City Approves Diversity Plans For 12 More Schools

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New York City is expanding what it calls a "diversity in admissions" pilot, allowing 12 more schools to consider socio-economic factors in admission. The schools will be able to set aside a certain percentage of seats for low-income students or English language learners. 

The pilot began last year with seven schools. Those schools will continue their admissions plans this year as well. 

The 12 additional schools, which submitted applications proposing diversity plans, are all in Manhattan and Brooklyn and include middle and high schools. 

Here's how the admissions priorities will work at each school:

  • East Village Community School in Manhattan: English language learners and students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for 50 percent of pre-K and kindergarten seats.
  • The Children's Workshop School in Manhattan: English language learners and students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for 50 percent of pre-K and kindergarten seats.
  • P.S. 3 Charrette School in Manhattan: Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for pre-K and kindergarten seats after all zoned students are admitted.
  • P.S. 527 East Side School for Social Action in Manhattan: Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for pre-K and kindergarten seats after all zoned students are admitted.
  • P.S. 770 New American Academy in Brooklyn: Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for 40 percent of pre-K and kindergarten seats.
  • Brooklyn School of Inquiry: Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for 40 percent of gifted & talented seats.
  • East Side Community School in Manhattan: Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for 62 percent of seats.
  • East Side Middle School in Manhattan: Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for 10 percent of seats.
  • The Math & Science Exploratory School in Brooklyn: Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for 30 percent of seats. City education officials said the school also plans to adjust its admissions process to admit students with a broader range of academic abilities.
  • M.S. 839 in Brooklyn: Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch will have priority for 40 percent of seats.
  • Harvest Collegiate High School in Manhattan: Students who qualify for free lunch will have priority for 64 percent of seats.
  • Central Park East High School in Manhattan: Students who qualify for free lunch will have priority for 64 percent of seats. 

The admissions policies take effect for the 2016-2017 admission cycle, for placement next fall.

City education officials did not say how many schools submitted applications for diversity plans, but that plans are approved a rolling basis. They said additional proposals are under review for the following school year.