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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6520 FREETOWN RD, COLUMBIA, MD., 21044 | Grades 9-12
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Atholton High, part of the Howard County Public Schools district, is located in Columbia, Maryland. The school reports an enrollment number of 1,470 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 96 teachers on staff.
Atholton High is below both the state and district averages for the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 34 percent of students in Maryland qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, whereas 5 percent of students at Atholton High are eligible. At the district level, 13 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.
Atholton High offers 19 AP courses, and 25 percent of students participate in those classes.
For AP tests, the school's pass rate is above the district average, with 80 percent of students passing some or all AP tests. Compare this to the district rate of 74 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.
Atholton High's enrollment rates in chemistry, physics and advanced math subject areas are 24 percent, 15 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Gifted and talented at the school has an enrollment rate of 52 percent.
Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academy, in Baltimore, Md., is a higher-poverty school than Atholton High, with 81 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers two AP courses, and 6 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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