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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River Hill High
12101 ROUTE 108, CLARKSVILLE, MD., 21029 | Grades 9-12
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River Hill High, in Clarksville, Maryland, is part of the Howard County Public Schools district. The school reports enrolling 1,450 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 98 teachers on staff.
River Hill High is below 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 programs, while 2 percent of River Hill High students 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.
River Hill High offers 20 AP courses, and 37 percent of students participate in those classes.
The school's pass rate for AP exams matches the district's, each of which is 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.
River Hill High's enrollment rates in chemistry, physics and advanced math subject areas are 21 percent, 16 percent and 31 percent, respectively. Gifted and talented at the school has an enrollment rate of 62 percent.
Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academy, in Baltimore, Md., is a higher-poverty school than River Hill 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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