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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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Mayfair High

6000 N. WOODRUFF AVE., LAKEWOOD, CALIF., 90713 | Grades 7-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
3,560
150
9% 29
District 14.3K 653 5% 0
State 5.34M 237,404 6% 11
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

53%
58%

40%

Take at Least One AP Course

19%
6%

8%

AP Pass Rate

59%

66%

Take Advanced Math

12%
0%

6%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

10%
13%

21%

Take Chemistry

16%
0%

12%

Take Physics

7%
0%

2%

Participate in sports

32%
0.0%

16%

Are

1%
0%

0% Am Indian
12%
8%

12% Asian
7%
14%

17% Black
52%
59%

43% Hispanic
26%
14%

24% White

Mayfair High, in Lakewood, California, is part of the Bellflower Unified district. The school reports enrolling 3,560 students in grades seven through 12, and it has 150 teachers on staff.

Mayfair High is below both the state and district averages for the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 53 percent of students in California qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, whereas 40 percent of students at Mayfair High are eligible. At the district level, 58 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.

Mayfair High has an enrollment rate of 6 percent for math classes, and 12 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 2 percent, and the gifted and talented program has a participation rate of 21 percent.

Montebello Community Day, in Los Angeles, Calif., is a higher-poverty school than Mayfair High, with 87 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The school hasn't reported or may not have a gifted and talented program.

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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