6th Grade Admissions

Admissions for the 2022-2023 school year

The NYC Department of Education has not yet announced the admissions procedures for The Anderson School to apply for entry in the 2022-2023 school year. We anticipate knowing more soon, in early 2022.

Admissions Introduction for Sixth Grade, 2021-22 School Year

The Department of Education has made offers to students for sixth grade seats in the 2021-2022 school year. On May 14th, 2021, waitlists were published and released to schools to being to make offers for seats as they become available for the 2021-2022 school year. Students can view their position on waitlists in the MySchools portal. The Anderson School will make offers from its waitlist in the order set by the Enrollment Office as seats become available. 

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

Details about the way the DOE randomly generated lottery numbers and how they used those numbers to make offers is provided on the DOE's Enrollment page and in MySchools:


Students are 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.

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 11 seats available in sixth grade for Fall 2022.

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 2022-23 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 early 2022.

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.