UPDATE 10/23/2013: This page has been updated with all the information, links and documents necessary for applying to Anderson's 6th grade for fall 2014. Information about our Open Houses can be found here.
The Anderson School (PS334) seeks a diverse student population and welcomes applications from students of all races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds living in any of the five boroughs. Students entering grades 6 and 7 may apply; new students are not admitted into 8th grade. This page describes the 6th grade application process; there is a separate page for 7th grade application information. For information about Open Houses and tours, please visit this page.
Students must apply directly to the Anderson School using our school’s own application. Our application is separate from the district middle school application public school students will submit to their guidance counselor, but has the same due date. We are not listed on any district’s application because we are a citywide admissions school. Students from any district or borough may apply, providing they meet the initial criteria outlined below. Applying to Anderson does not jeopardize your chances of being made an offer from any other school.
Every applicant meeting the initial academic criteria who has submitted an on time application will be invited to take Anderson's own admissions test given at the school which includes a writing assignment and math assessment.
Please remember that we are a K-8 school, therefore 5th graders currently enrolled in Anderson are guaranteed a seat in our 6th grade if they choose to continue at Anderson, as long as they are in good academic standing. However, we expand our class size slightly in 6th grade, so there are always at least eight seats available. For fall 2014, we know that we have at least 14 seats to fill.
If you are new to the NYC public schools (moving to NYC or switching from a NYC private school) please read this page before you continue!
Initial Admissions Criteria
In order to maintain our high academic standards and to ensure a diverse student population, we accept applications from students living anywhere in New York City, without regard to current school district, who meet the following initial criteria:
Application for 6th Grade – 3 actions required: (Please note: our website, online form and documents are all Google-based. Internet Explorer is not always able to open Google products, so if you are having difficulties, try opening our website in another browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari.)
1. Fill out the online Student Information/Application Form here.
2. Download the Application Instructions here.
3. Download the Confidential Teacher Recommendation Form here.
If you are having difficulty using the link for the Student Information/Application Form (#1 above), copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFRWbHg1bFpFSk5UanNQV3g5QmIxRGc6MA. If you absolutely cannot manage to make either work, there is a hard copy attached at the bottom of this page, but you run the risk of there not being enough time for us to process your paperwork before the main testing date!
Every applicant meeting the initial academic criteria who has submitted an on time application will be invited to participate in an admissions test given at the school that includes a writing assignment and math assessment. This test is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2014, by invitation only. The acceptance list and ranked wait list will be created after a thorough evaluation of the student's performance on the onsite test, report cards, test scores, and the teacher recommendation. There is no preference given to where these students live, nor do we have a sibling policy. We do not conduct student interviews or review portfolios of work.
Admissions notifications will be distributed to families in May, 2014, at the same time as all other Department of Education middle school placement notifications.
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: DSmiley@schools.nyc.gov.