Journalism in the Public Interest

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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Summit Hill Elementary

13855 PROVIDENCE ROAD, ALPHARETTA, GA., 30004 | Grades PreK-5

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
District 82.7K 5,943 19%
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

6% Asian

4% Black

3% Hispanic

84% White

Summit Hill Elementary, part of the Fulton County district, is located in Alpharetta, Georgia. The school reports an enrollment number of 815 students in grades pre-kindergarten through five, and it has 57 teachers on staff.

Summit Hill Elementary is below both the state and district averages for the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 52 percent of students in Georgia qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, whereas 1 percent of students at Summit Hill Elementary are eligible. At the district level, 38 percent 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.

Summit Hill Elementary's enrollment rate for gifted and talented is 18 percent.

Dobbs Elementary School, in Atlanta, Ga., is a higher-poverty school than Summit Hill Elementary, with 99 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 3 percent of students in the gifted and talented program.

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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