UPDATE 12/10/2012: The information on this page will be updated in July or August of 2013, after the Department of Education releases its criteria, timeline and application for 4th and 5th grade admissions.
The Anderson School (P.S. 334) serves students living in any of the five boroughs of New York City. We are deeply committed to ethnic, economic, and social diversity.
Admissions for all New York City Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs and schools, including Anderson’s elementary grades, are coordinated by the New York City Department of Education (DOE). Individual G&T programs and schools do not have any involvement in the admissions process.
Available seats in 4th and 5th grade G&T classes are usually very limited and the DOE gives preference to qualified siblings of current students. Placements for grade 5 will be made only in schools where 5th grade is not the terminating grade. In other words, the DOE will only place a 5th grader into a K-8 school such as Anderson, or a K-12 school.
The application process for 4th and 5th grades takes place in the summer and students are offered placements just prior to the start of the school year, based upon availability and eligibility.
If your child will be applying to a G&T program or school for grades 4 or 5, the process is different than it is for Kindergarten – 3rd grade. Since most students this age have already taken standardized tests, there is no need for the DOE to administer the OLSAT/BSRA standardized tests. Instead, the DOE uses the results of the New York State ELA and Math tests, or, if the student has not taken the New York State tests, they will accept the results of whatever standardized tests the student has taken, to determine placement.
If you are new to the NYC public schools (moving to NYC or switching from a NYC private school) please read this page before you continue!
Application Process UPDATE 12/10/2012: The information below pertained to the admissions process for fall 2012. The eligibility requirements and deadlines for fall 2013 will be updated in August, 2013.
Each summer, after the scores for the NYS ELA and Math tests are released, the DOE posts the eligibility criteria and application for that coming school year on the DOE website. In other words, the entire process takes place as your child begins school in the grade to which you are applying - you are NOT applying a year in advance.
Placements: The DOE will place any qualified siblings of current students in that school first. Eligible non-sibling applicants will be placed by lottery. The DOE will mail placement notifications in late September. To be clear, your child will begin the school year at their current school, and if he or she is offered a seat in a G&T classroom and you decide to accept that seat, he or she will have to move to the new classroom/school in late September or early October.
Transportation is available to students in accordance with the eligibility guidelines of the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) (see: Transportation to The Anderson School).
If you have read this page and visited the Department of Education's website and still have questions about the application process, contact Anderson's Parent Coordinator, Marcie Shaw: MShaw6@schools.nyc.gov . Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to handle all of our admissions phone calls - thank you for understanding.