UPDATE 4/19/2013: For information about the recently discovered errors in the scoring of some NYC G&T tests, visit: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/GiftedandTalented/default.htm
UPDATE 4/10/2013: An FAQ sheet about Anderson's elementary grades and a document with information about the placement process are attached at the bottom of this page.
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 G&T Program Test Information 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 Five Step Admissions Process (The information below outlines the application process for fall 2013. We have left it here for informational purposes only. We will update all five steps as soon as the Department of Education releases the details of the application process for fall 2014. Check this page periodically starting in October 2013.)
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 2008 will begin Kindergarten in the fall of 2013, so they must begin the admissions process in the fall of 2012.
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 16, 2012. (The deadline was extended by one week, due to the hurricane.)
You must ask the Department of Education to administer the free testing to your child by filling out the Request for Testing Form. You may fill out your Request for Testing Form online here. Submitting online is the recommended method (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 G&T Program Test Information 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 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005. 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 hardcopy of the form, remember to get a receipt!
Again, all Request for Testing Forms must be submitted by Friday, November 16, 2012. (The deadline was extended by one week, due to the hurricane.)
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
In 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
STEP 5: The DOE Makes Placement Offers
The DOE will notify you in May if your child is offered a seat in a G&T program or school. 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.