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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Polytechnic High School is a highly rated, public school located in Long Beach, CA. It has 4,220 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 33% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.
Address
1600 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
Telephone
(562) 591-0581
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Polytechnic High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
33%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1140
850 responses
Average ACT
28
224 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D-
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$38,463
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,041
National
$949
Median Home Value
$347,733
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.107 responses
Poll
94%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.107 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 405 responses
Report
  • Intercultural Fair
    18%
  • Football games
    14%
  • Fairs
    13%
  • Jackrabbit Pageant
    9%
  • EVERYTHING
    8%
  • Home coming
    8%
  • Music performances
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
4,220
Free or Reduced Lunch
65%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.126 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.126 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.126 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$98,542
Teachers in First/Second Year
4%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.161 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.161 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.161 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,636/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.157 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.157 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.157 responses
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Poly overall, is all you could ever ask for in a school; it has Staff, extracurricular activities, good academics, sports, and school spirit. If you love football, but also enjoy the textbooks this school is definitely for you. This is school is most diverse school in the LBUSD, there is not just one ethnicity throughout the school. The teaching staff tries with every amount of energy to make their students succeed, influencing college work and frequent updates on scholarships. Everyone at Poly wants a to succeed in life, wants that college diploma, this is what makes Poly, Poly. Once a jackrabbit always a jackrabbit!
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I cannot attest to any other program but my experience with PACE has been overall pretty good. (Until senior year.) It's really clear that (most) non-senior-year teachers really care about their subject and helping students LEARN.
Yeah yeah, blah blah, sophomore year has the most work and junior year is most stressful BUT SENIOR YEAR WHEN SHIT HITS THE FAN; why? The teachers. MANY DO NOT CARE ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THEIR ATTENDANCE/PASS RATES. It's really sad it's sooooo bad our last year because honestly any other year your teachers give you soooooooo much support if you're upfront and honest with them (especially emotionally sophomore year and academically junior year).
It does take a certain personality type but I would honestly strongly recommend PACE. If you're considering joining PACE/the jackrabbit community, visit (especially shadow days) and feel it out for yourself. And don't let one person's comments/experiences influence you (including mine); take it all with a grain of salt.
The only thing I like about Poly High School is my pathway. My pathway is Pac Rim, it is business, marketing, and international business. We deal with the real world. In 9th grade I've actually created a start up company selling t-shirts with my classmates. We were in charge of our own inventory, designing, and marketing. PacRim prepares you for after high school. My teacher helps us build our resume, community service, and experience. Whenever we go on field trips we dress professional. We have had many projects we benefited from. What I would like to see the school change is their planning and set up. They are unprofessional when it comes to timing or passing things out. And the school overall is cheap. They change their plans every year. I'd like to see an on campus planner to run our school.