UPDATE 4/14/2015: If the Department of Education has notified you that your child is eligible to apply to the Anderson School (by receiving a total percentile score of 97 or higher on the Gifted and Talented test), please see this page of our website immediately for details about next week's evening Open Houses: http://www.ps334school.org/admissions/open-house-nights
UPDATE 9/242015: This page has been updated with information about the admissions process for the 2016-2017 school year.
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.
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!
Three important points about G&T admissions
Make certain your child has a seat for kindergarten in the fall: Each family must go through the Kindergarten Admissions process at their local school in addition to the Gifted and Talented process, because getting offered a seat in a G&T school or program is far from guaranteed. Visit this page on the DOE’s website for details: http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/Elementary/kindergarten.html
If your child does NOT currently attend a DOE school or pre-K program: If a G&T seat is offered in June, he or she must register in person in early to mid-June or forfeit the seat! So don’t plan any vacations for that time, just in case.
DOE Age Requirements:
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.
The Four Step Admissions Process
STEP 1: You File the Request for Testing Form by Monday, November 9, 2015
You must ask the Department of Education to administer the free testing to your child by filling out the Request for Testing Form. Beginning in early October 2015, you may fill out your Request for Testing Form online here. You will first be asked to create an account, then you will fill out a form requesting to have your child tested - don't make the mistake of only creating the account! 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 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. Keep this handbook until next June - you will need to refer to it many times! Handbooks are also available in hard copy at all Family Welcome Centers (formerly called 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. All Request for Testing Forms must be submitted by Monday, November 9, 2015 - 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.
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. You must accept or decline the seat by June 10, 2016.
Wait Lists: Your child will automatically remain on the list for every school and program you ranked on your application. There is nothing more for you to do. If a seat opens at any school you ranked higher than the one in which your child was placed (or any school you ranked, if your child didn’t receive a placement) and if your child’s name is next on the list for that school, then the school will contact you directly to offer the seat. It’s automatic and this process will be in effect until mid-October. If you were offered a G&T program that you prefer over your local school, go ahead and register your child there. If a seat opens up at another school you ranked higher and your child is next in line for that seat, you will get called – you will not forfeit because you have registered elsewhere. Please be patient - there is no need to call schools to find out where you are on the wait list and they don't have enough staff to handle all those requests!
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.