Direct School Admission

Applying to HCI through Direct School Admission

The Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise is an initiative by the Ministry of Education that allows for student admission into schools based on their talents and passions. This is a two-pronged talent and passion-driven approach that encourages diversity in every cohort.

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.

No Singaporean student will be denied a place in Hwa Chong Institution because of financial reasons. A range of financial assistance schemes, scholarships and awards are available to support our students.



Categories and Criteria


We welcome students who demonstrate deep interest and clear strengths (including, but not limited to, a record of consistent, high achievement) in the following domains:



Chinese / 华文






We welcome Bilingual Talents who demonstrate any or all of the following:

  • Passion and Creativity in learning both the Chinese and English language, as well as appreciation for the cultures of the East and the West
  • Written and spoken proficiency in both languages.



  • 通晓中英双语,也懂得欣赏东西方文化之美
  • 拥有流利的口语表达与双语书写能力


We welcome Leadership Talents who possess any or all of the following:

  • Resilience in improving oneself
  • Passion for serving the community
  • Experience in leading student organisations (e.g. school body, CCA, etc).



  • 勇于挑战自我,超越自我
  • 关爱他人,一心为社群谋福利
  • 富有带领学生团体的经验(如:学校社团、课外活动团队)


We welcome students with passion and strengths OR a strong record of achievement at zonal, national, or international level, in any of these sports:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Track & Field / Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weiqi
  • Wushu



  • 羽球
  • 篮球
  • 独木舟
  • 击剑
  • 体操
  • 柔道
  • 射击
  • 乒乓
  • 田径 / 越野赛跑
  • 排球
  • 水球
  • 围棋
  • 武术

DSA Application Schedule

DSA Selection Process

  • Selections and interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place between June to September.
  • Applicants will be shortlisted based on available information from MOE and from applicant-submitted information via the application process.
  • Shortlisted candidates will undergo an online interview after the mid-year vacation.
  • Information will be made available closer to the date in view of the evolving COVID-19 situation. Applicants are advised to refrain from non-essential travel and activities that may result in them being issued Stay Home Notice (SHN) or Leave of Absence (LOA) etc during the above period.

Apply Now

Apply to Hwa Chong Institution through DSA, via the MOE DSA-Sec Portal.
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