The SST offers a four-year programme culminating in the GCE O-Level certification for capable and talented students who would excel in the fast-paced learning environment in SST. SST admits up to 200 students in Secondary One and up to 50 at Secondary Three in each academic year.

At SST, the Applied Learning approach encompasses learning that is active and relevant, authentic, integrated, community focused, learner-centered, and process-focused. As such, students applying to SST are evaluated by a range of criteria and through different evaluation processes as appropriate for each level of entry.