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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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PS 062 Chester Park

97-25 108TH ST, SOUTH RICHMOND HILL, N.Y., 11419 | Grades K-5

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
District 959K 83,265 21%
State 2.07M 171,244 14%
State Average
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

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0% Am Indian

67% Asian

5% Black

27% Hispanic

2% White

PS 062 Chester Park, part of the New York City Public Schools district, is located in South Richmond Hill, New York. The school reports an enrollment number of 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through five, and it has 83 teachers on staff.

PS 062 Chester Park 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 88 percent of PS 062 Chester Park 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.

The school hasn't reported or may not have a gifted and talented program.

PS 162 John Golden is a lower-poverty school than PS 062 Chester Park and does not have any students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school hasn't reported or may not have a gifted and talented program. The school is in Bayside, 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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