
8 May - 4 Jun, 5.00pm Application Stage.
By 12 Jul All shortlisted applicants will be informed of their interview and audition/trial date.
12 Jul - 30 Aug All shortlisted candidates will be notified by post as to whether he/she is on the confirmed, waiting or rejected list.
21 Oct - 25 Oct, 3.00pm Exercise School Preference Stage
Nov 2019 Result Release Stage

a) Application Stage, 8 May – 4 Jun 2019
Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 8 May to 4 Jun 2019. For more details, please refer to MOE website – https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec

b) Selection Stage, 12 July – 30 August 2019

By 12 Jul 2019 – All shortlisted applicants will be informed of their interview and audition/trial date.

By 30 Aug 2019 – All shortlisted candidates will be notified by post as to whether he/she is on the confirmed, waiting or rejected list. Students given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school if they have indicated it during the exercise at School Preference Stage, and they qualify for the academic course offered by the school of choice [Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal(Technical)].

c) Exercise School Preference Stage, 21 Oct – 25 Oct 2019
On 25 October 2019, applicants who have been placed under the Confirmed List and the Waiting List will receive the School Preference Form from their primary schools. Applicants not studying in MOE schools will collect their School Preference Form from MOE Customer Service Centre. Applicants can indicate up to a maximum of 3 choices of schools which have given them either Confirmed Offer or placed them on Waiting List in the School Preference Form. Amendments or cancellations will not be allowed after the closure of the Exercise School Preference Stage on 25 October 2019, 3pm.

d) Results Release Stage, Nov 2019
DSA-Sec results will be released through Primary Schools together with PSLE results in November. Successful applicants will not be allowed to make any school selection in the centralised S1 Posting Exercise. Candidates not studying in MOE schools will have to collect their DSA allocation results from MOE HQ Customer Service Centre.
Unsuccessful candidates will be issued with a S1 Option Form, and they must complete their S1 Option Form and submit it to their primary school.


Frequently Asked Question

1. What type of students are you looking for?
We are looking for students who have relevant experience and achievement in the various Specific Talent Areas offered. He/She must also possess diligence and a positive attitude in academic work.

2. Is there a minimum requirement?
Formal certification and achievement in the various Specific Talent Areas offered will be an advantage. All students who can fulfil the criteria listed in the section on Admission Criteria will be eligible.

3. When can the school start inviting students for interviews/selection and when will they know the outcome?
Application will be opened from 8 May to 4 Jun 2019 via MOE’s online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 8 May to 4 Jun 2019. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa- sec

By 12 Jul 2019, shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview and audition dates. Non short-listed candidates will be informed that they are unsuccessful.

All shortlisted candidates will be formally notified by 30 Aug 2019 as to whether he/she is on the confirmed, waiting or rejected list.

4. If my child is unable to attend the interview/audition dates given, can I make alternative arrangements?
Students who are unable to attend the interview / audition dates provided because of valid reasons can make alternative arrangements subject to the availability of school staff. The request for alternative arrangements can be made via email (JURONGVILLE@MOE.EDU.SG)

5. How will you select students?
A panel comprising the Vice–Principal, Key personnel and Teachers in-charge of the related CCAs will make the selection. Shortlisted applicants will undergo an audition/trial as well.

6. When is the closing date for submitting the DSA application form?
Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will close on 4 Jun 2019, 5pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa- sec

7. Beyond the Specific Talent Areas stated, what else does Jurongville Secondary offer for my child?
In line with the school's vision, JV-Nites must be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to face the challenges of the world, be 'agile' in their response to changes and have the courage to explore new frontiers. Underlying all these is the courage to make a difference to the community. Our comprehensive range of core and enrichment programmes which include the Character Development Programme, ICT Enrichment Programme, Science Enrichment Programme and various others will expose students to experiences that provide them with opportunities to learn new skills, develop resilience and form a social conscience.

8. How heavily involved will my child be in this CCA and what academic assistance will you provide my child?
Training and practices for the various CCAs are held 2 times a week. The frequency and intensity will increase nearing competition season. The school has an academic monitoring system in place to identify students that require remediation and academic guidance.

9. Will there be additional fees?
There will not be any additional fees beyond our current standard practice:

The school will provide for the basic requirements (e.g. electronic labs Artificial turf, Indoors Sports Hall, gym etc).

Additional items such as special training courses, overseas cultural exchanges, etc will be heavily subsidised by the school, but students will be expected to bear a certain percentage of the costs. The students' Edusave funds can usually be tapped for this purpose. The school will ensure that no one is denied any opportunity due to financial difficulties. We will endeavour to work out a suitable arrangement to ensure that anyone who qualifies on merit for any opportunity is able to take it up.

10. If my child does not progress up to expectation, what will the school do?
The school will assess the situation and discuss the matter with you (parents/guardian) to ensure that your child progresses at a pace he/she is comfortable with.


General FAQs on the DSA - Sec Exercise

1. What is DSA - Sec Exercise?
The DSA-Sec Exercise was first introduced in 2004 as part of MOE's move towards a more flexible and broad-based education system. Under the DSA-Sec Exercise, schools will be able to select a percentage of their students for admission outside of the centralised posting system, via their own selection criteria. These criteria can include diverse academic and non-academic achievements and talents.

2. How much flexibility is given to schools to select their students?
In general, schools can decide on their admission criteria, so long as they are meritocratic and transparent.

3. How will the students be admitted into the participating schools?
Students who meet the school-based admission criteria will be made a Confirmed Offer or placed on the Waiting List by the school by 30 Aug 2019. Students given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school, in a course [Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical)] which the student is eligible for. This is based on the PSLE aggregate of the student.
Students placed on the Waiting List are not guaranteed a place and their admission will be based on available vacancies.
Students on the Rejected List are deemed rejected by the school. However, they may still opt for the school during the S1 Posting Exercise.

4. Can a student receive more than 1 confirmed offer?
Yes. MOE will consolidate all the offers the student has received from the various schools in the School Preference Form which will be sent to the student. Candidates who have been identified under the Confirmed List and the Waiting List of a school will be asked to indicate their preference for up to a maximum of 3 schools. This will be done at their Primary schools. Amendments or cancellations will not be allowed after the closure of the Exercise School Preference Stage.

5. When will the student know the outcome of his choice?
Candidates currently studying in our MOE schools will be informed of their DSA allocation results together with the release of PSLE results through their primary schools. Other candidates (currently not studying in our MOE schools) will have to collect their DSA allocation results from MOE HQ Customer Service Centre, located in 1 North Buona Vista Drive, Podium Block MOE Building, S(138675). Successful DSA Candidates will be issued with a Direct Admission Slip, informing them of the school that had accepted them. These students will not be allowed to make any school selection in the centralised S1 Posting Exercise. Unsuccessful DSA Candidates will also be issued with a S1 Option Form, informing them that their DSA application had been unsuccessful. These students must complete their S1 Option Form and submit it to their primary school.

6. Will there be enough places for students who wish to enrol in the school via the Sec 1 Posting Exercise?
As there is a cap of 20% for Jurongville Secondary's enrolment under DSASec exercise there will still be 80% of places available for enrolment under the Sec 1 Posting Exercise.