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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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San Bernardino High

1850 NORTH E ST., SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF., 92405 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
2,450
109
16% 9
District 52.2K 2,473 8% 8
State 5.34M 237,404 6% 11
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

53%
85%

88%

Take at Least One AP Course

19%
8%

11%

AP Pass Rate

59%
42%

17%

Take Advanced Math

12%
7%

7%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

10%
8%

5%

Take Chemistry

16%
14%

14%

Take Physics

7%
2%

3%

Participate in sports

32%
0.0%

26%

Are

1%
1%

1% Am Indian
12%
2%

1% Asian
7%
15%

17% Black
52%
71%

73% Hispanic
26%
10%

7% White

San Bernardino High, part of the San Bernardino City Unified district, is located in San Bernardino, California. The school reports an enrollment number of 2,450 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 109 teachers on staff.

San Bernardino High is above both the state and district averages for the percentage of students eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 53 percent of students in California qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, while 88 percent of students at San Bernardino High do. At the district level, 85 percent of students qualify.

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.

San Bernardino High offers nine AP courses, and 11 percent of students participate in those classes.

The school's pass rate for AP exams of 17 percent is below 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.

San Bernardino High's enrollment rates in chemistry, physics and advanced math subject areas are 14 percent, 3 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Gifted and talented at the school has an enrollment rate of 5 percent.

Miramonte High, in Orinda, Calif., is a lower-poverty school than San Bernardino 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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