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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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Grosse Pointe South High School

11 GROSSE POINTE BOULEVARD, GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MICH., 48236 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
1,610
93
3% 21
District 8,350 505 1% 21
State 949K 49,657 5% 8
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

38%
9%

7%

Take at Least One AP Course

17%
32%

32%

AP Pass Rate

59%
80%

87%

Take Advanced Math

14%
25%

26%

Take Chemistry

22%
22%

22%

Take Physics

11%
21%

25%

Participate in sports

48%
0.0%

76%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
3%
2%

1% Asian
22%
15%

11% Black
5%
1%

1% Hispanic
68%
81%

86% White

Grosse Pointe South High School, part of the Grosse Pointe Public Schools district, is located in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. The school reports enrolling 1,610 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 93 teachers on staff.

Grosse Pointe South High School is below both the state and district averages for the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 38 percent of students in Michigan qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, whereas 7 percent of students at Grosse Pointe South High School are eligible. At the district level, 9 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.

Grosse Pointe South High School offers 21 AP courses, and 32 percent of students participate in those classes.

For AP tests, the school's pass rate is above the district average, with 87 percent of students passing some or all AP tests. Compare this to the district rate of 80 percent.

A school's AP pass rate is determined by the number of students who both sat for AP exams and passed some or all of those exams.

Grosse Pointe South High School enrolls 26 percent of students in advanced math classes, and 22 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 25 percent.

Central High School, in Grand Rapids, Mich., is a higher-poverty school than Grosse Pointe South 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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