Last year, 278 Discovery program seats were offered to black and Hispanic students combined, according to the Department of Education.
According to the department, 967 students who received offers have already met the criteria to qualify for a Discovery program seat.
The DOE chooses students for a specific specialized high school based on their SHSAT score and where they ranked the high school on their specialized high school application.
Last year, only 500 students participated in the Discovery Program.
In 2018, the department expanded the program to help diversify the specialized high schools, where black and Latino students are grossly underrepresented, with a goal of reserving 20 % of seats at each specialized high school for Discovery students.