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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15301 S. MCNAB AVE., BELLFLOWER, CALIF., 90706 | Grades 7-12
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Bellflower High, part of the Bellflower Unified district, is located in Bellflower, California. The school reports an enrollment number of 3,070 students in grades seven through 12, and it has 139 teachers on staff.
Bellflower High is above 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, 53 percent of students in California are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 61 percent of Bellflower High students are eligible. At the district level, 58 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.
Bellflower High's enrollment rates in chemistry, physics and advanced math subject areas are 8 percent, 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Gifted and talented at the school has an enrollment rate of 9 percent.
Off Campus Learning Center is a lower-poverty school than Bellflower High and does not have any students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The school hasn't reported or may not have a gifted and talented program. The school is in Burbank, Calif.
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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