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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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Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academy

100 N CALHOUN STREET, BALTIMORE, MD., 21223 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
465
29
45% 2
District 74K 4,940 21% 3
State 826K 56,262 11% 15
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

34%
74%

81%

Take at Least One AP Course

23%
8%

6%

AP Pass Rate

60%
18%

0%

Take Advanced Math

17%
8%

1%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

25%
5%

2%

Take Chemistry

20%
22%

0%

Take Physics

12%
17%

0%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
6%
1%

0% Asian
37%
88%

92% Black
10%
3%

0% Hispanic
45%
8%

5% White

Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academy, part of the Baltimore City Public Schools district, is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The school reports an enrollment number of 465 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 29 teachers on staff.

Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academy is above both the state and district averages in terms of the percentage of its students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 34 percent of students in Maryland are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 81 percent of Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academy students are eligible. At the district level, 74 percent of students 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.

Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academy offers two AP courses, and 6 percent of students participate in those classes.

Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academy's gifted and talented program has an enrollment rate of 2 percent, while advanced math enrolls 1 of students.

Glenelg High, in Glenelg, Maryland, is a lower-poverty school than Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academy, with 2 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers 19 AP courses, and 25 percent of students are enrolled in those classs.

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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