Diversity in Our Schools

Our Commitment

The DOE is committed to creating and supporting learning environments that reflect the diversity of New York City. We believe all students benefit from diverse and inclusive schools and classrooms. We strive to welcome and support all students, families, and school staff. 

What is Diversity?

Diversity comes in many forms, including:

  • racial background
  • cultural identity
  • socioeconomic status
  • home language
  • country of origin
  • immigration status
  • ability
  • special needs
  • religion
  • gender identity
  • gender expression
  • sexual orientation
  • housing status
  • life experience

The Diversity Plan

The DOE’s diversity plan explains our approach to diversity work. It also includes several policy changes that are in progress. Read about the specific actions we’re taking to increase and support diversity in our schools. This plan builds on the important work we do every day, with all of our partners, to make our schools strong and welcoming.

Download the Plan

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School Diversity Advisory Group

The School Diversity Advisory Group is working to reshape citywide policies and practices such as admissions and program planning. Learn about advisory group members: 

Advisory Group Meeting Minutes

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Town Hall Events

The Advisory Group is seeking the input of students, parents, educators, advocates, and community members. Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island town halls took place in March through May of 2018.

Manhattan Town Hall

Add your voice to the discussion! Come to the Manhattan town hall on Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 6:30-8:30pm at Frederick Douglas Academy, 2581 7th Avenue, Manhattan. Email diversity@schools.nyc.gov with any questions.

District Diversity Plans

In District 1, we are working closely with the community on a pilot to foster school diversity. This plan includes hosting the first districtwide Diversity in Admissions pilot and the opening of our District 1 Family Resource Center, where full-time staff help families learn about and apply to District 1 schools. The Family Resource Center also hosts events created for and by the community.

In District 15, we are working with WXY Studio to lead a community engagement process designed to increase school diversity in the district's middle schools. This engagement process is happening now. For updates and information on how to participate, visit the D15 Diversity Plan website.

Diversity in Admissions Pilots

21 NYC public schools are participating in Diversity in Admissions pilots this year. Through the admissions processes, these schools prioritize targeted groups of students including, but not limited to, students whose families meet federal income eligibility requirements*, English Language Learners, and students whose families are impacted by incarceration.

*Federal law identifies this group of students as eligible to get free or reduced-price lunch. Lunch is now free for all NYC public school students.

Learn more about specific pilots:

Join the Conversation

We'd love your feedback as we work to create, maintain, and support diverse classrooms. Email us at diversity@schools.nyc.gov if you have questions or suggestions. We welcome your feedback.


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