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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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Stuyvesant High School

345 CHAMBERS STREET, NEW YORK, N.Y., 10282 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
3,270
198
9% 32
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%

37%

Take at Least One AP Course

16%
9%

49%

Take Advanced Math

16%
15%

31%

Take Chemistry

17%
15%

32%

Take Physics

9%
8%

35%

Participate in sports

44%
0.0%

29%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
10%
15%

69% Asian
22%
30%

2% Black
26%
40%

3% Hispanic
42%
14%

26% White

Stuyvesant High School, in New York, New York, is part of the New York City Public Schools district. The school reports enrolling 3,270 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 198 teachers on staff.

Stuyvesant High School is below both the state and district averages for the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 49 percent of students in New York qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, whereas 37 percent of students at Stuyvesant High School are eligible. At the district level, 72 percent 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.

Stuyvesant High School offers 32 AP courses, and 49 percent of students participate in those classes.

Stuyvesant High School enrolls 31 percent of students in advanced math classes, and 32 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 35 percent.

High School For Teaching And The Professions, in Bronx, N.Y., is a higher-poverty school than Stuyvesant High School, with 99 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers four AP courses, and 11 percent of students are enrolled in those courses.

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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