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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Jacksonville High School
1211 N DIAMOND ST, JACKSONVILLE, ILL., 62650 | Grades 9-12
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Jacksonville High School, part of the Jacksonville School District 117, is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. The school reports enrolling 1,010 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 68 teachers on staff.
Jacksonville High School is below both the state and district averages for the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 44 percent of students in Illinois qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, whereas 32 percent of students at Jacksonville High School are eligible. At the district level, 47 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.
Jacksonville High School offers one AP course, and 4 percent of students participate in that class.
Jacksonville High School has an enrollment rate of 10 percent for advanced math classes, and 16 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 3 percent.
Chicago Vocational Career Acad High School, in Chicago, Ill., is a higher-poverty school than Jacksonville 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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