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6th Grade Admissions

UPDATE 9/13/17:
Families interested in applying to The Anderson School for 6th grade (2018-19 school year) can attend one of our two Open Houses, scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2017, and Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Students are encouraged to attend with their parents. No registration is required and we will admit guests until our auditorium fills to capacity. It is NOT MANDATORY to attend an Open House. We will post our FAQs on the 6th grade Admissions page soon. The Anderson School will appear on every District's middle school application; there will no longer be a separate application from the school. 

All offers of 7th grade admission for the 2018-19 school year will be made from the current 6th grade waitlist.

The information posted below is current for families applying to attend Anderson for the 2018-19. 

For information about Open Houses and Tours, please visit this page.
The Anderson School is an academically selective public school that seeks a diverse student population and welcomes applications from students of all races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds living in any of the five boroughs. We will have one ICT class in each of our middle school grades in 2018-19.

Anderson is a K-8 school; therefore fifth graders currently enrolled in Anderson are guaranteed a seat in our sixth grade if they choose to continue at Anderson. However, we usually expand our class size slightly in sixth grade and we will have at least 8 seats available in sixth grade for fall 2018, possibly more.

Students will apply to the Anderson School using their District's Middle School Application.  The Department of Education will select a pool of qualifying applicants who will be invited to test and interview at The Anderson school. The DOE will use a new rubric that incorporates, grades, NYS ELA and Math test scores from fourth grade, and attendance/punctuality.

After the invited students take The Anderson School's onsite admissions test, a ranked wait list will be created and provided to the DOE's Enrollment Office.

From the DOE's Middle School Handbook:

"Schools That See How You Rank Them

Any District middle school program that uses a Screened Admissions Method will learn how you ranked it, but not how your ranked other programs. For example, your first choice program will learn that you ranked it first, but will not see what program you ranked second, and so on. 

Some schools may use this information to decide who to  admit. School staff may say that they won't consider families who don't rank them first on the application. This may influence how you decide to rank schools on your child's Middle School Application. However, it is always a good idea to rank programs in your true order of preference. Columbia Secondary School (which admits students from multiple districts) and Citywide schools like NEST +m, Anderson, ICE, Mark Twain, Professional Performing Arts School, The 30th Avenue School, and Brooklyn School of Inquiry are not counted in the ranking that District schools will see. This means there is no disadvantage to ranking Citywide school programs or the Columbia Secondary School program above District schools programs on your child's Middle School Application. If you rank one of these school programs first and a District school second, it will look to the District school like you ranked it first.

You now apply to The Anderson School by ranking it on your child's Middle School Application. There is no longer a separate application process for Anderson."

Visiting Anderson
For information about Open Houses and Tours, please visit this page.

Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to handle all of our admissions phone calls - thank you for understanding.
If you have read this page and still have questions about the application process, contact Donna Smiley: