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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Oak Ridge High School
27330 OAK RDG SCHOOL RD, CONROE, TEXAS, 77385 | Grades 9-12
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Oak Ridge High School, part of the Conroe ISD, is located in Conroe, Texas. The school reports an enrollment number of 2,685 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 169 teachers on staff.
Oak Ridge High School is below 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, 48 percent of students in Texas are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs, while 21 percent of Oak Ridge High School students are eligible. At the district level, 32 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.
Oak Ridge High School offers 22 AP courses, and 18 percent of students participate in those classes.
For AP tests, the school's pass rate is below the district average, with 42 percent of students passing some or all AP tests. Compare this to the district rate of 63 percent.
A school's AP pass rate is determined by the number of students who both sat for AP exams and passed some or all of those exams.
Oak Ridge High School's enrollment rates in chemistry, physics and advanced math subject areas are 30 percent, 18 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Gifted and talented at the school has an enrollment rate of 6 percent.
North Forest High School, in Houston, Texas, is a higher-poverty school than Oak Ridge High School, with 100 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers 13 AP courses, and 14 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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