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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4500 TIERRA REJADA ROAD, MOORPARK, CALIF., 93021 | Grades 9-12
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Moorpark High, in Moorpark, California, is part of the Moorpark Unified district. The school reports enrolling 2,375 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 83 teachers on staff.
Moorpark 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 21 percent of students at Moorpark High are eligible. At the district level, 30 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.
Moorpark High offers 18 AP courses, and 13 percent of students participate in those classes.
The school's pass rate for AP exams matches the district's, each of which is 90 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.
Moorpark High has an enrollment rate of 6 percent for math classes, and 8 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 1 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 Moorpark 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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