6th Grade Admissions

Middle school offers for 6th grade have been made through MySchools as of April 6, 2020. Please confirm that you are accepting your seat at The Anderson School (or not) in your MySchools account. If you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to Donna Smiley at dsmiley@schools.nyc.gov. (Unfortunately, we cannot give you specific feedback about your child's onsite test until the schools reopen since those materials are at the school.)

Middle school waitlists will open in MySchools the week of April 13.

All admissions testing invitations have been extended to eligible applicants for The Anderson School and testing will conclude on January 30th. The Anderson School cannot release information about our sixth grade test results until after the NYC Department of Education's Enrollment Office extends offers to all sixth grade students based on their district's middle school applications in late March. Once those matches have been communicated with families, you may contact us to find out if your child is on our waitlist that extends to seventh grade and what his or her ranking might be. Not all students who tested are ranked. Ranking is determined by the school's admissions testing and the student's fourth grade report card, attendance, punctuality, and standardized test scores (or the equivalent) per the "Admissions Decisions" heading posted on this school's 6th Grade Admissions website page.

Once the DOE Enrollment Office provides The Anderson School with the files of all applicants to the school, we will calculate each student's Initial Eligibility Score using the rubric published on the 6th Grade Admissions page of this website. When all applicant scores have been determined, we will send emails to all applicants to notify if the student is invited to The Anderson School's onsite exam on January 11th or not. We plan to send these notifications as soon as possible but by no later than January 6th.

Visiting Anderson

There are no more Open Houses for the 2019-2020 school year.

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 MySchools.nyc 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 (dsmiley@schools.nyc.gov) Family Welcome Centers can be accessed at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/family-welcome-centers

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 400 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):

Category Details Percentage
Attendance* Attendance*: 0-2=20 pts; 3-5=15 pts; 6-7=5 pts; 8+=0 pts 5%
Punctuality Punctuality: 0-2=100 pts; 3-5=80 pts; 6-7=60 pts; 8-10=40 pts; 11+=0 pts 25%
4th Grade Report Card grades in core subjects & work habits/behavior Math: 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
Science: 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 **See NYS Standardized Test Scores Details below. 40%

*Student will not be penalized for valid extenuating absences.

**NYS Standardized Test Scores Details:

NYS 4th Grade ELA Scale Score 2019 NYS 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 pts 624-628 (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

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.

Admission Decisions

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.