More Blacks, Latinos at NYC's Elite Schools

The increase in acceptance of the two groups reverses a years-long decline in admissions to the schools.

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012  |  Updated 7:46 AM EDT
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The number of blacks and Latinos admitted to New York City's highly selective high schools increased from last year.     

According to Department of Education admissions statistics, about 730 black and Latino students qualified for entrance to one of eight of the elite schools.

Acceptance is based on a single test.     

The increase in acceptance of the two groups reverses a years-long decline in admissions to the schools, reports The New York Times.     

The numbers were 14 percent higher than last year's. Blacks accounted for 6 percent of the offers, Latinos 8 percent.     

The schools range from large institutions like Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan to small one like the High School of American Studies at Lehman College in the Bronx.     

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