Over 50% of Students Accepted to NYC’s Elite High Schools This Year Were Asian

The first round of acceptance letters from New York City’s top high schools have been sent to 5,078 eighth-graders this week with 52.5% of those accepted being Asian.

A total of 27,853 students applied for admission into NYC’s eight elite high schools for the upcoming academic year, according to data released by the city’s Department of Education on Thursday.

The specialized schools include Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant HS, Staten Island Tech, HS of American Studies at Lehman College, Brooklyn Latin, HS for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and Queens HS for the Sciences at Queens College, all of which base admission on one entrance test.

Asian students also had the highest acceptance rate by race at 31.9%, according the New York Post.

Out of the 8,345 Asian applicants — the most of any other group — only 2,664 were admitted to an elite school.

White students comprised of 28% of those who had to endure this competitive process.

Hispanic or Latino students made up 6.5% of the total, while black or African-American kids comprised 3.8%.

Only 1.3% of those admitted were multi-racial applicants and 7.4% were of unknown background, while Native Americans had 0.5% of the total, the DOE reported.

Going by the New York State Education Department data, however, only 241,670 (9.2%) out the 2,640,250 total K-12 public school students in the state enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year.

The NYSED data also included 733 districts, 4,470 public schools, as well as 301 charters schools.

Feature Image vie Flickr / Mike Licht (CC BY 2.0)

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