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UPDATE 1/5/18:

The Anderson School has emailed more testing invitations (all of Manhattan except for private and charter schools), with the majority of our notifications to Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn schools to be sent to guidance counselors/APs the week of January 8th-12th. If your child does NOT attend a public school and you have not heard from The Anderson School, please send an email with your child's name in the subject line to so I can add your email address to our database next week), otherwise we will communicate with you via U.S. Mail. Letters are being sent to schools for distribution to families unless your email address was included in your application file we received from the DOE.

Test dates for general education applicants have been changed to Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 3, 2018, with an alternate date for religious conflict on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Applicants to The Anderson School's ICT class are also still being contacted as we evaluate the student application information. Most of the testing for the ICT class will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018.

All offers of 7th grade admission for the 2018-19 school year will be made from the current 6th grade waitlist. (We cannot accept new applications to 7th grade for the 2018-19 school year.)

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

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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. We are seeking current fifth grade students designated as Integrated Collaborative Teaching (ICT) students to fill some of our sixth grade seats for the 2018-19 school year. 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 expect to have at least 10 seats available in sixth grade for fall 2018, possibly more.

Students (general education and Integrated Collaborative Teaching/ICT) will apply to the Anderson School using their District's Middle School Application.  

The Anderson School will select a pool of applicants who have demonstrated a strong performance in school, as shown by their fourth grade report card, good attendance and punctuality, and fourth grade NYS ELA and Mathematics test scores - as reported in the Department of Education's Student Enrollment Management System (SEMS).

If your child is currently in a non-DOE NYC school and does not have a DOE District Middle School Application, you MUST obtain this application from a Family Welcome Center prior to the December 1st application submission deadline.

The Anderson School plans to test at approximately 800 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


NYS Test Scores


Anderson will determine which applicants are invited to the school's onsite testing in mid-late December. Anderson will notify families of the school's invitation to test (and also which students were not invited to test) through their child’s current school’s guidance counselor if DOE, or via U.S. mail and/or phone if the student is currently attending a charter school or private/parochial school. Invited students will select their testing appointment from several dates, starting in early January – weekday afternoons and also on Saturdays (NOT January 13 or January 20; and if needed, a snow date would be on February 3rd.)

A ranked wait 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 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 waitlist will be determined that will be in effect through October of the student's seventh grade year.

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."

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