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Direct School Admission Exercise for Secondary 1 in 2008



This year, 56 schools, 9 more than last year, will be participating in the Direct School Admission Exercise for admission to Secondary One in 2008.
The Direct School Admission Exercise (Secondary) (DSA-Sec) aims to promote holistic education by giving participating schools greater flexibility in selecting students while holding to the key principles of transparency and meritocracy.
For students, the DSA provides them the opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talents in seeking admission to secondary schools.
The list of the 56 schools participating in DSA-Sec this year is at Annex A.
New DSA Secondary Schools
Specialised Independent School
This year¡¯s DSA-Sec Exercise will be extended to the new School of the Arts (SOTA), a specialised Independent School for talented youths in the visual and performing arts. SOTA will start in January 2008.
SOTA will offer a 6-year holistic curriculum that meaningfully connects the arts and the academic programme at pretertiary level, to provide a dedicated development path for students to realise their artistic and academic potential.
SOTA students will sit for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma as their graduating qualification at Year 6.
Niche Programme Schools
Based on their track record of achievements and their development plans for their niche areas, the following eight schools have been approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE) this year to offer discretionary places under the DSA-Sec Exercise for schools with approved niche programmes:



CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent


Fuhua Secondary


Jurong West Secondary

Uniformed Groups

Montfort Secondary


Outram Secondary


St Patrick’s School

Military Band

Yio Chu Kang Secondary

Performing Arts

Yuhua Secondary

Concert Band

Presbyterian High, which participated in last year¡¯s DSA-Sec Exercise with uniformed groups as their niche area, will offer volleyball (girls¡¯ team) as a new niche area this year, in addition to uniformed groups.
The full list of the 20 niche programme schools is at Annex B. MOE will continue to invite applications from schools interested to establish niche programmes in subsequent years.

Source: Press Release 10 May 2007

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