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Year 1 Admissions


NUS High School admits 100% of students through the Direct School Admission Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise and does not participate in the Secondary 1 (S1) Posting Exercise. If there are vacancies after the DSA-Sec Exercise, a Supplementary Intake Exercise (SIE) may be carried out in November before the end of the S1 Option Phase (selection of secondary schools after the release of PSLE results).


A. DSA-SEC EXERCISE
To ensure the safety and well-being of all students and school personnel amid the COVID-19 situation, we will not hold any physical selection tests, camp or face-to-face interviews as part of the DSA selection process this year. Instead, all interviews for shortlisted DSA applicants will be done via electronic modes (e-modes). The e-modes will be conducted at the applicants' primary school during the selection period. This avoids inter-mingling of students across schools, in line with safe distancing measures. It would also provide all students with access to video-conferencing capability, suitable venues and equipment, with standardisation of the setting and equipment to ensure fairness in the selection process. 

Interested applicants must register at the MOE Centralised DSA-Sec Online Portal from 12 May to 5 June 2020. For more details, please refer to MOE website – https://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec. 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.

Shortlisted applicants will attend a selection e-interview. They will be notified of the interview details via the main contact e-mail address registered with MOE Centralised DSA-Sec Online Portal. It is compulsory that all shortlisted applicants to submit the following scanned documents to newton@highsch.nus.edu.sg by 6 July 2020 before attending the selection e-interview. 

  1. P4 and P5 report books
  2. Competition certificates of achievements (optional)
  3. Awards & scholarships certificates (optional)
  4. Any other activities outside schools that showed the applicants' passion and talent in Math and/or Science (optional)

The selection e-interview period for NUS High School is from 8 July to 6 August 2020.

Successful DSA applicants are not eligible for school transfer after the release of the PSLE results and cannot participate in the S1 Posting Exercise. 

International students seeking for Year 1 admission will also have to pass MOE's Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) test. They may participate in our DSA selection e-interview before sitting and passing the AEIS. More information on AEIS is available here:

Important dates and information for DSA-Sec Exercise

Direct School Admission (Secondary) Exercise
Description
Dates
Time
Opening of MOE Centralised DSA-Sec Online Portal*12 May 20209 am
Closing of MOE Centralised DSA-Sec Online Portal5 June 20203 pm
Shortlisted applicants to submit scanned documents
26 June to 6 July 202024 hours
Shortlisted applicants to attend e-interviews
8 July to 6 August 2020
2 to 5 pm
Outcome of DSA-Sec Exercise
21 August 2020
Afternoon

* Important points to note when register at MOE Centralised DSA-Sec Online Portal:

  1. NUS High School is found under the talent area of both "Math" and "Science". Applicants need to register only ONCE in either "Math" or "Science". Please DO NOT select NUS High School twice as you only have three DSA choices.
  2. Application through the portal is free-of-charge and requires one parent's SingPass to login, for authentication purses. Parents who do not have SingPass access can approach the child's primary school for assistance.  

Summary of Application for DSA-Sec Exercise

1. Register at MOE Centralised DSA-Sec Online Portal
        • Since 2019, application for Year 1 DSA-Sec must be submitted through the MOE Centralised DSA-Sec Online Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 12 May to 5 June 2020. For more details, please refer to MOE website – https://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec.

2. Submit Scanned Documents
        • Only shortlisted applicants need to submit the above-mentioned scanned documents to newton@highsch.nus.edu.sg by 6 July 2020.

3. Attend the Selection e-Interview in Primary School
        • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend only one selection e-interview from 8 July to 6 August 2020.

4. Offer of the DSA-Sec Exercise
        • Successful applicants will be notified of the selection outcome - Confirmed Offer (CO) or Wait List Offer (WL) by 21 August 2020 via the main contact e-mail address registered with MOE Centralised DSA-Sec Online Portal.
        • Please note that the School is unable to provide information on application outcome or status over the telephone and we reserve the right not to release any information explaining why an application is unsuccessful.


B. SUPPLEMENTARY INTAKE EXERCISE
The Supplementary Intake Exercise (SIE) is subject to vacancies available on the day of release of PSLE results. The application is open only to current P6 students who have taken the PSLE and who have not been admitted to a school through the DSA-Sec Exercise.

Applicants who are interested to apply to NUS High School via the SIE should also concurrently take part in the MOE Secondary one (S1) Posting Exercise for the posting of Secondary School and Third Language (if applicable). Successful SIE applicants who have accepted the NUS High School SIE’s offer will not be posted to another school under the S1 Posting Exercise. However, if the applicants have opted for Third Language in the S1 Posting Exercise, it will still be processed based on their Third Language choices.

Selection of applicants in the SIE will be based on the PSLE results and portfolio which includes primary school academic results. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection interview. Applicants with an aggregate score of 250 or better with A* in both Math and Science are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants are strongly advised to indicate their interest online and submit the hardcopy of portfolio from 1 - 14 November 2020 to NUS High School Annex Office. Online Application for SIE will only open if there is vacancy available on the PSLE results releasing date.

Important dates and information for Supplementary Intake Exercise (SIE)

Supplementary Intake Exercise (SIE)
Description
Dates
Time
Opening of Online Indication of Interest
Hardcopy Submission of Portfolio including P4 to P6 Academic Results
1 Nov 2020
10 am
Closing of Hardcopy Portfolio Submission
14 Nov 2020
10 pm
Opening of Online Application for SIE1 with Submission of PSLE Results
On the day of release of PSLE results
10 am
Closing of Online Application for SIE
3rd day2 from the release of PSLE results
10 am
Selection Interview (Only shortlisted applicants)
4th to 6th day from release of PSLE results
TBC
Outcome of SIE
4th to 6th day from release of PSLE results
TBC
Acceptance of SIE offer
24 hours upon receiving SIE offer

* Important points to note when register at NUS High School Online Portal:

  1. SIE will open if there is vacancy available on the day of release of PSLE results.
  2. If PSLE results are released on 19 Nov 2020, 3rd day from release of PSLE results will be 21 Nov 2020.

Summary of Application for Supplementary Intake Exercise (SIE)

1. Submit an Application at NUS High School Online Portal
        • Online Indication of Interest will be open from 1 - 14 November 2020. If you do not have computer or internet access, please complete the online registration at NUS High School Annex Office.
        • Submit the hardcopies of P4 to P6 school results and supporting documents by 14 November 2020 to NUS High School Annex Office (non-returnable, photocopies only).

2. Apply for SIE by Completing the online application
        • Indicate PSLE results and submit a scanned copy of the PSLE result slip by the third day from the release of PSLE results via the online portal. Submission must be completed by 10 am.
        • Applying for admission via SIE is free.
        • No appeal is allowed after the third day from the release of PSLE results.

3. Attend the Selection Interview
        • Applicants may be invited to attend a selection interview either on the 4th, 5th or 6th day from the release of the PSLE results.

4. Acceptance / Rejection of the SIE Offer
        • Once an applicant is offered a Confirmed Offer (CO), the applicant must decide and submit the acceptance / rejection form to NUSHS within 24 hours.
        • The CO is considered as void if there is no written response from the applicant within 24 hours. The place will be released to applicants on the wait list.
        • By accepting the NUS High School's offer, the applicant agrees to withdraw his / her secondary schools option under the S1 Posting Exercise. NUSHS will inform the Ministry of Education accordingly and you will not be posted to another school under the S1 Posting Exercise. However, if applicant has opted for Third Language in the S1 Posting Exercise, it will still be processed based on his / her Third Language choices.
        • For unsuccessful applicants, they will be posted to a secondary school based on their submitted school choices under the S1 Posting Exercise.
        • The School will notify applicants of selection outcome via e-mail. Please note that the School is unable to provide information on application outcome or status over the telephone and we reserve the right not to release any information explaining why an application is unsuccessful.