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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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Claremont Academy

15 CLAREMONT STREET, WORCESTER, MASS., 01610 | Grades 7-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
415
38
16% 5
District 24.1K 1,747 13% 10
State 645K 46,071 12% 10
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

35%
66%

94%

Take at Least One AP Course

15%
16%

16%

AP Pass Rate

64%
30%

14%

Take Advanced Math

20%
17%

5%

Take Chemistry

20%
13%

7%

Take Physics

14%
7%

12%

Participate in sports

62%
0.0%

18%

Are

0%
1%

0% Am Indian
7%
8%

10% Asian
10%
15%

11% Black
18%
37%

55% Hispanic
63%
39%

23% White

Claremont Academy, part of the Worcester district, is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The school reports an enrollment number of 415 students in grades seven through 12, and it has 38 teachers on staff.

Claremont Academy 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, 35 percent of students in Massachusetts are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 94 percent of Claremont Academy students are eligible. At the district level, 66 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.

Claremont Academy enrolls 5 percent of students in advanced math classes, and 7 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 12 percent.

University Pk Campus School, also in Worcester, Mass., is a lower-poverty school than Claremont Academy, with 78 percent of its students eligible 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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