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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South San Francisco High
400 B ST., SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., 94080 | Grades 9-12
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South San Francisco High, part of the South San Francisco Unified district, is located in South San Francisco, California. The school reports an enrollment number of 1,440 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 68 teachers on staff.
South San Francisco High is below both the state and district averages in terms of the percentage of its students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 53 percent of students in California are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs, while 33 percent of South San Francisco High students are eligible. At the district level, 40 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.
South San Francisco High offers six AP courses, and 8 percent of students participate in those classes.
The school's pass rate for AP exams is 27 percent. This is higher than the district average of 23 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.
South San Francisco High has an enrollment rate of 15 percent for math classes, and 39 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 11 percent, and the gifted and talented program has a participation rate of 14 percent.
Sequoia High School, in Merced, Calif., is a higher-poverty school than South San Francisco 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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