Anderson Middle School

Sample ANDERSON Acceptance Letter

Dear parent(s)/guardian(s):

We are pleased to invite your child to take the Anderson School’s admissions test for incoming sixth graders for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please follow the link provided below to select an appointment for testing for Saturday, January 11th at 9:00 am or noon.

You must now:

RSVP to this link Anderson Middle School Entrance Exam or go to and when prompted to enter a code, XXXX Please respond by January 7, 2020, to let us know if your child will take our admissions exam.

If you have a religious conflict on Saturdays, please send an email immediately to Our make-up test date is Thursday, January 23rd from 3:30-5:30 pm.

We will need a copy of that paperwork by January 6th. (If your child has a 504 for extended time for testing, you must schedule a morning test appointment only.)

Please note: If your child is ill on the testing date, please send an email to us that morning. You must provide us with a doctor’s note in order to be permitted to reschedule testing.

On Test Day:

  • Bring the Testing Confidentiality Form, at the bottom of this letter, signed by parent and student, or your child will not be admitted to the test! (Do not send this to us prior to the test date.)
  • Bring a couple of pencils with erasers. If your child forgets to bring pencils, we will supply some. Your child may also bring a clear plastic bottle with clear water to drink during the test.
  • Arrive at The Anderson School between 8:15-8:50 am for your 9:00 appointment, or at 11:15-11:50 for your noon appointment. The school is located in the William J. O’Shea Campus at 100 West 77th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. Subways are at Broadway & 79th Street (the #1 train) and at 81st & Central Park West/American Museum of Natural History (the B and C trains.)
  • You will turn in the Testing Confidentiality Form at the registration desk in the lobby. In exchange, your child will be given an index card with identifying information. This card is your child’s admissions ticket to the test.
  • Immediately after check-in you will be directed to the auditorium and your child will be taken to the testing floor, so please make sure your child already has his or her pencils and water before you enter the building and be ready for a quick goodbye.
  • Once the students have settled into the testing rooms, we will have a few things to share with you in the auditorium before you enjoy some time to yourself. You may wait in our auditorium or you are welcome to explore our neighborhood.

Some children complete the testing in 45 minutes while others like to take advantage of the full two-hour testing time. Whenever they are finished, students will be released to the auditorium where we will have volunteers to supervise them. A cell phone will be available, so your child can contact you if you are not in the building when he/she is finished with the exam.

The Anderson admissions test is not a standardized test; it is a test written by Anderson teachers, similar to a mid-term classroom exam, consisting of a writing assignment and a math assessment. There are no multiple-choice sections.

Students will be offered a total of two hours to complete the test, although they may leave when they are done. There will be NO interview. Please do NOT have your child bring a portfolio.
Student cell phones must be turned off during the test. They will be collected prior to the start of the exam by the proctor in each room. If the faculty or staff determines that a student’s cell phone is on or has been used at any point during the testing (including the classroom, hallways, stairwells, or restrooms) his/her test will become invalid immediately and the student will not be eligible for retesting for this year.

If the proctor feels that a student is cheating (looking at another student’s work or talking to another student during the exam) their test will become invalid immediately and the student will not be eligible for retesting.

Do not invite friends or classmates who may also have applied. Students who are not scheduled for this date/time will not be admitted. This test will be a significant part of the school’s evaluation for admission to the 6th grade for the 2020-2021 school year and it is also the only way to be considered for admission to the 7th grade for the 2021-2021 school year. If you are no longer interested in having your child test for admission to The Anderson School, please let us know right away.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Jodi Hyde, Principal
Nicole Chandonnet, Assistant Principal
Donna Smiley, Community Coordinator
Ana Crenovich, Parent Coordinator
Donna Smiley
Community Coordinator
The Anderson School PS 334
100 West 77th Street, Room G31
New York, NY 10024
212.595.7193 x1071 phone
212.496.2854 fax

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NOTE: Anderson does not release its entrance exam but does share that it is a tough math test of about 20 questions with no multiple-choice options. The test is above-grade-level and they are looking to admit those who not only answer correctly but also show work best. There is also an essay component. For years, the essay was based on a reflection of passage compared with a poem. In 2018, the essay was a personal narrative essay, similar to the Hunter essay. For privacy reasons, we cannot detail more about this test.

The Anderson School does not release any portion of its exam, and so the prep course we offer at Kweller is just to familiarize students with above-grade-level math questions and advanced personal essay writing. Students interested in taking the Anderson test should score high 4s on their 4th-grade state tests, have nearly perfect attendance, and list Anderson as their first choice on the public middle school application.

Anderson Exam Sample Invitation Email:

Dear parents of:
We are very pleased to offer a sixth-grade seat to your child _________, at the Anderson School for the 2019-2020 school year, starting in September. We are looking forward to a wonderful, productive year and we welcome your family’s participation. Based on your child’s performance on our onsite exam and her school records, we expect her to thrive in our academically challenging school that also helps guide our middle school students through their social/emotional lives to prepare them for high school and beyond in a close-knit community.
The building is closed next week, so if you need to visit the school in order to make this decision, I can make that happen the week of August 26th, although please know that classrooms are not set up as they will be the following week. I can also put you in touch with other families if you have questions you’d like answered by other than an administrator.
Otherwise, if you are ready to decide to attend Anderson, I’d need one parent to complete some paperwork the week of August 26th (or tomorrow). I’m available by email always and my phone at _____if you want to chat anytime except this weekend when I’ll be out of town and not connected electronically. I look forward to hearing from you and I hope that your child will be an “Anderson Dragon” for middle school.
We are looking forward to having your family join our Anderson family.

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