The Anderson School

The Anderson School

The Anderson School P.S. 334

Founded September 1987

Established PS 9: 1830
The Anderson Program: 1987
Anderson Middle School: 2003
PS 334, Indep. School: 2005
Affiliations District 3: Citywide
System: NYC DOE
Oversight: Empowerment CEO
Accreditation: USNY
Leadership Jodi Hyde, Principal
Denise Jordan, Asst. Prin.
Rob Schliessman, Asst Prin. IA
Marcie Shaw, Parent Coord.
Donna Smiley, Community Coord.
Roxanne Feeley, Co-Pres
Joli Golden, Co-Pres
School Spirit Yearbook: The Anderson Journal
Colors: Red & White
Mascot, Dragon
Address 100 West 77th Street
New York NY 10024

The Anderson School PS 334 is a K–8 New York City public school that uses traditional gifted pedagogy to teach students from the City’s five boroughs who meet specific criteria for being intellectually gifted.

Founded in September 1987 as The Anderson Program under the stewardship of PS 9,[1] the New York City Department of Education (DOE) relaunched it in July 2005 as a stand-alone school — PS 334. Anderson's enrollment has been filled to capacity since inception, which for K through 8 (as of Feb. 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. But, to accommodate a new District elementary school launching in the 2010-11 school year (PS 452), the DOE will return to admitting two sections per grade beginning that year. For the 2010-11 school year, the building will house:

  1. The Anderson School
  2. West Prep Academy (a district middle school)
  3. Computer School (a district middle school)
  4. MS 44 (a district middle school)
  5. PS 452 (a new elementary school)



The Anderson School admits children from all five boroughs.
All gifted education programs, citywide
As of the 2008-09 school year, the application process, for K-3, at nearly all gifted and talented programs (G&T programs) in the City – which includes Anderson – uses the following two assessments:

  1. The Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA),[3][4]
  2. The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT),[5][6] which is administered by the G&T Coordinator in the DOE Region[7] of residence at an appointed time in January or February;

The BSRA is weighted 25% and the OLSAT is weighted 75% towards a composite score.

Anderson K–3
For the 2007-08 & 2008-09 school years, there were three citywide G&T schools: Anderson, NEST+m, and TAG, all in Manhattan. Two additional citywide G&T schools launched in September 2009: Brooklyn School of Inquiry and STEM (Queens). See the official NYC DOE website for specific information.

Admission criteria and open seats

  • K-3 Admissions is based on combined scores of Bracken (25% weighting) and OLSAT (75% weighting). Applicants will need a combined score above 97% to qualify for any of the three citywide G&T schools, including Anderson. Ms. Anna Commitante[8] is Director of the Department of Gifted/Talented and Enrichment for the DOE.

Grades 4 through 7

  • Grades 4–7: 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[9]
  3. A level 4 (out of 4) on the fourth grade NYS Mathematics Test[10]
  4. Strong teacher recommendations
  5. Strong 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 attrition of Anderson students.
  • Grade 8: New students are not admitted into 8th grade.
History of admissions
Admissions to Anderson K-3 in 2007-08
Applicants whose combined Gifted Rating Scales (GRS) and OLSAT scores (weighted 1/3 and 2/3) met criteria were invited for an onsite evaluation to assess affective traits — an extra step in the application process used only by Anderson and the two other citywide G&T programs. Anderson conducted the onsite phase blind to the combined scores. This was the only year that the GRS was used. Beginning 2008-09, the DOE replaced the GRS with Bracken School Readiness Assessment and changed the BSRA/OLSAT weighting to 25/75.
Admissions 1987-88 through 2006-07
From 1987 to 2006, Anderson used a cut score (usually 95 to 97 percentile) from the Stanford-Binet as an initial screen. From those making the cut (typically 150 to 225), Anderson inferred affective traits from group onsite observations and chose 50 for kindergarten. The methodology was similar to that which has long been used for kindergarten admissions to Hunter College Elementary School.

Enrichment & extracurricular


As of the fall of 2007, all Anderson students in the fourth and fifth grades choose and study an orchestral instrument — either woodwinds, strings, brass, or percussion. With about 60 students from AMS studying an instrument, Anderson has about 170 students in the school instrument program. Dr. Amy A. V. Musick had designed and headed the program through the 2009-10 schoolyear. Anderson teaches music literacy to all K–2 students twice a week. Third graders are introduced to recorders. Independent of the Anderson music program, about one-third of Anderson students (2007) study music privately. The AMS chorus, which had also been directed by Dr. Musick through the 2009-10 schoolyear, is extracurricular.

Spirit, interscholastic sports and student life

In the fall of 2005, by way of a Student Council sponsored mascot-logo art competition, the AMS students chose as its mascot a dragon designed by Lisa Howell, who at that time was an 8th grader. A year earlier, Anderson adopted red and white as the only unused color combination in a middle school basketball league.

  • Boys Baseball:
Robert Schleissman, Coach (Asst Prin., IA)
Charlie Conway, Coach (Science Teacher)
June 2006 — Manhattan Middle School Champions
June 2007 — Manhattan Middle School Champions
November 2009 — Manhattan Middle School Champions
  • Boys Basketball:
Dana Warner, Head Coach
Jonathan Heller, Capitan
Ethan Lochner, Capitan
Gideon Metriken, Capitan
  • Girls Basketball:
Nicole Chandonnet, Head Coach
Robert Schliessman, Asst. Coach
  • Girls Volleyball:
Nicole Chandonnet, Head Coach
November 2009 — Manhattan Middle School Champions
November 2010 — Manhattan Middle School Champions
  • Co-ed Tennis:
Angela N'desanjo & Robert Schliessman, Coaches
  • Soccer:
Boys Team
Robert Schliessman, Head Coach
Charles Conway, Asst. Coach
Girls Team
Molly Cutler, Head Coach
  • Track and Field*
Nicole Chandonnet, Coach
  • Flag Football
No Coach

Other extra curricular activities

  • Chorus:
Brian Shaheen, Music Director
  • Chess
  • Debate Team:
Tracy Jacobs, Coach

Student Council

The Student Council has become a student organization where people assume the titles they would like, if the rest of Student Council agrees. The Anderson administration deemed it too disruptive to have the entire school vote on the "government." In the 2010-2011 school year there was one president, two vice-presidents, one treasurer, and one secretary. Class representatives were chosen randomly by the vice-presidents, acting on orders of the Student Council adviser, Robert Schliessman.


David Lawrence Vigliarolo Bauer – Anderson K-5 alumni: While a senior at Hunter College High School, Intel Corporation awarded him a $100,000 scholarship as first-place winner of the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition.[11] Upon completing K-5 at Anderson in 1998, Bauer matriculated to the Delta Honors Program at MS 54, Booker T. Washington Middle School.[12] Bauer is also an alumnus of Hollingworth Preschool[13] at Teachers College, Columbia University. November 2008, as a Truman Scholar senior in chemistry at Macaulay Honors College, The City College of New York, Bauer was named a 2009 Rhodes Scholar.

Miles Purinton is an actor who played Jason in the film Dogville. Purinton matriculated to the Delta Honors Program for Middle School, then Stuyvesant High School. He is currently enrolled at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, studying Drama.


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 between Teachers College and the Board of Education. Speyer was the brainchild of Leta Stetter Hollingworth, PhD, (1886–1939)[14] 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. Expanding on the work of Lulu May Stedman (1876–1960)[15] and other pioneers in gifted education, Dr. Hollingworth spearheaded the project at PS 165, which yielded over 40 papers and a textbook. Before PS 165, the BOE had introduced gifted classes at PS 15 and PS 64. However, these were small-scale and had scant 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.[16] 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.[17]

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[18] 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).[19] Even then, HCES, the only elementary school in the city operated by the Board of Higher Education, 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, which made admissions seem impossible. For decades before Anderson, HCES had been turning away kindergarten applicants who met criteria as intellectually gifted. In the mid 80s, HCES used a computer random selection system for admitting students meeting its criteria, which frustrated parents all the more.

The K-5 Anderson program at PS 9
In 1986, frustrated over enrollment limits for applicants meeting criteria for admissions to Hunter College Elementary School, parents other like-minded parents from several Community School Districts.[20] Ms. Susan Natale, a founding parent who had expertise in primary education, enlisted the assistance of Associate Dean of HCES, Evelyn Jones Rich, Ph.D.,[21] to help reach the parents of children who had met criteria as intellectually gifted. Ms. 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. Ms. 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, comprising eighty students. The founding teachers were Ms. Alicia Ruddy (kindergarten), Ms. Gail Goldweber (kindergarten), Mr. Robert (Bob) Moy (1st grade), and Ms. Beatrice (Bea) Asnes (1st grade). Mr. Moy, a decorated educator, is still at Anderson. As the inaugural classes advanced, adding two classes per year, Anderson grew into a full K-5 Program by fall 1991.

Sometime around 1989, Ms. 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
The DOE has long operated many well-run and popular middle school programs for honor students (particularly the Delta Honors Program[22]), but none specifically for continuing gifted students and none that were mapped well with Anderson. 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 Middle School "feel" extends to 5th grade. That is, fifth graders have departmentalized classes (they switch classes each period); and, like the middle schoolers, they have lockers. Grades 5 through 8 occupy the basement floor.

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. As its own school, Anderson formed a New York State mandated School Leadership Team (SLT).[23] Because of some redundancies between the Parent Advisory and SLT, and at the suggestion of Dr. Schnur, the PTA provisionally suspended the Parent Advisory Board in the spring of 2006. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Schnur resigned for personal reasons.

In the Summer of 2006, the DOE appointed Brian Culot as Principal Interim Acting, promoting him to full Principal in April 2007. Mr. Culot inherited an administration that includes Aimee Terosky, EdD, Assistant Principal.

During the 2007-08 year, The Anderson School celebrated its Vicennial.

Principals, program coordinators, Anderson chairs, PTA presidents

Principals when Anderson was part of PS 9

  • Ms. Bernadette Castronuovo O'Brien — PS 9 | August 1984 – August 1989 (presided over the founding of Anderson)
  1. In 1971, Ms. O'Brien had founded, developed, and directed Learning to Read through the Arts, (LTRTA), a widely used and highly effective program. In 1984, at the urging of District 3 Superintendent Albertha Toppins, Ms. O'Brien sought the position of principal at PS 9, with a mandate to use her LTRTA expertise to turn-around PS 9, a failing school with less than 200 students and a candidate for closure. From 1984 to 1986 there was a great infusion of the arts and humanities in the school with reading and language arts at its core in an experiential, interdisciplinary, integrated, thematic, multicultural curriculum that included the visual arts, performing arts (drama, dance), and foreign languages.
  2. She implemented pedagogy that cultivated extended thinking that provided opportunities for open ended questions and answers. For instance, there could be several approaches to finding an answer to a question, several answers to a question, more creative ways to solve problems and reaching for the unknown — all of which challenged students and teachers to go beyond standard replies.
  3. In the 1980s, residents of District 3 could enroll their children in any school within the District. Parents, at the time, did not prefer PS 9. There was a budget crisis in the city. Monies were allocated to the schools based on enrollment. So, when an organized group of parents proposed adding a program for highly intellectually gifted children, Ms. O'Brien embraced the idea, thinking that, in many ways, it would benefit all the students in the building; namely, it would advance the learning environment and warrant more funding from the BOE.
  • Joan Gutkin, PhD (née Gotlieb; b. 1936 - d. 1997) — PS 9 | 1989–1997
  • Ms. 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 (née Shavit) — PS 334 | July 2005 – July 2006 (see "Coordinators" below)
  • Mr. Brian Culot — PS 334 | July 2006 – July 2009
  1. April 2007: the DOE promoted Mr. Culot from Interim Acting Principal to Principal.
  2. August 31, 2009: Mr. Culot left Anderson to become principal at an elementary school in the South Orangetown Central School District, Blauvelt, New York.
  • Ms. 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
  1. Dr. Bonne (pronounced "bow NAY"), Anderson’s first Coordinator, inherited the Program as the inaugural 1st grade had reached the 3rd. When she arrived, she observed young, idealistic, dedicated, and energetic teachers devoid of a curriculum. After implementing staff development, Dr. Bonne introduced curriculum mapping, one that was differentiated, not necessarily accelerated, but more than simply "enriched," something that she ardently felt all children deserved.
  2. Dr. Bonne valued the critical role of parents, not only in creating the Program, but also for its success. This is something she judiciously balanced with her own role as the first Program Coordinator. Dr. Bonne took steps towards winning the trust of tight-gripped founding parents, allowing her to establish boundaries, transferring responsibilities, such as curriculum development, from grassroots to professionals.
  3. Recognizing that the integrity and quality of the assessment process was critical to the curriculum, Dr. Bonne strengthened it and worked to ensure that there was a direct relationship between the admissions criteria and the curriculum. Notwithstanding the notion that all children are gifted, she felt that if a school, for example, screened for musical ability, then the school needed to, at a minimum, offer apropos music pedagogy. In the same way, if Anderson admitted students for having strengths in verbal reasoning and problem solving, then Anderson needed to provide them with opportunities to reach their potential in those areas.
  4. Dr. Bonne is an alumna of both Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School. During her post-Anderson career, Dr. Bonne served a stint as Vice Principal of Hunter College High School.
  • Ms. Nadine S. Antapole | August 1991–1992
  • Ms. Helen Krasnow | 1992 - June 1994
  1. Working with the teachers, Ms. Krasnow refined the onsite stage of the admissions assessment. The onsite process involved children meeting in small groups, engaging in free play, listening to and discussing a story, and participating in a teacher directed hands-on activity requiring sorting of small objects and sharing. They were keenly interested in social interaction, cognitive ability, and general demeanor. Mindful of a large developmental span over a 12-month period, the team factored for variances between fractional ages and genders.
  2. An important ongoing initiative of Anderson was to retain and build a greater dimension of diversity. In addition to direct and indirect outreach, Ms. Krasnow arranged for prekindergarten applicants to take the Stanford Binet IV test in their native language, which at that time, included Spanish and Mandarin.
  3. Ms. Krasnow, a curriculum mapping expert, helped talented teachers strengthen curriculum continuity, both vertically and horizontally, without stifling creativity.
  4. In the advent of personal computers, Ms. Krasnow oversaw Anderson's first effort to digitize essential data, particularly that relating to admissions, which, due to surging number of applicants, had become cumbersome for a relatively small program.
  • Wynstelle Nicholson | 1994–1998
  • Alice Geismar | 1998–1999
  1. Geismar initiated an effort to improve the Program’s database with an eye towards enabling longitudinal studies and research.
  2. She worked to introduce more science and technology education to the program.
  3. Geismar advocated student directed, individualized instruction in the classrooms.
  • Rachel Schnur, EdD (née Shavit) | 1999–2005
  1. Dr. Schnur devoted considerable effort towards increasing diversity. She coauthored a paper, Economically Disadvantaged Students in a School for the Academically Gifted, Gifted Child Quarterly (see cite below), 2000. While the Stanford Binet IQ test was available for free for those identified as underserved through a couple of non-Anderson channels, the Friends of Anderson, in 2005, gave financial support for families who needed getting their children tested using the Stanford Binet.
  2. Every coordinator that preceded Dr. Schnur worked hard to identify candidates of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Schnur redesigned the final stage of the evaluation — the onsite assessment — ensuring the environment would be welcoming and appropriate for children of any race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. Dr. Schnur also vetted the DOE's citywide initiatives for their suitability in a highly gifted program, making adaptations where, based on her expertise in gifted education, she felt it necessary.
  3. Building on available information about the Program, Dr. Schnur encouraged Anderson parents to fan-out around the City — to talk to preschools, community organizations, daycares, nursery schools, religious institutions — all in an effort to help underserved families learn more about the possible special needs of their children and the opportunities available at Anderson. Using her own channels, Dr. Schnur reached deeply into communities that knew little about Anderson. The upshot was that diversity among admitted students increased.
  4. Dr. Schnur oversaw the creation of the Anderson Middle School. Beginning only with a 6th grade in 2003, Dr. Schnur recruited, assigned, and coordinated the first team of teachers for grades 6 through 8.
  5. The creation of Anderson Middle School ushered in a particularly busy time in her tenure, as she simultaneously served as Coordinator for the Anderson K-5 Program, Admissions Director for all of Anderson, and Assistant Principal for PS 9, with duties that extended beyond Anderson to PS 9's gifted and Renaissance Programs. Additionally, she presided over The Anderson Program's transition to a stand-alone K-8 school in July 2005.
  6. Dr. Schnur is an expert in gifted education with a particularly strong interest and ability in curriculum development and instructional coaching. She spent much of her summers and after-hours on curriculum development; but day-to-day administrative duties demanded much of her time. She was a proponent of sticking close to the NYS curriculum, but with a gifted approach. She identified and implemented enrichment programs from outside the DOE system and was highly selective about the ones she chose. She was especially cautious in allocating enrichment so that it was additive, not alternative, to the NYS curriculum. Her expertise was especially crucial given the fact that Anderson, as part of its gifted pedagogy, accelerates much of the NYS curriculum, particularly mathematics. Dr. Schnur as served as a teaching coach. She was known to say that Anderson was not as much about being a better school as it was about offering a different approach for children who need it.
  7. Dr. Schnur read weekly to the kindergartners and introduced Socratic seminars to grades 6 through 8. She introduced Shakespeare into both elementary and middle school grades. She introduced independent study projects, where students were allowed to follow their own authentic interests. She departmentalized fifth grade.

Anderson's assistant principals

  • Denise Jordan, Assistant Principal | 2011-12–present
  1. Ms. Jordan has taught first, second and third grade for 15 years in Brooklyn and in Manhattan's District 2.
  2. She has also been staff developer and literacy coach.
  3. Ms. Jordan worked at the NYC DOE's central offices as Special Assistant to Director of Department of ELA, Social Studies and Gifted & Talented.
  4. Before joining Anderson, Ms. Jordan worked the Children’s First Network as Coordinator of Early Intervening Services.
  • Rob Schliessman, Assistant Principal, Interim Acting | 2011-12–present
  1. Mr. Schliessman has been at Anderson since becoming a stand-alone school in 2005 (after its spin-off from P.S. 9). He developed the physical education and health curriculum, established and grew the middle school sports program into the 16 teams (as of spring 2011).
  2. He is the founder and Commissioner of the NYC Middle School Baseball League.
  3. Before becoming Assistant Principal, I.A., Schliessman’s was Dean of Students from school-years 2009-10 and 2010-11.
  4. He holds a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision.

Past chairs, Anderson Program subcommittee of the PS 9 PTA

  • 1988-89: Michael Oliver (cofounder and first chair)
  • 1989-90: Angela Schmidt (cofounder)
  • 1990-91: Carol Kushner
  • 1991-92: Angela Schmidt
  • 1992-93: Avis Alexander
  • 1993-94: Carol Kushner
  • 1994-95: Barbara Goullet
  • 1995-96: Barbara Goullet, Bea Zagury
  • 1996-97: Betsy Armstrong, Robin Aronow, Shelley Tahlor Levine
  • 1997-98: Betsy Armstrong, Robin Aronow, Shelley Tahlor-Levine, Stephen Kaminsky
  • 1998-99: Stephen Kaminsky, Shelley Tahlor-Levine, Maria Traversa, Janice Berchin-Weiss
  • 1999-00: Maria Traversa, Janice Berchin-Weiss, Victoria ("Vicki") Sentner
  • 2000-01: Victoria ("Vicki") Sentner, Mary Barnes, Jocelyn Scher
  • 2001-02: Melinda Moore, Donna Smiley, Mary Barnes, Jocelyn Scher
  • 2002-03: Donna Smiley, Melinda Moore, Jean Hellering
  • 2003-04: Christina Clements-Carr, Tom Loftus, Peri Muldofsky, Donna Smiley
  • 2004-05: Peri Muldofsky, Christine Cirker, Pat Chmara, Melissa Hall

PS 334 Parents Association presidents

  • 2005-06: Christine Cirker, Melinda Moore, Mort Schuster
  • 2006-07: Jessica Sabat, Lyron Andrews, Kate Levin
  • 2007-07: Mindy Wigutow, Amy Davidson, Christine Cirker
  • 2008-09: Mindy Wigutow, Amy Davidson, Christine Cirker
  • 2009-10: J.R. McKechnie, Deborah Skolnik Lopez
  • 2010-11: Deborah Skolnik Lopez, Sarah Gardner, Joli Golden
  • 2011-12: Joli Golden, Roxanne Feeley

School names

The Anderson School (PS 334) inherited its name from its former foster parent school, the Sarah Anderson School,[24] 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 (b. 7-31-1922 Birmingham, AL - d. 2-2-1981 Griffin, GA) was a beloved school paraprofessional. The school community successfully petitioned the Board of Education to rename PS 9 in her honor. It became official during a her memorial dedication in May 1981.[25] 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." Upon the departure of Dr. Gutkin, and with the ebb and flow of funding for the arts, PS 9 uses both names, interchangeably.

Physical plant

  • 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.
  • July 2009 – Present, Anderson moved to a slightly older building six blocks due south at 100 W 77th Street to be shared with (i) The Computer School, (ii) PS 44 O'Shea Middle School (a district middle school), and (iii) West Prep Academy (a district middle school). For the 2010-11 schoolyear, a new elementary school (3 sections per grade), PS 452, will also share the building with the four other schools.

Parent, teacher and independent organizations

  • Parents of P.S. 334, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation,[26] serves as the official Parents-Teachers Association. While incorporating a PTA is not required by the DOE Chancellor's Regs,[27] having a PA (or PTA) is. Nonetheless, 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 deemed it 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, raising money for Anderson. 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 is working with alumni and friends to further strengthen Anderson. The FOA launched an endowment fund in 2008. The FOA is a tax exempt charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3).
  • School Leadership Team, a state mandated organization that works together on, among other things, curriculum, 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.
  • Anderson Alumni Association, formed in the mid 1990s by Susan Natale (parent of K-5 1993 and 2000 Alumni), Ariela Heilman (parent of K-5 1993 and 1997 Alumni), and Elaine Kirsh (parent K-5 2000 Alumn).

Notes and references

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

  1. ^ PS 9
  2. ^ School Register, ATS (Automate the Schools), NYC Department of Education, Feb. 18, 2010
  3. ^ The copyright for BSRA is owned by Harcourt Trade Publishers, a Reed Elsevier company
  4. ^ Special Music School of America, PS 859 does not use the OLSAT. SMS instead uses assessment criteria tailored for music. For kindergarten admissions, SMS assesses innate musical ability.
  5. ^ The copyright for OLSAT is owned by Harcourt Trade Publishers, a Reed Elsevier company
  6. ^ Reed Elsevier to sell education arm, Reuters, February 15, 2007
  7. ^ DOE Region
  8. ^ Anna R. Commitante
  9. ^ NYS English Language Arts Test
  10. ^ NYS Mathematics Test
  11. ^ Gregory H. Williams, President of CCNY, David Bauer named a 2009 Rhodes Scholar, The City College of New York, Science Division Forum
  12. ^ Delta Honors Program at MS 54, Booker T. Washington Middle School
  13. ^ Hollingworth Preschool
  14. ^ Nee Leta Anna Stetter, b. May 25, 1886, to Margaret Elinor Danley and John G. Stetter, near Chadron, Nebraska.
  15. ^ 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).
  16. ^ Half Day Wasted by Bright Pupils, The New York Times, March 5, 1937.
  17. ^ Speyer School Closed by City, The New York Times, February 2, 1941.
  18. ^ Hunter College High School
  19. ^ Hunter Renames Its Model School, The New York Times, September 22, 1040.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Evelyn Jones Rich, Ph.D.
  22. ^ Delta Honors Program
  23. ^ School Leadership Team (SLT)
  24. ^ Sarah Anderson School PS 9
  25. ^ In May 1981, Abraham Goldman was the Principal and Richard Vasquez was the President of the P.S. 9 Parents Association.
  26. ^ New York not-for-profit corporation
  27. ^ DOE Chancellor's Regs

See also

Papers by Anderson administrators and faculty, past and present

  • Bernadette C. O'Brien, Tapestry: Interrelationships of the Arts in Reading and Language Development, 1978.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rachel Schnur, Academic Giftedness as a Protective Factor in Three Resilient Self-Determined Successful Adults, Thesis (EdD), Teachers College, Columbia University, 1998.
  • 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.
  • Rena Bonne, The Female Presence in the Novels of Virginia Woolf and Colette, Thesis (PhD), Case Western Reserve University, 1979.
  • Amy Lynn Vanderwall, EdD (since married and now known as Dr. Amy L.V. Musick), 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.

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