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Direct School Admission

2020 Direct School Admission (DSA) to Dunearn Secondary School

(For admission to Sec One in 2021)


The DSA-Sec allows students to seek admission to a secondary school on the basis of talents and achievements that may not be demonstrated at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). The DSA-Sec enables students to enter suitable academic and non-academic programmes in Secondary Schools that can develop the students according to their strengths and talents.

Dunearn Secondary School invites students in Primary 6 in 2020 who are keen to develop their interest and talents through our Applied Learning Programme – Food Science and Technology to apply for direct entry to our Secondary 1 cohort of 2021.

Admission Criteria

We welcome students who:
  • have a desire to pursue their interest and passion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),
  • possess critical thinking skills, creativity and inventive thinking, and communication and ICT skills, and 
  • demonstrate desire to lead teams in STEM-related projects and programmes. 

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, 9 a.m. to 5 Jun 2020, 3 p.m.

For more details, please refer to MOE website at

Selection Process

In view of the COVID-19 situation, to ensure the safety of the DSA applicants, the school will conduct
selection using electronic mode and applicants need not visit our school in person. More details will be updated at our website by the end of May. 

Contact Personnel 

For enquiries, please contact Mr Nick Lee - Year Head (Upper Sec), at 65653692. Alternatively, you may email your enquiries to

Schedule for DSA-Sec Exercise





Application for Dunearn DSA-Sec through the online DSA-Sec Portal. 

12th May, 9 am to 5th Jun 2020, 3 pm



Notification and interview for shortlisted applicants

1st July – 14th Sep 2020


Release of results (Confirmed Offer (CO)/Wait List (WL)/Rejected)


·        A letter via hardcopy or email will be issued to inform applicants of the outcome [i.e. Confirmed Offer (CO), Wait List (WL) or Unsuccessful.

By 14th Sep 2020


For successful applicants from MOE schools with a Confirmed Offer or on Wait List, a School Preference Form will be issued by respective primary schools.


For successful applicants from non-MOE school with a Confirmed Offer or on Wait List, a School Preference Form will be issued by MOE Customer Service Centre.

To be announced


Exercise School Preference (by applicants)

To be announced



Release of DSA-Sec Results together with PSLE Results

To be announced



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.