POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL

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1030 E CALIFORNIA BLVD
PASADENA, CA 91106
Phone: 626-396-6300
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 9:1
  • Students/Grade: 66.1
  • Number Students: 859
  • Number Teachers: 92
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Michelle Bonora
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
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School Ratings & Reviews

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    School Reviews (31 Reviews)
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    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-15
    "Poly is a good school & has an excellent reputation in the University community; it does well preparing its upper-tier students for the next level of academia. It's lower school is good, & its middle school is just okay. The lower school Dir. is excellent & she has done an outstanding job improving the curriculum & weeding out the teachers that were not up to snuff. The middle school Dir. is average at best. Many of the Poly "lifers" are the average students in high school: while Poly won't likely be forthright in its admission of this fact, the major of the higher level students that graduate are not those that started in K. Regarding the athletic program: the AD is poor at best, & Poly is successful despite itself b/c the majority of kids have the means for coaching/teams outside the school. Don't expect athletic development here. If your child is interested in being a higher level 'student-athlete' look elsewhere. The consensus amongst teachers & parents is that the departure of the current headmaster, will be most-welcomed. Poly has had many kids leave the last few years b/c the school is rigid, & does not do a good job accommodating different learning styles or personalities."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-12
    "When searching for a high school, please keep in mind these student quotes from a recent Poly newspaper article: Junior year has already proven itself to be completely exhausting....It definitely takes a toll on all aspects of my life, because there never seems to be time for anything besides academics. While weekends should provide a break, and an opportunity to finally relax, there seems to always be an incredible amount of work that I should be doing instead. And: "The academic challenges are really hard. Sometimes I cry. If you are interested in Poly for your child due to its reputation, it's critically important to know what you are getting your child into in terms of workload. It's also important to note that if you're interested in getting your child into an Ivy--although shouldn't that be her choice and not yours?--Poly attracts lots of Ivy legacies. If you and your spouse didn't attend an Ivy, your child will be competing for Ivy spots against kids whose parents did attend an Ivy. And Ivies do give some preference to applicants whose parents attended that Ivy. Caveat emptor."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-03
    "Poly is an academically strong school, but really only works for kids who learn by traditional methods. Any students with learning disabilities are "counseled out" pretty quickly. We watched them vanish over the years. Teachers vary as in most schools, but we were always surprised that so many weak teachers remained at a school that charges a tremendously high tuition. Kids are expected to fit into a mold, catillion style - many of them actually attend catillion. The economically "diverse" population is really upper class to the richest of the rich with a few token financial aid families and some teachers' children. Cultural diversity is really, really limited. Compare to any public school and you will see that your children will miss out on meeting lots of different types of friends. While there our children were happy, but often stressed by the workload. Left after middle school and a whole new world opened up to them. Glad for the academic foundation from Poly and very glad to have moved onto another view of the world."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-10
    "Polytechnic. Both my kids were Pre K -12. Great experience on all counts. 1000 applicants for 100 openings speaks volumes."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-08-03
    "Poly is not for everyone, but those that can handle it will end up with a world class education. All of my siblings went to Poly and went on to ivy schools where they found the work challenging but not impossible due to Poly's challenging work load that requires students to be disciplined and self motivated. In general the students that are staying up until 2 am to study are those that do not mange their time and their work well. Poly teacher LOVE to see students succeed and everyone there is capable of doing so as long as they are responsible. Being a student at Poly has opened a lot of doors for me not only in the college application process but because the name precedes itself. Any successful Poly student is bright and motivated to be the best. But like I said, it's not a school for everyone. My parents have shelled out the money for three PK-12 Poly educations, and they would not have done so if it wasn't worth it in the long run."
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