The city has selected 72 schools around the city to receive a total $18 million in extra cash to help lower class sizes as part of a pilot program in this year’s budget.

To be selected, a school needed to be deemed “higher-need,” with students coming from lower-income households and with state math and reading scores being below average. They also had to have larger-than-average class sizes.

The money will help each of the schools hire at least two new teachers to help increase their school’s student-teacher ratio. On average, each school will receive around $250,000, but that amount will vary based on the average salary of teachers at the school.

“Educators know that smaller classes mean more attention for each child—which leads to a greater focus on literacy. Through our academic recovery plan, we’re supporting all students’ ability to read on grade level by the end of second grade, and thanks to our partners at the City Council, we’re adding staff and reducing class sizes ​at some of our highest-need schools to make that happen,” spokeswoman Katie O’Hanlon said.

The funding is on top of a more-than-$600-million boost in Fair Student Funding being allocated to all schools this year. That funding makes up most of an individual school’s discretionary budget and it’s expected than many principals will use the extra money to hire more staff.

The 72 schools that are part of the class-size-reduction pilot are:

P.S. 046 Arthur Tappan
P.S. 153 Adam Clayton Powell
P.S./M.S. 029 Melrose School
The Dr. Emmett W. Bassett School
P.S. 130 Abram Stevens Hewitt
P.S. 138 Samuel Randall
P.S. 146 Edward Collins
P.S. 110 Theodore Schoenfeld
P.S./I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magne
PS/MS 20 P.O.George J. Werdann, III
P.S. 023 The New Children's School
P.S. 032 Belmont
P.S. 033 Timothy Dwight
P.S. X037 - Multiple Intelligence School
P.S. 094 Kings College School
P.S. 095 Sheila Mencher
P.S. 205 Fiorello LaGuardia
P.S. 279 Captain Manuel Rivera, Jr.
P.S./M.S. 280 Mosholu Parkway
P.S. 310 Marble Hill
P.S. 315 Lab School
P.S. 041 Gun Hill Road
P.S. 083 Donald Hertz
P.S. 087 Bronx
P.S. 089 Bronx
P.S. 096 Richard Rodgers
P.S. 105 Sen Abraham Bernstein
P.S. 106 Parkchester
P.S. 111 Seton Falls
P.S./M.S. 194
P.S. 047 John Randolph
P.S. 057 Crescent
P.S. 214
Bronx Little School
Norma Adams Clemons Academy
P.S. 089 Cypress Hills
The Fresh Creek School
P.S. 179 Kensington
P.S. 503: The School of Discovery
P.S. 128 Bensonhurst
P.S. K225 - The Eileen E. Zaglin
P.S. 119 Amersfort
P.S. 139 Alexine A. Fenty
P.S. 194 Raoul Wallenberg
P.S. 198 Brooklyn
P.S. K315
P.S. 361 East Flatbush Early Childhood School
P.S./I.S. 323
P.S. 014 Fairview
P.S. Q016 The Nancy DeBenedittis School
P.S. 019 Marino Jeantet
P.S. 143 Louis Armstrong
Elm Tree Elementary School
P.S. 104 The Bays Water
P.S. 123
New York City Academy for Discovery
P.S. 082 Hammond
P.S. 160 Walter Francis Bishop
P.S. 182 Samantha Smith
P.S. 034 John Harvard
P.S. 035 Nathaniel Woodhull
P.S. 036 Saint Albans School
P.S. 052 Queens
P.S./I.S. 116 William C. Hughley
P.S. 118 Lorraine Hansberry
P.S./I.S. 268
P.S. 092 Harry T. Stewart Sr.
P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School
P.S. 148 Queens
P.S. 149 Christa McAuliffe
P.S. 020 Port Richmond
P.S. 21 Margaret Emery-Elm Park