Direct School Admission (DSA) 2019

01 April 2019, Monday





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. 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. NYGH runs the six-year Integrated Programme in partnership with HCI.

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.

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.


Important Dates




Time Frame


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 8 May to 4 Jun 2019. For more details, please refer to MOE’s website –

9 am, 8 May - 3 pm, 4 June


NYGH conducts trials/auditions for applicants who have applied under the Sports or Aesthetics domains.

Dates for trials/auditions under DSA Sports or Aesthetics domains can be found on the school website by end April. Please contact the teacher-in-charge via email should you have any queries regarding the trials/auditions.

17 June - 12 July


NYGH invites shortlisted applicants for interview.



NYGH conducts interviews.

July - August


Applicants receive the outcome of the selection exercise.

By 31 August


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.

21 - 25 October (by 3 pm)


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

Late November




Application Requirements & Talent Areas


Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. Please refer to MOE’s website ( on application requirements.

The talent areas offered in NYGH in the 2019 DSA exercise for 2020 Secondary 1 admission are:

Talent Areas

Trials / Auditions

(for shortlisted applicants only)

  • Bilingualism


(Including selection tests/tasks)

  • Mathematics


(Including selection tests/tasks)

  • Science


(Including selection tests/tasks)

  • Innovation


(Including selection tests/tasks)

  • Aesthetics
    • Dance – Chinese
    • Orchestra – Chinese
    • Band – Concert
    • Ensemble – String
    • Visual Art – Chinese Calligraphy



  • Sports
    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Chess – International
    • Gymnastics – Artistic
    • Netball
    • Sailing
    • Softball
    • Table Tennis
    • Tennis
    • Track and Field
    • Volleyball
    • Wushu





Selection Criteria


  • Passion and aptitude in the specific domain 
  • Performance at trials or auditions
  • Academic ability (to manage the IP curriculum)
  • Character and leadership disposition


School Fees


School fees per month:


Sec 1

Sec 2

Sec 3

Sec 4

Singapore Citizens





Singapore Permanent Residents





International Students from ASEAN Countries





International Students from Non-ASEAN Countries






Miscellaneous fees:

S$750 per year for all students.

MOE Subsidy:

Subsidy of S$200 per month for students in the Art Elective Programme (AEP), recipients of Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools (ESIS) or Singapore-MOE Awards (SMA)


Financial Assistance


NYGH is committed to ensuring that no deserving student is denied the opportunity to our Nanyang Experience due to financial circumstances at home. Financial assistance schemes such as the MOE Independent School Bursary (MOE ISB), school-administered financial assistance schemes, as well as other bursaries provided by well-wishers and external institutions are available to help our needy students continue with their education and motivate them to strive for greater accomplishments. 

UPLIFT Scholarship

With effect from 2019, students who are Singapore citizens from low-income families admitted to Independent Schools (IS's) through DSA or are receiving the Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools may apply for the UPLIFT Scholarship. Students from families with Gross Household Income up to $2,750 or Per Capita Income up to $690 will be eligible for the scholarship. The scholarship provides a cash award of $800 per annum. The tenure of the scholarship will be for the full duration of studies in the IS's subject to students meeting the annual renewal criteria.

MOE Independent School Bursary (MOE ISB)

  • Eligibility Criteria
    • The student must be a Singapore Citizen.
    • Satisfy either the monthly Gross Household Income (GHI) or the Per Capita Income (PCI) criteria. 
  • Income Criteria & Benefits
    • From 1 April 2019, the revised income criteria and benefits are as shown in the table below:

Income Criteria

School & Miscellaneous Fees Subsidy

GHI ≤ $2,750; or PCI ≤ $690


GHI $2,751 - $4,000; or PCI $691 - $1,000


Students will pay the equivalent of GGAS (Government and Government-aided schools) fees

GHI $4,001 - $6,900; or PCI $1,001 - $1,725

Students will pay an equivalent of 1.5 x GGAS fees

GHI $6,901 - $9,000; or PCI $1,726 - $2,250



School-Administered Financial Assistance Schemes

Students who do not qualify for the MOE ISB or MOE ISB recipients who wish to apply for financial assistance for other fees may apply for such assistance under the Nanyang Girls' School Financial Assistance Scheme (NYGH FAS). The application form will be available from the school’s Accounts Office in mid-December 2019.


Frequently Asked Questions


1. What was the admission cut-off point for 2019 Secondary 1 students (annual posting exercise)?

For 2019 Secondary 1 admission, the cut-off was 258 (inclusive of bonus points for Higher Mother Tongue). In the last five years, the cut-off point ranged from 258 to 264.

2. How many Secondary 1 students will be accepted in 2020?

The projected number is 390.

3. What is the NYGH-HCI Integrated Programme (IP)?

NYGH runs the six-year Integrated Programme in partnership with Hwa Chong Institution (HCI). The IP is a six-year enriched curriculum that equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to proceed directly to the A-Level programme in HCI. Students who have been successfully allocated to NYGH via DSA are expected to honour the commitment to NYGH from Year 1 to 4 and to HCI from Year 5 to 6.

4. Does the school offer the Art Elective Programme (AEP) and the Music Elective Programme (MEP)?

NYGH offers the AEP. It is a four-year programme and students in the programme enjoy a fee subsidy as AEP is an MOE-initiated programme.

Though our school is not an MEP centre, we offer our own four-year Higher Music Programme (HMP) which is modelled after the MEP. However, students in our HMP do not enjoy a fee subsidy unless they are on ESIS.

5. Who should I contact for more information and further inquiries?

For DSA matters, please call our hotline  6508 3654, Monday – Friday

9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. or email [email protected] from 1 April to 31 August 2019. Please note that the hotline and email address will be removed after 31 August 2019.