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4th & 5th Grade Admissions

UPDATE  7/5/2016: The Department of Education announced on Friday, July 1, 2016 that there will not be an application process for Gifted & Talented programs for grades 4 and 5 for the 2016-17 school year. Families with questions may email
Please note, The Anderson School does not have any available seats in its fall 2016 fourth and fifth grade classrooms.

The Anderson School does not select any students for its fourth and fifth grade classrooms. Admissions for all New York City Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs and schools, including Anderson's elementary grades, is coordinated by the New York City Department of Education (DOE). Each spring, the DOE announces what the time line and procedures will be that year for applications, deadlines,  and placement notification. 

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DOE's Overview (last year's information)
If your child is entering fourth or fifth grade in the 2015-2016 school year, you can start the admissions process for placement in citywide and district Gifted & Talented programs on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Parents of eligible children may submit a Request for Placement (RFP) in person at a Family Welcome Center. The deadline for submitting a RFP is Friday, May 22, 2015.

Eligibility will be determined by multiple measures:
  • 2015 New York State English Language Arts (ELA) and Math scores 
  • 2015 Report Card Grades 
  • Descriptors of Exceptional Characteristics provided by the student’s teacher 
All measures are weighted equally. After submitting a RFP, your child’s school will be prompted to submit the Descriptors of Exceptional Characteristics form. Eligible students will be provided with a list of programs over the summer and may submit an application at that time. You’ll receive a decision letter in the late summer or early fall.

Eligibility for students not currently enrolled in public school (e.g., private, parochial, home school, etc.) is established through a review of the three measures stated above. In the absence of state tests, parents will be contacted to submit objective assessment data that demonstrates advanced performance in ELA and Math.

DOE's Gifted & Talented Grade 4 & 5 Placement Process FAQs (last year's information)
1. How do I submit NYS ELA and Math State Test scores?
The NYCDOE receives state test data directly, so families of public school students will not need to submit test scores. Families of private or home school students will be contacted regarding these test scores.

2. My child does not have New York State English Language Arts (ELA) or Math scores for the 2014-15 school year. Can we still apply?
For children without New York State ELA or Math test scores from the 2014-15 school year, families may submit official student test scores, administered within the current school year, that are comparable to New York State Math and ELA assessments.

A comparable assessment is defined as any standardized achievement test that assesses the Common Core Standards in reading, writing, and math at the grade level in which the child is currently enrolled (e.g. a family applying for enrollment in grade 4 will need to submit grade 3 assessment results). The assessment must have published evidence regarding its reliability and validity. School-created assessments will not meet these criteria. The assessment results submitted must include performance level indicators along with the definition of those indictors.

3. My child was tested for entry into the Gifted & Talented program in grades K-3 during a previous school year. May we use those scores for admissions?
The New York City Gifted and Talented Assessment Program (GTAP) Test Scores may not be used for placement for grades 4 or 5, as the standardized assessments to be considered for enrollment in grades 4 or 5 must have been administered within the current school year. 2

4. How will eligibility be determined?
Eligibility will be determined based on a comprehensive review of three measures, each of which will be weighted equally:
  • New York State test scores (or other acceptable standardized test results, as noted above) 
  • 2015 report card grade 
  • Descriptors of exceptional characteristics provided by the student’s teacher 
Reviewers will be looking for evidence of exceptionality in the following areas:
    • capacity to learn, 
    • application of knowledge, 
    • creative and productive thinking, 
    • motivation to succeed. 
5. Who is conducting the placement reviews?
The reviews will be conducted by a team of experienced educators from the Central office who will norm and score the exams based on the three measures listed above.

6. How do I apply for a grade 4 or 5 G&T placement for my child?
Families must submit a Request for Placement form in person at a Family Welcome Center. This form will be used to initiate the process of collecting the various elements used to determine eligibility.

7. What is the timeline of the placement process?



Request for Placement period

May 11 – May 22

Notification of eligibility

Late August

Application deadline

August 28

Decision letters sent to families

Early September

Marcie Shaw,
Apr 29, 2015, 2:05 PM