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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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Carpentersville Middle School

100 CLEVELAND AVE, CARPENTERSVILLE, ILL., 60110 | Grades 7-8

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
610
52
25%
District 18.9K 1,128 22%
State 1.36M 84,195 14%
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

44%
32%

82%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
5%
6%

2% Asian
24%
6%

14% Black
27%
29%

72% Hispanic
43%
59%

12% White

Carpentersville Middle School, part of the CUSD 300, is located in Carpentersville, Illinois. The school reports enrolling 610 students in grades seven and eight, and it has 52 teachers on staff.

Carpentersville Middle School is above 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, 44 percent of students in Illinois are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 82 percent of Carpentersville Middle School students are eligible. At the district level, 32 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.

The school hasn't reported or may not have a gifted and talented program.

Summit Hill Junior High School is a lower-poverty school than Carpentersville Middle School, with 4 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 7 percent of students in its gifted and talented program. The school is located in Frankfort, Ill.

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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