Direct School Admission (DSA) 2023

For administrative information on the 2023 DSA-Sec Exercise for admission to NYGH in 2024, please visit our school website at the end of April 2023.

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.

Students admitted to NYGH via talent areas related to aesthetics, sports and games are expected to honour the commitment in their respective CCAs 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.

NYGH will be offering the following talent areas in the 2023 DSA-Sec exercise for admission to Secondary 1 in 2024.


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 adapted from the 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. Students will be provided with varied authentic learning experiences to develop their 21st century competencies and leadership qualities. The training sessions will cover concepts of leadership and give the students opportunities to work in teams with like minded students to identify needs in their community and devise solutions to meet those needs. Mentoring will be provided to develop the leadership potential of the students.

Aesthetics Talent Areas

Students with talent in performance and the arts may consider admission to our school through DSA talent areas related to aesthetics such as Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Dance, Chinese Orchestra, Concert Band and String Ensemble.. We provide rich learning experiences in the respective CCAs, with various opportunities for students to hone their craft and showcase their skills. All Lower Secondary DSA students admitted through aesthetics talent areas will attend the fortnightly 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 aesthetics CCAs for 4 years.

Sports and Games Talent Areas

Students with strong athletic ability may consider admission to our school through talent areas related to sports and games such as Artistic Gymnastics, Badminton, Basketball, Netball, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wushu. We provide opportunities for a broad-based quality education and the necessary environment to support the development of our student athletes. All Lower Secondary DSA students admitted through sports and games talent areas will attend the fortnightly 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 via DSA should stay committed to their respective sports CCAs for 4 years.

Aesthetics Talent Areas

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

String Ensemble

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

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
NYGH DSA Hotline: 6508 3654 (Mon – Fri, 9am to 4pm)
NYGH DSA Email: 

Please note that the DSA hotline and email address will only be functional during the 2023 DSA-Sec exercise period.

For general information on Direct School Admission for secondary schools, please visit the MOE website.

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