Monday, July 13, 2015
Heckscher Foundation for Children Works to Demystify NYC High School Admissions Process
Applying to public high schools in New York City can be a daunting task, from the sheer number of options available to the notoriously difficult admissions process.
As a result, a number of resources have been developed, from websites to new apps, to help simplify the process.
"New York City's 75,000 eighth grade students rank their top 12 choices from among 700-plus public high school programs. Yet thousands of young teens and their families -- predominantly from lower-income households -- lack the support they need to identify best fits," said Peter Sloane, CEO of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, which is currently developing an app to help guide families through the city's high school admissions process. "As a result, underserved youth are significantly more likely to select and attend schools rated lower for academics, climate and graduation rates...."