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.
From http://projects.propublica.org/schools. © Copyright 2011 Pro Publica Inc.
Find a school
South Salem High School
1910 CHURCH ST SE, SALEM, ORE., 97302 | Grades 9-12
|Students||Total Teachers||Inexp. Teachers||AP Courses|
Percentage of relevant students who...
South Salem High School, part of the Salem-Keizer School District 24J, is located in Salem, Oregon. The school reports enrolling 1,935 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 81 teachers on staff.
South Salem High School is above the state average but below the district average in terms of the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 46 percent of students in Oregon qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whereas 53 percent of South Salem High School students do. At the district level, 58 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.
Even though South Salem High School reports having AP-level classes, there are no students enrolled in those classes.
South Salem High School enrolls 9 percent of students in advanced math courses, and 3 percent of students take physics. The enrollment rate for the school's gifted and talented program is 18 percent.
Lake Oswego Senior High School, in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a lower-poverty school than South Salem High School, with 5 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers 15 AP courses, and 25 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.
— Generated by Narrative Science