The success of these programs comes as heated arguments rage about the abysmal rate of black students accepted to New York City’s specialized high schools.
Official data reveal that of the 4,800 New York City students who took the SHSAT and were offered seats at specialized high schools, only 190 of them were black.
Bonner-Shillingford throws her full support behind using the SHSAT as the sole criteria for specialized high school admission.
One of Adewumi’s students was accepted to Stuyvesant High School, however opted for Brooklyn Technical High School (BTHS) where 16% of students are black and hispanic, compared with Stuyvesant where 4% of students and black and hispanic.
“There weren’t enough students to form a [Black Students Union], so they merged with Latino students,” said Gabrielle.