Every kid in New York City deserves the chance to go to a great school, and Mayor de Blasio is making historic investments in our students. During the de Blasio administration, New York City students are achieving record-setting results.
Universal Pre-K For Every Four-Year-Old
Thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s historic investment in early childhood education, approximately 70,000 four-year-olds are in free, full-day, high-quality pre-K.
3-K for All
Mayor de Blasio plans to bring universal, full-day early childhood education to every three-year-old in New York City—the most ambitious early childhood learning effort in the country.
Highest-Ever Graduation Rates
In 2016, under Mayor de Blasio, NYC high schools recorded their highest-ever graduation rate (72.6%) and lowest-ever dropout rate (8.5%), with the largest gains for Hispanic and Black students. And more students than ever are college-ready, with the class of 2016 setting a record for the highest-ever college-readiness rate.
AP for All NYC Students
Thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s plan to give every NYC high school student access to AP classes, the highest number of NYC students took and passed AP exams in 2016: The number of students taking at least one AP exam increased 8.4 percent, and those who passed at least one AP exam increased 8.2 percent.
The Mayor added 69 new community schools this year to serve more than 108,000 students. There are now 215 community schools citywide, providing additional family support, health and mental health services, and additional focus on social-emotional development.
The Mayor believes we should turn around struggling schools—and through the Renewal School effort, the City increased instructional time in schools, added academic intervention teams to overhaul curriculum and course offerings, and deployed groups of experienced principals to strengthen leadership.
The SAT is now free of charge and available during the school day for every high school junior, thanks to the Mayor’s SAT School Day plan.
Air Conditioning in Every School
Mayor de Blasio has made it possible for every New York City public school classroom to be air conditioned by 2022—ensuring every student can learn in a comfortable environment.
Improving School Safety
Under Mayor de Blasio, the City has expanded school justice initiatives aimed at reducing unnecessary court involvement, and added effective interventions that stay within the schools. Instances of serious violence are down 30 percent over five years, and school-based arrests and suspensions continue to decline.