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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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Addison Trail High School

213 N LOMBARD RD, ADDISON, ILL., 60101 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
1,970
127
8% 18
District 4,135 257 11% 18
State 1.36M 84,195 14% 11
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

44%
26%

31%

Take at Least One AP Course

19%
19%

20%

AP Pass Rate

67%
72%

72%

Take Advanced Math

13%
24%

20%

Take Chemistry

21%
14%

14%

Take Physics

12%
8%

5%

Participate in sports

49%
0.0%

60%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
5%
6%

4% Asian
24%
7%

4% Black
27%
32%

47% Hispanic
43%
55%

44% White

Addison Trail High School, part of the Du Page High School District 88, is located in Addison, Illinois. The school reports an enrollment number of 1,970 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 127 teachers on staff.

Addison Trail High School is below the state average but above the district average for 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 31 percent of Addison Trail High School students qualify. At the district level, 26 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.

Addison Trail High School offers 18 AP courses, and 20 percent of students participate in those classes.

The school's pass rate for AP exams matches the district's, each of which is 72 percent.

A school's AP pass rate is determined by the number of students who both sat for AP exams and passed some or all of those exams.

Addison Trail High School enrolls 20 percent of students in advanced math classes, and 14 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 5 percent.

Chicago Vocational Career Acad High School, in Chicago, Ill., is a higher-poverty school than Addison Trail High School, with 100 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers two AP courses, and 3 percent of students are enrolled in those courses.

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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