FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHAT IS THE DIRECT SCHOOL ADMISSION (DSA)?
The Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise is an initiative by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to give schools greater flexibility in student admission, so as to allow a more diverse range of student achievements and talents to be recognised. Selected schools are given flexibility to consider students with abilities in niche areas which may not be reflected in their PSLE aggregate.
2. IS THERE A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT?
Students admitted must qualify for the Express or Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) course in which they would be enrolled and the admission criteria as stated.
3. MUST I SIT FOR PSLE?
All successful DSA applicants are still required to sit for the PSLE as your child’s PSLE results will determine your eligibility for admission into the desired stream.
4. CAN I APPLY FOR DSA ADMISSION TO MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL?
Yes, you can apply for DSA admission to more than one school, but you will eventually have to make an option for the school you wish to be considered for. The final posting and the outcome of the option will be administered by MOE, and the results will be made known when the PSLE results are released.
5. CAN I APPLY FOR DIRECT ADMISSION TO ANY GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOL?
DSA is only offered by some schools. You are advised to check with the school of your interest if they offer direct admission.
6. AFTER I HAVE SUBMITTED THE APPLICATION FORM, WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN SHORT-LISTED?
Shortlisted applicants will be informed by 1 July 2019 to attend an interview and selection activity.
7. WHEN WILL THE DSA-SEC RESULTS BE RELEASED?
DSA-Sec allocation results will be released through the child’s primary school together with the PSLE results. Unsuccessful DSA-Sec applicants will be issued with a Secondary One Option Form so that they can participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise.
8. I AM SUCCESSFUL IN THE DSA TESTING OF SEVERAL SCHOOLS. WHEN MUST I DECIDE WHICH ONE TO ACCEPT?
By 25 October 3pm, all applicants with a Confirmed Offer, or who are on the Waiting List of a school, must submit their School Preference Form by MOE via the MOE online system or through their primary schools. Applicants can indicate up to three school preferences. Students may only indicate schools which have placed them on either the Confirmed or Waiting List.
10. WHAT ARE THE UNIQUE PROGRAMME OFFERED BY CTSS?
We offer a wide range of programmes that caters to the holistic development of our pupils. These include:
- Student Leadership through the Uniformed Groups
- Applied Learning Programme (ALP): “Computing to Discover and Empower (CODE)”
- Student Leadership Programmes
- Digital and Applied Learning
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective TeensTM
- School-wide ASPIRE Camp
- Talent Development Programmes for Mathematics & Science
- Service Learning
- READ@CTSS (Inculcation of Reading Habit throughout the year)
- School-based Curriculum for English, Humanities, Literature & Science
- School-based Higher Chinese Programme (for eligible students)