More Blacks and Latinos Accepted to Top High Schools: Report

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More black and Latino students got into New York City's top high schools than in 2011, putting a halt to several years of decreasing admits among these demographics.

The New York Times reports that Education Department stats show that 730 black and Latino students were admitted to top-tier institutions such as Stuyvesant High School and Bronx High School of Science -- 14 percent more than in 2011 and 12 percent more than in 2010.

Blacks got 6 percent of admission offers, while Latinos got 8 percent.

Asians got the highest number of offers for specialized high schools -- 46 percent, according to the Times -- while whites got 23 percent.

Admission to these schools is based on a single test. This was the first year when admissions announcements were all made on the same day for the first round of applications, the Education Department notes.

Other institutions for which students take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test include The Brooklyn Latin School; Brooklyn Technical High School; High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College; High School of American Studies at Lehman College; Queens High School for the Sciences at York College; and Staten Island Technical High School, according to the Education Department.

One more specialized high school, the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, requires a review of academic records and audition.

Overall, 84 percent (64,561) of the 77,137 eighth-grade students who sat for the test got into one their top five choices. Almost half -- 49 percent (37,862) -- got their first choice, but 7,391 didn't get matched, the Department says.

These pupils can participate in a second round of apps for remaining seats at specialized high schools, or programs at soon-to-open institutions.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.

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