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6th Grade Admissions

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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. 

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 approximately 12 seats available in sixth grade for fall 2016.

Students must apply directly to the Anderson School using our school’s own application. Our application is separate from the district middle school application that public school students will submit to their guidance counselor. Applying to Anderson does not jeopardize a student’s chances of being made an offer from any other school.

All applicants will be ranked based on a calculation from our Eligibility Rubric (below). The 200 highest-scoring students, as determined by the Eligibility Rubric, will be invited to The Anderson School’s onsite admissions test. (Please do not call the school asking about your child’s chances for eligibility.)

After the invited students take the onsite admissions test, the acceptance list and ranked wait list will be created using our Admissions Rubric (below). Admissions notifications will be emailed to families in May, at the same time as all other Department of Education middle school placement notifications.

6th Grade Application Process
Three (or Four) Items Must Be Received by December 1, 2015
In order for a student to be considered for Anderson’s onsite admissions testing for sixth grade, the following must be received by The Anderson School by December 1, 2015:

  1. A completed online application (click the link to complete the online application form)

·     Print out a completed copy for your records.

·     Only if online submission is not possible, you may mail in a hard copy version but do not submit both! (Attached at the bottom of this page.)

  2.  A copy of the student's IEP paperwork (ICT, SETTS, etc., if applicable)

  3.  A copy of the student's complete final fourth grade report card, including all teacher comments

  4.  A copy of the student’s fourth grade NYS Math and ELA test scores

·     Parents of public school students may send us a copy of the middle school choice application or a printout from their NYC Schools account.

·     If the child did not attend a NYS public school in fourth grade, submit any standardized test scores from fourth grade and the scores will be converted.

·     If no standardized tests were taken, submit all other components of application packet. Students with no standardized test scores will not be penalized.

 Mail the copies of report cards, IEP, and test scores to be received by 12/1/15 to:



100 West 77th St. Room 107

New York, NY 10024 

We do not have the manpower to confirm the safe receipt of your documents - hundreds of envelopes must be opened and the data recorded. In early January, everyone should hear from us about their status: invited to the test, not invited to the test or documents missing.

The Eligibility Process for Anderson’s Onsite Admissions Test
The Anderson School will use the documents we have requested above and the rubrics below to calculate an eligibility score for each applicant. Families of the 200 highest-scoring applicants with complete application packets will be emailed an invitation in early January 2016 to take The Anderson School’s onsite admissions test on January 23, 2016 (snow date January 30, 2016.) 

The Onsite Admissions Test
In early January 2016, detailed information about our onsite admissions test will be emailed to the parents of the 200 students who are invited to take the test and will also be posted on this page. Our onsite admissions test is not a standardize
d test; it is a test written by our teachers, consisting of a writing assignment and a math assessment. 

Students who achieve our minimum grade on the onsite math exam AND our minimum grade on the onsite essay will be required to provide additional materials by February 23, 2016. We will email the parents of those students with the details about the documents they must provide.

The Admissions Decision Process
Offers of admission will be made and the ranked waiting list will be established based on the onsite admissions testing and score calculation of the supporting documents using the rubric below. 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 sent to families in May, at the same time as all other Department of Education middle school placement notifications. Students offered admission, and their parents, will have an opportunity to take a daytime tour of the school prior to the deadline for accepting our offer

Visiting Anderson
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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:
Marcie Shaw,
Nov 12, 2015, 8:09 AM
Marcie Shaw,
Nov 12, 2015, 8:09 AM