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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Central High School
421 FOUNTAIN STREET NE, GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., 49503 | Grades 9-12
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Central High School, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is part of the Grand Rapids Public Schools district. The school reports enrolling 525 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 33 teachers on staff.
Central High School 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, 38 percent of students in Michigan are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 89 percent of Central High School students are eligible. At the district level, 88 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.
Central High School offers one AP course, and 10 percent of students participate in that class.
Central High School enrolls 2 percent of students in advanced math classes, and 26 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 14 percent.
Northville High School, in Northville, Michigan, is a lower-poverty school than Central High School, with 3 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers 19 AP courses, and 29 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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