Direct School Admission (DSA) 2022

For administrative information on NYGH DSA 2022, 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 ,Innovation and Service Leadership) 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 seven domains offered in NYGH in the 2022 DSA exercise for 2023 Secondary 1 admission


To nurture the DSA (Bilingual) students to be effectively bilingual and bicultural, the school offers programmes beyond the classroom. The Lower Secondary students will attend fortnightly NY Enrich lessons conducted by both Chinese and English teachers to develop their language skills as well as appreciation for culture and literature. Students are also given the opportunity to attend emcee and debate training, creative writing workshops, editing training and translation workshops. Students are expected to take advantage of one of these programmes to develop their linguistic and literary skills. They will get to sharpen their skills of communication through these various platforms. They are also encouraged to apply for these special programmes: Secondary 2 Literature Mentorship Programme, Upper Secondary Humanities Programme, Upper Secondary Bicultural Studies Programme and Chinese Language Elective Programme. Students are selected into these programmes based on their passion and aptitude.


The Mathematics Talent Development Programme for students who are admitted to our school via DSA-Mathematics offers an invigorating learning experience.  Students will develop their passion, sharpen their problem solving skills and deepen their learning of Mathematics through a comprehensive four-year Olympiad training programme.  They are given opportunities to take part in local and international Mathematics competitions. At upper secondary level, students are encouraged to participate in various research programmes such as Math Research Project where they will get to explore different areas of mathematical inquiry.  These research projects deepen their knowledge and hone their critical thinking skills. They are also encouraged to apply for a study in Advanced Mathematics which is based on Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry course by Stanford University Online High School.


Students admitted to our school via DSA-Science are provided with a myriad of opportunities to hone their skills in research and enrich their learning in the various scientific disciplines beyond the core curriculum.  They will get to learn from experts in external organisations and institutes of higher learning. In lower secondary level, students are expected to participate in at least one research and innovation project such as the Green Wave Environmental Care Competition or Innovation Programme. At upper secondary level, students are given various platforms to sharpen their skills of inquiry.  They are expected to challenge themselves by taking up at least one advanced science course. They will learn to read scientific journals and carry out independent learning tasks. They are encouraged to participate in various science competitions and mentorship programmes. They will get to deepen their research skills through short-term attachment to research institutions such as DSTA and DSO.


The Innovation Direct School Admission (DSA) Programme seeks to develop students’ design mindsets and behaviours, which includes developing their capacity to come up with human-centric solutions or innovate systems and experiences. Various platforms will be created such as school-based opportunities for our Innovation DSA students to further develop ideas and early versions of prototypes. There will also be an active curation of external partnerships for our students to learn from institutes of higher learning, local start-ups and other community partners. Students could consider deepening their interest through programmes and projects in areas such as Data Science, Maker, Aesthetics or others which they are keen on. Extended learning opportunities would be facilitated for our students to observe how innovative design mindsets and behaviours play out in authentic settings that cut across different industries.

Service Leadership

The Service Leadership Direct School Admission (DSA) Programme seeks to nurture leaders who place service at the heart of leadership with a clear sense of agency. Students are expected to go through a four-year Talent Development Programme which provides varied authentic learning experiences to develop their 21st century competencies and leadership qualities. Through the four years, students will be nurtured through the school’s Leadership Development Programme and there will be opportunities for them to attend leadership training.  At lower secondary level, students will be able to discover their leadership potential through these training sessions. At upper secondary level, there will be opportunities to develop leadership qualities through mentorship programmes and service to the school and community.

(Indicated as Leadership and Character in MOE’s website)

Aesthetics CCA

Students with talent in performance and the arts may consider admission to our school through DSA-Aesthetics. We provide rich learning experiences in the respective CCAs, with various opportunities for students to hone their craft and showcase their skills. All DSA-Aesthetics students will participate in a 2-year talent development programme that engages them in creative processes within and beyond their art form, thereby developing their confidence as performers, leaders and advocates of the arts. All students who gain admission via DSA should stay committed to their respective arts CCA for 4 years.

Sports CCA

Students with strong athletic ability may consider admission to our school through DSA-Sports. We provide opportunities for a broad-based quality education and the necessary environment to support the development of our student athletes. All DSA-Sports students will participate in a 2-year Talent Development Programme that imparts important knowledge to increase their likelihood of long-term athletic success and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills. All students who gain admission through this programme should stay committed to their respective CCA for 4 years.

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: (5 May – 12 Sep 2022)

Please note that the DSA hotline and email address will be removed after 12 September 2022.

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