Every kid 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 in 2017 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.
Algebra for All
Mayor de Blasio has laid out an ambitious plan for every public school student in NYC to have access to algebra instruction in 8th grade. These algebra classes will provide foundational math skills that help students reach more challenging classes in the years to follow.
Computer Science for All
Under Mayor de Blasio , all 1.1 million NYC public school students will learn the basics of computer science, such as coding, robotics and web design within the next 10 years. Each of these students will take computer science education in primary, middle, and high school, preparing them for the 21st century economy.
Free School Lunches
A new initiative launched by the city allows all students enrolled in public schools access to free lunches. With the start of the new school year, it is critical to give all students the same opportunities. In the biggest school district in the country, with over 1.1 million students, the new program would help countless students. The Mayor has worked tirelessly to ensure that no student in New York goes hungry.