Direct School Admission (DSA) 2021

For administrative information on NYGH DSA 2021, please visit our school website.

Introduced in 2004, the DSA scheme provides students with the opportunity to seek admission to Nanyang Girls’ High School (NYGH), based on a diverse range of academic and non-academic achievements and talents that they can demonstrate beyond the PSLE.

Primary 6 students who wish to seek admission to NYGH based on their achievements and talents can consider applying through DSA. Otherwise, students will take part in the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise, whereby admission is based on their PSLE results.

Students who have been successfully allocated to NYGH via DSA will NOT be allowed to participate in the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise to opt for other secondary schools as places have already been reserved for them in NYGH. They will also NOT be allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results. NYGH runs the six-year Integrated Programme in partnership with HCI. They are expected to honour the commitment to NYGH from Year 1 to 4 and to Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) from Year 5 to 6. The six-year commitment applies only if students continue in the Integrated Programme. Students may be emplaced or may opt for the O-Level programme at the end of Year 2.

Students admitted to NYGH via DSA-CCA are expected to honour the commitment in the CCA from Year 1 to 4. They are allowed to choose another CCA in Year 5 to 6 if they are interested in a new CCA.

Students admitted to NYGH via DSA (Bilingualism, Mathematics, Science or Innovation) are expected to honour their commitment to participate in the respective domain’s programmes from Year 1 to 4 and prioritise these programmes over others.

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitude and strengths, bearing in mind NYGH’s academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.

The six domains offered in NYGH in the 2021 DSA exercise for 2022 Secondary 1 admission




Service Leadership




DSA CCAs in Aesthetics Domain

String Ensemble

Accepting DSA applications for the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Chinese Orchestra

Accepting DSA applications for the following instruments: 弦乐 (Bowed strings), 阮 (Ruan), 柳琴 (Liuqin), 笙 (Sheng), 唢 (Suona), 笛子 (Dizi), 琵琶 (Pipa), 扬琴 (Yangqin), Cello, Double Bass, Percussion

Concert Band

Accepting DSA applications for the following instruments: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Saxophone

Important Dates

  • 12 May, 9 am – 5 June, 3 pm

    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 12 May to 5 Jun 2021. For more details, please refer to MOE’s website.

  • July – Aug

    NYGH conducts e-trials/e-auditions/e-selection tests/e-interviews for shortlisted applicants. The e-trials/e-auditions/e-selection tests/e-interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place in the applicants’ primary schools.

    Dates for e-trials/e-auditions/e-selection tests/e-interviews  for shortlisted applicants can be found on the school website by mid-June.

    More details on the selection process will be emailed to shortlisted applicants only nearer the date.

  • By 14 September

    Applicants receive outcome of the selection exercise.

  • Late October

    Students who receive at least one DSA offer may indicate up to three school preferences. They can submit their school preferences through the MOE online system or in hardcopy to their primary schools.

  • Late November

    The results of the DSA Exercise will be released to students on the same day as the release of PSLE results.

Selection Criteria

  • Passion and aptitude in the specific talent area 
  • Performance at e-selection tests
  • Performance at e-trials or auditions
  • Academic ability (to manage the IP curriculum)
  • Character and leadership disposition

Questions about DSA?

For School Fees queries and FAQ, please visit NYGH school website
DSA Hotline: 6508 3654 (Mon – Fri, 9am to 4pm)
Email: (15 May – 14 Sep 2021)

Please note that the DSA hotline and email address will be removed after 14 September 2020.

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