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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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Bainbridge High School

9330 NE HIGH SCHOOL RD, BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WASH., 98110 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
1,375
64
3% 10
District 4,000 201 1% 8
State 833K 42,424 7% 8
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

38%
5%

4%

Take at Least One AP Course

18%
22%

21%

AP Pass Rate

49%
75%

76%

Take Advanced Math

15%
17%

18%

Take Chemistry

14%
19%

20%

Take Physics

7%
8%

9%

Participate in sports

40%
0.0%

38%

Are

2%
1%

1% Am Indian
10%
6%

4% Asian
7%
2%

1% Black
16%
3%

3% Hispanic
64%
88%

92% White

Bainbridge High School, part of the Bainbridge Island School District, is located in Bainbridge Island, Washington. The school reports an enrollment number of 1,375 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 64 teachers on staff.

Bainbridge 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, 38 percent of students in Washington are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs, while 4 percent of Bainbridge High School students are eligible. At the district level, 5 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.

Bainbridge High School offers 10 AP courses, and 21 percent of students participate in those classes.

The school's pass rate for AP exams is 76 percent. This is higher than the district average of 75 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.

Bainbridge High School enrolls 18 percent of students in advanced math classes, and 20 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 9 percent.

Toppenish High School, in Toppenish, Wash., is a higher-poverty school than Bainbridge High School, with 84 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers four AP courses, and 10 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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