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4th & 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 12/2/2013: The information below pertained to the fall 2013 admissions process. We have left it here so you can understand how the process works.The Department of Education will released its criteria, timeline and application for 4th and 5th grade admissions for fall 2014 in August, 2014. The information and links below will be updated at that time. 
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 websiteIn 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.
  • For students currently enrolled in a NYC public school:  The DOE has stipulated that applications may be submitted for a possible placement to a G&T program or school only by students who achieved a Level 4 on both the NYS ELA and Math tests, to demonstrate they perform at advanced levels and are exceeding standards.
  • For students not currently enrolled in a NYC public school: Eligibility for upper elementary grades placement is established through a comprehensive review of student test scores that are comparable to New York State math and reading assessments. In the absence of state tests, parents must submit objective assessment data that demonstrates advanced performance in reading and mathematics. The DOE does not accept recommendations from teachers or school staff, nor does it administer any admissions tests.
The 2013 G&T Upper Elementary (4th and 5th Grade) Application and the instructions for submitting test documentation are now available here, on the DOE's website. The deadline for submitting the application for fall 2013 placement is Monday, September 16, 2013. (This deadline has passed and the DOE will not place any more students into G&T classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year.)

Placements: For Citywide programs, the DOE will place eligible siblings first, followed by eligible applicants by random lottery. For district programs, eligible siblings will be placed first, followed by eligible applicants with district priority by random lottery. If seats remain after those with district priority have been accommodated, offers to applicants without district priority will be assigned by random lottery. Families will be notified by mail regarding the outcome of the application in early October. 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 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: . Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to handle all of our admissions phone calls - thank you for understanding.