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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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Windsor Forest Elementary School

414 BRIARCLIFF CIRCLE, SAVANNAH, GA., 31419 | Grades PreK-5

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
District 34K 2,556 7%
State 1.47M 103,585 8%
State Average
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch



Are in a Gifted/Talented Program





0% Am Indian

0% Asian

62% Black

8% Hispanic

27% White

Windsor Forest Elementary School, part of the Chatham County district, is located in Savannah, Georgia. The school reports an enrollment number of 475 students in grades pre-kindergarten through five, and it has 37 teachers on staff.

Windsor Forest Elementary School is above the state average but below the district average in terms of the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 52 percent of students in Georgia qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whereas 61 percent of Windsor Forest Elementary School students do. At the district level, 62 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.

Windsor Forest Elementary School's enrollment rate for gifted and talented is 9 percent.

Summit Hill Elementary is a lower-poverty school than Windsor Forest Elementary School, with 1 percent of its students qualifying 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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