The Anderson School

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PS 334 The Anderson School
100 West 77th Street
New York NY 10024
Established PS 9: 1830
The Anderson Program: 1987
Anderson Middle School: 2003
PS 334, Indep. School: 2005
Founded September 1987
Leadership Jodi Hyde, Principal
Denise Jordan, Asst. Prin.
Rob Schliessman, Asst Prin. IA
Marcie Shaw, Parent Coord.
Donna Smiley, Community Coord.
Color(s) Red & White
Mascot Dragon
Publication Yearbook: The Anderson Journal
Affiliations District 3: Citywide
System: NYC DOE
Accreditation: USNY

The Anderson School PS 334 is a New York City school for gifted children in grades kindergarten through 8 from the city's five boroughs. It was founded twenty-seven years ago (September 1987) as The Anderson Program under the stewardship of PS 9.[1] The New York City Department of Education (DOE) spun off Anderson in July 2005 as a stand-alone school — PS 334.


Anderson's enrollment, as of February 10, 2010, was 559 students.[2] Since inception, Anderson has had two sections (classrooms) per grade. For the 2009–10 school year, the DOE admitted three sections for kindergarten and opened an additional section for 1st grade.


The five citywide schools, of which Anderson is one, admit children from New York City's five boroughs (citywide), without preference for their district of residence.

All gifted education programs in NYC, Kindergarten through 3

As of the 2012–2013 school year, the application process for all gifted and talented (G&T) programs in the City uses the following two assessments

  1. Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, 2nd Edition (NNAT-2)
  2. The non-verbal component of the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, 8th Edition (OLSAT-8)[3][4]

The nonverbal component of the assessment is weighted approximately 2/3 and the verbal is weighted approximately 1/3.[5]

Students scoring at or above the 97 percentile are eligible for placement in both citywide and district G&T programs. Students who perform at or above the 90 percentile are eligible for placement in G&T district programs only. Citywide programs admit students from any New York City district, and district programs admit students who live in specific districts.[5]

Grades 4 through 7

  • Admissions are based on scholastic achievement and a demonstration of academic ability. Applicants must show:
  1. A strong academic record
  2. A level 4 (out of 4) on the fourth grade English Language Arts Test[6]
  3. A level 4 (out of 4) on the fourth grade NYS Mathematics Test[7]
  4. Teacher recommendations
  5. Academic ability via onsite assessment of math and writing
If an applicant has not been attending a New York City public school, Anderson will assess their available records.
Openings are subject to a few new seats added and attrition of Anderson students.
  • Grade 8: New students are not admitted into 8th grade.

Enrichment, extracurricular, and interscholastic[edit]


As of seven years ago (fall 2007), Anderson students in the fourth and fifth grades choose and study an orchestral instrument — either woodwind, string, brass, or percussion. After fifth grade, students may elect to continue into the AMS advanced orchestra.

Spirit, interscholastic sports and student life[edit]

The dragon is the Anderson mascot. It was chosen by Anderson's middle school students in 2005.

Chess Team[edit]

Anderson fields a chess team which participates in the local, state and national tournaments.

  • 2014 National Elementary Championship- 10th Place (Blitz K-6)
  • 2014 National Elementary Championship- 9th Place (K-5)
  • 2014 National Elementary Championship- 11th Place (K-6)
  • 2014 New York City Championships- 2nd Place (Elementary Junior-Varsity)
  • 2014 New York City Championships- 6th Place (Elementary Varsity)
  • 2014 New York City Championships- 6th Place (K-1 Primary)
  • 2013 National Scholastic K-12 Championships- 4th Place (1st Grade)
  • 2013 New York City Championships- 1st Place (K-3)
  • 2013 National Elementary K-6 Championships- 2nd Place (K-3)
  • 2012 National Elementary K-6 Championships- 2nd Place (K-3 U800)
  • 2012 National Elementary K-6 Championships- 8th Place (K-3 Championships)
  • 2012 National Elementary K-6 Championships- 11th Place (K-3 Unrated)
  • 2012 National Elementary K-6 Championships- 17th Place (K-6 Championships)


  • Boys Baseball
Dr. Dan Schubert, Coach
  • Boys Varsity Basketball
Nathan O'Reilly, Coach
  • Girls Varsity Basketball
Nathan O'Reilly, Coach
  • Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
Andrew Bissonnette, Coach
  • Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
Nicole Chandonnet, Coach
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball
Nicole Chandonnet, Coach
Becky Cohen, Coach
  • Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
Nicole Chandonnet, Coach
Becky Cohen, Coach
  • Co-ed Tennis
  • Soccer
Boys Team
Charlie Conway, Coach
Girls Team
Dr. Dan Schubert, Coach
  • Track and Field
Nicole Chandonnet, Coach
  • Varsity Flag Football
Tim Rodgers, Coach
  • Junior Varsity Flag Football
Andrew Bissonnette, Coach
  • Table Tennis
Dr. Dan Schubert, Coach
  • Boys Lacrosse
Tim Rodgers, Coach
  • Girls Lacrosse
Nathan O'Reilly, Coach

Other extra curricular activities[edit]

  • Musical Theatre
Sarah Prusasky, Director & Brian Shaheen, Music Director
  • Debate
Mike Fox, Coach
  • Math Team
Dr. Dan Schubert, Coach
  • Science Olympiad
Stefanie Wolf, Coach

Student Council[edit]

The Student Council is composed of middle school students.

Notable alumni[edit]

David Lawrence Vigliarolo Bauer — Anderson K-5 alumni — while a senior at Hunter College High School — won the first prize Intel Award $100,000 scholarship in 2005.[8] In November 2008, as a Truman Scholar senior in chemistry at Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, Bauer was named a 2009 Rhodes Scholar.


Early gifted education and gifted education research in New York City
The Speyer School, PS 500, opened in 1936 at 514 W 126th Street for exceptionally intellectually gifted students, ages 7 to 9. While not the first, it was the City's only existing public program for intellectually gifted students and was operated collaboratively by Teachers College and the Board of Education. Speyer was headed by Leta Stetter Hollingworth, PhD, (1886–1939) a clinical and research psychologist, educator, and professor at Teachers College. She served as Speyer's executive director.

The pedagogical objectives for Speyer were a culmination of research from a groundbreaking "Special Opportunity Class" for gifted students that opened in the early 1920s at PS 165. The original Speyer School was established in 1902 by Teachers College through a gift from James Speyer (1861–1941), a New York banker and trustee of Teachers College.

Expanding on the work of Lulu May Stedman (1876–1960)[9] and other pioneers in gifted education, Hollingworth spearheaded the project at PS 165, which yielded over 40 papers and a textbook. Before PS 165, the Board of Education had introduced gifted classes at PS 15 and PS 64. However, these were small-scale and with little documentation.

The Speyer project yielded valuable data. In its first year, Professor Hollingworth reported that, because bright children progress quickly, they need only a half day to master a full day's work. And, unless their courses were revised at an early age, they would learn to be masterful time-wasters.[10] Professor Hollingworth posited that students who progress quickly on the wrong channel can be caustic.

Her untimely death, November 27, 1939, ended the Speyer project — Speyer eventually closed its doors January 31, 1941. But, to commemorate the legacy to Professor Hollingworth, the Board of Ed. launched classes for bright students in twelve public schools.[11]

Hunter College Elementary School
Before Speyer closed, Hunter College saw a public need and an opportunity. In the fall of 1940, Hunter College Model School, an elementary school in existence since 1870, added a pre-K and transferred its 7th and 8th grades to Hunter College High School[12] and began operating as an experimental and demonstration center for intellectually gifted children. In September 1940, the administration changed the name to Hunter College Elementary School (HCES).[13] Even then, HCES, the only public elementary school in the city, had a waiting list and required an IQ test.

Beginning fall 2003, HCES discontinued pre-K. Until then, nearly half of the forty-eight kindergartners admitted to its kindergarten were matriculating from its pre-K. For decades, HCES had been turning away kindergarten applicants who met criteria as intellectually gifted. In the mid 1980s, HCES used a computer random selection system for admitting students meeting its criteria.

The K-5 Anderson program at PS 9
In 1986, frustrated over enrollment limits for applicants meeting criteria for admissions to HCES, parents from several Community School Districts,[14] led by Susan Natale, a parent with experience in primary education, enlisted the assistance of Associate Dean of HCES, Evelyn Jones Rich, Ph.D.,[15] to help identify other parents with children who had met HCES's criteria for admission, but were not admitted. Dee Estelle Alpert, another parent, succeeded in having a resolution placed before the Community School Board in her District (Dist. 3) to create a program for such children.

The resolution passed. Bernadette O'Brien, then Principal of PS 9, welcomed The Anderson Program into her school. At the time, PS 9 had only 197 students. The building, though structurally sound, was poorly maintained and underfurnished. There was no playground equipment — only a yard.

Anderson began with two kindergartens and two 1st grades in September 1987, composed of eighty students. The founding teachers were Alicia Ruddy (kindergarten), Gail Goldweber (kindergarten), Robert (Bob) Moy (1st grade), and Beatrice (Bea) Asnes (1st grade). Moy, as of the 2013–14 school year, is still at Anderson.

Sometime around 1989, Natale chaired a committee to (i) secure a Program Director and (ii) persuade the District to fund a Program evaluation. Then District 3 Community Superintendent Anton J. Klein (1929- ) approved the evaluation and, together, with the committee selected Lisa Wright, Ed.D., of Teachers College, Columbia University, to perform the evaluation. Dr. Wright delivered a comprehensive and seminal report that served as an operational and educational framework going forward. In that report, she recommended, among other things, that (i) Anderson appoint a Program Coordinator, which Supt. Klein approved and (ii) Anderson establish a Parent Advisory Board (PAB), which the Anderson community enacted.

Under sponsorship of the Friends of Anderson, the prime independent parent support group for two decades (until the Summer of 2009), Parents Advisory Board chairs, teachers, and administrators have attended annual national gifted education conferences. They have participated in workshops — learning and sharing to help others. During the 1992–03 year, the National Association for Gifted Children recognized The Anderson Program as a national model for parent-initiated gifted programs.

Grades 6–8 added
While still a part of PS 9, Anderson added a two section 6th grade in the fall of 2003, admitting about sixty 6th grade students. Anderson extended the 6th to 7th in the fall of 2004, and 7th to 8th in the fall of 2005, graduating its first class of 8th graders in the same year that Anderson became a stand-alone school (2005–2006).

The Anderson School PS 334
Managing a K-8 program within the PS 9 K–5 structure was one of many factors that influenced the DOE’s decision to organize Anderson as its own school. Managing a small citywide program bearing a large outreach mandate while managing a school bearing a catchment priority was another factor. Partly in recognition of the achievements of The Anderson Program and partly as a heightened boost to gifted education and partly as an extension of the Chancellor's smaller school initiative, the DOE upgraded The Anderson Program as its own school in July 2005. Anderson became a school on the 40th Anniversary of the school building and in the year of the inaugural graduation of an AMS class.

The DOE promoted Anderson's Program Coordinator, Rachel Schnur, EdD, to Anderson's first Principal Interim Acting, then to full Principal. She served in those two capacities for the inaugural year.[16]

Principals, program coordinators, Anderson chairs, PTA presidents[edit]

Principals when Anderson was part of PS 9

  • Bernadette Castronuovo O'Brien — PS 9 | August 1984 – August 1989 (presided over the founding of Anderson)
  • Joan Gutkin, PhD (née Gotlieb; 1936–1997) — PS 9 | 1989 – 1997
  • Diane Brady — PS 9 | 1997–2005 Oversaw Anderson spin-off (still oversees PS 9)

Principals beginning when Anderson became its own school – PS 334

  • Rachel Schnur, EdD — PS 334 | July 2005 – July 2006 (see "Coordinators" below)
  • Brian Culot — PS 334 | July 2006 – July 2009
  • Jodi Hyde — PS 334 | August 31, 2009 – present

Gifted coordinators (directors) during Anderson's era as a program (under PS 9)

  • Rena Bonne, PhD | September 1989 – August 1991
  • Nadine S. Antapole | August 1991 – 1992
  • Helen Krasnow | 1992 – June 1994
  • Wynstelle Nicholson | 1994 – 1998
  • Alice Geismar | 1998 – 1999
  • Rachel Schnur, EdD | 1999 – 2005

Anderson's assistant principals

  • Denise Jordan, Assistant Principal | 2011–12 – present
  • Robert (Rob) Schliessman, Assistant Principal, | 2011–12 – present

School names[edit]

The Anderson School (PS 334) inherited its name from its former parent school, the Sarah Anderson School,[1] a K-5 neighborhood catchment school that offers two programs: Renaissance and Gifted and Talented. Until PS 334 moved to 100 West 77th Street in July 2009, both schools shared a building at 100 West 84th Street.

Sarah Anderson (1922–1981)[17] was a beloved school paraprofessional. The school community petitioned the Board of Education to rename PS 9 in her honor. It became official during a her memorial dedication in May 1981.[18] Never married, she was the mother of three: Clarence "Pete" Anderson (1938 and living in East New York, Brooklyn), Ronald ("Ronnie") Dean Anderson (b. 1939 Griffin GA – 2001 Griffin), and Thomas Anderson. Sarah Anderson is buried at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, Griffin, GA. Her nickname, for those close to her, was "Peggy." Her daughter-in-law (Clarence's wife), Earnestine Anderson, also worked with Sarah as a paraprofessional at PS 9. Earnestine resides in Griffin.

In 1993, under Principal Joan Gutkin, PhD (1936–1997), PS 9 (then the host school for The Anderson Program) received magnet school funding for music and art and henceforth adopted the name, "Renaissance School of Music and Art." Ever since, PS 9 has used both names.

Physical plant[edit]

  • Sept 1987 – July 2009, Anderson shared a building with its founding parent school P.S. 9, The Sarah Anderson School, at 100 W 84th Street. During the latter years in that building, The Computer School also shared the building.
  • July 2009 – Present, Anderson moved to a slightly older building six blocks due south at 100 W 77th Street, initially, sharing it with (i) The Computer School, (ii) JHS 44 O'Shea Middle School (a district middle school), and (iii) West Prep Academy (a district middle school). At the start of the 2010–11 school year, PS 452, a new neighborhood elementary school (3 sections per grade), moved in the building. July 2011 JHS 44 O'Shea Middle School was phased out and West Prep Academy moved to the P.S. 145 building at 150 West 105 Street.

Parent, teacher and independent organizations[edit]

  • Parents of P.S. 334, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation,[19] serves as the official Parents-Teachers Association. While incorporating a PTA is not required by the DOE Chancellor's Regs,[20] having a PA (or PTA) is. The parents incorporated the PTA on November 29, 2005, four months after the DOE spun off The Anderson Program from PS 9 as its own school. In 2007, the IRS approved it as a public charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3).
  • Friends of The Anderson School, Inc., is a New York not-for-profit corporation, and operates independently. Founded by Anderson parents in 1988, the FOA had, for two decades, served as Anderson's primary fundraising organization. In the summer of 2009, the FOA transferred its traditional responsibilities (direct appeal & school auction) to the Parents of P.S. 334, Inc. (operated by the PTA of PS 334). Henceforth, the FOA collaborates alumni and friends to strengthen Anderson. The FOA launched an endowment fund in 2008. The FOA is a tax exempt charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3).
  • The School Leadership Team is a state mandated organization that, among other things, collaborates in an advisory capacity over curricular, budgetary, and operational matters. Seven elected parents (one of whom is a PTA President), six faculty members (one of whom is a UFT rep), and the Principal comprise the Team.[21]
  • Anderson Alumni Association, formed in the mid-1990s.

See also[edit]

Papers by Anderson administrators and faculty, past and present[edit]

  • Bernadette C. O'Brien, Tapestry: Interrelationships of the Arts in Reading and Language Development, 1978 OCLC 425837749
  • Bernadette C. O'Brien, Integrating Art and Reading — Learning to Read Through the Arts, CSA Education Review (Vol. 1, No. 1) New York, Spring 1982 OCLC 427117798
  • Bernadette C. O'Brien, Learning to Read Through the Arts: A Practical Guide, OCE Consultants, PO Box 33, Glen Rock, NJ 07452, 1985, rev. ed., 1998
  • James Hammerlee Borland, PhD, Rachel Schnur, EdD, and Lisa Wright, EdD, Economically Disadvantaged Students in a School for the Academically Gifted: A Postpositivist Inquiry into Individual and Family Adjustment, Gifted Child Quarterly, 2000 pdf OCLC 425069712
  • Rena Bonne, A Partnership Venture: Introducing Theme-Based Instruction to Teachers and Parents, Gifted Education Communicator, Vol. 21 No. 4, September 1991, California Association for the Gifted: Briefly describes parent participation in New York City's Anderson Program (one of a collection of twelve articles)
  • Mara D. Ratesic-Koetke, White teacher, African American classroom: an examination of white racial identity and teacher practice, Thesis (EdD), Teachers College, Columbia University, 2005 OCLC 251593266
  • Rachel Schnur, Academic Giftedness as a Protective Factor in Three Resilient Self-Determined Successful Adults, Thesis (EdD), Teachers College, Columbia University, 1998 OCLC 78383649
  • Rachel Schnur & Sarah G. Marmor, Reading, Writing, and Raising the Bar: Exploring Gifts and Talents in Literacy, Chapter 35, Part VIII. (Domain-Specific and Multiple Giftedness), International Handbook on Giftedness by Larissa Shavinina, Springer Science+Business Media, 2009
  • Aimee LaPointe Terosky, Taking Teaching Seriously: A Study of University Professors and Their Undergraduate Teaching, Thesis (EdD), Teachers College, Columbia University, 2005 OCLC 79425830
  • Rena Bonne, The Female Presence in the Novels of Virginia Woolf and Colette, Thesis (PhD), Case Western Reserve University, 1979 OCLC 8297308 and 845869667
  • Amy Lynn Vanderwall, EdD, Musical Successes and Challenges: The Impacts of a Keyboard LAB Program on Public Schools, Music Teachers, and Students, Thesis (EdD), Teachers College, Columbia University 2008


Coordinates: 40°46′51″N 73°58′38″W / 40.78082°N 73.97710°W / 40.78082; -73.97710

  1. ^ a b Sarah Anderson School PS 9 official website
  2. ^ School Register, ATS (Automate the Schools), NYC Department of Education, Feb. 18, 2010
  3. ^ Reed Elsevier to sell education arm, Reuters, February 15, 2007
  4. ^ a b Gifted & Talented Press Release, New York City Department of Education, October 2012
  5. ^ NYS English Language Arts Test
  6. ^ NYS Mathematics Test
  7. ^ Gregory H. Williams, President of CCNY, David Bauer named a 2009 Rhodes Scholar, The City College of New York, Science Division Forum
  8. ^ January 1918, Miss Stedman played a key role in establishing an "Opportunity Class" for gifted students at Los Angeles State Normal School (now part of UCLA).
  9. ^ Half Day Wasted by Bright Pupils, New York Times, March 5, 1937.
  10. ^ Speyer School Closed by City, New York Times, February 2, 1941.
  11. ^ Hunter College High School
  12. ^ Hunter Renames Its Model School, New York Times, September 22, 1040.
  13. ^ All 39 Community School Boards were abolished June 14, 2002, and in their place, District Community Education Councils were enacted to serve, among other things, as advisory liaisons to School Leadership Teams.
  14. ^ Evelyn Jones Rich, Ph.D.
  15. ^ The Anderson Journal 2005–06
  16. ^ Sarah Anderson; born 31 July 1922 Birmingham, Alabama; died 2 February 1981 Griffin, GA
  17. ^ In May 1981, Abraham Goldman was the Principal and Richard Vasquez was the President of the P.S. 9 Parents Association.
  18. ^ New York not-for-profit corporation lookup
  19. ^ DOE Chancellor's Regs
  20. ^ School Leadership Team (SLT)

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