Yonkers Public Schools serves nearly 26,000 students in 39 schools, the majority who come from low-income families. Across the district, 75.6% of the students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. In YPS high schools, between 68% - 91% of students participate in the free or reduced lunch program demonstrating the extraordinary high need.
After implementing Naviance, Yonkers Public Schools now has the ability to measure the impact their programs have on student success. In 2008, prior to the full adoption of Naviance, college-going intentions for seniors was 67%. In 2012, close to 91% of YPS seniors applied to colleges and 76% of seniors intended to enroll in four- or two–year colleges. Since using Naviance scholarship tools, YPS has more than doubled financial aid and scholarship awards from $23 million in 2010 to over $49 million in 2012. YPS attributes these increases to the variety of college- and career-readiness programs offered as well as improved student awareness of opportunities and resources available made possible by Naviance.