"Educate, don't segregate!" sudents from NYC iSchool and Chelsea Career and Technical Education High shouted in the streets Monday morning. They share the same building, but their demographic and academic outcomes are different.

They skipped their first class to strike to end academic screening in admissions to city public high schools. The activist group Teens Take Charge organized the walkout.

"Our primary demand is to remove competitive high school admission screens like state exam scores and GPA requirements and replace it with a fair system that lets every student go to a school of their choice," one student attending the protest said.

At iSchool, applicants are admitted based on their grade point averages, state test scores and attendance records. Chelsea CTE uses screening for one of its programs, but requirements are much lower.

"Two schools at the opposite ends of the educational spectrum, uniting for one single change,” another student said, describing their goal.

At iSchool, 46 percent of students were white last year, and 98 percent of its students graduate in four years; at Chelsea CTE, four percent of students were white, and 80 percent graduated on time.

Moreover, 92 percent of students at iSchool say there are enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested. At Chelsea CTE, however, just 53 percent of students agreed.

"I don't think I can stand by and see these kids receiving less than me. Why? Because of the color of my skin?" asked Carla Gaveglia, an iSchool student.

"I can have the same ambitions as any student with an 89 average and 100 percent attendance, it's just I wasn't given the opportunity to succeed in that institution," Alexander Ruiz, a Chelsea CTE student, said.

The schools chancellor has questioned academic screening, saying it can perpetuate segregation, but he's made no move to do away with it. Supporters of screening say its elimination would cause high-performing schools to suffer.

Students from Teens Take Charge say this is just the beginning, and the strikes will continue on Monday mornings at different schools around the city until their demands are met.