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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Wells Preparatory Elementary Academy

244 E PERSHING RD, CHICAGO, ILL., 60653 | Grades K-8

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

Percentage of relevant students who...



0% Am Indian

0% Asian

94% Black

0% Hispanic

0% White

Wells Preparatory Elementary Academy, part of the Chicago Public Schools district, is located in Chicago, Illinois. The school reports an enrollment number of 170 students in grades kindergarten through eight, and it has 12 teachers on staff.

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.

The school hasn't reported or may not have a 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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