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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 Kay High School

2440 LANCASTER DR NE, SALEM, ORE., 97305 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
1,845
79
11% 14
District 38.7K 1,867 10% 10
State 426K 20,551 7% 6
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

46%
58%

93%

Take at Least One AP Course

16%
6%

11%

Take Advanced Math

13%
8%

5%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

9%
9%

9%

Take Chemistry

12%
0%

0%

Take Physics

6%
2%

1%

Participate in sports

40%
0.0%

14%

Are

2%
1%

1% Am Indian
5%
2%

5% Asian
3%
1%

2% Black
20%
37%

56% Hispanic
66%
53%

31% White

McKay High School, in Salem, Oregon, is part of the Salem-Keizer School District 24J. The school reports enrolling 1,845 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 79 teachers on staff.

McKay 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, 46 percent of students in Oregon are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 93 percent of McKay High School students are eligible. At the district level, 58 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.

McKay High School offers 14 AP courses, and 11 percent of students participate in those classes.

McKay High School has an enrollment rate of 5 percent for advanced math classes, and 1 percent of students take physics. The enrollment rate for the school's gifted and talented program is 9 percent.

Lake Oswego Senior High School, in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a lower-poverty school than McKay High School, with 5 percent of its students eligible 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.

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