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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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South Early College High School

3100 CLEBURNE, HOUSTON, TEXAS, 77004 | Grades 9

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
50
8
0% N/A
District 193K 11,919 18% 11
State 4.01M 269,017 14% 15
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Take Advanced Math

10%
9%

0%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

8%
14%

10%

Take Chemistry

26%
25%

0%

Take Physics

14%
7%

0%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
4%
3%

0% Asian
15%
26%

80% Black
50%
62%

40% Hispanic
29%
8%

0% White

South Early College High School, part of the Houston ISD, is located in Houston, Texas. The school reports enrolling 50 students, and it has eight teachers on staff.

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.

South Early College High School hasn't reported or may not offer AP courses.

South Early College High School's enrollment rate for gifted and talented is 10 percent.

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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