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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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Hubert H Humphrey Middle School

777 FALCON RDG WAY, BOLINGBROOK, ILL., 60440 | Grades 6-8

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
District 16.7K 1,054 14%
State 1.36M 84,195 14%
State Average
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

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0% Am Indian

4% Asian

26% Black

46% Hispanic

23% White

Hubert H Humphrey Middle School, part of the Valley View CUSD, is located in Bolingbrook, Illinois. The school reports enrolling 725 students in grades six through eight, and it has 52 teachers on staff.

Hubert H Humphrey Middle School is above both the state and district averages for the percentage of students eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 44 percent of students in Illinois qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, while 65 percent of students at Hubert H Humphrey Middle School do. At the district level, 47 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.

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

Haines Middle School, in St Charles, Ill., is a lower-poverty school than Hubert H Humphrey Middle School, with 2 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The school hasn't reported or may not have a gifted and talented program.

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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