Admission criteria

To apply via Direct School Admission (DSA) Exercise for Admission to Secondary One in 2023 at Maris Stella High School, current Primary 6 male students must satisfy the following criteria:

    • Academic entry requirements (PSLE Score) eligible for Express course of study and must offer Chinese as Mother Tongue Language
    • Requirements stated for the area of talent that he is interested in

 Please note that meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the student will be shortlisted / given an offer.

MSHS Sports and Games Requirements

(a)      Applicants should preferably have represented his primary school, participated in international, regional or national competition(s) in one of the following sports:

·                                 Archery

·                                 Badminton

·                                 Basketball

·                                 Bowling

·                                 Softball

·                                 Sport Climbing

·                                 Table Tennis

·                                 Taekwondo

·                                 Wushu


(b)           Key player of the School team who achieved Top 8 placing at National Inter-Primary School Competition(s), or


(c)           Individuals who achieved Top 8 placing in their individual events at National Inter-Primary School Competition(s), or


(d)           Individuals with outstanding achievements.


MSHS Aesthetics Requirements

(a)       Applicants should preferably be a member of the following Performing Arts CCA in 2021 and 2022

·                                 Concert Band

·                                 Chinese Orchestra


(b)       Shortlisted applicants must be able to perform using a Chinese instrument or Concert Band instrument such as brass, woodwind and/or percussion. 

·                                 A self-prepared solo piece

·                                 Any two scales (Concert Band only)

MSHS Scouts Requirements

(a)           Applicants must be a member of the Cub Scouts in 2021 and 2022;

(b)           Actively involved in the Scouts Movement; and

(c)           Achieved at least the Gold Arrow.


MSHS Clubs and Societies Requirements

(a)           Applicants should preferably be a member in one of these CCAs in 2021 and 2022

·                      Chinese Language – Drama and Debate

·                      English Literary – Debate and Scrabble

·                      Media Arts / Film / Photography

·                      Robotics


(b)      Represented his primary school in relevant competitions


(c)            Certification in relevant skills.

(i) Visual Art – Media Arts / Film / Photography:

-      Portfolio in Photography/Video-making/Digital Media (Soft copy)

-      Experience and competency in using media software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro etc.


(ii) Robotics:

-      Experience in EV3 and Scratch Programming 

-      Experience in either Python or C++ Programming is a bonus 

-      Participated in NJRC/FLL/WRG/APYRC or other international/national robotics competitions and obtained a good standing in either the main or side events



MSHS Chinese Language Requirements


Applicants should:

-        Have strong command of Chinese Language in both spoken and written form;

-        Display strong interest and high aptitude for Chinese; and

-        Have participated in Chinese Language-related and/or Chinese cultural events or competitions.


Other than participation in school-wide activities which aim to deepen the understanding and learning of Chinese Language and tradition, successful applicants will also be enrolled in the school's bicultural programme and Chinese Language-related competitions.

Selection Process

 1.  Depending on the number of applications and vacancies, shortlisted applicants will be notified via email to attend a selection exercise which will be conducted between 28 June– 26 August 2022.

2.  Shortlisted applicants will be informed of the exact date, time and venue for the audition/trial.

3.  Letters will be issued to all shortlisted applicants by 13 September 2022 (Monday), informing them if they have been given a Confirmed Offer, been placed on the Waiting List or been Rejected.

5.  Students given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in the school provided they qualify for the Express course of study.

Important Dates


5 May, 11am to 1 June 2022, 3pm

Submission of online DSA Application Form

By 1 July 2022

School to send e-mail notification to shortlisted applicants.

27 June –  26 August 2022

In-person selection exercise for shortlisted applicants.

By 12 September 2022

School to inform shortlisted applicants of the selection outcome.


How to Apply

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 2022, 11am to 1 Jun 2022, 3pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website –

In your submission, please provide information such as position played in the sports, belt attainment in taekwondo, wushu specialisation, instrument played and grade level - whichever is applicable for the talent area that you are applying. This information will help in the shortlisting process and the arrangement of video conference selection exercise schedule.

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.

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 years 1-4.

For further enquiries, please email


Application Deadline

1 June 2022, 3pm 


Useful MOE Weblinks

 DSA-Sec Main Webpage

Instructions on Application
(Mainstream students)

Instructions on Application
(Non-mainstream Students)

Direct to DSA-Sec Portal
(Mainstream Students)

Direct to DSA-Sec Portal 
(Non-mainstream Students)


DSA-Sec School Finder