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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Polytechnic High School is an above average, public school located in Riverside, CA. It has 2,465 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 49% in reading.

Polytechnic High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
49%
Percent Proficient - Math
22%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1100
412 responses
Average ACT
25
60 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$97,845
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,699
National
$949
Median Home Value
$379,867
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.54 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.54 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 244 responses
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  • Homecoming week
    16%
  • Football games
    16%
  • Lunch
    14%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Spirit days
    10%
  • Senior vs teachers
    8%
  • Pep rally
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,465
Free or Reduced Lunch
56%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.63 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.63 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.63 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$102,531
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.1%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.80 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.80 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.80 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,907/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.85 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.85 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.85 responses
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This school was just an average high school. Nothing above and beyond. I believe each student could say that they had at least one teacher who they trusted a lot and felt that they could go to for help. Students enjoyed going to the sports games, though we didn't always win there was a good sense of "Poly Pride" with our students and staff. Providing both AP and regular classes gave the students the range of educational capacities needed for each students. The counselors on campus were very involved with the students and helped to the best of their abilities when asked for help. Before the end of the year came close, they would make sure that the students were ready with the following year by helping them pick out the classes that were best fitted for that student. Poly was a pretty good high school overall.
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Going to Poly High School was more about fulfilling a legacy role than anything. 4 generations of my family went to Poly High School. Being a legacy I was also going to be a first-generation college student, I had to figure out how to do everything college-oriented on my own I wasn't helped or guided through councilors. That would be something I would change, the involvement with councilors and students the priorities seemed more valedictorian, sports-oriented and not very student-oriented. Overall I spent more time on independent study because of the student/teacher/higher up relationships then in school.
Throughout my four years of high school, my teachers were wholesome in making class fulfilling and preparing me for college and life in general. This school does an underrated job of getting the students to be involved. Near the beginning of the school year, the principal along with A.S.B (Associated Student Body), initiated a carnival in which there are food trucks, popcorn, cotton candy, and games. However, some of the students are just focused on leaving and missing out on the whole experience. The school tries it's best to get the students to interact and have fun, but sadly, that is not the case. Overall, Poly does a fine job of keeping it clean and prioritizing education, but I assume that the problem is widely centered towards school engagement. Sometimes we don't realize that the teachers and faculty are doing their best in keeping this school clean and academically preparing every student for success.