ProPublica analyzed federal education data from the 2009-2010 school year to examine whether states provide high-poverty schools equal access to advanced courses and special programs that researchers say will help them later in life. This is the first nationwide picture of exactly which courses are being taken at which schools and districts across the country. More than three-quarters of all public school children are represented. Read our story and our methodology.
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Oakcrest Elementary School
1820 HOLLYWOOD AVE, PENSACOLA, FLA., 32505 | Grades PreK-5
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Oakcrest Elementary School, part of the Escambia district, is located in Pensacola, Florida. The school reports an enrollment number of 445 students in grades pre-kindergarten through five, and it has 43 teachers on staff.
Oakcrest Elementary School is above both the state and district averages for the percentage of students eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 50 percent of students in Florida qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, while 96 percent of students at Oakcrest Elementary School do. At the district level, 58 percent of students qualify.
ProPublica's analysis found that all too often, states and schools provide poor students fewer educational programs like Advanced Placement, gifted and talented programs, and advanced math and science classes. Studies have linked participation in these programs with better outcomes later in life. Our analysis uses free and reduced-price lunch to estimate poverty at schools. We based our findings on the most comprehensive data set of access to advanced classes and special programs in U.S. public schools — known as the Civil Rights Data Set— released by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
Park Trails Elementary School is a lower-poverty school than Oakcrest Elementary School, with 3 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 9 percent of students in its gifted and talented program. The school is located in Parkland, Fla.
These data points were reported by schools and districts to the Office for Civil Rights. For more information about the data, see our full methodology.
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