Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec)

(A) Introduction

The Direct School Admission - Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise, introduced by the Ministry of Education in 2004, seeks to promote holistic education through recognizing a more diverse range of achievements and talents. All students interested in applying for a place to Evergreen Secondary School via DSA-Sec will need to do so via a centralised DSA-Sec Portal managed by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

2.     Application for DSA-Sec 2021 is open from 5th May to 1st June 2021.

  • The application is free-of-charge.
  • Deadline for 2021 application is 3:00pm, 1 June 2021 (Tuesday).
  • For more details and for application, please refer to the MOE website –https://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec

3.   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. Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from Year 1 - 4/5.

4.   More details about Evergreen Secondary School’s DSA talent areas and selection criteria can be found below.

5.    For further enquiries, you may contact our school at 63656392 (General Office) or via email at EVERGREEN_SS@MOE.EDU.SG

Click the link below to apply now for DSA to Evergreen Secondary:

https://www.moe.gov.sg/secondary/dsa

(B)  Talent Areas

6.     Evergreen Secondary School offers all Primary 6 students an opportunity to gain direct admission through the Direct School Admission [DSA] Exercise, which is tied to our school’s Applied Learning Programme [ALP] & Learning for Life Programme [LLP]. We welcome student applicants who express a deep passion in communications and/ or sports, even if they are presently not in any related CCA.

7.       Our school offers the following DSA talent areas and domains:

(a)  Academic Domains under our Applied Learning Programme [ALP]

i. Debating and Public Speaking
ii. Media and Journalism
iii. Language – Chinese Language
iv. Language – Malay Language

(b) Sports and Leadership Domains under our Learning for Life Programme [LLP]

i. Leadership (Boys & Girls)
ii. Badminton (Boys & Girls)
iii. Cross Country (Boys & Girls)
iv. Netball (Girls)
v. Rugby (Boys)
vi. Table Tennis (Boys & Girls)
vii. Tag/Touch Rugby (Girls)
viii. Volleyball (Boys & Girls)

8.     Successful applicants will be nurtured through our distinctive programmes to take on student leadership roles in school-wide programmes and in co-curricular activities. Some of these developmental programmes include communication skills and student leadership development programmes.

9.      Click on these links to learn more about the above talent areas and their programmes:

Applied Learning Programme [ALP]
Learning for Life Programme [LLP]

10.      The infographics below will also provide you with a quick reference about our DSA talent areas and student outcomes. Click here as well for a downloadable copy of these infographics as a PDF.

PDF: Evergreen Secondary - DSA-Sec 2021 - Info for P6 Parents & Students (Version 5 May 2021)

(C) Selection Criteria and Process

11.    The following criteria will be used for selection of applicants for our DSA:

Talent Area Domain / CCA Selection Criteria Selection Process
Applied Learning Programme [ALP] Debating and Public Speaking
  • Strengths in oral and digital communication, namely Debating, Public Speaking and E-journalism in English Language and/or Mother Tongue Language
  • Demonstration of aptitude and potential during the DSA selection process
  • The selection process for DSA-Sec 2021 will be conducted via electronic means.
  • More details of the selection process for the talent areas will be given to identified applicants.
  • For more information on DSA-Sec, please refer to the MOE website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec

 

Media and Journalism
Language – Chinese Language
Language – Malay Language
 

Learning for Life Programme [LLP]

 

Leadership
  • Demonstrate exemplary character through active participation in community work or volunteerism
  • Hold key leadership position(s) in Leadership Board(s) (e.g. Head or Deputy Head Prefect) or in CCA
  • Demonstration of aptitude and potential during the DSA selection process
Badminton (Boys & Girls)
  • Strengths in the following sports – Rugby, Tag/Touch Rugby, Cross Country, Badminton, Netball, Table Tennis & Volleyball
  • Medically fit for sports activities
  • Demonstration of aptitude and potential during the DSA selection process
Cross Country  (Boys & Girls)
Netball (Girls)
Rugby (Boys)
Table Tennis (Boys & Girls)
Tag/Touch Rugby (Girls)
Volleyball (Boys & Girls)

12.   However, meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the applicants will be shortlisted/ given an offer by our school.

(D) Key Dates

13.   The application period is from Wednesday 5th May to Tuesday 1st June 2021.

14.    Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Tuesday 6th July 2021.

15.    Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed from Wednesday 7th July to Monday 13th September 2021.

16.   All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application (Confirmed /Waiting List / Unsuccessful) by Monday 13th September 2021.

Click the link below to apply now for DSA to Evergreen Secondary:

https://www.moe.gov.sg/secondary/dsa

(E)     Contact Information

17.     For further enquiries, you may contact our school at 63656392 (General Office) or via email at EVERGREEN_SS@MOE.EDU.SG

(F)     Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

F1.     "Is DSA for my child?"

You can read this MOE Schoolbag article "Is DSA for Your Child?" to glean some ideas. The article features Evergreen Sec's HOD PE & CCA Mr James Ng, who answered some common questions such as "Who should apply for DSA?" and "What is the selection process for DSA like?".

F2.     "Do students need to have prior achievements in the talent area to qualify for DSA?"

Some experience would be sufficient, but achievements are a bonus. At Evergreen, we are open to taking in students who do not have experience in a specific sport. For example, we know that Rugby, which is one of our DSA talent areas, is not a very common sport and not many students would have the chance to take it up formally. So, we assess their potential for Rugby through other sports that they have participated in before and look at their reflexes and physical ability to see they are suitable.

Our school also offers DSA in the areas of Leadership and Languages. There aren’t many formal achievements for these areas, so we would usually look at the kind of activities the applicants were involved in.

F3.     "Can a student apply for more than one DSA category?"

Yes, a student may apply to up to 2 talent areas in each school.

However, if an applicant does receive a Confirmed Offer (CO), he/she will receive an offer in only one DSA category.

F4.    "Is there a minimum PSLE score that an applicant must attain, even if he/she has been given a Confirmed Offer?"

Students given a CO are guaranteed a place in the school, provided that they accept the offer and qualify for an academic course offered by the school i.e. Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) based on their PSLE results.

F5.  "What does my child need to provide during the application, for either mainstream or non-mainstream applicants?"

F3-a) For Mainstream Student

You will only need to provide:

a. Your child’s choice of schools and talent areas
b. Your contact details
c. Optional field to indicate any non-school-based activities and achievements your child may have participated in

Your child’s primary school information – such as P5 and P6 academic results, co-curricular activities (CCA), school-based activities/ achievements/ awards – will be shared directly by MOE with the secondary schools he/she applies to. You do not need to submit testimonials and hardcopy documents.

F3-b) For Non-mainstream Student

You will need to provide:

a. Your child’s choice of schools and talent areas
b. Your contact details
c. Your child’s primary school information – such as P5 and P6 academic results, co-curricular activities (CCA), school-based activities/ achievements/ awards
d. Optional field to indicate any non-school-based activities and achievements your child may have participated in

Please see MOE’s website for more information.

F6.  "If an applicant accepts a place in Evergreen Secondary via DSA through a CCA, must he/she join the CCA for the 4/5 years he or she is in your school?"

Yes, the applicant must remain in the CCA, so that there is sufficient time and opportunities for the school to develop him/her in the respective talent area.