Department of Education, black and Latino students make up only 11.1 percent of admitted students for the 2020-2021 school year, a 0.5 percent increase from the previous year.
At others, these numbers were even lower: Staten Island Technical High School admitted only one black and eight Latino students.
Eight of the nine specialized high schools admit solely on the basis of the Specialized High School Admissions Test, or SHSAT, and the ninth, the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, admits students by audition.
But the program has failed to significantly increase black and Latino admissions.
“What the specialized high schools set up is a vacuum of who gets to have opportunity and who doesn’t,” Kirkland said.