Mayor de Blasio announces specialized high school plans (photo: Benjamin Kanter/Mayor’s Office)One of the most controversial topics in the New York City public education system is the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and its use as the sole tool for admission to the city’s eight premier STEM-oriented specialized high schools.
So during my four years in high school, I decided to take action to help remedy the issue.
I participated as part of the Department of Education’s Specialized High School Outreach team, where hundreds of students come to gain information about the city’s eight specialized high schools and the SHSAT.
The pace is fast at the specialized high schools, meaning the importance of a solid foundation in subjects across the board is essential.
There’s also a misleading narrative out there about the racial demographics of the specialized high school system.