NAACP Initiative

Star Academy


According to March 2018 data released by the New York City Department of Education, only 10% of the students who were offered admission to the eight public high schools that rely on the specialized high school admission examinations were Black or Latino. In Staten Island, only 2 Black students (and no Latino students) were offered admission to Staten Island Technical High School -- the only such high school on Staten Island -- for the 2018 entering class.  These statistics stand in stark contrast to the overall population of the New York City school system, which is 67% Black and Latino. These disparities are stark, and they render New York's specialized high schools among the most segregated schools in the nation.


Mission Statement

1. Increasing the number of students of color applying for and offered placement in the specialized high schools;

2. Increasing the number of students of color scoring at proficiency levels in the New York State standardized tests; and

3. Supporting parents in helping their children achieve academically and socially.


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“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.


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