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DSA FAQ

General

Question 1

My child may be eligible for more than a single criteria. Hence, I would like to know how that works. Thank you!

Answer

Applicants can apply for more than one talent area from a school.

On the DSA-Sec portal, indicate up to 3 choices and 3 talent areas. You may indicate up to 2 talent areas for the same school. If you want to apply for 2 talent areas at the same school, you must indicate both as separate choices.

Question 2

What are the documents that we need to submit for DSA?

Answer

Your child’s primary school information will automatically be shared with us. This information includes your child's P5 and P6 academic results, Co-curricular Activities (CCA), Values in Action (VIA) involvement, School-based achievements and awards, NAPFA results and Junior Sports Academy participation. You do not need to input these information.

On the DSA-Sec portal, you may provide information on non-school based activities and achievements, which are related to your child's chosen talent areas. This section is non-compulsory, with a limit of 10 entries.

Question 3

I understand that the previous pri 6 Mid-Year result will be taken as part of the consideration. How about this year? Will there be any changes in the requirements?

Answer

We will take into consideration these academic results:

  • Pri 6 Term 1 Progress Report,
  • Pri 5 SA1 & SA2 results

Question 4

What is the aggregate for DSA admission?

Answer

Taking reference from MOE’s Admission policy for 2019, students with aggregate score of 188 and above are eligible for the Express course (source: MOE website https://beta.moe.gov.sg/secondary/courses/

Question 5

What is Jurong Secondary School’s cutoff for this year’s intake?

 Answer

  • Express: 228 – 243
  • Normal (Academic): 172 – 198
  • Normal (Technical): 128 - 159

Question 6

  • If my child loses interest in the programme, can he opt out?
  • Can my child withdraw from the DSA program after my child is accepted in the DSA program?

Answer

It is MOE’s policy that a student will commit to the particular DSA programme that he/she is accepted for, to fully develop the talent in that area.

In the event that your child is not sure that he/she can sustain the programme for the next 4/5 years, then it may be advisable to reconsider the DSA option and look at entry via Secondary One Posting.

Question 7

How will you allocate the class for the students who enrolls through DSA?

Answer

DSA students together with the rest of the S1 cohort for 2021 will be randomly allocated to the classes based on the course that they are eligible for. As Jurong Secondary is a pilot school for Full Subject-Based Banding, each S1 class will have approximately 34 students (instead of the usual 40) and have students from different courses in the same form class.

Each class will comprise ~20 students from Express; ~9 students from N(A); ~5 students from N(T)

Question 8

  • Is it possible that the child successfully qualifies for more than 1 DSA choice?
  • Can my child choose the DSA he wants if he applies for 2 DSAs for the same school, and both applications are successful?

Answer

Yes. If your child applies to 2 talents areas in Jurong Sec and given Confirmed Offers for these 2 talent areas, your child will be required to rank his/ her choice during the School Preference Submission.

Question 9

What happens if my child’s DSA application is accepted but actual PSLE score falls below the cutoff? Will she be accepted to the school eventually?

Answer

Jurong Secondary School offers 3 academic courses of Express, N(A) and N(T). Students who are given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school, provided that they accept the offer and qualify for one of the 3 academic courses based on their PSLE results.

Service Leadership

Question 1

Which section does Service Leadership belong to?

Answer

Leadership and Uniform Groups

Question 2

My child has no prior experience in Service Leadership and he has not had the chance to participate in any projects, what are the odds that he will be selected for this DSA programme?

Answer

As mentioned in the presentation, the three attributes that we are looking for are Interest, Passion and Motivation to serve. This means that as long as the student expresses these attributes in his/ her involvement, be it as a participant or leader in his school's VIA programme, it will suffice.

 

Your child can also sharing during the interview on how he/she has expressed these attributes in his/her daily life. For example, how he/she has helped in taking care of others and helping out at home.  A child who makes effort to reach out to others (eg. looking out for the elderly neighbors, buying food for the injured cat at the void deck) will have expressed these attributes.

Question 3

What kind of opportunities will my daughter get in the Service Leadership DSA throughout her 4-5 years to develop this strength in her?

Answer

The three areas of our programmes are service opportunities, leadership training and community partnerships

Examples of service opportunities are conferences, learning journeys and attachments for exposure and to build up their social awareness for the needy. Leadership training will include workshops and camps to hone their leadership skills. Community partnerships will include projects that involve their peers in school projects and external programmes with the grassroots and other social organisations.

Question 6

Are there specific CCAs that my child must be in for DSA Service Leadership?

Answer

No, for the categories of SCoRe and Service Leadership, your child will go through the CCA Options Exercise.

This is different from the DSA Sports. This will mean that other than their CCA commitments, they have to dedicate some afternoons to be involved in the DSA programme as mentioned in question 3.

SCoRe

Question 1

If my child has not participated in the Science Olympiad, is it alright for him to apply for SCoRe? What is the criteria to apply for it?

Answer

The applicant does not require Science Olympiad to apply for DSA SCoRe. The qualities that we look out for in applicants include: a keen interest in learning science beyond the standard prescribed curriculum, passion in science research, and an interest to share their love for science with others.

Sports

Question 1

Will my child be guaranteed a place on the school sports team if he is accepted via DSA?

Answer

There is no guarantee of a confirmed place on the team.

Selection for the teams participating in NSG is based on merit and will be done nearer to the date of competition. We also  participate in other competitions to provide opportunities to gain experience.

Question 2

  • My son's CCA is concert band, but your school does not have it for DSA. Is it advisable for my son to use badminton, to apply for DSA? As his primary school did not have badminton as CCA, he played it as a hobby.
  • Can I choose DSA basketball although I am in badminton as I like to play both badminton and basketball?
  • My child’s Primary school does not have a basketball CCA but he has been on ActiveSG Basketball Activity since primary 2 till now, participating in games challenge & carnivals. Can this be considered something that the school will accept?

Answer

Yes, we will welcome application as long there is interest and passion for the particular DSA category.

Question 3

  • Will the students be asked to show skills during the DSA e-interview?
  • During the e interview, is the school expecting the applicant to perform any footwork or displaying the strokes to the interviewer?

Answer

Yes, shortlisted applicants will be required to perform 2 to 3 sports-specific tasks during the video-conferencing interview. A sample video of the tasks to be performed will be provided for the applicants 1 week before the interview to allow sufficient time for their preparation.