Kweller Prep will offer a prep course for students in the 5th grade who have received invitation letters to take the Anderson Test.
This course will cover complex math topics and advanced personal and descriptive essay writing. The Anderson school entrance test is written by Anderson teachers ad no part of the exam is released to the general public. Much of the content below can be found on the Anderson School’s website and from emailed invitation letters sent to families
The Anderson School is an academically selective talented and gifted completely free public school that seeks a diverse student population and welcomes applications from students of all races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds living in any of the five boroughs. Anderson is a K-8 school but accepts about 10 students in for Grade 6 Admissions. Students must apply directly to the Anderson School using their school’s own application. The application is separate from the district middle school application that public school students will submit to their guidance counselor. Applying to Anderson does not jeopardize a student’s chances of being made an offer from any other school. All applicants will be ranked based on a calculation from our Eligibility Rubric that weights all components of the student’s fourth grade final report card and fourth grade NYS Math and ELA test scores. The 200 highest-scoring students, as determined by the Eligibility Rubric, will be invited to The Anderson School’s onsite admissions test. After the invited students take the onsite admissions test, the acceptance list and ranked waitlist will be created using our Admissions Rubric, which includes the onsite test score, fifth grade report card, and teacher recommendations. Admissions notifications will be emailed to families in May, at the same time as all other Department of Education middle school placement notifications. Anderson is a feeder into the Specialized High Schools (Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech…). Over 90% of Anderson students gain admission into Specialized High Schools.
Below is a sample email sent to parents whose children were invited to take the Anderson exam in the 5th grade. The only way to take this test is by invitation. While the exam itself is strictly confidential, its safe to assume that the exam tests accelerated math and ELA and is an above-grade-level test. It is not likely that basic 5th grade ELA and math will be tested.
We are pleased to invite your child to take The Anderson School’s admissions test for incoming sixth graders for the 2019-20 school year. Please follow the link provided below to select an appointment for testing for Saturday, February 2nd at 9:00 am or 11:45 am. If you have a religious conflict on Saturdays, please send an email immediately to ___ Our make-up test date is Thursday, February 7th from 4-6 pm.
We will need a copy of that paperwork by January 28th. 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.
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.
Our admissions test is not a standardized test; it is a test written by our 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 rest rooms) 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 2019-20 school year and it is also the only way to be considered for admission to the 7th grade for the 2020-2021 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.