Diversity in Admissions

Schools across New York City are participating in an initiative to increase diversity within their schools. Some schools give an admissions priority to students who are English Language Learners (ELLs), in the child welfare system, in temporary housing, or are low-income. A complete list of schools and priorities is below. Participating schools will still make offers using standard admissions priorities.

Pre-K

District 1 Programs

District 1 DOE public schools give priority to two groups of pre-K applicants. The percentage of seats prioritized for each group is based on the applicant pool and changes each year.

For the last school year, Group 1 applicants—students who were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income), who lived in temporary housing, and/or who were Emergent Multilingual Learners—were prioritized for 63% of seats. Group 2 applicants—students who did not fall into any of the above categories—were prioritized for 37% of seats.

The following schools are participating in the initiative for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • P.S. 015 Roberto Clemente (01M015)
  • P.S. 019 Asher Levy (01M019)
  • P.S. 020 Anne Silver (01M020)
  • P.S. 034 Franklin D. Roosevelt (01M034)
  • P.S. 063 The STAR Academy (01M063)
  • P.S. 064 Robert Simon (01M064)
  • P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale (01M110)
  • P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold (01M134)
  • P.S. 140 Nathan Straus (01M140)
  • P.S. 142 Amalia Castro (01M142)
  • P.S. 184m Shuang Wen (01M184)
  • P.S. 188 The Island School (01M188)
  • The East Village Community School ( 01M315)
  • The Children's Workshop School (01M361)
  • Neighborhood School (01M363)
  • Earth School (01M364)

Other Pre-K Programs

The following pre-K programs are participating in the initiative for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • P.S. 003 Charrette School (02M003) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) after all zoned students are admitted.
  • P.S. 452 (03M452) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) after all zoned students are admitted.
  • P.S. 125 Ralph Bunch School (05M125) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) and/or who are Emergent Multilingual Learners for 60% of seats.
  • Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) (06M348) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) and/or in temporary housing for 75% of seats.
  • Castle Bridge School (06M513) | Priority to applicants whose family has been impacted by incarcerations for 10% of seats. Priority also to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 60% of seats.
  • P.S. 146 The Brooklyn New School (15K146) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) after siblings and current pre-K students are admitted.
  • P.S. 372 The Children’s School (15K418) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) and/or who are Emergent Multilingual Learners after siblings and current pre-K students are admitted.
  • Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School (17K705) | Priority to applicants who are Emergent Multilingual Learners and/or are in the child welfare system for 20% of seats.
  • P.S. 770 New American Academy (17K770) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 40% of seats.
  • Sugar Hill Museum Preschool (06MBGU) | Priority to applicants who are Emergent Multilingual Learners and/or are eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 50% of seats.
  • Yearling Nursery School (10XAZG) | Priority to applicants who are Emergent Multilingual Learners for 20% of seats.
  • Higher Level School (17KCAD) | Priority to applicants who are Emergent Multilingual Learners and/or living in temporary housing for 20% of seats.
  • Little Scholars II (21KCPE) | Priority to applicants who are Emergent Multilingual Learners after all current students are admitted.
  • Big Birds Playhouse (31RAFFPK) | Priority to applicants who are Emergent Multilingual Learners after all current students are admitted.

Use MySchools to learn more about these programs.

Kindergarten

District 1 Schools

District 1 schools give priority to two groups of applicants. The percentage of seats prioritized for each group is based on the applicant pool and changes each year.

For the last school year, Group 1 applicants—students who were eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income), who lived in temporary housing, and/or who were Emergent Multilingual Learners—were prioritized for 65% of seats. Group 2 applicants—students who did not fall into any of the above categories—were prioritized for 35% of seats.

The following schools are participating in the initiative for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • P.S. 015 Roberto Clemente (01M015)
  • P.S. 019 Asher Levy (01M019)
  • P.S. 020 Anne Silver (01M020)
  • P.S. 034 Franklin D. Roosevelt (01M034)
  • P.S. 63 The STAR Academy (01M063)
  • P.S. 064 Robert Simon (01M064)
  • P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale (01M110)
  • P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold (01M134)
  • P.S. 140 Nathan Straus (01M140)
  • P.S. 142 Amalia Castro (01M142
  • P.S. 184m Shuang Wen (01M184)
  • P.S. 188 The Island School (01M188)
  • The East Village Community School ( 01M315)
  • The Children's Workshop School (01M361)
  • Neighborhood School (01M363)
  • Earth School (01M364)

Other Elementary Schools

The following DOE public elementary schools are participating in the initiative for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • P.S. 003 Charrette School (02M003) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) after all zoned students are admitted.
  • P.S. 234 Independence School (02M234) | Priority to applicants living in temporary housing after all zoned students are admitted.
  • P.S. 527 East Side School for Social Action (02M527) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) after all zoned students are admitted.
  • P.S. 452 (03M452) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) after all zoned students are admitted.
  • P.S. 125 Ralph Bunche (05M125) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) and/or who are Emergent Multilingual Learners for 60% of seats.
  • Muscota (06M314) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) and/or live in temporary housing for 30% of seats.
  • Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) (06M348) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) and/or in temporary housing for 75% of seats.
  • Castle Bridge School (06M513) | Priority to applicants whose family has been impacted by incarcerations for 10% of seats. Priority also to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 60% of seats.
  • The Academy of Arts and Letters (13K492) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 40% of seats.
  • P.S. 146 The Brooklyn New School (15K146) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) after siblings and current pre-K students are admitted.
  • P.S. 372 The Children’s School (15K418) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) and/or who are Emergent Multilingual Learners after siblings and current pre-K students are admitted.
  • Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School (17K705) | Priority to applicants who are Emergent Multilingual Learners and/or are in the child welfare system for 20% of seats.
  • P.S. 770 New American Academy (17K770) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 40% of seats.

Learn more about kindergarten admissions.

Gifted & Talented

The following schools' G&T programs are participating in the diversity initiative for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • P.S. 015 Roberto Clemente (01M015) | For the last school year, Group 1 applicants were eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch (based on family income), lived in temporary housing, or were English Language Learners were prioritized for 65% of seats. Group 2 applicants who did not fall into any of the above categories were prioritized for 35% of seats.
  • P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale (01M110) | For the last school year, Group 1 applicants were eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch (based on family income), lived in temporary housing, or were English Language Learners were prioritized for 65% of seats. Group 2 applicants who did not fall into any of the above categories were prioritized for 35% of seats.
  • P.S. 011 William T. Harris (02M011) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income), who live in temporary housing and/or live in Public Housing for 30% of kindergarten and 1st grade seats.
  • P.S. 77 Lower Lab School (02M077) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 12% of kindergarten seats.
  • Tag Young Scholars (04M012) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 40% of kindergarten seats.
  • Brooklyn School of Inquiry (20K686) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 40% of kindergarten seats.

Learn more about Gifted and Talented admissions.

Middle School

The following schools are participating in the diversity initiative for the 2019-2020 school year:

District 3 Middle Schools

Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (FRL) and who are lower-performing for 25% of seats. 10% of seats are prioritized for the lowest-performing FRL-eligible students and 15% for for lower-performing FRL-eligible students. The remaining 75% of seats are open to all students. The following District 3 middle schools are participating in the pilot:

  • J.H.S. 054 Booker T. Washington (03M054)
  • P.S. 076 A. Philip Randolph (03M076)
  • P.S. 149 Sojourner Truth (03M149)
  • P.S. 180 Hugo Newman (03M180)
  • The Riverside School for Makers and Artists (03M191)
  • M.S. 243 The Center School (03M243)
  • M.S. M245 The Computer School (03M245)
  • M.S. M247 Dual Language Middle School (03M247)
  • M.S. 250 West Side Collaborative Middle School (03M250)
  • Lafayette Academy (03M256)
  • M.S. 258 Community Action School (03M258)
  • West End Secondary School (03M291)
  • P.S. 333 Manhattan School for Children (03M333)
  • Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts (03M415)
  • West Prep Academy (03M421)
  • Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School (03M860)
  • Mott Hall II (03M862)

District 15 Middle Schools

As part of a district-wide plan to increase middle school diversity, all District 15 middle schools will now:

  • Use an open admissions method. These schools will no longer screen or select students based on their academic records.
  • Give priority to the following applicants for 52% of seats at each school: students from low-income families, students in temporary housing, and English Language Learners.

The following District 15 middle schools are participating in this pilot:

  • M.S. 51 William Alexander (15K051)
  • J.H.S. 088 Peter Rouget (15K088)
  • I.S. 136 Charles O. Dewey (15K136)
  • M.S. 442 Carroll Gardens School for Innovation (15K442)
  • New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts (15K443)
  • The Math & Science Exploratory School (15K447)
  • Brooklyn Collaborative Studies (15K448)
  • Park Slope Collegiate (15K464)
  • The Boerum Hill School for International Studies (15K497)
  • Sunset Park Prep (15K821)
  • M.S. 839 (15K839)

Other DOE Public Middle Schools

The following schools are participating in diversity initiatives for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • East Side Community School (01M450) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) for 62% of seats.
  • East Side Middle School (02M114) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) for 17% of seats.
  • M.S. 255 Salk School of Science (02M255) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch for 17% of seats.
  • The Clinton School (02M260) | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch for 17% of seats.
  • Quest to Learn (02M422) | Expanded eligibility to all NYC residents; priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch for 60% of seats.
  • Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology (07X343): Prioritize 25% of seats for applicants currently attending the following District 7 Elementary Schools: P.S. 1, P.S. 49, P.S. 154, P.S. 277, P.S. 359, and P.S. 369; Prioritize 15% of seats for applicants currently attending the following District 7 Elementary Schools: P.S. 5, P.S. 18, P.S. 25, P.S. 29, P.S. 31, P.S. 157, and P.S. 161.
  • Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women (13K527) | Priority to English Language Learners (ELLs) for 15 seats; first to students continuing 8th grade ELL students, then to New York City ELL students.

Learn more about these programs and their participation in the diversity initiative with MySchools .

High School

High schools that are participating in the diversity initiative will give a certain percentage of applicants in the incoming ninth and tenth grades an admissions priority. Applicants who qualify as economically disadvantaged, based on federal income guidelines, will have this priority.

The following programs are participating in the initiative for the 2019-2020 school year, in ascending order of district:

  • Urban Assembly Maker Academy (02M282) | Program Code: M61A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free Lunch (based on family income) for 63% of seats.
  • NYC iSchool (02M376) | Program Code: M52A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 60% of seats.
  • Baruch College Campus High School (02M411) | Program Code: M87A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 34% of seats: first to D2 students or residents, then to Manhattan students or residents, and then to New York City residents.
  • N.Y.C. Lab School for Collaborative Studies (02M412) | Program Code: M74A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch (based on family income) for 34% of seats: first to D2 students or residents, then to Manhattan students or residents, and then to New York City residents.
  • Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts (02M531) | Program Code: M20X | Priority to applicants eligible for Free Lunch (based on family income) for 40% of seats.
  • Harvest Collegiate High School (02M534) | Program Code: A53A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free Lunch (based on family income) for 63% of seats: first to Manhattan students or residents, and then to New York City residents.
  • Academy for Software Engineering (02M546) | Program Code: A54A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 69% of seats.
  • Urban Assembly New York Harbor School (02M551) | Program Codes: K51A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 69% of seats.
  • Manhattan / Hunter Science High School (03M541) | Program Code: M55A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 69% of seats.
  • Park East High School (04M495) | Program Code: M17J | Priority to District 4 residents eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 26% of seats.
  • Central Park East High School (04M555) | Program Code: M86A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free Lunch (based on family income) for 64% of seats.
  • The Heritage School (04M680) | Program Code: M97A | Priority to District 4 residents eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 43% of seats.
  • Urban Assembly High School of Music and Art (13K350) | Program Code: L02R | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 69% of seats.
  • Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women (13K527) | Program Code: L54A | Priority to English Language Learners for 15 seats: first to continuing 8th grade students and then to New York City residents.
  • Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (14K558) | Program Code: K09X | Priority to applicants eligible for Free Lunch (based on family income) for 63% of seats: first to Brooklyn students or residents, and then to New York City residents.
  • Williamsburg Preparatory School (14K561) | Program Code: K39X | Priority to applicants eligible for Free Lunch (based on family income) for 63% of seats.
  • Millennium Brooklyn High School (15K684) | Program Code: L63A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 50% of seats. First to Brooklyn students or residents, and then to New York City residents.
  • Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences (22K535) | Program Code: K76A | Students admitted in rank order by zip code.
  • Bard High School Early College Queens (24Q299) | Program Code: Q74B | Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for 63% of seats.
  • Academy for Careers in Television and Film (30Q301) | Program Code: Q01A | Priority to applicants eligible for Free Lunch (based on family income) for 63% of seats.

Learn more about high school admissions and programs in MySchools.

Specialized High Schools

Discovery Program

The Discovery program is a summer enrichment program for eligible rising ninth grade students who take the specialized high schools admissions test (SHSAT) and score right below the cutoff score. Eligible scores will vary from year to year and will be based on seat availability.

Students will only be considered for Discovery programs at the specialized high school(s) they list on their SHSAT answer sheet.

To be eligible for the Discovery program, a specialized high schools applicant must:

  1. Be one or more of the following: a student from a low-income household, a student in temporary housing, or an English Language Learner who moved to NYC within the past four years; and
  2. Have scored within a certain range below the cutoff score on the SHSAT; and
  3. Attend a high-poverty school. A school is defined as high-poverty if it has an Economic Need Index (ENI) of at least 60%. You can see a school’s historical ENI by visiting the School Performance Dashboard and selecting the school from the list.

If students are eligible to participate in the Discovery program, we’ll let them know in the spring as part of their high school results. Families of eligible students should then meet with their current school counselor to discuss the Discovery program application.

Students who participate and complete program requirements are admitted to the specialized high schools. By the summer of 2020, 20% of seats at each specialized high school will be reserved for participants of the Discovery program.

DREAM Program

DREAM (Determination, Resiliency, Enthusiasm, Ambition, Motivation) is an extracurricular academic program that prepares eligible New York City public school students for the SHSAT. Learn more about the DREAM program.

Find out more about specialized high schools.

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