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Is Your State Providing Equal Access to Education?

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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Dobbs Elementary School

2025 JONESBORO ROAD, SE, ATLANTA, GA., 30315 | Grades PreK-5

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
575
42
12%
District 44.2K 3,439 11%
State 1.47M 103,585 8%
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

52%
76%

99%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

11%
10%

3%

Are

0%
2%

3% Am Indian
3%
1%

0% Asian
37%
81%

95% Black
12%
4%

1% Hispanic
45%
11%

2% White

Dobbs Elementary School, in Atlanta, Georgia, is part of the Atlanta City district. The school reports enrolling 575 students in grades pre-kindergarten through five, and it has 42 teachers on staff.

Dobbs Elementary School is above both the state and district averages in terms of the percentage of its students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 52 percent of students in Georgia are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 99 percent of Dobbs Elementary School students are eligible. At the district level, 76 percent of students are eligible.

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.

Dobbs Elementary School's enrollment rate for gifted and talented is 3 percent.

Summit Hill Elementary is a lower-poverty school than Dobbs Elementary School, with 1 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 18 percent of students in its gifted and talented program. The school is located in Alpharetta, Ga.

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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