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6th Grade Admissions

UPDATE 10/16/17:
Families interested in applying to The Anderson School for 6th grade (2018-19 school year) can attend one of our two Open Houses, scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2017, and Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Students are encouraged to attend with their parents. No registration is required and we will admit guests until our auditorium fills to capacity. (If the auditorium is full when you arrive, you will still be able to take a self-guided tour of the school and speak with current parents/students in the middle school classrooms.) 

It is NOT MANDATORY to attend an Open House. We will post our FAQs on the 6th grade Admissions page soon. The Anderson School will appear on every District's middle school application. There will no longer be a separate application from the school. 

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. 

For information about Open Houses and Tours, please visit this page.
 
Overview
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 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 ed and 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. At least 300 students who list Anderson anywhere on their District's middle school application will be invited to test at The Anderson school based upon the following initial eligibility rubric:


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

 

Attendance/Punctuality


30%

4th Grade Report Card


30%

NYS Test Scores


40%

After the invited students take The Anderson School's onsite admissions test in January, a ranked wait list will be created and provided to the DOE's Enrollment Office, from which admissions offers will be made and a ranked waitlist will be determined.


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."


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: DSmiley@schools.nyc.gov.
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