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Important: This database is not kept up to date and should be treated as a historical snapshot of data from the 2009-10 school year. For ProPublica's latest data on public and charter schools, check out Miseducation.

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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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Crestwood High School

1501 N. BEECH DALY ROAD, DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MICH., 48127 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
1,260
60
0% 8
District 3,460 175 2% 8
State 949K 49,657 5% 8
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

38%
51%

46%

Take at Least One AP Course

17%
24%

24%

Take Advanced Math

14%
0%

0%

Take Chemistry

22%
24%

24%

Take Physics

11%
17%

17%

Participate in sports

48%
0.0%

34%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
3%
2%

1% Asian
22%
8%

9% Black
5%
2%

2% Hispanic
68%
88%

88% White

Crestwood High School, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, is part of the Crestwood School District. The school reports enrolling 1,260 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 60 teachers on staff.

Crestwood High School is above the state average but below the district average in terms of the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 38 percent of students in Michigan qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whereas 46 percent of Crestwood High School students do. At the district level, 51 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.

Crestwood High School offers eight AP courses, and 24 percent of students participate in those classes.

Crestwood High School enrolls 17 percent of students in physics classes, and 24 percent of students take chemistry.

Central High School, in Grand Rapids, Mich., is a higher-poverty school than Crestwood High School, with 89 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers one AP course, and 10 percent of students are enrolled in those courses.

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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