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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West Salem High School
1776 TITAN DR NW, SALEM, ORE., 97304 | Grades 9-12
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West Salem High School, part of the Salem-Keizer School District 24J, is located in Salem, Oregon. The school reports enrolling 1,680 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 80 teachers on staff.
West Salem 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, 46 percent of students in Oregon qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, whereas 38 percent of students at West Salem High School are eligible. At the district level, 58 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.
West Salem High School offers 15 AP courses, and 8 percent of students participate in those classes.
West Salem High School has an enrollment rate of 7 percent for advanced math classes, and 4 percent of students take physics. The enrollment rate for the school's gifted and talented program is 15 percent.
McKay High School, also in Salem, Ore., is a higher-poverty school than West Salem High School, with 93 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers 14 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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