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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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Murray Hill Middle School

9989 WINTER SUN RD, LAUREL, MD., 20723 | Grades 6-8

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
675
53
28%
District 50.4K 3,705 12%
State 826K 56,262 11%
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

34%
13%

28%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

25%
28%

27%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
6%
15%

12% Asian
37%
20%

41% Black
10%
8%

18% Hispanic
45%
50%

23% White

Murray Hill Middle School, part of the Howard County Public Schools district, is located in Laurel, Maryland. The school reports an enrollment number of 675 students in grades six through eight, and it has 53 teachers on staff.

Murray Hill Middle 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, 34 percent of students in Maryland qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whereas 28 percent of Murray Hill Middle School students qualify. At the district level, 13 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.

Murray Hill Middle School's enrollment rate for gifted and talented is 27 percent.

Booker T. Washington Middle School, in Baltimore, Md., is a higher-poverty school than Murray Hill Middle School, with 89 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 6 percent of students in its gifted and talented program.

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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