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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A-
Polytechnic School is an elite, private school located in Pasadena, CA. It has 858 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1. Tuition is $34,800 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
1030 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
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Telephone
(626) 396-6300
Organization Memberships
NAIS

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$34,800
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1410
79 responses
Average ACT
33
69 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
  • Francis Wass Day - an extra day off
    23%
  • Rivalry Week-a week of competitions between grades
    23%
  • The Musical and Dance Show
    14%
  • Fun Food Friday - student orgs. cater lunch
    9%
  • Poly Pet and Hobby Show
    9%
  • Dances
    7%
  • Econ Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
858
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
National
16:1
Poll
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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There are so many opportunities at the school, that you can honestly do anything you want to pursue your passion. The teachers are always there for you, and are there to help you improve all the time. The academics are strong, and it's honestly so manageable.

Poly does truly have a really competitive environment. Because the school is so small, you get to know everyone, and you realize the amount of competition that exists within every grade. Sometimes, you really just feel stupid in a class (I know I have). But I love this school so so much, and I have honestly met some of the best people in the whole world. Though it is competitive, everyone is welcoming, and once you feel a part of the Poly community, you feel like you can conquer the world. I am so happy I chose this school and don't regret my decision to come. GO POLY!
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I entered Poly in 9th grade, and overall I have had a positive experience there. I was very involved with extracurriculars and activities on campus - I was a section editor for the Paw Print, served on the ASB, was captain of an athletic team, and ran two student clubs. I traveled to Nicaragua, which was an incredible experience. The small size of the Upper School (95 students/grade) allows you to become involved in different activities and to expose yourself to new experiences. I became a student leader and loved being involved with the school with the hopes of making it a better place. The faculty cares so much the students' well-being. However, I sometimes had a difficult time collaborating with the administration, and I felt like I couldn't push my agenda as Chief Justice of the ASB without complying with their requests or opinions. The administration is not very connected to the students and faculty.
Polytechnic School is a remarkable institution for students who strive for excellence, whether it be in academics, athletics, or elsewhere. High schoolers at Poly are all passionate about something, and the most successful students let that passion lead the way. Moreover, the college preparatory school culture makes Poly a great place to go if you want to go somewhere even better afterwards. As a result, the community can be competitive and sometimes elitist. Overall, however, Poly is a fantastic school, especially for its teachers.