UPDATE 10/1/2014: The Department of Education has just posted this year's Gifted and Talented Handbooks on their website. These handbooks contain all the information you need to navigate the DOE's admissions process to New York City G&T classrooms. The information below has been updated, but be sure to READ the handbook for your child's birth year carefully and completely and then SAVE it for future reference! You will need it again and again before this process is finally over in fall 2015.
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. Two kindergarten classes are accepted each year. Students are admitted to grades 1 through 3 as space permits. Transportation is available to students in accordance with the eligibility guidelines of the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) (see: Transportation to The Anderson School).
The Anderson School does not select any students for its Kindergarten-3rd 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 fall, the DOE announces what the time line and procedures will be that year for testing, deadlines, applications and placement notification. The DOE administers the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) free of charge to determine G&T placement for Kindergarten - 3rd grade. The Department of Education publishes a Gifted & Talented Program Handbook each year, which explains everything about the G&T admissions process and includes sample test questions that you should review with your child. You can get updates about the G&T admissions process delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for the Department of Education's Gifted and Talented Admissions email newsletter.
If you are new to the NYC public schools (moving to NYC or from a NYC private school) please read this page before you continue!
The Four Step Admissions Process
Kindergarten If you are interested in enrolling your child in any New York City Gifted and Talented Kindergarten class, you must begin the admissions process below in the fall of the calendar year in which your child turns four years old. In other words, children born on ANY date in 2010 will begin Kindergarten in the fall of 2015, so they must begin the admissions process in the fall of 2014.
Grades 1, 2 or 3 If you are interested in applying to grades 1, 2 or 3, you must begin the admissions process below in the fall of your child's Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade school year.
STEP 1: You File the Request for Testing Form by Friday, November 7, 2014.
You must ask the Department of Education to administer the free testing to your child by filling out the Request for Testing Form. Beginning on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, you may fill out your Request for Testing Form online here. Submitting online is highly recommended (remember to print a receipt!) Parents who complete the form online are notified about test results and school placement earlier than those who submit a hard copy. That is an advantage in the spring, when you may want to tour the schools to which you are eligible to apply. You may need to register for tours immediately, as tours at many schools tend to fill up quickly.
The Department of Education's Gifted & Talented Program Handbook explains everything about the G&T admissions process. It includes sample questions that you should review with your child, as well as a hard copy of the Request for Testing Form. The handbooks can be downloaded here for children born in 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. Keep this handbook until next June - you will need to refer to it many times! Handbooks are also available in hard copy at all Borough Enrollment Offices and include a hard copy of the Request for Testing form. Remember to get a receipt if you submit your form in person.
Again, all Request for Testing Forms must be submitted by Friday, November 7, 2014 - remember to print out a receipt!
STEP 2: Your Child is Tested
After you have submitted your Request for Testing form, the DOE will arrange a time for your child to be tested. Testing usually takes 1 to 1-1/2 hours. (Any problems with the tester or the test site must be reported to the DOE within 48 hours after your child takes the test. Do not wait until the scores are reported!)
STEP 3: You are Notified of the Test Score and Apply for Placement (If Eligible)
The DOE will notify you of your child's test result (usually in early April.) If your child achieves a score high enough to qualify for G&T placement, the DOE will provide you with a personalized application with your G&T program options. If your child's score doesn't meet the minimum eligibility, then your child can test again next year.
All applications must be submitted to the DOE by their published deadline (not yet announced.)
STEP 4: The DOE Makes Placement Offers
The DOE will send you a letter (usually in late May), notifying you if your child is being offered a G&T placement or not. There is no appeals process.
Transportation is available to students in accordance with the eligibility guidelines of the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) (see: Transportation).
Wingspan Arts is our after school provider (K-6.) They have a moderate fee structure and offer some scholarships. Included are academic, athletic and artistic classes as well as homework help. Afterschool begins with a snack when school ends and runs until 6:00 PM. You can read about their program at www.wingspanarts.org .
The Anderson School offers some programs for free: academic support (3-8), CHAMPS & other sports, 16 sports teams (6-8, boy, girl, co-ed, JV) & clubs (6-8, robotics, newspaper, math teams.)
Please go to our Visiting Grades K-5 page to find out about visiting our school in the spring.
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.