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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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Dyett High School

555 E 51ST ST, CHICAGO, ILL., 60615 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
530
37
24% N/A
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%

74%

Take Advanced Math

13%
4%

0%

Take Chemistry

21%
24%

37%

Take Physics

12%
7%

8%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
5%
4%

0% Asian
24%
43%

100% Black
27%
43%

0% Hispanic
43%
10%

0% White

Dyett High School, part of the Chicago Public Schools district, is located in Chicago, Illinois. The school reports enrolling 530 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 37 teachers on staff.

Dyett High 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, 44 percent of students in Illinois qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whereas 74 percent of Dyett High School students 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.

Dyett High School hasn't reported or may not offer AP courses.

Dyett High School enrolls 8 percent of students in physics classes, and 37 percent of students take chemistry.

Lake Park High School, a lower-poverty school than Dyett 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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