Direct School Admissions (DSA)

07 May 2018, Monday
For Secondary 1 Admission in 2019
1. What is Direct School Admission (DSA)?

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 the DSA. Otherwise, students will take part in the Sec 1 Posting Exercise, whereby admission is based on merit according to their PSLE results.

Students who have been successfully allocated to NYGH via DSA will NOT be allowed to participate in the Sec 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 in Year 1 to 4 and to Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) in Year 5 to 6. NYGH runs the 6-year Integrated Programme in partnership with HCI.

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the students’ aptitude and strengths, bearing in mind NYGH’s academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent. 

2.  What are the important dates for this year’s DSA?
No. Description Time Frame

Primary 6 students submit e-application and upload relevant supporting documents via the NYGH school website.

No administration fee is collected for the e-application.

NYGH has discontinued the use of General Ability Test (GAT) from 2017 in our DSA process. Please refer to point 3 for the admission criteria via DSA.

Applicants who are not studying in MOE mainstream schools are required to obtain a Registration Number from MOE Customer Service Centre. Applicants need to present their registration number before NYGH can process the applications.

Applicants who are international students are to take part in the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS), before NYGH consider their DSA applications. 

21 May to 3 July, 12 noon


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

Audition for Higher Music Programme under the Aesthetics domain is only for shortlisted applicants.

Dates for trials/auditions under DSA Sports or Aesthetics domains can be found on the online DSA Application Portal. Please contact the teacher-in-charge via email should you have any queries regarding the trials.

June to Mid July

NYGH informs shortlisted applicants for interview. 



NYGH conducts interviews. 

July – August


Applicants receive 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 do so online via the DSA-Sec Internet System or physically at their primary schools. 

29 October, 9am to 2 November, 3pm

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

Late November
3.  What are the DSA Application Requirements?

4. What are the DSA Selection Criteria?

  • Passion and Aptitude in the specific domain
  • Performance at trials or auditions
  • Academic Ability (to manage the IP curriculum)
  • Character and Leadership Dispositions 


5. What was the admission cut-off point for 2018 Secondary 1 students (annual posting exercise)?

For 2018 Secondary 1 admission, the cut-off was 264 (inclusive of bonus points for Higher Mother Tongue).

In the last 5 years, the cut-off point ranges from 261 to 264. 


6. How many Secondary 1 students will be accepted in 2019?

The projected number is 390.


7. How much are the school and miscellaneous 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

All students : $750 per year


Students who are recipients of MOE award

Students in the Art Elective Programme (AEP), recipients of Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools (EESIS) and Singapore-MOE Awards (SMA)

Sec 1 & 2

MOE Subsidy: S$200 per month

Sec 3 & 4

MOE Subsidy: S$200 per month


Singapore students who need financial assistance may apply for the Ministry of Education’s Independent School Bursary (MOE-ISB) for school fee subsidy. The school also has bursaries for students who do not qualify for ISB and for other fees payable. The application form will be available from the school’s Accounts Office in mid-December 2018.


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

NYGH runs the 6-year Integrated Programme in partnership with Hwa Chong Institution (HCI). The IP is a 6-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 in Year 1 to 4 and to HCI in Year 5 to 6.


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

NYGH offers the AEP. It is a 4-year programme and students in the programme enjoy fee subsidy as AEP is an MOE-initiated programme. 

Though our school is not an MEP centre, we offer our own 4-year Higher Music Programme (HMP) which is modelled after the MEP. However students in our HMP do not enjoy fee subsidy unless they are on ESIS.


10. Who to contact for more information and further inquiries?

For DSA matters, please call our hotline number 6508 3654, Monday – Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. or email [email protected] from 7 May to 31 August 2018 (Please check updates on the school website). Please note that the hotline and email address will be removed after 31 August 2018.

Please submit your application here.