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Kindergarten-3rd Grade Admissions

Updated 10/11/18

The Four Step Admissions Process conducted by the Department of Education’s Enrollment Office 

 STEP 1: You register for Gifted & Talented testing by Tuesday, November 9, 2018 

You must ask the Department of Education to administer the free testing to your child by filling out the Request for Testing Form at beginning on October 11, 2018 and not later than Tuesday, November 9, 2018. 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 2019 NYC Kindergarten and Gifted & Talented Admissions Guide k explains everything about the G&T admissions process. It includes sample questions that you should review with your child. Visit  for children born in 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011. 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 Tuesday, November 9, 2018 - 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 five school days following your child's test date and must include information listed in the Handbook or write to or call 212.374.6646. Do not wait until the scores are reported!)

  • If your child currently attends a DOE school in grades Kindergarten - 2, he or she will be tested at his or her school during a regular school day in January 2019. 
  • If your child currently attends Pre-K or a non-DOE school, or does not attend school, testing will take place on a weekend date in January-February 2019 at a designated school site. The DOE will contact you with the exact time and place.

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 2019.) 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. As of October 2018, these are the eligibility guidelines.

  • 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 application. Please go to our Visiting Grades K-3 page to find out about visiting our school in the spring.

You will rank your choices on the application in order of your preference. The DOE encourages families only to apply to schools to which they would be willing to attend. Many schools have Diversity Initiatives that could give your child priority placement. Please read the G&T Handbook and the DOE’s Enrollment web pages carefully for this important information.

Placement will be determined by the DOE based on these Diversity Initiatives, sibling priority and then a lottery within each percentile, starting with the 99th percentile and then 98th percentile, etc. 

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 their published deadline in April 2019.

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 once offers are made. You must accept or decline the seat by a date to be announced by the DOE’s Enrollment Office, in June 2019.


Transportation is available to students in accordance with the eligibility guidelines of the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) Enrollment in a public elementary school, including for Gifted & Talented programs/schools does NOT guarantee school bus service. (Students who are eligible for specialized transportation - "door-to-door" bus service based on an IEP will receive bus service.) (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.  After-school begins with a snack when school ends and runs until 6:00 PM. You can read about their program at
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.)

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, Ana Crenovich: . Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to handle all of our admissions phone calls - thank you for understanding.
Donna Smiley,
Nov 14, 2018, 9:11 AM