Horace Mann in the Bronx

An associate professor of criminology at the University of Pennsylvania took to Twitter to discuss how college admissions work when comparing a top New York City public school to a private one. Professor Aaron Chalfin compared admissions to top universities between top public school Stuyvesant and top private school Horace Mann. Here are his findings:

Stuyvesant High School
(public school)
  Horace Mann (private school)
Half of students come from households that make less than $50K  85% of families pay the
full $60K a year tuition
The middle 50% of SAT scores are 1490-1560  The middle 50% of SAT scores (summing the interquartile ranges for each section) are 1380-1540
Top college destinations are NYU, SUNY Stony Brook, CUNY-Hunter College and SUNY Binghamton  More than 1/3 of students are admitted to an Ivy League university and the top college destinations are Cornell, UChicago, Columbia and Georgetown

Chalfin’s brief findings sparked an interesting conversation especially as it appears that public school students, despite higher SAT scores, still ended up going to less prestigious colleges. Several folks jumped in with their own experiences, while others offered insight. To read the full thread and what other Twitter users had to say, including Soledad O’Brien, visit here.

Nicole Perrino is the founder of Bronxmama.com, a hyperlocal website for Bronx families where she use her influence to celebrate the beauty that the Bronx has to offer. In addition to her role at Bronxmama,...

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