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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North Salinas High
55 KIP DR., SALINAS, CALIF., 93906 | Grades 9-12
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North Salinas High, in Salinas, California, is part of the Salinas Union High School district. The school reports enrolling 2,055 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 86 teachers on staff.
North Salinas High is above the state average but below the district average in terms of the percentage of students 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 59 percent of North Salinas High students do. At the district level, 64 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.
North Salinas High offers nine AP courses, and 15 percent of students participate in those classes.
The school's pass rate for AP exams is 40 percent. This is lower than the district average of 42 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.
North Salinas High has an enrollment rate of 10 percent for physics classes, and 13 percent of students take physics. The enrollment rate for the school's gifted and talented program is 8 percent.
Miramonte High, in Orinda, Calif., is a lower-poverty school than North Salinas High. It does not have any students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers 15 AP courses, and 41 percent of students are enrolled in those 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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