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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West Ranch High
26255 WEST VALENCIA BOULEVARD, VALENCIA, CALIF., 91381 | Grades 9-12
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West Ranch High, part of the William S. Hart Union High School district, is located in Valencia, California. The school reports an enrollment number of 2,715 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 96 teachers on staff.
West Ranch 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 5 percent of West Ranch High students are eligible. At the district level, 11 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.
West Ranch High offers nine AP courses, and 32 percent of students participate in those classes.
West Ranch High's enrollment rates in chemistry, physics and advanced math subject areas are 17 percent, 5 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Gifted and talented at the school has an enrollment rate of 14 percent.
Sequoia High School, in Merced, Calif., is a higher-poverty school than West Ranch 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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