Following up on an earlier article about the lack of student body ethnic diversity at Hunter College High School, a selective program requiring a test to get into, comes this interesting item from The Wall Street Journal:
In math, two charter schools were in the top 25 out of nearly 1,100 public elementary and middle schools. Harlem Success Academy Charter School, with 95% proficiency, and Icahn Charter School 2 in the Bronx, with 94.8% proficiency, both came in just ahead of P.S. 77 Lower Lab School, a gifted and talented school where students must pass tests to get in.
Interestingly enough, Lower Lab has had it's own problems with racial diversity, as highlighted in this Village Voice article.
Even taking out the fact that the above mentioned charter schools are located in Harlem and the Bronx while Lower Lab is on the Upper East Side, the main difference is that Lower Lab can select its students via an intelligence test, while charter schools are ordered by law to conduct a lottery only, making their achievements even more impressive.
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