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DSA Admission Guidelines


Introduced in 2004, the DSA scheme seeks to promote holistic education and provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate a more diverse range of achievements and talent when seeking admission to a secondary school.

At Bukit Batok Secondary School (BBSS), we believe that every child is unique and has innate abilities to be developed. Our school values,  mission  and  vision, represent our collective passion, dreams and aspirations, and guide us in how  we  work  with  our  parents,  community  and  partners  to realise the full potential of our students. We endeavour to build a culture of self-directedness and abundance mentality amongst staff and students. Children are firmly at the heart of our work and we seek to develop the whole child by providing meaningful and connected learning experiences that will allow every BBSSian to develop the right values, competencies and skills to do well in the 21st century.

DSA to Bukit Batok Secondary School

We are looking for promising Primary 6 students who demonstrate talent in the following 4 groups of talent areas that are open for DSA.

Group 1 (Leadership)

Talent Area

Criteria Eligibility for DSA

Student Leadership

  • Key appointments in student leadership bodies and / or CCAs
  • Active involvement in leadership activities / CCAs / community service
  • Demonstrates the following character and qualities:
a. Role model and good conduct
b. Keen to serve and lead

c. Takes initiative and is self-disciplined
d. Able to work independently and in a team
e. Resilient and willing to embrace challenges


Group 2 (Sports & Games)

Talent Area

Criteria Eligibility for DSA

Softball (Girls)

  • Passion to further develop and do well in this game
  • Able to commit to 3 training sessions per week
    • Skills: Mon and Wed
    • Fitness and Conditioning: Fri
  • Regular member of a CCA softball team in primary school
  • Able to play in more than one position will be an added advantage

Basketball (Boys)

  • Passion to further develop and do well in Basketball
  • Able to commit to 3 training sessions per week
  • Have experience in playing Basketball

Rugby (Boys)

We welcome both new and experienced rugby players who are:

  • Interested in holistic development: Athletics, Behaviour and aCademics
  • Passionate to learn new rugby skills and knowledge
  • Passionate to deepen their skills and knowledge to become better players
  • Interested in forging strong brotherhood / friendships with teammates
  • Able to commit to 3 training sessions per week
    • Skills: Mon and Fri
    • Fitness and Conditioning: Wed
Note: Experience as a member of school CCA rugby team or external rugby club outside school time is welcomed.

Cross Country

  • Able to commit to 3 training sessions a week

  • 1.6km run time:
    • Boys: below 6 minutes 30seconds
    • Girls: below 7 minutes 30seconds


  • Finalist in National Primary Schools Track and Field Meet in any of the following individual Track events:
    • 100 m
    • 200 m
    • 300 m
    • 600 m
    • 1500 m
    • Hurdles


Group 3 (Performing Arts)

Talent Area

Criteria Eligibility for DSA

Drama - English

  • Confident and eloquent
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Willing to take up both production and acting roles in drama, and/or debate
  • Experience in drama productions, stage performances, competitive debating or emceeing is a bonus

Chinese Orchestra

Meet at least one of the following:

  • Demonstrate strong talent and interest in Chinese Orchestra
  • Minimum of 2 years playing experience in CO instruments like Dizi, Suona, Yangqin or Erhu etc.
  • Participation in Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation or any other public performances would be an advantage
  • Achievements / awards in international / regional / national competition an added advantage
  • Achieved quality grade in music examination for any specific instrument an added advantage

Malay Dance

Meet at least one of the following:

  • Demonstrate strong talent, commitment and interest in Malay Dance
  • Regular member of Malay Dance CCA in primary school - either contemporary or traditional
  • Participation in Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation or any other public/school performances would be an advantage


Group 4 (Clubs & Societies)

Talent Area

Criteria Eligibility for DSA

Robotics Club

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in Robotics club
  • Have experience in building Lego Mindstorms sets and fluent in writing codes using Mindstorms
  • Have experience in Micro:bit or drones with basic block programming background
  • Participated in robotics-related projects in school/external events OR
  • Represented school in robotics-related competitions at internal/national level

Note for all applicants: Achievements at the national/international level would be an advantage. Applicants may key in relevant information via the MOE DSA Application Portal.

All applications are to be made via the MOE DSA Application Portal. Parents and students are encouraged to choose school 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.

Information on DSA will be available in local media on 5 May 2021. More details on our school DSA selection process/criteria and key dates will be provide by early June 2021. For more information on the 2021 DSA-Sec, please visit the MOE DSA-sec website (www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec).

Application Procedure 

Available from 5 May 2021 onwards.

You have from 11am on Wednesday, 5 May 2021 to 3pm on Tuesday, 1 June 2021 to submit your child's application. Follow these steps to apply:

    1. Log in to the DSA-Sec portal with your SingPass. Find out how to register for a SingPass if you don't have one.
    2. You can indicate up to 3 choices and 3 talent areas.
    3. You may indicate up to 2 talent areas for the same secondary school. If you are keen to apply for the 2 talent areas offered by our school, you must indicate both talent areas as separate choices.
    4. You may provide information for up to 10 non-school based activities and achievements which are related to your child's chosen talent areas.
    5. There is no need to submit any supporting documents during application. Your child's primary school records (for example, P5 and P6 academic results, CCA, school-based activities, achievements or awards) will be automatically shared with the schools.
    6. Enter your contact details correctly. This allows the schools to contact you if your child is shortlisted for the selection process. Meeting all the criteria does not guarantee your child will be shortlisted/given an offer.
    7. You can update, withdraw and re-submit your application during the application period.
    8.  If you are unable to apply online, approach your child's primary school for assistance.



Date / Time

Application Opens

5 May 2021 (11am)

Closing date for submission of application online through the DSA-Sec portal

1 June 2021 (3pm)

Notification of short-listed applicants for interview (by phone call or post)

From 28 June to 6 Aug 2021

Interview sessions

In view of the change to keep our staff and children safe amid the rise in COVID-19 community cases, selection will be conducted via e-mode.

From 28 June to 13 Sep 2021

Notification Letter (Outcome of application)

By 13 September 2021

Exercise School Preference by students

From 25 to 29 October 2021

Notification of DSA-Sec admission results (on the same day as the release of the PSLE results)

Between 25 to 27 Nov 2021 (tentative)

Successful applicants will join BBSS in January in the year 2022. Students will be assessed on both their demonstrated and potential ability to ensure that they benefit from the curriculum offered at BBSS.

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 throughout their years in BBSS.


·     Contact the General Office at 6566 3121. (Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5.00pm)

·     Email us at bbss@moe.edu.sg. Please indicate "DSA Enquiries" in the subject field  

·     You can scan the QR code below for further enquiries: