The state will build a $20 million dental school for the Bronx public schools that will open in 2021, a state education official said Tuesday.
The school is part of a $400 million plan to overhaul the Bronx schools, which include expanding kindergarten and third grade.
The Bronx Public Schools opened in 1875, and the state began investing in education in the 1980s.
The New York City school system, which includes a large number of low-income students, has been grappling with the high dropout rate, especially among children of color, and has been struggling to build on its high school graduation rate.
The plan calls for the expansion of the dental school to meet growing demand and enroll more students in Bronx schools.
The new dental school will be the first for the borough since the Bronx opened in 1915, the official said.
The dental school’s enrollment will be 40 percent more than it is today, and it will provide education to students from low- and middle-income families, the education official told reporters.
More than 1,000 students will be enrolled in the school in 2020, the Education Department official said, though enrollment is expected to increase further in the coming years.
New York has long been the state’s leader in expanding public education.
The state is home to the largest public school system in the nation.
Its charter schools have provided the nation’s best performing students with the best learning outcomes, while the state also has the largest teacher-to-student ratios in the country, according to a 2012 report by the American Association of University Women.
The state is also expanding charter schools to the Bronx, which is where the New York School of the Arts and Sciences is located.
This story has been updated to include a statement from the Education Dept.