Journalism in the Public Interest

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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Bellflower USD Intensive Learning Center

4718 E. MICHELSON ST., LAKEWOOD, CALIF., 90712 | Grades K-6

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
District 14.3K 653 5%
State 5.34M 237,404 6%
State Average
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch



Are in a Gifted/Talented Program





0% Am Indian

14% Asian

18% Black

47% Hispanic

16% White

Bellflower USD Intensive Learning Center, part of the Bellflower Unified district, is located in Lakewood, California. The school reports an enrollment number of 655 students in grades kindergarten through six, and it has 31 teachers on staff.

Bellflower USD Intensive Learning Center 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 41 percent of students at Bellflower USD Intensive Learning Center 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.

Bellflower USD Intensive Learning Center's enrollment rate for gifted and talented is 16 percent.

Martinez (Saul) Elementary, in Mecca, Calif., is a higher-poverty school than Bellflower USD Intensive Learning Center, with 100 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 4 percent of students in the 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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