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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Mira Costa High
701 S. PECK AVE., MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF., 90266 | Grades 9-12
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Mira Costa High, part of the Manhattan Beach Unified district, is located in Manhattan Beach, California. The school reports an enrollment number of 2,445 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 97 teachers on staff.
Mira Costa High is below the state average but above the district average in terms of the percentage of its students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 53 percent of students in California are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whereas 4 percent of Mira Costa High students are eligible. At the district level, 2 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.
Mira Costa High offers 18 AP courses, and 28 percent of students participate in those classes.
The school's pass rate for AP exams matches the district's, each of which is 78 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.
Mira Costa High has an enrollment rate of 36 percent for math classes, and 23 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 6 percent, and the gifted and talented program has a participation rate of 13 percent.
Sequoia High School, in Merced, Calif., is a higher-poverty school than Mira Costa High, with 100 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school hasn't reported or may not offer AP classes.
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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