The DOE is committed to supporting learning environments that reflect the diversity of New York City. We believe all students benefit from diverse and inclusive schools and classrooms where all students, families and school staff are supported and welcomed. This work is essential to our vision of Equity and Excellence for all NYC students.
We believe in Equity and Excellence for all our students. While our schools are as strong as they’ve ever been, we know our vision is not yet a reality.
The work to address inequity and transform our school system is underway, from Pre-K for All through College Access for All. The Equity and Excellence for All agenda is already improving the quality of our schools, making them more attractive to a broader range of students. At the same time, we have made more and better information available to families so they can make informed choices about which school they attend. Through the Equity and Excellence for All agenda, we have worked to fulfill the promise of school choice for more families and students.
But our efforts are incomplete without more community conversations and concrete actions that result in greater school diversity.
We know that diversity comes in many forms—racial background, socioeconomic status, home language, country of origin, immigration status, ability, special needs, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, housing status and cultural background and experience.
We believe—and the research is clear—that all students benefit from diverse, inclusive schools and classrooms. But, currently, our public schools do not always reflect the diversity of our City, or the diversity of the communities in which they are located.
This diversity plan, Equity and Excellence for All: Diversity in New York City Public Schools, lays out the approach to this critical work and includes several policy changes that we can and must make now.
With this plan, we are naming diversity as a priority for our schools, taking specific actions to increase diversity in many schools, and setting a broader vision for the ways in which we can work together to make meaningful, sustainable progress on diversity across our school system. This plan is an important step for us as a City, and builds on the important work we do every day, with all of our partners, to make our schools strong and welcoming; it includes several policy changes that we can and must make now.
Download the plan here: Diversity in New York City Public Schools
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Join the conversation: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and continue to visit this site, where more resources will be made available in the coming months as we prepare to kickoff community engagement in several districts this fall.
Read more about our work to create, maintain, and support diverse classrooms:
- Schools participating in Diversity in Admissions pilots, currently at 21 elementary, middle and high schools, have set admissions targets for specific student groups - including students eligible for free or reduced price lunch, English Language Learners – and students whose families were impacted by incarceration. Read more about Diversity in Pre-K Admissions, Diversity in Kindergarten Admissions, Diversity in Middle School Admissions, and Diversity in High School Admissions.
- New Dual Language and Transitional Bilingual Education programs build on the 88 programs that this administration has opened since September 2014, bringing together students who speak different languages into one classroom.
- New initiatives to increase diversity at Specialized High Schools, including DREAM, a free afterschool program that prepares students for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).
- NYC School Finder is a new online tool to help families more easily and, quickly, learn about and access New York City’s high schools.
- Policies and new initiatives to support transgender and non-conforming students.
- Initiatives to increase participation of underrepresented students in STEM and rigorous courses, such as Computer Science for All and AP for All.