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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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Bedford Stuyvesant Prep High School

832 MARCY AVENUE, BROOKLYN, N.Y., 11216 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
115
19
32% N/A
District 959K 83,265 21% 2
State 2.07M 171,244 14% 7
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

49%
72%

86%

Take Advanced Math

16%
15%

0%

Take Chemistry

17%
15%

0%

Take Physics

9%
8%

0%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
10%
15%

0% Asian
22%
30%

83% Black
26%
40%

13% Hispanic
42%
14%

0% White

Bedford-Stuyvesant Prep High School, in Brooklyn, New York, is part of the New York City Public Schools district. The school reports enrolling 115 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 19 teachers on staff.

Bedford-Stuyvesant Prep 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, 49 percent of students in New York are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 86 percent of Bedford-Stuyvesant Prep High School students are eligible. At the district level, 72 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.

Bedford-Stuyvesant Prep High School hasn't reported or may not offer AP courses.

Gramercy Arts High School is a lower-poverty school than Bedford-Stuyvesant Prep High School and does not have any students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school hasn't reported or may not offer AP courses. The school is in New York, N.Y.

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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