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6th Grade Admissions

Visiting Anderson
There are two Open Houses this fall on Monday, November 18th and Tuesday, November 26th, 2019. please visit this page.

The information posted below is current for families applying to attend Anderson for the 2020-21 school year. 

The Anderson School is an academically selective public school that seeks a diverse student population and welcomes applications from students of all races, ethnic and economic backgrounds living in any of the five boroughs.

We are also seeking current fifth grade students designated as Integrated Collaborative Teaching (ICT) students to fill some of our sixth grade seats for the 2020-21 school year. Half of our classes in sixth, seventh, and eighth are ICT classes. (That's one ICT class in each of sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.)

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 expect to have at least 10 seats available in sixth grade for fall 2020, possibly more.

Students (general education and Integrated Collaborative Teaching/ICT) will rank The Anderson School (along with all of their other middle school choices) using the new online middle school application by going to from now until December 2, 2019. 

Current NYC public school students can apply using their existing student ID, 

If your child was NOT enrolled in a NYC public school in fourth grade, you will have to contact a Family Welcome Center before the 12/2/19 deadline to be assigned a student ID and to have their fourth grade academic information entered into the enrollment system. If your child's report card cannot be converted by a Family Welcome Center, please scan and send it to The Anderson School to Donna Smiley ( Family Welcome Centers can be accessed at

The Anderson School will select a pool of applicants who have demonstrated a very strong performance in school (see INITIAL ELIGIBILITY explanation below), as shown by their fourth grade report card, excellent attendance, punctuality, and fourth grade NYS ELA and Mathematics test scores - as reported to us by the Department of Education. Please DO NOT SEND fifth grade report cards, awards, teacher recommendations, etc., as they will not be considered.  

The Anderson School plans to test approximately 500 students based upon the following initial eligibility rubric:

INITIAL ELIGIBILITY rubric to determine who is invited to Anderson's onsite admissions test (400 pts maximum score):




Attendance*: 0-2=20 pts; 3-5=15 pts; 6-7=5 pts; 8+=0 pts

Punctuality: 0-2=100 pts; 3-5=80 pts; 6-7=60 pts; 8-10=40 pts; 11+=0 pts



4th Grade Report Card grades in core subjects & work habits/behavior

4.0=30 pts; 3.5-3.99=20 pts; 3.1-3.49=10 pts; 3.0=5 pts; below 3.0=0 pts
English Language Arts: 
4.0=30 pts; 3.5-3.99=20 pts; 3.1-3.49=10 pts; 3.0=5 pts; below 3.0=0 pts
Social Studies: 4.0=10 pts; 3.5-3.99=8 pts; 3.1-3.49= 5pts; 3.0=3 pts; below 3.0=0 pts
4.0=10 pts; 3.5-3.99=8 pts; 3.1-3.49= 5pts; 3.0=3 pts; below 3.0=0 pts
Citizenship(work habits/behavior): 4.0=40 pts; 3.5-3.99=30 pts; 3.1-3.49=15 pts; 3.0=5 pts; below 3.0=0 pts


NYS/Standarized Test Scores

NYS 4th Grade ELA Scale Score 2019NYS 4th Grade Math Scale Score 2019
 643-648 (98-100%) = 80 pts 645-650 (98%-100%) = 80 pts
 633 (96%) = 70 pts 635 (96%) = 70 pts
624-628 (91-93%) = 50 pts624-628 (91%-93%) = 50 pts 
618-621 (87%-89%) = 25 pts 618-621 (87%-89%) = 25 pts 
 614-616 (83%-85%) = 10 pts
612 and below (80% and below) = 0 pts
614-616 (83%-85%) = 10 pts
612 and below (80% and below) = 0 pts 
              Effective 9/12/19


   *Student will not be penalized for valid extenuating absences.

Initial Eligibility/Admissions Testing Eligibility: Anderson will calculate each applicant's initial eligibility scores using the rubric shown above, by sometime in January to determine who will be invited to the school's onsite testing  based upon rankings developed using the initial eligibility rubric, above. 

General education students are ranked relative to other general education student applicants.

ICT students are ranked relative to other ICT student applicants.

Anderson will notify families of the school's invitation to test (and also which students were not invited to test) through the email address provided with the online application.


All NYC public middle schools who have a screening process, must submit their ranked list of choices from their applicant lists to the DOE's Enrollment Office by the middle of February. The Enrollment Office will conduct the matching between the schools' choices and the students' choices and will match students to their highest choice based on the student's rankings and the order that the schools ranked their candidates.

Anderson's list will be generated by the results of the onsite test (75%) and the Initial Eligibility Score (25%), which includes the student's NYS 4th grade ELA and Math test scores, and the information provided on the student's 4th grade report card. This list will be provided to the DOE's Enrollment Office, from which admissions offers will be made. Students who are not offered a seat at Anderson for the sixth grade may be placed on a ranked wait list, determined by the school, that will remain in effect for both sixth grade and seventh grade admissions.

Schools do not see how you rank them. The Anderson School's admissions decisions are based only on your child's academic performance from the fourth grade, along with his or her performance on Anderson's onsite test. After offers are made in the spring, Anderson will know which students are still on our wait list (for 7th grade) and we can let families know then what position their child holds.

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:
Donna Smiley,
Nov 20, 2018, 11:05 AM
Donna Smiley,
Nov 20, 2018, 11:05 AM