How is SST different from secondary schools offering Applied Subjects and Advanced Elective Modules?
SST 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 to skills and knowledge application, 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 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD),Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and leading companies such as 3M, Apple Inc.,DSO National Laboratories and Google provide additional learning opportunities, attachments, and enrichment programmes in applied areas for the students.
Applied Learning seems to be a new, untested way of teaching. How can I be sure it will work?
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.
Recognising the effectiveness of applied learning, the Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE) announced that it will support all secondary schools to each develop an Applied Learning programme and a Learning for Life programme by 2017. MOE has also introduced new Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-level Applied Subjects to a growing number of Secondary three students.
SST is the first one-stop school where students can choose from various Applied Subjects such as Computing, Design Studies, 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. SST’s students have since gone on to make an impact in their post-secondary education in junior colleges, international baccalaureate programmes and polytechnics.
What is the ethos/culture of SST?
Which is the target group of students? What is the selection process like?
How many students does SST accept each year?
What is the selection criteria for entry into SST?
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.
What are the entry points for SST?
Does SST admit Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) students?
N(A) and N(T) students in 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
How can my child apply to SST?
What are the selection criteria for the Selection Activity?
What is the Selection Activity about?
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.
Is there a fee for the DSA Application/Test? What about the Selection Activity?
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.
What are the GAT/CRT tests about?
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/
ow can my child apply for admission to SST through DSA if s/he is currently not studying in any national primary school in Singapore
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.
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What are the Applied Subjects being offered? How many Applied Subjects will students be reading in relation to the existing regular subjects?
Will the Applied Learning approach cause my child to spend too much time on hands-on project work instead of concentrating on core O-level subjects?
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.
Does my child have to give up any O-level subjects to take Applied Subjects?
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.
What are the key features of the curriculum, and How are NTU, NP and industry partners involved?
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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How are NTU, NP and industry partners involved?
The school works in close relation with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD),Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and leading companies such as 3M, Apple Inc.,DSO National Laboratories and Google to provide additional learning opportunities to students through attachments, internships, and special enrichment programmes.
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What are the mother tongue languages offered in SST? Are third languages offered as well?
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.
What are the CCAs offered in SST?
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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
Is SST a school just for students who want to go to a Poly?
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.
SST’s students have done well in their post-secondary education in junior colleges, international baccalaurette programmes and polytechnics. Among those who have matriculated or are embarking on their tertiary education, 1 in 5 have received prestigious scholarships for their excellent performance in various areas.
Can the Applied Subjects be recognised for JC admission?
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.
What is the benefit of offering Applied Subjects at the O Levels for students who wish to progress to JC?
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 “Electronics” builds upon and reinforces the theories and concepts taught in Physics.
In fact, many JCs have already been working with universities to offer a wide range of additional programmes, subjects and modules which are applied in nature, for their students. These programmes, offered at H3 level, include NTU Molecular Biology and NUS-MOE Science Research.
Will SST students’ exposure in applied learning be considered when they apply to the polytechnics? Will students who read Applied Subjects be awarded credit exemption by the polytechnics?
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.
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Nanyang Technological University –
How does a student in SST determine what post-secondary path is the most suitable for him?
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Education in SST
How does SST hone STEAM skills in students?
SST aims to develop students who are curious and passionate practitioners in improving society through the application of STEAM skills through the following:
Applied Subjects at ‘O’ Levels
- Design Studies
- Talent Development Programme
- Art, Design,Media & Technology
- Info Communication Technology,
- Investigative Skills in Science (ISS)
- NTU-SST Applied Sciences Camp
- Competitions on campus such as SunburST Makers’ Innofest and SST-3M InnoScience Challenge
- External competitions such as VEX Robotics and Angelhack
- NTU-SST Applied Sciences Camp
- SUTD-SST Big-D Camp
How does 1:1 (1 student to 1 learning device) learning look like in SST?
Will financial aid be given to students from low-income families in SST since students will need to purchase their own devices?
Has SST done any research into how useful is the pedagogy that you are using, to students? What kind of results have you received? Have any mainstream schools start to apply what they have learnt from you?
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.
How does SST ensure that students use their Learning Device in a balanced and healthy way? How can parents play a part?
1) Educating students
Cyberwellness is integrated into our Character Education (CE) Programme. Teachers refer to the laptop as a “Learning Device” to emphasise the purpose of the laptops. The Digital Citizenship Committee works closely with the Student Development Committee to deliver the programme in several ways. Apart from Character and Citizenship Education, professionals are also invited to engage the students to help them understand current trends and issues.Students are taught to uphold overarching principles of ‘Respect for Self and Others’ and ‘Safe and Responsible Use’ acts as a moral compass in guiding students’ moral character and actions in cyberspace. As independent and self-directed learners, they learn to evaluate the consequences of their online behaviour, so that they make responsible choices and protect themselves. In building an empowered community, students spearhead several initiatives on cyberwellness among parents, peers and students in various primary schools.
Students also learn to care for their Learning Devices and troubleshoot simple problems. They are able to housekeep their Learning Devices and remove programmmes 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. Parents are also engaged through a G+ Community where teachers share regular and useful updates on trends and advisory.
How much are the school fees?
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Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Does SST provide any scholarships or 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.
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