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Direct School Admission (DSA) application (07 May-02 July)


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Direct School Admission (DSA)

In line with the school’s vision of producing Leaders of the Future, Pride of the Community, we are offering DSA for students who have the talents in our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) – Tanglin PLUS, where PLUS is an acronym for Perspectives and Literacies to Understand Society. Our Tanglin PLUS programme aims to nurture students who possess effective communication and critical thinking skills, are innovative and civic-minded members of society. With these attributes, our students will be able to participate effectively in the 21st century learning and work environment that is increasingly marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

Criteria for 2018 DSA (Sec) Exercise 

Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Possesses a strong interest to acquire deeper and broader knowledge and skills to inquire on societal issues
  • Good performance in the English Language – At least Grade ‘A’
  • Candidates who displays strong leadership qualities will be preferred.

Application Process

You may download the DSA application form here , or collect a form from the school’s General Office.  Interested students are to submit the DSA application form with relevant supporting documents (as indicated in the form) by noon on 2 July 2018 via:

1.POST or IN PERSON                                                                                                                                      

Attn: Mr Alan Kuan

Administration Manager 

301, West Coast Road,

Singapore 127391  

Subject: DSA Application to Tanglin Secondary School


You may also submit your application via e-mail to with the subject: DSA Application to Tanglin Secondary School. All applications received will be acknowledged.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified by phone/email regarding the date of the relevant selection interview.  Selection interviews will be conducted from 2 Jul to 31 Aug 2018.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 31 Aug 2018.

For further enquiries, you may contact the school at 6773 4457 or email

Selection process

Shortlisted candidates will be required to discuss their opinions on a contemporary issue in a written essay (with a 120-word limit), followed by an interview session with the Selection Panel. During the interview session, candidates will need to present a project completed in Upper Primary. The project can be based on academic or non-academic domains.


All students of Tanglin Secondary School will be enrolled in the school-wide Applied Learning Programme. The programme focuses on providing students with authentic learning experiences where they are engaged in an inquiry on different societal issues. 
Successful DSA candidates will enrol in the Talent Development Programme where students will be given opportunities to deepen their understanding and appreciation for the society through perspectives taking and literacies. In this programme, students will work closely with the experts from the community such as NParks and National Gallery. Through such exposure, students will gain insights on their own strengths, discover their own passion and explore possible career pathways.
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