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Direct School Admission (DSA)

Serangoon Secondary School is conducting the DSA exercise for both our Distinctive Programmes, Learning for Life Programme (LLP) - “Project Ablaze: Harnessing Youth Leadership in the Service of Community”, and Applied Learning Programme (ALP) – “Real World Explorations in ICT”. We warmly welcome students who are keen to develop their interest and talents in either the STEM ALP or LLP while pursuing their education in Serangoon Secondary School to participate in the DSA exercise.

Learning for Life Programme (LLP): Community Youth Leadership (Project Ablaze - Harnessing Youth Leadership in the Service of Community)

Aligned to the school’s Mission of Moulding Character, Igniting Passion, and Building Community, the LLP develops every student as a leader and provides opportunities to exercise student leadership through Values-In-Action (VIA).

The LLP follows a progressive approach towards developing leadership and service skills in students based on the following themes –

Secondary 1: Caring for our peers and school,

Secondary 2: Serving our community,

Secondary 3: Building our community, and

Secondary 4/5: Shaping our society.

The focus of leadership development at Serangoon Secondary School is also centred upon the school’s desired SHINE values of Self-Directedness, Harmony, Integrity, ResilieNce, and Excellence. Upon completion of his/her leadership journey in the school, every student will have grown in his/her capacity to:

(i) take responsibility for his/her own learning;

(ii) work effectively in teams, be innovative, take calculated risks, and strive for excellence;

(iii) lead others with confidence and care; and

(iv) influence his/her peers to bring about a positive change to the school and society through meaningful collaborations

As part of LLP, students are empowered to lead and mentor in Community Youth Leadership initiatives. They can look forward to opportunities to participate, design, and implement a whole array of meaningful and engaging community-based projects. In the process of applying their learning and leadership skills in authentic settings, our students become active contributors to the growth of our community and our nation. The school also engages partners and stakeholders to co-construct a supportive ecosystem for student leadership and student volunteerism during and beyond their school years.

STEM Applied Learning Programme (ALP): Programming and 3D Modelling (Real-World Explorations in ICT)

Through the exploration of ICT in various contexts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), our ALP seeks to facilitate students’ acquisition and application of knowledge while sharpening their critical thinking skills in which logical thinking is nurtured and processing skills gained. Students will also develop an inquisitive disposition towards learning, and 21st century competencies, such as, information and communication skills and inventive thinking.

Students can look forward to engaging themselves in increasingly popular 3D Modelling and Printing in Sec 1 and enjoying exciting moments using Drones in Sec 2, where the two programmes are designed specially to pique students' interest in possibly pursuing their careers in future in industries such as Aerospace, Transportation, Infrastructure, Media, Telecommunications, Health Sciences and Architecture. In Sec 3, selected students continue to pursue their interest in STEM explorations.

Application for DSA-Sec through the LLP or STEM ALP opens from 5 May 2021, 9am to 1 Jun 2021, 3pm.


Applicants must be born between

2 Jan 2005 and 1 Jan 2010 (for Singapore Citizen / Singapore Permanent Resident)


2 Jan 2007 and 1 Jan 2010 (for International Students)

Selection Criteria

Learning  for Life Programme


STEM Applied  Learning Programme

General  Descriptors

· Outward-looking, with awareness of, and concern for, community needs


· Are/have strong potential to be influential, with strong communication and people  skills


· Demonstrate leadership skills

General Descriptors

· Curiosity  with a keen interest in  areas such as robotics

· Proficient in Mathematics and  Science


· Passionate  in STEM-related disciplines

Very good conduct in Primary 6 or last attended school.

Good conduct in Primary 6 or last attended school.

Record of active participation in at least 1 CCA in Primary 6 or last attended school for at least 3 years.

Applicants who have achieved at least a B in either Mathematics or Science at the last school-based examination (or equivalent).

Has held Leadership position(s) in class/level/CCA/school in last attended school.


Applicants with good track of service  to the community in at least one of the following:

a. Participated  actively in community service activities (beyond minimum requirements) as a  result of passion to serve the community


b. Exemplary  service to school in environment conservation efforts


c. Exemplary  service to others in the school community


d. Initiated  and led a meaningful project for the class/level/CCA/school so as to improve  the class/level/CCA/school


e. Other suitable involvement

Applicants who have at least one  of the following:

a. Participated or achieved in STEM-related competitions or enrichment programmes, in particular the application of ICT in the areas of Drones programming and 3D modelling.


 b. Participated in a STEM-related CCA in primary school. (e.g.  Robotics Club, Science Club, Infocomm Club, Computer Club, Game Designing Programme, Singapore Youth Flying Club, Inventions Club)

Attitude and suitability during the interview (shortlisted applicants will be informed to attend the interview).

Note: The decision of the Interview Panel on the DSA-Sec application is final. The school reserves the right not to release the reasons for non-selection of applicants and/or the results of the  aptitude test and the interview.


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 5 May 2021 to 1 Jun 2021. For more details, please refer to MOE website –

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 May 2021, 9am to 01 Jun 2021, 3pm

28 Jun 2021 – 13 Sep 2021

All candidates who are not studying in MOE mainstream primary schools are to obtain a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) upon the start of the DSA Exercise.

Other applicants not studying in MOE mainstream primary schools are to apply for a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) before they can apply through the DSA-Sec Portal. Schools may refer them to MOE website at:

All International Students are advised to take part in the AEIS (Admissions Exercise for International Students) and refer to MOE website for further details.


To ensure the safety and well-being of our students and school personnel amid the COVID-19 situation, DSA schools will not hold any face-to-face interviews as part of their DSA selection process. Instead, all interviews and selection for shortlisted DSA candidates will be done via electronic modes (e-modes). The e-modes, such as the use of Zoom or Google Meet video conferencing tool, will be conducted at the applicants' primary school for DSA-Sec during the selection period. This avoids inter-mingling of students across schools, in line with safe distancing measures. It would also provide all students with access to video-conferencing capability, suitable venues and equipment, with standardisation of the setting and equipment to ensure fairness in the selection process. The selection period for schools for DSA-Sec is from 28 June to 13 September 2021.