6th Grade Admissions

Admissions Introduction for Sixth Grade, 2021-22 School Year

The Department of Education has recently announced the procedures for middle school admissions for the 2021-22 school year. Applications for entry to the sixth grade for the 2021-22 school year are now available in MySchools. (All seats are filled for the current 2020-21 school year.)

All seats for The Anderson School's sixth grade for fall 2021 will be offered by the DOE's Enrollment Office through MySchools. They will determine who is offered seats by conducting a lottery among applicants. The lottery for the Anderson School will be from a citywide pool with no preference to where the student lives or currently attends school. There will be no screening criteria (attendance, grades, testing) in the determination of the lottery. This year, students will be assigned through an open admissions process conducted entirely by the DOE and not the school.

Please list your middle school choices, ranking them in your true order of preference, on your application. 

Details about the way the DOE will randomly generate lottery numbers and how they will use those numbers to make offers will be provided on the DOE's Enrollment page and in MySchools:


Students will automatically be placed on school waitlists of schools that were listed higher in the student's ranked order than their placement. However, students may also also add themselves to the bottom of the waitlists of schools they are eligible for but they ranked lower on their application - after offers are made, just as they could last year.

If you have questions specifically about Anderson, please contact  Donna Smiley at dsmiley@schools.nyc.gov


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 total of at least 8 seats available in sixth grade for Fall 2021.

The Anderson School is a rigorous, academically accelerated public school that seeks a diverse student population and welcomes applications from motivated, hard-working students of all races, ethnic and economic backgrounds living in any of the five boroughs. Students who apply to The Anderson School should be prepared to work above grade-level if they attend the school. 

We also seek motivated, high achieving, twice-exceptional, fifth grade students who are designated as Integrated Collaborative Teaching (ICT) by the DOE to fill some of our sixth grade seats for the 2021-22 school year. Twice-exceptional students at Anderson are extremely hard-workers with a strong sense of curiosity and dedication to their academics, be ferocious readers, or have an insatiable desire to delve into one or more topics, but they may need support with their executive function skills. Half of the classes in sixth, seventh, and eighth are ICT classes. (That's one ICT class in each of sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.)

All students applying to The Anderson School (general education and Integrated Collaborative Teaching/ICT) will use the DOE’s MySchools site to access the DOE's middle school application, once it is available in mid-January. The deadline for middle school choice is February 9, 2021.

If your child is not enrolled in a NYC public school, you will have to contact a Family Welcome Center before the deadline to be assigned a student ID.  


Visiting Anderson

Please view the Anderson Middle School slide show on the home page for a virtual tour.

There will be no in-person Open House events during the 2020-21 school year.