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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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Phillips Academy High School

244 E PERSHING RD, CHICAGO, ILL., 60653 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
755
45
7% 4
District 369K 22,600 15% 7
State 1.36M 84,195 14% 11
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

44%
78%

88%

Take at Least One AP Course

19%
22%

14%

AP Pass Rate

67%
38%

0%

Take Advanced Math

13%
4%

0%

Take Chemistry

21%
24%

9%

Take Physics

12%
7%

26%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
5%
4%

1% Asian
24%
43%

99% Black
27%
43%

0% Hispanic
43%
10%

1% White

Phillips Academy High School, part of the Chicago Public Schools district, is located in Chicago, Illinois. The school reports an enrollment number of 755 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 45 teachers on staff.

Phillips Academy High School is above both the state and district averages for the percentage of students eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 44 percent of students in Illinois qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, while 88 percent of students at Phillips Academy High School do. At the district level, 78 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.

Phillips Academy High School offers four AP courses, and 14 percent of students participate in those classes.

Phillips Academy High School enrolls 26 percent of students in physics classes, and 9 percent of students take chemistry.

Lake Park High School, a lower-poverty school than Phillips Academy High School, does not have any students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 24 percent of its students in AP classes. It is located in Roselle, Ill.

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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