ERIC Number: ED264317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Public High Schools: Private Admissions. A Report on New York City Practices.
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.
This report focuses on how selective, unzoned public high school programs in New York City choose among their applicants and how students from low income, predominantly minority school districts are adversely affected in the process. The following findings are reported: (1) There are no consistent citywide criteria for determining which selection model (screened, unscreened, or educational option) is appropriate for a given program, and, once a model is determined, programs can generally set their own admissions criteria. (2) On the whole, schools do not publicize their selection criteria. (3) In general, schools seek to accept the students with the best grades, scores, and attendance records. (4) Students in predominantly minority areas are accepted at lower rates than the city average and dramatically lower rates than in districts with significant white populations. (5) Demand far outweighs supply in admissions to these selective schools, with only a 22.29% average acceptance rate. (6) School officials are often pressured to give seats to particular individual students, and there is no appeals process for disappointed students to obtain an application review. (7) Schools with white majorities are required to admit an entering class that is more than 50% white, although the applicant pool is only about 24% white. (8) The application process requires the involvement of four different agencies and is thus confusing. (9) Selective programs do not take a fair share of limited English proficient and special education students, thus burdening zoned high schools in impoverished minority neighborhoods. The report offers recommendations addressing each of the above problems. It concludes with an extensive appendix consisting of a survey of admissions criteria in 50 selective high school programs. (CG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York Community Trust, NY.; Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., NY.
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)