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The application for Direct School Admission 2017 is OPEN from 8 May to 18 August 2017


Yio Chu Kang Secondary School (YCKSS) has been endorsed by MOE to provide the Learning for Life Programme (LLP) titled Character Development through the Arts, Media and Design (AMD). This year, YCKSS will offer 5% of Secondary One vacancies on a discretionary basis to talented students in the performing arts, media and design.


Successful applicants will join the school in January 2018 and embark on a learning journey in the arts, media and design. Students will undergo specialised modules and are given opportunities to further develop their talents and interests in their respective forms.


In DSA-Sec Exercise 2017, we are looking for promising primary six students or international students who demonstrate special talents in the following areas:


§  International / Modern Dance

§  Cultural Dance (Chinese / Malay / Indian)

§  Street Dance / Hip Hop

§  Drama / Theatre

§  Vocal Music 

§  Instrumental Music 

§  Media and Design

         - 3D Animation

         - Robotics

         - Videography

        -  Interior Design 


Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academics and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the talent area.


Note :

With effect from January 2018, Yio Chu Kang Secondary School and Chong Boon Secondary School would be the new merged school.



With strong support from the Government, the creative industry forms one of the fastest growing and most diverse sector in Singapore. The creative industry assumes a key role in Singapore’s new economy and has driven the recent growth in Arts related courses in the post-secondary institutions.


Polytechnics, Arts Institutions such as Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts as well as universities are already offering Arts, Media and Design-related course and programmes. In addition, these institutions have also partnered foreign universities in providing a plethora of Arts-related certifications.


In an effort to cater to the needs and talents of our students in this diversified education landscape, YCKSS is committed to providing a structured and rich development programme in the Arts, Media and Design for aesthetically talented students.


 SPAP is a unique programme which is specially designed to offer students who demonstrate attitude and  aptitude  to explore and excel in the performing arts. This programme gives students extended opportunities to hone  creative skills, develop their critical appreciation of the art form, and be imparted with the knowledge of artistic  techniques and knowledge in their chosen areas of specialisation.

YCKSS offers specialised programmes in Dance, Drama/Theatre, Music (Vocal) and Music (Instrumental).

Expectations of Students in SPAP

Performance is an essential part of the programme. Students in SPAP are expected to present performances to different audience from the community. They are expected to enrol in the relevant performing arts CCA as a key platform for their specialisation. The students may also be involved in additional rehearsals, performances and workshops with arts practitioners in order to gain greater exposure in their arts. They are also expected to attend a variety of performances so as to develop their critical understanding of the art form.

Foundation Course in SPAP

·         Three-year specialised foundation course in four different art forms are offered to students under the SPAP.

·     All foundation classes are offered during curriculum time and are taught by specialised art practitioners and educators.

·         The course content of each module is purposefully designed to provide foundation knowledge and skills for the students if they decide to continue with post-secondary education in the selected art form.

·         Internal assessments are conducted at the end of each semester to monitor the progress of learning.  

         1.       Dance Foundation Course 

       The Dance Foundation module is offered as a subject in the Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary curriculum. Through the learning of dance skills, choreography, performance and constant reflection, the dance students will acquire a sound understanding of dance knowledge.  The module is designed to complement the cultural dance CCAs and includes various dance traditions and styles, ranging from ethnic classical to modern and jazz. All dance students will also have the opportunity to undertake dance examinations from renowned examination boards if they demonstrate exceptional flair in dance.

        2.       Drama Foundation Course

The Drama Foundation module is offered as a subject in Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary curriculum. In this highly structured course, students are taught acting skills and basic technical knowledge of the various aspects of a theatrical production. This includes movement, voice and speech, spatial awareness, characters work, improvisation and devising skills. Students also work with established dramatic texts as well as immerse in major work theatre genres/forms/text. The module is designed to complement the English Drama CCA and broadens the student’s development in the art form.

3.       Band (Instrumental Music) Foundation Course

       The Band Foundation Module is offered as part of the Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary curriculum. Students who successfully enrol into the course will be given the opportunity to improve their musical skills through ensemble/group trainings, theory classes and instrumental trainings. The module is designed to complement the Symphonic Band CCA and accelerate the student’s development in the chosen art form.

        4.       Vocal Music Foundation Course


The Vocal Music Foundation module is offered as part of the Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary curriculum. This course aims to develop the students’ music and performance skills through a practical and hands-on approach and expose them to a varied repertoire. In addition to the acquisition of music theory knowledge, sight-singing and listening skills, students’ vocal techniques will be honed through solo and ensemble singing opportunities and participation in performance critique classes. The module is designed to complement the Choir CCA and accelerate the student’s development in the chosen art form.


This course will also provide a means for early identification of students who have the potential to offer 

O-Level Music in upper secondary.




1.       2017 Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation


Co-Curricular Activity (CCA)


Symphonic Band

Certificate of Accomplishment


Certificate of Distinction

English Drama

Certificate of Distinction

Chinese Dance

Certificate of Distinction

Malay Dance

Certificate of Distinction

Indian Dance

Certificate of Distinction


2.      Drama Club - Performed at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014

3.       Choir - Participated in the Esplanade Limelight Series 2014 and 2016 

4.       Dance groups - Participated in Chingay Parade – Lights of Legacy 2016, National Day Parade 2017

5.       Infocomm Club - Achieved Silver in School Digital Media Award 2015, 2016




Students who are selected for 3D Animation, Videography, Robotics and Interior Design will get to learn from specialised school-based instructors in their chosen Arts, Media and Design form during curriculum time and during CCAs after school.




In considering the applications, the following Selection Criteria (SC) will be used:

·         SC1 - Qualification/s in Art Form

Evidence of relevant qualifications from recognised institutions and academies of reputable standings (e.g. Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM); Beijing Dance Academy; Trinity College of London International Exam Board Certification for Speech and Drama) or equivalent.

·         SC2 - Accomplishment

Evidence of awards, performance or experiences in relevant context (e.g. competitions, school/public performances, skill sets such as choreography, scriptwriting, directing).

Applicants who are applying for 3D Animation, Videography or Interior Design must provide evidence of a personal portfolio, if shortlisted. 

·         SC3 - Ability / Potential (Audition/ Personal Portfolio)

Ability to demonstrate talent and aptitude in relevant areas of interest via an audition or showcase of personal portfolio.

·         SC4 - Interview

Assessment of attitude and suitability by specialised teachers.



Applicants do not need to possess all the selection criteria. However, applicants should be able to demonstrate adequate potential in order to be able to benefit from the curriculum offered in YCKSS.








8 May –  18 August

Application opens on 

8 May, 9:00am and closes on 

18 August, 5:00pm

Complete and submit the DSA-Sec Application Form with supporting documents.

3 July – 31 August

Audition and interview for short-listed applicants

·         Prepare one solo performance piece (not more than 5 minutes).

·         Prepare personal portfolio if applicable.

·         Only shortlisted applicants are required to submit certified true copies of supporting documents at the trial/interview.

21 – 31 August

Issuance of letters to 

all applicants

Contact the school if no letter is received.

30 October - 3 November

Exercise School Preference

Submit via DSA-Sec Internet System.

24 – 28 November

Release of DSA-Sec results


22 December (Tentative)

Report to secondary school





The application process is as follows:


Stage 1A (8 May – 18 August 2017)

Applicants may download and complete the DSA-Sec Application Form . Hardcopies can also be obtained from YCKSS General Office during office hours (Monday - Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm).

Submission with supporting documents should be made in person or by registered post to:


Yio Chu Kang Secondary School
3063 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5

Singapore 569868

Attention: Miss Irene Heng


Applications via fax and/or electronic mail will NOT be accepted.

Note that application closes on 18 August 2017, 5:00pm. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

List of Supporting Documents:


·      Certified true copies of Primary 5 and 6 Mid-Year and End-of-Year Examination result slips, showing all academic results, CCA/s and conduct rating.

·         A personal statement.

If available

·         Copies of certifications in special talent (e.g. Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) theory and/or practical certifications). If shortlisted, true copies will be required to be submitted.

·     Portfolio of works and achievements to support evidence of special talent. This could include certificates / documents of participation in relevant competitions or events.

·         Referral letter/s.

·         Testimonial/s.

·         Any other relevant document/s deemed useful to support the application.


Short-listed applicants will be informed of the details for their audition and interview via phone or email by 

18 August 2017.


Applicants who are not short-listed will also be informed.


For International Students / Students not studying in MOE schools


International students or students not studying in MOE schools, including Singapore Citizens (SC) and permanent residents (PR), will require a letter from MOE HQ before they are issued with a DSA Application form. The letter will contain a unique Registration Number, which will help identify the candidate in the system. The letter may be obtained from MOE HQ Customer Service Centre, located in 1 North Buona Vista Drive, Podium Block MOE Building, Singapore 138675.


Applications from international students without Dependant’s Pass (DP), Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) and whose parents are not SC/PR may be considered. However, applicants must take part in the AEIS (Admission Exercise for International Students) test. International students who fail AEIS will not be considered for DSA- Sec allocation. AEIS website – https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/internationl-students/admission-exercise


Stage 1B (3 July – 31 August 2017)

Short-listed applicants will go through an interview and audition and will be assessed by a panel made up of School staff and arts practitioners in the relevant niche area (SC3 and SC4).

Applicants would be expected to demonstrate their ability/ potential during the audition (SC3). The interview panel will also be looking for evidence of positive attitude and commitment through a conversation with the candidate (SC4).


Stage 1C (21 August – 31 August 2017)

All results will be compiled and applicants will be notified of the selection outcome. A letter will be issued to all applicants informing them (i) if they have been given a Confirmed Offer (CO), (ii) placed on the Waiting List or (iii) rejected by 31 August 2017.


Applicants given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school in a course [Special, Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical)] which the student is eligible for. This is based on the student's PSLE aggregate score.

The school reserves the right not to release the details of the audition and interview.


Contact the school if you have not received the letter from the school by the stipulated date.


Stage 2 (30 October – 3 November 2017)

On 30 October 2017, MOE’s Pupil Placement Section (PPS) will send a School Preference Form to all applicants through their primary schools. Those not studying in MOE schools will need to collect their School Preference Forms from MOE Customer Service Centre.


Candidates who have been identified under the Confirmed List and the Waiting List of a school will be asked to indicate their school preferences, up to a maximum of 3 schools. This can be done at their primary schools or online via the DSA-Sec Internet System from 30 October – 3 November 2017.


Stage 3 (24 – 28 November 2017, Tentative)

After PPS has allocated candidates to the various schools (based on their indicated school preferences and selected school ranking), the results of the DSA-Sec Exercise will be announced together with their PSLE results. Non-mainstream candidates can collect their DSA-Sex results from MOE Customer Service Centre.


Successful DSA-Sec candidates who took PSLE are NOT allowed to participate in the S1 Posting Exercise. However, they are eligible for special programmes and/or qualify for the course option bands.


Stage 4 (22 December 2017 – Tentative)

Successful DSA-Sec candidates must report to the secondary school for registration.


1.       What information do I need to submit together with the application form?


You have to submit the DSA application form together with all supporting documents. Teachers’ references are strongly recommended.


2.       After I have submitted the application form, when will I know if I have been short-listed for the auditions and interviews?


The school will contact you by 18 August 2017 to arrange for audition and interview.


3.       I have received several DSA - Sec offers. When must I decide to accept one?

You will have to indicate your preferences for up to 3 schools during the Exercise School Preference Stage. This will be conducted from 30 October to 3 November 2017.

 4.       What unique programmes does Yio Chu Kang Secondary School offer?

        SPAP is a unique programme, which is specially designed to offer students who demonstrate attitude and                  aptitude to explore and excel in the performing arts. This programme gives students extended opportunities             to hone their creative skills, develop their critical appreciation of the art form, and be imparted with the                     knowledge of artistic techniques and knowledge in their chosen areas of specialisation YCKSS offers three-                year specialised programmes in Dance, Drama/Theatre, Music (Vocal) and Music (Instrumental).  


        In addition, YCKSS also offers a three-year programme in the Arts, Media and Design. Students are exposed to         seven modules: Hip Hop, Drama, 3D Animation, Videography, Interior Design and Robotics and given  the                     opportunity to specialise in their preferred module.

5.       Do I have to pay for the programme?

The school will bear the basic cost incurred in the programme e.g. costumes, instruments, etc. and heavily subsidise the cost of the programme. Students will be expected to bear partial payment for items such as special workshops/courses, overseas cultural exchanges and attendance of relevant performances as we seek to provide a comprehensive learning experience for the students. Edusave Funds can be utilised for this purpose.

6.       What type of students are you looking for?

We are looking for students who display a passion and aptitude for the Visual and Performing Arts, Media and Design. They should have a reasonably good foundation in Dance, Drama, Music, 3D Animation, Videography, Robotics and Mechatronics as well as Interior Design and are interested to pursue the art forms at a higher level.

7.       Can I change the audition / interview dates given?

No. As there is a limited window period for the school to conduct the selection, interested students should make arrangement to be present on the given date. Applicants who fail to turn up without prior notice and valid reasons will be disqualified.



For any enquiries, please contact the following staff:

Miss Irene Heng  


Tel: 6456 0669 Ext. 116.


Please indicate email subject heading as “DSA-SEC Enquiries

  DSA-Sec Application Form