A program meant to improve diversity at the city’s specialized high schools is poised to slightly increase black and Hispanic enrollment, according to data released Wednesday, though the program continues to be dominated by Asian students.
The Discovery program offers admission to students from high-need families who just missed the exam cutoff and who agree to attend a summer program.
In recent years, the initiative has helped more white and Asian students gain admission to eight city high schools that determine admission based on a single test.
The changes also appear to have benefited Asian students, who saw the largest gains and already make up the majority of students at specialized schools — despite representing 16 percent of the city’s students.
That argument may be harder to make now, since Asian students’ offers through Discovery increased this year.