Kindergarten-3rd Grade Admissions

Update on Gifted & Talented Admissions for the 2021–22 School Year

The current Gifted and Talented admissions process for the 2021–22 school year will not include administering a test for incoming students, and instead will involve family and teacher identification of students for accelerated learning. Beginning March 8, families will have the opportunity to submit a Gifted and Talented application for all NYC residents born in 2016, who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2021. The deadline to submit an application is April 9. Please review the changes to the admissions process below:

  • The child’s pre-K teacher will be asked to determine if the child is eligible to be considered for a Gifted and Talented seat.  
  • Families with pre-K age children who are not enrolled in a DOE program can complete a remote interview with DOE staff who will complete the questionnaire for the child.  
  • Eligible families will receive notification in May and enter the randomized lottery. Offers will be made this summer; siblings of students in schools with Gifted and Talented programs will have priority for admission, as they have previously. Similarly, schools with Diversity in Admissions initiatives will continue to implement this priority (see below).   
  • Priority to applicants who live in northern Manhattan and the south Bronx, for 30% of kindergarten seats. Specifically, this priority is for applicants who live in District 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, or 12, as well as for applicants who live north of 96th Street in District 3 or south of 178th Street in District 6.

Placement for grades 1, 2, and 3 will rely on waitlists from 2020.

For more information visit the DOE's Enrollment page:

If you have questions specific to Anderson, please contact Donna Smiley, Community Coordinator ( or Ana Crenovich, Parent Coordinator (

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