SST is the only school in Singapore that is offering a range of Applied Subjects leading to the O-level certification in the subjects.It is also a forerunner in championing Applied Learning. In fact the entire educational context and philosophy of the school including vision, mission, teaching, facilities, and student programmes are designed to provide an environment conducive for learning that allows students the opportunities to apply what they have learnt in the real world, thus making learning relevant and active. In the process students are equipped with higher order thinking and problem solving skills crucial to creative and innovative production.

The collaboration with SST partners such as the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, NTU, and leading companies such as Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Exploit Technologies (ETPL) and DSO National Laboratories provide additional learning opportunities, attachments, and enrichment programmes in applied areas for the students.

Applied Learning is not a new concept and has been around for many years. In the early days, the Applied learning approach was used in vocational training schools because of the nature of the programming offered. The focus was on learning by doing.

The SST Applied learning approach takes a more eclectic approach, one that is based on research and best practice in curriculum and instructional design and delivery. It is still based on the simple concept of ‘learning by doing’, but with a difference. The active learning involves the students’ development of higher order thinking and problem solving skills whilst retaining the rigour of subject disciplines that will prepare them well for higher education.

There is now a growing demand for among Singaporean students. Since 2007, over 2300 students have participated in more than 60 Advanced Elective Modules in 70 schools. And since 2008, 8 secondary schools have offered new Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-level Applied Subjects (Creative 3D Animation, Fundamentals of Electronics and Introduction to Enterprise Development) to hundreds of Secondary three students. However, students at these schools are only able to offer 1 Applied Subject at O-levels.

SST is the first one-stop school where students can choose from various Applied Subjects such as Design Studies, Fundamentals of Electronics and Biotechnology. The Applied Subjects will be reflected in the Singapore-Cambridge O-level certificate, and recognised in the computation of the L1R5 and ELR2B2 scores for admission to Junior Colleges (JCs) and polytechnics.

The success of SST’s pioneer cohort was reported widely in the media, underscoring the rigour of the school’s programme.

We believe that ‘No child should be left behind’. We value pastoral and supportive learning environment, high academic achievement, balanced and wholesome socio-emotional physical and leadership development; and instill a culture of continuous and independent/collaborative learning, culture of excellence in all that we do.

Student Admissions

SST aims to cater to capable, university-bound students with a strong interest in applied science areas related to technology, media and design. During the selection process, the school takes into consideration the potential ability of students to do well in and benefit from the programme. SST selects students based on their cognitive ability, aptitude for applied learning, interests and motivation. The selection process is carried out via a variety of assessment methods such as tests and activities.

SST accepts an annual intake of up to 200 Secondary 1 students each year. In addition, from 2012, the school will have a second insertion point at Secondary 3, and will admit up to 50 more Secondary 3 students each year. This will allow late developers or students who discover their interests at an older age to transfer to the school.

For entry into Secondary 1, applicants are evaluated on their cognitive ability, aptitude for applied learning, interests and motivation. They also have to qualify for the “Express” course of study in order to be successfully admitted.

For admission into Secondary 3, SST will place particular emphasis on personal leadership, academic strength and consistent performance. The selection process aims to identify strong candidates who would be most suited for the dynamic and fast-paced learning environment in SST.

SST admits its Secondary 1 students through the Direct School Admission (DSA) hence it does not participate in the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise. Successful DSA applicants must qualify for the “Express” course of study in order to be posted to SST.

SST offers a 4-year, O-Level programme, so it admits students whom it assesses as being suitable to complete such a course. The school has full discretion to select suitable students through the Direct School Admission exercise.

N(A) and N(T) students posted to the mainstream schools will continue to have opportunities to be exposed to applied learning through Applied Subjects, Advanced Elective Modules, and Elective Modules.

Direct School Admission

Interested applicants are required to complete an online application form which will be made available during the DSA application period via the SST website.

Information required for application:

  1. Personal & Family Particulars
  2. Academic Records (P4, P5 & P6 overall results)
  3. CCA Records/Achievements/Awards/Competitions

No, all required supporting documents must be prepared for a one-time submission at the designated GAT test center on the day of the GAT/CRT tests.

DSA applicants are shortlisted based on their academic strength and consistent performance, the outcomes from the GAT Tests and any CCA Involvement/Achievements/Awards/Teacher’s Reference. Students who have done well in competitions such as the Singapore Youth Science Festival, National Junior Robotics Competition and Sony Creative Science Award may be considered favourably.

Following evaluation of DSA applicants who sat for the prescribed Selection Test, shortlisted candidates are invited to participate in a Selection Activity, where they will be assessed based on their aptitudes for applied learning. The session normally consists of various activities which provide opportunities for in-depth evaluation of each candidate’s aptitudes and capabilities.

Applicants are NOT required to pay a DSA application fee to SST. Separate fees are however chargeable for the prescribed GAT tests. Please refer to the following website for more information on the charges: http://www.gat.sg/

There is no additional fee for participation in the Selection Activity.

The General Ability Test (GAT) and the Comprehensive Reasoning Test (CRT) are standardised tests that measure a candidate’s competency in a range of areas such as critical thinking, abstract reasoning, numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, and so forth. DSA applicants to SST have to sit for both the prescribed tests in order to be evaluated. For more information on registration for these tests, please refer to the following link: http://www.gat.sg/

Applicants currently not studying in any national primary schools in Singapore would need to obtain a Registration Number from MOE Customer Service Centre (CSC) directly before their application forms are accepted.  MOE CSC may be contacted at 6872 2220.

For more information about our selection process and selection criteria, please refer to our Admissions page. Alternatively, you may call us at 6571 7200 or email your queries to admission@sst.edu.sg.


SST offers a range of new O-Level Applied Subjects; Biotechnology, Fundamentals of Electronics and Design Studies. At the upper secondary level, every student will choose to read 1 O-Level Applied Subject, in addition to the regular O-Level subjects in EL, Mathematics, MTL, Humanities, and the Sciences. The students’ choice of subject combinations will depend on their preferred post-secondary articulation pathway to either JC or Polytechnic. In total, students would be reading 8 or 9 O-Level subjects.

SST students will be well prepared for the O-levels as they will be equipped with strong foundations in the core subjects of the languages, Math, Humanities and Sciences. Rigour in academic content will not be compromised as we engage students in challenging school activities.

Taught using Applied Learning methodologies, students will be able to grasp concepts better and see how these are relevant and applicable in real-world context. SST believes that applied learning will facilitate students’ deep understanding and hence application of theories and concepts.

The school is cognizant of the demands of project work and disciplinary academic work, and is continuously monitoring and keeping the balance between the two. Our belief is that work given to students should be worth doing.

Applied Subjects are O-level examinable subjects. Students taking Applied Subjects will then take fewer of the other O-level subjects such as art, design & technology, foreign language, principle of accounts or food & nutrition, or a second humanities. SST students will still offer E and A Math, and pure science subjects at O-levels.

SST offers a four-year programme leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Levels. Regular O-level subjects are offered students together with a range of applied subjects in the sciences, technology, media and design. The school also adopts the use of applied learning pedagogies, which help students build strong foundations in key academic areas, as well as competencies for real-world problem solving.

At the lower secondary level, there is a greater focus on the regular academic subjects, although the curriculum is customised to emphasise real-world applications, and is taught using an integrated approach, which allows the students to view issues from multiple perspectives across disciplines.

At the upper secondary level, students are able to choose from a range of new O-Level Applied Subjects in applied areas related to technology, media and design, in addition to the existing regular O-Level subjects such as Mathematics, MTL, Physics, and the Humanities. Similarly, the teaching methods will emphasise real-world applications, project-based learning, and hands-on learning.

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SST offers Chinese, Higher Chinese, Malay, Higher Malay, Tamil and Higher Tamil. Alternative arrangements such as attending lessons outside curriculum time at language centres ( eg. Chinese Language B Centres,  Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre, school-based Tamil language centres near SST ) may apply for some students.  Students taking up Third Languages (French/German/Japanese/Spanish/Bahasa Indonesia, Arabic and Chinese/Malay Special Programme) would also require to attend lessons at MOE-designated language centres after school hours. Students offering Non-Tamil Indian Languages (NTILs) would need to make their own arrangement for lessons with the respective South Asian community groups.

The school works in close relation with NTU, NP and industry players such as the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Exploit Technologies (ETPL) and DSO National Laboratories to provide additional learning opportunities to students through attachments, internships, and special enrichment programmes.

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The SST Co-curricular Programme is an integral part of our curriculum as it complements formal education and contributes to the holistc development of our students.

SST offers a range of CCAs, varying from sports and games to performing arts as well as clubs and societies. There is also an informal showchoir and student-initiated dance group. Here is the full list of CCAs that we are currently offering:

Sports and Games

Performing Arts

Clubs and Societies

Uniformed Groups

For students whose sports interests fall outside those CCAs that are offered by the school but are already training regularly with NSAs or their affiliated clubs, SST will consider such cases on an individual basis and decide whether to accept these activities as their official CCAs.

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Progression Pathways

No, SST prepares its students well for post-secondary education, whether in the Junior Colleges (JCs) or polytechnics. Students will have the flexibility to choose an appropriate combination of regular O-Level subjects and Applied Subjects, depending on their preferred post-secondary options. In addition, the applied teaching pedagogies adopted by the school will allow students to build a strong foundation in key academic concepts as well as strong competence in real-world problem solving, which will serve the students well in their post-secondary education, whether in a JC or in a Polytechnic.

Yes, similar to the regular O-Level subjects, the Applied Subjects will be reflected in the Singapore-Cambridge O-Level Certificate, and recognised in the computation of the L1R5 and ELR2B2 scores for admission to JCs and polytechnics.

Currently, there are no A-Level Applied Subjects. For the JCs/CI, many have already been working with universities to offer additional programmes, subjects and modules for their students, such as the H3 A-Level subjects. Going forward, MOE is exploring how the JCs/CI can partner the universities and polytechnics to offer similar courses and modules, which are of a more applied nature.

At the upper secondary level, students will choose to read one O-Level Applied Subject, which is specially designed to cater to their interest and aptitude in applied learning, regardless of whether they intend to proceed to the JCs or polytechnics.

Students who intend to progress to the JCs will also benefit from taking the Applied Subjects as these will expose them to an applied approach to learning, and help expand their interests and learning experiences. In addition, the Applied Subjects will deepen students’ understanding of core academic concepts, which will serve them well as they progress to post-secondary education. For instance, the subject “Fundamentals of Electronics” builds upon and reinforces the theories and concepts taught in Physics.

SST students who wish to continue their post-secondary education in the polytechnics can apply for direct admission to the Polytechnics through the Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) exercise. The Polytechnics will take into account the students’ exposure in applied learning areas when assessing their suitability for the Polytechnic diploma courses. Students who have taken Applied Subjects may also be exempted from certain relevant polytechnic courses or modules.

At the macro level, all students (not just SST students) who sat for any Applied Subjects at the “O” level will enjoy module exemptions for specific diploma programmes at the five polytechnics. Under each admission exercise, the polytechnic will publicise the module exemptions on their website.

For more information on the admission to the institutions, you can contact them directly at their respective email addresses below:

Ngee Ann Polytechnic – admissions@np.edu.sg
Nanyang Technological University –

  1. Local Admissions – adm_local@ntu.edu.sg
  2. Foreign Admissions – adm_intnl@ntu.edu.sg

SST will provide career guidance and counselling to students based on their interests and strengths, to allow students to better understand the various post-secondary options available to them. SST will also offer a range of different subject combinations which students can choose from, depending on whether they intend to progress to the JCs or to the polytechnics.

SST as a Futureschool

FutureSchools are the forerunners of Singapore schools in terms of how ICT is used to support innovative educational programmes for engaged learning at all levels and in all subjects. Each FutureSchool has its own focus area in terms of how ICT use supports teaching and learning. Like Beacon Primary School, SST was started as a FutureSchool from Day One.

As a FutureSchool, SST proactively engages researchers at the onset to explore how an ICT -augmented learning environment, backed by a sound pedagogical approach, can facilitate student’s understanding of subjects.

In addition, SST has also started application development in two areas, Integrated Humanities (a mobile learning platform) and ADMT (a pair and peer assessment platform).

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SST advocates the use of 1:1 computing and the school will explore possible computer ownership models and discuss their intended approach with key stakeholders including parents.

At present, students will buy their personal learning device upon enrollment to SST.

Children from low-income families will not be disadvantaged from enrolling in SST in any way. MOE has put in place financial assistance schemes to help needy students, and will specifically take into account the needs of students in SST. In addition, SST will also offer its own financial assistance schemes.

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Two of the the research initiatives, Mobile Learning in Humanities and CN-ECT for Languages, have yielded preliminary findings. On the whole, students responded positively, indicating their appreciation of collaborative work fostered during the learning sessions, as being strong contributors to their learning of key concepts and topics.

SST has also administered surveys to gauge the effectiveness of it’s 1-to-1 ICT enabled programme, in which more than 95% of the students indicated that the use of the learning device has helped them to learn better in terms of understanding concepts and working more independently.

Visiting educators from China, Japan, Korea and the Middle East, just to name a few, have also provided positive feedback from their observations of the school.

SST takes a two-pronged approach in educating students and empowering parents.

1) Educating students

Cyberwellness is integrated into our Character Education (CE) Programme. Teachers refer to the Apple laptop as a “Learning Device” to emphasize on the purpose of the laptops. Students are taught to uphold their dignity when using the Internet, and evaluate the consequences of their online behaviour, so that they make responsible choices and protect themselves.

Students are able to care for their Learning Devices and troubleshoot simple problems. They are also able to housekeep their Learning Devices and remove programs that are irrelevant to their learning.

2) Empowering parents

SST conducts ICT engagement sessions for parents every term. Some of the topics covered are proper safekeeping of the Learning Device and use of parental access controls.

School Fees

The school fees are $250 a month for Singapore citizens, $440 for permanent residents, $770 for international (ASEAN) students and $970 for international (non-ASEAN) students.

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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Similar to the other Independent Schools, the Government will provide heavy subsidies and financial assistance to ensure that the fees payable by Singaporean students are affordable. For instance, eligible students will be awarded the Edusave Entrance Scholarships for Independent Schools (EESIS). The cut-off aggregate score for the EESIS varies from year to year, depending on the PSLE results of the cohort in that year.

In addition, there will also be school-based scholarships and financial assistance schemes offered by SST to help all deserving students.

To find out more, please contact us at 6571 7200 or email your queries to admission@sst.edu.sg.