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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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Chaparral High School

3850 ANNIE OAKLEY DR, LAS VEGAS, NEV., 89121 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
2,560
126
4% 13
District 302K 15,025 9% 11
State 409K 21,153 8% 8
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

40%
41%

40%

Take at Least One AP Course

12%
11%

7%

AP Pass Rate

48%
48%

35%

Take Advanced Math

12%
12%

8%

Take Chemistry

17%
18%

11%

Take Physics

4%
5%

0%

Participate in sports

30%
0.0%

20%

Are

1%
1%

1% Am Indian
8%
10%

7% Asian
11%
14%

16% Black
38%
41%

51% Hispanic
41%
35%

25% White

Chaparral High School, part of the Clark County School District, is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The school reports an enrollment number of 2,560 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 126 teachers on staff.

Chaparral High School is on par with the state average and below with the district average in terms of the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 40 percent of students in Nevada qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, and 40 percent of Chaparral High School students do. At the district level, 41 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.

Chaparral High School offers 13 AP courses, and 7 percent of students participate in those classes.

The school's pass rate for AP exams of 35 percent is below the district average of 48 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.

Chaparral High School has enrollment rates of 11 percent and 8 in chemistry and math classes, respectively.

McDermitt High School, in Mcdermitt, Nev., is a higher-poverty school than Chaparral High School, with 80 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school hasn't reported or may not offer AP classes.

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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