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Direct School Admissions

Our Vision

True to our vision as a school of choice and a community of dynamic learners, Woodgrove Secondary School (WGS) aims to shape the character of our students, ignite passion and promoteinnovation in them, and prepare them to be citizens for the future. A WGS student will have a holistic school experience through programmes designed to nurture them into learners and leaders for life, with the following outcomes:


To this end, WGS offers the following two distinctive programmes:
(a) Learning for Life Programme (LLP): Community Youth Leadership (CYL)
(b) Applied Learning Programme (ALP): Science for Sustainable Development

Learning for Life Programme (LLP): Community & Youth Leadership (CYL) 

We envision WGS students as learners who are aware of the needs of the community and have empathy and compassion to serve and make a difference. Our CYL programme provides students the opportunities to participate in Overseas Learning Journeys and Work Attachments so that they may apply skills learnt and participate in an evolving real-life environment. Students will also develop and hone their leadership skills, character and values through initiating and organising programmes for the school and the community. Learning thus becomes meaningful and is a way of life for the students.


Applied Learning Programme (ALP): Science for Sustainable Development 

WGS has demonstrated strengths in environmental and design education. Our ALP leverages strengths in these areas to enable students to appreciate the application of scientific concepts, technology and design process to achieve sustainable development goals in the areas of water, energy and food. To encourage students to connect knowledge across subject disciplines and strengthen their thinking skills, they will be taught relevant topics from Science, Mathematics, Geography as well as Design & Technology. Through hands-on activities and group tasks, students experience both the Scientific Inquiry Process and Design Thinking Process. Students will participate in learning journeys and enrichment workshops to deepen their understanding of sustainable development as well as to gain insight into relevant post-secondary education and career opportunities.


For more information on Direct School Admission-Secondary, please visit DSA-Sec Main Webpage via the link: https://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec

2022 Direct School Admission (DSA) – Sec Exercise

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.

For 2022 Direct School Admission (DSA) – Sec Exercise, Woodgrove Secondary School will offer up to 20% of the Secondary One places in 2022 to Primary 6 pupils with keen interest in our LLP or ALP.

The selection criteria are shown below:

Applicants should

·        have demonstrated strong leadership qualities in Prefectorial Board / CCA / Class

·        have participated actively in a community project / overseas service learning trips


·        have strong interest in subjects such as Science and Mathematics

·        have done well in Science / Mathematics / Design-related / Environmental-related competitions or projects at school or national level


Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from year 1-4.

Our DSA-successful students will be given opportunities to participate in Learning Journeys / Work Attachments as well as develop their leadership skills through initiating and organising programmes for the school and the community.

Overview of the DSA – Sec Exercise

The DSA-Sec Exercise will be conducted in the following stages:





5 May 2021
1 Jun 2021

Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 5 May 2021, 11 am to 1 June 2021, 3 pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website:


28 Jun 2021
13 Sep 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview between mid-July to mid-August. The school will notify the shortlisted applicants on the details of the interview.

The school will issue letters to all applicants on the outcomes by mid-September. Applicants will be notified if they have been:

(i) given a Confirmed Offer (CO)

(ii) placed on the Waiting List (WL), or

(iii) unsuccessful in their application

School Preference Submission

Late Oct 2021

Applicants can submit up to three School Preferences from schools that have given them CO or WL offer.

Results Release

Late Nov 2021

DSA-Sec allocation results will be released through Primary Schools


Contact Us

For further enquiries, parents / applicants may contact Mr Tan Siong Leong at 6893 2564 during office hours. 

Updated on 05 May 2021