With more than 1,800 schools and 1.1 million students, the New York City public school system is the nation’s largest. It’s also one of the most segregated in terms of race, class, and opportunity.

The stats below provide a glimpse of that segregation and the resulting gaps.

Despite the massive scale of this problem, media coverage of schools often focuses on political debates that have little to do with the deep inequities hundreds of thousands of students face each day. As a result, we fail to talk about and address educational inequity with the urgency it demands.


New York City Department of Education Data, 2015-2016