Selective Public Schools

Monday, March 14th, 2016

New York City’s selective public schools — where students take a test to get in — have an appalling diversity problem — as do selective public schools everywhere else:

Of the schools that “test in,” black and Latino students will likely make up no more than 4 and 6 percent, respectively, of the student populations next year. Yet across the city, those two groups make up 70 percent of the public school population.


At Thomas Jefferson, a magnet school in Alexandria, Virginia, for instance, there’s a notable gulf when it comes to Asian students. Nearly 60 percent of the school’s population was Asian during the 2014–15 school year, compared to 20 percent of the wider public school system.



  1. Grasspunk says:

    Australia has higher percentages at its selective schools:

    “Language Background Other Than English (LBOTE) students in Sydney’s top selective schools comprised an estimated 97 per cent of enrolments at James Ruse Agricultural High, 88 per cent at Hornsby Girls, and 90 per cent at North Sydney Boys.”

    They point the finger at tiger moms, of course.

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