Direct School Admission

DSA Application

Zhenghua Secondary School invites promising Primary 6 students with strong leadership qualities and/or outstanding contributions to their Uniformed Groups, Sports CCAs or schools to participate in the school’s 2018 Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise for admission to the 2019 Secondary One intake.


School Background

Zhenghua Secondary School has established itself as a school of choice in the Bukit Panjang neighbourhood. The school, known for its positive and disciplined learning environment, develops its students through a broad range of holistic programmes anchored on character and leadership development. We envision every student in the school to be a Principled and Future-Ready Leader and provide ample opportunities for our students to develop their leadership competencies and take on leadership roles.


Learning for Life Programme - Sports and Outdoor Education for Character and Leadership Development

The Physical Education (PE) Programme at Zhenghua goes beyond simply instilling a passion for sports and physical activity, but also inculcates students with the right habits and competencies to lead lifelong healthy lifestyles. Through the activities, our students are imbibed with values and qualities that will stand them in good stead for the challenges in the 21st century.


As one of the key platforms for the school’s Learning for Life Programme, the PE curriculum features several signature programmes. At lower secondary, students are given the opportunity to learn about sports in a wider context through the Sports Education Module. They are appointed the roles of managers, coaches and officials and assume responsibilities such as peer coaching and umpiring. Teams comprise members of different genders, is able to widen students’ scope for interaction and allow them to enhance their interpersonal skills.


The school has invested in a comprehensive infrastructure for outdoor adventure activities. These include 2 rock walls, an intermediate and advanced challenging ropes course, and an abseil tower. These are used during the PE department’s Outdoor Education module and during leadership and orientation camps. The school’s new Indoor Sports Hall provides the school with additional venues for PE and sports activities.


At upper secondary, students get to plan and implement their own class expedition. Anchored on Place-Responsive pedagogy, students travel to and learn more about various places in Singapore. They are given leadership roles and actively participate in decision-making. Outdoor Education has since become a focal point for our students’ physical and mental resilience development.


The Uniformed Groups are another key area for developing the character and leadership qualities of our students. Many of our Uniformed Groups actively engage cadets in Outdoor Education and almost 30% of our students are in uniformed groups. For more information on our various uniformed groups and other CCAs, please refer to our school website.


DSA Admission Criteria

We are looking for promising Primary Six students who exhibit all or some of the following qualities to join the school:


  • Possesses strong leadership qualities
  • Holds a leadership position in a uniformed group, CCA or in the primary school (e.g. prefect, class monitor, Sports Leader)
  • Excels in a sport
  • Has obtained good academic results
  • Of exemplary conduct



Application Procedures:

1. Students seeking entry have to complete the relevant application form (download the form HERE) or obtain a copy of the application form from the school.


2. Students currently not studying in MOE schools (i.e. non-mainstream school candidates and Returning Singaporeans) are required to obtain a Registration Number from MOE Customer Service Centre before approaching the school for the DSA Application Form.


3. ALL International Students are to take part in the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) before they are considered for DSA-Sec allocation. International students who do not meet the AEIS requirement will not be considered for DSA-Sec allocation. More information can be found on the AEIS website:


4. All completed Application Forms together with the relevant supporting documents must be submitted in person to the school at the address:

Zhenghua Secondary School
91 Senja Road,
Singapore 677741
Attention: Administration Manager, Mdm Aminah Bte Saad


5. Application Forms via fax and electronic mail will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will be rejected.


6. The supporting documents required are:

  • Primary 5 End-of-Year School Assessment Results and Primary 6 Mid-Year School Assessment Results
  • CCA records, letter of commendations, and any document deemed relevant to the application e.g. Personal Statement


7. The Application Timeline for 2018 is as follows:


29 June 2018, 5.00pm

Closing date for submission of Application Form with supporting documents to the school

13 July 2018 Notification of short-listed candidates
16 July to 27 July 2018 School-based interview for shortlisted applicants and trials, if necessary
31 August 2018 All applicants will receive a reply from the school on the outcome of their application informing them if:

(i) they have been given a Confirmed Offer (CO)
(ii) they are placed on the Waiting List (WL)
(iii) the school is unable to offer them a place

29 October 2018 Students studying in MOE schools, with a Confirmed Offer or on Waiting List, will be issued with School Preference Form (by respective primary schools). Those not studying in MOE schools are to collect their School Preference Forms from MOE Customer Service Centre.
29 October to 2 November 2018 3pm School Preference Form to be submitted physically at respective primary schools or online via the DSA-Sec Internet System (DSA-Sec IS)
Between 22 to 26 November 2018 (Tentative date) Release of DSA-Sec Results together with PSLE results

8. 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.

9. For enquiries and clarifications, please contact our Administration Manager, Mdm Aminah Bte Saad at 6763 9455.