Getting More Bronxites into Specialized High Schools

Abdullah Abid helps Sophia Kereselize prepare for the Specialized High School Admissions Test at the Spuytin Duyvil library. (Photo by Julius Constantine Motal via The Riverdale Press)

This summer, Bronx native and Stuyvesant High School student Abdullah Abid has been volunteering at the Spuyten Duyvil branch of the New York Public Library for its pilot program StuyPrep to help students get into one of NYC’s specialized high schools.

Lisa Herndon writes for The Riverdale Press:

The program is a modified version of the one organized by Stuyvesant alumni at the school itself, designed to help students living in underrepresented neighborhoods find their way to these schools that are considered some of top high schools academically in the city.

“I really wanted to give back – especially in the Bronx,” Abid said. “There’s not that many kids who go to specialized high schools at all. It’s very sad when I go to Stuyvesant and there’s … 20 people who are from the Bronx.”

Stuyvesant, according to the city’s education department, has more than 3,300 students.

To hear from one of the students who attends the weekly sessions at Spuyten Duyvil and from the librarian who started the pilot program, go to The Riverdale Press.

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