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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Lancaster High School
200 E WINTERGREEN RD, LANCASTER, TEXAS, 75134 | Grades 9-12
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Lancaster High School, in Lancaster, Texas, is part of the Lancaster ISD. The school reports enrolling 1,715 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 102 teachers on staff.
Lancaster High School is above the state average but below the district average in terms of the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 48 percent of students in Texas are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whereas 62 percent of Lancaster High School students do. At the district level, 76 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.
Lancaster High School offers seven AP courses, and 15 percent of students participate in those classes.
The school's pass rate for AP exams is the same as the district's, both at 6 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.
Lancaster High School's enrollment rates in chemistry, physics and advanced math subject areas are 28 percent, 27 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Gifted and talented at the school has an enrollment rate of 4 percent.
Highland Park High School, a lower-poverty school than Lancaster High School, does not have any students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 56 percent of its students in AP classes. It is located in Dallas, Texas.
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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