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Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Admissions

UPDATE 4/11/2014: The deadline to begin the testing and application process for fall 2014 has passed (Friday, November 8, 2013.) If your child did not participate in the DOE's G&T testing this year, you will have to wait until fall 2014 to begin the process for fall 2015. (The only exception is if you moved to NYC after the November deadline and your child will be in K or 1st grade in fall 2014. See this page.) FAQ sheets about Anderson in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian are attached at the bottom of this page. There is also a document about the DOE's placement process - scroll down! 

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).

Overview
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.

 The Anderson School encourages you to obtain an accurate result on your child’s Gifted and Talented test by not offering test prep beyond the information the Department of Education provides. Those materials will be enough to familiarize your child with the format of the test. 

We want you to be able to make an informed decision about your child’s ability to keep pace with an accelerated curriculum. The Anderson School does not endorse extensive prepping for the G&T test because it will not provide you with a true assessment.

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 Five Step Admissions Process (This information was relevant to the application process for fall 2014. We have left it here for informational purposes only. It will be updated in October 2014 with accurate information about the process for fall 2015.)
Age Requirements:
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 2009 will begin Kindergarten in the fall of 2014, so they must begin the admissions process in the fall of 2013.
  • Children born in 2008 - the DOE will NOT place children born in 2008 into a G&T Kindergarten class; those children must apply to first grade for fall 2014. The tests used for Kindergarten and 1st grade G&T admissions are normed (scored/compared) according to age and not grade.
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 8, 2013. 
You must ask the Department of Education to administer the free testing to your child by filling out the Request for Testing Form. B
eginning on Monday, October 7, 2013, 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 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006. Keep this handbook until next June - you will need to refer to it! Handbooks are also available in hard copy at all Borough Enrollment Offices and include a hard copy of the Request for Testing form. If you submit a hard copy of the form, remember to get a receipt!

Again, all
Request for Testing Forms must be submitted by Friday, November 8, 2013!
 
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!)
  • If your child is currently enrolled in a non-DOE school in grades Pre-K - 2, in a DOE Pre-K, or does not attend school, testing will take place on a weekend day in January, 2014 at a designated school site. The DOE will contact you with the exact time and place.
  • If your child currently attends a DOE school in grades Kindergarten - 2, he or she will be tested at his or her school during the regular school day between January 6 – February 5, 2014. 
STEP 3: You are Notified of the Test Score
In early April, the DOE will notify you of your child's test result. If your child achieves a score high enough to qualify for G&T placement, an application will be included. If your child's score doesn't meet the minimum eligibility, then your child can test again next year.

STEP 4: You Rank Your School Choices
If your child achieved a score high enough to be eligible to apply for G&T placement, the DOE will provide you with a personalized application with your G&T program options.
  • If your child achieved a total score in the 90th percentile or higher, then your child is eligible to apply to District G&T programs.  
  • If your child achieves a total percentile score in the 97th percentile or higher, then your child is eligible to apply for District G&T programs as well as all the citywide G&T schools, including The Anderson School, if you wish.
  • Anderson will hold evening Open House events in the spring, directly following the release of student test scores. Our administration highly recommends that you attend one of these events before ranking our school on your applicationPlease go to our Visiting Grades K-5 page to find out about visiting our school in the spring.
You will rank your choices on the application in order of your preferenceThe DOE encourages families only to apply to schools to which they would be willing to attend. Placement will be determined by the DOE based on a lottery within each percentile, after eligible siblings are placed. There is no guarantee of a G&T placement, even if you rank all of the available choices on your application. All applications must be submitted to the DOE following the instructions they provide. Do NOT send the application to our school.  

All applications must be submitted to the DOE by the Friday, April 18, 2014 deadline. 

STEP 5: The DOE Makes Placement Offers
The DOE will send you a letter in late May, notifying you if your child is being offered a G&T placement or not. There is no appeals process.
 
Transportation
Transportation is available to students in accordance with the eligibility guidelines of the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) (see: Transportation).

Afterschool
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.)

School Visits
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.
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