How Does Your Child's School Stack Up?

Pro Publica analyzes federal data to offer a snapshot of public schools. Data on Peachtree Corners schools are included.

How good a job does the State of Georgia do in giving students equal access in public education? Access to advanced placement courses, advanced math courses and gifted programs?

The team at Pro Publica, decided to find out, using information collected by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Pro Publica is a non-profit, independent news organization that does “investigative journalism in the public interest,” according to their website.

Released last week, this particular project finds that in many states, there’s a negative correlation between high-poverty public schools and the percentage of students enrolled in more rigorous courses. Many in education call the disparity between richer and poorer districts and access to higher level courses the "opportunity gap," according to Pro Publica.  

The study shows there seems to be a relationship between gifted and talented programs and poverty. The larger the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, the lower the percentage of students in elementary school gifted programs.

Pro Publica allows you to compare states, districts within states and schools within districts.

Below is a recap of the data from Peachtree and Simpson Elementary schools, Pinckneyville Middle School and Norcross High School:

Peachtree Elementary School

  • 1,475 students
  • 77 percent receive free or reduced lunches
  • 7 percent are enrolled in a gifted or talented program
  • Student make up:
  • 3 percent Asian
  • 39 percent Black
  • 44 percent Hispanic
  • 9 percent White

Simpson Elementary

  • 1,010 Students
  • 4 percent receive free or reduced lunches
  • 28 percent enrolled in a gifted or talented program
  • Student make up:
  • 7 percent Asian
  • 5 percent Black
  • 10 percent Hispanic
  • 74 percent White

Pinckneyville Middle

  • 1,350 students
  • 49 percent receive free or reduced lunches
  • 27 percent enrolled in gifted or talented program
  • Student make up:
  • 6 percent Asian
  • 33 percent Black
  • 23 percent Hispanic
  • 33 percent White

Norcross High

  • 2,945 students
  • 54 percent receive free or reduced lunches
  • 24 percent enrolled in at least one AP course
  • 17 percent enrolled in an advanced math class
  • Student make up:
  • 8 percent Asian
  • 29 percent Black
  • 32 percent Hispanic
  • 27 percent White


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