Direct School Admission (DSA) 2020 (Updated on 1 July)

19 June 2020, Friday

(Updated on 1 July 2020)

Dear applicants, 

Thank you for your interest in Nanyang Girls’ High School. 

We have set aside the following dates for e-trials/e-auditions/e-selection tests/e-interviews for shortlisted applicants in the different talent areas. Do take note of these dates. 

Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email at least 1 week before the date. 

We wish you all the best.

Talent Areas Dates for e-trials/e-auditions/e-selection tests/e-interviews 
for shortlisted applicants 


5 August


16 July


17 July


3 or 4 August

Dance – Chinese

14 or 17 July

Orchestra – Chinese

14 or 16 July

Band – Concert

16 or 30 July

Ensemble – String

14 or 17 July

Visual Art – Chinese Calligraphy

28 or 30 July


13 or 14 July


27 or 28 July

Chess – International

14 or 16 July

Gymnastics – Artistic

14 or 17 July


13 or 16 July


14 or 16 July


13 or 14 July

Table Tennis

14 or 17 July


14 or 16 July

Track and Field

27 or 29 July


27 or 30 July


16 or 30 July



DSA FB Live Q&A Session on 23 May


1. Introduction

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. 

2. 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 12 May to 5 Jun 2020. For more details, please refer to MOE’s website –

12 May, 9 am to 5 June, 3 pm


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.

July – Aug


Applicants receive outcome of the selection exercise.

By 14 September


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 October


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

Late November


3. Application Requirements and 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 2020 DSA exercise for 2021 Secondary 1 admission are:

Talent Areas

e-Trials/ Auditions (for shortlisted applicants only)

e-Selection Tests (for shortlisted applicants only)

Online submission of Portfolio (for shortlisted applicants only)

e-Interview (for shortlisted applicants only)


















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






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

*Chinese Orchestra is 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 is accepting DSA applications for the following instruments: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Saxophone

***String Ensemble is accepting DSA applications for the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

4. 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


The Innovation Talent Area focuses on developing and inspiring interdisciplinary passions and skills necessary for nurturing creativity and empowering the innovative mind.

Candidates will demonstrate enthusiasm and potential in innovation in at least one area of knowledge from Part A and one from Part B below. These may be blended in the same piece of work, or spread out over several pieces.

Part A: STEM

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Math


Part B: The ARTS

  • Visual
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Literature


Evidence of enthusiasm and potential in innovation in the above may be seen through (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Engagement through: exemplary self-directed development, competitions, clubs, groups, programmes, performances, exhibitions, publications, or volunteering
  2. Acknowledged through achievement, awards, certificates, or other forms of recognition from the relevant community
  3. Has had opportunity to lead, share or teach others


Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio. More details will be provided via email after the DSA application window.

5. School Fees

School fees per month (Year 2021)


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

All students

S$750 per year


Students who are recipients of MOE Awards

Students in the Art Elective Programme (AEP), recipients of Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools (ESIS)

Sec 1 & 2

MOE Subsidy: S$200 per month

Sec 3 & 4

MOE Subsidy: S$200 per month


6. 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

  • 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


What It Means


GHI ≤ $2,750;

or PCI ≤ $690


Tier 1 subsidy

~ 100% subsidy


Students pay $0 of school & miscellaneous fee per month.

In addition, they will receive :

  • Free textbooks and school attire
  • Full subsidy of national exam fees
  • Transport Subsidy (for students taking public transport)
  • Meal Subsidy


GHI $2,751 - $4,000;

or PCI $691 - $1,000


Tier 2 subsidy

~ student pays the same fee as student studying in government and government-aided schools (GGAS)


Students will pay $25 per month


MOE will subsidize the remaining school & miscellaneous fee


GHI $4,001 - $6,900;

or PCI $1,001 - $1,725


Tier 3 subsidy

~ student pays 1.5x

GGAS fee~


Students will pay $37.50 per month


MOE will subsidize the remaining school & miscellaneous fee


GHI $6,901 - $9,000;

or PCI $1,726 - $2,250


Tier 4 subsidy

~ 33% subsidy of school and miscellaneous fees


Lower Sec Students will pay $209.38 per month.

Upper Sec Students will pay $242.87 per month.


MOE will subsidize the remaining 33% of school & miscellaneous fee


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 2020.

7. Frequently Asked Questions

1. What was the admission cut-off point for 2020 Secondary 1 students (annual posting exercise)?

For 2020 Secondary 1 admission, the cut-off was 261 (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 2021?

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. What would the learning experience be like for students who enrol through DSA (Bilingualism, Mathematics, Science or Innovation)?


To nurture the DSA (Bilingual) students to be effectively bilingual and bicultural, the school offers programmes beyond the classroom. Students are 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 strengths.


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 expected to participate in various research programmes such as Math Research Project or Big Data 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 and 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 bright young minds in thinking critically and creatively through interdisciplinary and collaborative research. At lower secondary level, all students enrolled in NYGH will have the opportunity to stay updated in digital skills such as coding their own iOS apps using Swift programming language and IoT devices using micro:bit. Through learning journeys and talks by experts, students will enrich their learning and explore their interests. They will also build their design thinking competencies through tinkering during Maker activities. As they move to upper secondary level, students will participate in competitions related to design and innovation where they will be challenged with devising engineering solutions for real-world problems. Some of these competitions include Engineering Innovation Challenge, MOE Innovation Programme and STEM Inc. NXplorers. They will also be encouraged to participate in industry internships or research projects related to design and/or innovation at universities and research institutions. Interested students who wish to deepen their expertise in Computational Thinking and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) could participate in programmes on Robotics, Data Visualisation (e.g. using Tableau) and Machine Learning (e.g. using Python).

6. 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 15 May to 14 September 2020. Please note that the hotline and email address will be removed after 14 September 2020.