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6th Grade Admissions

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The information posted below is current for families applying to attend Anderson for the 2019-20 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, ethnicities, 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 2019-20 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 2019, possibly more.

Students (general education and Integrated Collaborative Teaching/ICT) will rank Anderson School (along with all of their other middle school choices) using the new online middle school application in MY SCHOOLS between mid-October and December 3, 2018 (link to follow when site is active).  

Current NYC public school students can apply using their existing student ID; all other students who are currently NYC residents will have to contact a Family Welcome Center before the 12/3/18 deadline to be assigned a student ID and to have their fourth grade academic information entered into the enrollment system. (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, 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 300 students based upon the following initial eligibility rubric:

INITIAL ELIGIBILITY rubric to determine who is invited to Anderson's onsite admissions test:




4th Grade Report Card grades in core subjects & behavior


NYS Test Scores


   *Student will not be penalized for valid extenuating absences.

Anderson will determine by the end of December which applicants are invited to the school's onsite testing. 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. Tentatively, testing for ICT students is scheduled for Sunday, January 13, 2019, and for general education students on Saturday, February 2, 2019. TESTING IS BY INVITATION OF THE SCHOOL ONLY.


A ranked list will be created in February by the school which will factor in the results of the onsite test, 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 and a ranked wait list will be determined that will be in effect for both sixth grade and seventh grade admissions.

Schools do not know how you ranked them. The 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. The school's choices are provided to the Enrollment Office and they match students to their highest ranked school choice that also has chosen the student. After offers are made in the spring, Anderson will know which students are still on our ranked wait list.

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:
Ana Crenovich,
Dec 1, 2017, 12:39 PM
Ana Crenovich,
Dec 1, 2017, 12:39 PM