The annual DSA-Sec Exercise allows Primary 6 students to seek admission to a participating secondary school based on their talents and achievements before the release of their PSLE results. Students may consider applying for a secondary school through DSA-Sec if they are able to identify a school that offers a talent development programme in their area of strength, as well as commit to developing their talents in the chosen DSA area, in that particular school.
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.
Direct School Admission (DSA) to Bowen
Bowen welcomes students who are currently in Primary 6 (or the equivalent) to apply under DSA for entry to Sec 1 in Bowen. Bowen is committed to developing students to their fullest potential in both their areas of talent and their studies.
Bowen strongly encourages those with outstanding talents in the following areas to apply for admission:
DSA (Entrepreneurship & Innovation / Leadership & Uniformed Groups)
We offer DSA for Boys and Girls in:
- Community Youth Leadership
These tap on Bowen’s flagship ChANgeMakers Programme.
The ChANgeMakers programme aims to nurture Bowenians to advocate social causes and become value creators for Singapore through:
- A structured 4-year programme which involves them in authentic and relevant social needs in the community
- Opportunities to lead and serve at school and community level.
(School returning volunteer programme)
(Example: Design Thinking)
DSA (Performing Arts / Sports and Games)
We offer DSA for Boys and Girls in:
- Marching Band
The programme aims to develop students’ talents and potentials in the various performing arts and sports categories through:
- Quality and rigorous trainings by experienced coaches
- Extensive range of competitions
- Workshops for student-athletes
- Exemplary conduct in primary school and,
Area of Talent
Community & Youth Leadership
Achievement/Experience in providing leadership in Values-in-Action (VIA) Programmes in primary school or in community organisations; OR
Participation in business and entrepreneurship programmes in primary school or similar experience in other significant platforms ; OR
Participation and/or recognition in projects and competitions related to design and invention.
Must pass interview.
· will be invited for an interview with the School Leaders and relevant programme Key Personnel,
· submit a personal statement on a topic given on the day of interview,
· share a portfolio in the relevant area of application.
Achievement / Awards at Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentations; OR
Minimum 2 years of playing an instrument or in a Music CCA;
Must pass audition and interview.
· will be invited for an audition in our school,
· may bring their own musical equipment.
Based on the audition results, the school will further shortlist applicants for a second-round interview with the School Leaders, CCA Key Personnel and Teachers.
Achievement/Awards in National Schools’ competitions / international competitions; OR
Participation at National Schools' competitions, Zonal, National or Club level;
Must pass selection trial and interview.
· will be invited for a trial in our school,
- may bring their own sports equipment.
Based on trial results, the school will further shortlist applicants for a second-round face interview with the School Leaders, CCA Key Personnel and Teachers.
Please note that meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the student will be shortlisted/given an offer.
Centralised DSA-Sec Application Process
For 2023, application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the .
online DSA-Sec Portal
The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 4 May 2023, 11am to 31 May 2023, 3pm.
For more details, please refer to MOE website –
*Other applicants not studying in MOE mainstream primary schools will need to apply for a Registration Number to access the DSA-Sec Portal._ For more details, please refer to MOE website –
Selection Process and Key Dates