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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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Mc Dermitt High School

100 OLAVARRIA STREET, MCDERMITT, NEV., 89421 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
55
7
0% N/A
District 3,400 206 4% 2
State 409K 21,153 8% 8
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

40%
32%

80%

Take Advanced Math

12%
7%

0%

Take Chemistry

17%
12%

9%

Take Physics

4%
26%

0%

Are

1%
5%

55% Am Indian
8%
1%

0% Asian
11%
1%

0% Black
38%
31%

27% Hispanic
41%
62%

18% White

McDermitt High School, part of the Humboldt County School District, is located in Mcdermitt, Nevada. The school reports enrolling 55 students in grades nine through 12, and it has seven teachers on staff.

McDermitt 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, 40 percent of students in Nevada are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 80 percent of McDermitt High School students are eligible. At the district level, 32 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.

McDermitt High School hasn't reported or may not offer AP courses.

McDermitt High School's enrollment rate for chemistry classes is 9 percent.

Coronado High School, in Henderson, Nevada, is a lower-poverty school than McDermitt High School, with 7 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers 20 AP courses, and 18 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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