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DSA @ Northbrooks

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About DSA

The Direct School Admission (DSA) is an opportunity for Primary 6 students to directly apply for admission into participating secondary schools based on their talents and achievement which might not have been demonstrated at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). 

Northbrooks Secondary School offers DSA in the following areas:

  1. Aerospace
  2. Outdoor Adventure
  3. Leadership
  4. Floorball (Boys)
  5. Ensemble - Guzheng
  6. Dance - Contemporary

About Northbrooks

The school offers a variety of enrichment programmes to widen the students' learning experiences for greater development in cognitive, physical and aesthetic domains.

The school's distinctive Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Aerospace provides our students with an edge when applying for aerospace-related courses in ITE and the Polytechnics, which in turn opens a career pathway for them in the rapidly growing aerospace industry. All Lower Secondary students are equipped with basic knowledge in general aerospace topics and essential Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) skills. Students who demonstrate passion in this field of study would be further engaged/stretched in related external competitions and programmes.

Our Learning for Life Programme (LLP) in Outdoor Education is known as A.C.E. and stands for Adventure, Character, Environment. The programme aims to develop character, inculcate values of grit and resilience and build leadership traits in all students as they learn adventure skills such as orienteering, rock climbing and abseiling as well as cultivate an appreciation for the outdoors and the environment during PE lessons and Level Camps. Students who excel at the various adventure skills may have the opportunity to participate at a higher challenge level in various outdoor competitions.

General Criteria

  1. Applicants should have a keen interest and passion for the respective areas
  2. Applicants should have a positive learning attitude and a growth mindset
  3. Applicants should have demonstrated good conduct and leadership skills in school

Criteria and Selection Process


Area Criteria Selection Process
1. Aerospace Demonstration of

1. Positive attitude towards Aerospace and related topics

2. Knowledge related to concepts and topics related to Aerospace

3. Skills in the area of critical thinking, problem solving, adaptability and teamwork

4. Skills related to Aerospace

1. Test (Multiple Choice Questions) on Theory of Flight and Aerodynamics

2. Interview

  • Both test and interview will be conducted via video conferencing.

*During the interview, applicants are encouraged to share their STEAM related projects done in their primary schools through portfolio.

 2. Outdoor Adventure

Demonstration of

1. Positive attitude and conduct

2. Leadership skills

3. Good physical fitness

Prior experiences in outdoor adventure related activities 

Interview via video conferencing








 3. Leadership

Demonstration of

1. Positive attitude and conduct

2. Leadership skills

3. Good physical fitness

Prior experiences in leadership related activities 

1. Interview

2. Leadership Challenge

  • Both interview and Leadership Challenge will be conducted via video conferencing.



 4. Floorball (Boys)

Demonstration of

1. Positive attitude and conduct

2. Good physical fitness

Prior experiences in Floorball/Hockey competitions

1. Sports Trial

2. Interview

  • Both sports trial and interview will be conducted via video conferencing.

 5. Ensemble - Guzheng Demonstration of

1. Good performance skills and technique in playing the guzheng

2. Good track record of music performances:
a. through participation in performances in school or outside of school (e.g. Annual Speech and Prize-giving Day, Mid-Autumn Festival celebration by Residents’ Committee)
b. representation and achievement in national or related events and/or competitions (e.g. Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentations)

3. High level of commitment and self-motivation

4. Positive attitude and good conduct

1.    Submission of any existing video recording of an instrumental performance. If a video recording is submitted, applicants must ensure that he/she is in the video frame and that the recording is not edited.

Applicants who do not have any existing videos will not be required to make a new video to support this application.

2. Audition

3. Interview

  • Both audition and interview will be conducted via video conferencing.



 6. Dance - Contemporary Demonstration of

1. Good performance skills and technique in dance

2. Good track record of dance performances:
a. through participation in performances in school or outside of school (e.g. Annual Speech and Prize-giving Day, Chingay 2020)
b. representation and achievement in national or related events and/or competitions (e.g. Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentations)

3.     High level of commitment and self-motivation

4.     Positive attitude and good conduct 

1. Submission of any existing video recording of a dance performance. If a video recording is submitted, applicants must ensure that he/she is in the video frame and that the recording is not edited.

Applicants who do not have any existing videos will not be required to make a new video to support this application.

2. Audition

3. Interview

  • Both audition and interview will be conducted via video conferencing.

Application Process


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 2020 to 5 June 2020. For more details, please refer to MOE website.

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent. Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from year 1-4.


Outcome

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application via a letter by Friday,  18 September 2020. The letter will indicate whether the applicant has been given a Confirmed Offer, put on the Waiting List or Unsuccessful.


Key Dates

Dates Remarks
12 May 2020 – 15 Jun 2020
DSA Application period
1 Jul 2020 – 14 Sept 2020
Selection and Interview period
15 Sept 2020 – 17 Sept 2020 Release of Outcome of DSA Application
26 Oct 2020 – 30 Oct 2020 School Preference Submission by Applicants who have received at least one DSA-Sec offer
25 Nov 2020 – 27 Nov 2020
(Tentative)
DSA-Sec Allocation Results Release