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.
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/12/13
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/03/13
Polytechnic. Both my kids were Pre K -12. Great experience on all counts. 1000 applicants for 100 openings speaks volumes.
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Posted by a other on 05/10/13
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.
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a other on 08/03/12
Polytechnic is not for every kid. I have two children, one at Poly and one at another local school. My son who attends Poly has been there since pre K and is currently in high school. He has excelled in every grade level and is a straight A student. However, he is a fast learner, competitive and
... Read more self-motivated. He never spends more than 1-2 hours a night on homework. It just comes easy to him. His Poly experience has been wonderful. For my other son, the school is not a good fit. He is not as competitive and needs more time to complete his work. He requires a more nurturing environment. He is also doing well academically because he is at a school that is a good fit for him. Simply put, there are different schools for different kids. Poly is a wonderful school if your kid is up to the challenge. Some kids really struggle with the academics and many parents end up paying thousands of dollars for tutors to help their children get through. The bottom line is that you need to find the school that is the right fit for your child. There are so many wonderful schools in this area. With the right fit, your child will excel! Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/14/12
Pasadena Polytechnic School is a poor fit for most children. The school emphasizes busywork homework to the extreme. The focus on rote learning is disappointing. Bright, creative students don't belong here. It is probably best for the B to B+ level student whose parents are rich workaholics. Be
... Read more prepared to donate a fortune if you want your child to stay in the good graces of the school administration and faculty. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/27/11
Poly is by far the best school in the area. I graduated in 2010 and have found the academics of college to be a lot easier for me than for my friends who went to other high schools. Poly prepares us to be successful in later. Some people are giving Poly low ratings because of "more than 4 hours of homework".
... Read more This rule is a guideline, however in my experience usually followed by the teaching. The only nights I had more than 4 hours were more often than not my fault for either procrastinating or not managing my time right. Poly offers excellent discussion and engagement in almost every class. After coming in 9th grade from a k-8 private school in the area, I find myself better off than my middle school peers and I credit Poly for that. Poly is not for everyone of course, but for students who want a community that supports you and an environment that allows students to grow, Poly is the place without a doubt. Read less
Posted by a other on 09/22/11
Unsatisfactory. This is school is miserable. I hate it. All they care about is money .. more money... and money again. They assign too much homework as well. Teachers are supposed to limit their homework to 50 minutes an evening per class, about 4 hours a night. This school clearly doesn't follow this
... Read more rule. Children need their sleep and the students stay up past 1 A.M. almost every night. Is that what you want? Read less
Posted by a other on 05/30/11
Poly is, without a doubt, one of the best of not the best independent school in California. The student-teacher ratio (7.5-1 in Kindergarten) is not to be beaten anywhere. The student body is socially and economically diverse. The curriculum is well-rounded and focuses on teaching the 'whole child'
... Read more rather than just the '3 Rs.' We couldn't be happier. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/09/10
This school is miserable. The leadership is awful - the school only cares about money, money, money - it is a trade school for the wealthy with no values, no character - no spirit - just dollars. In 100 years of existence, there is no real success story - this school can point to as alumni - they weed
... Read more out poor performers to get their test scores high. What an illustrious mess! Read less
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Pasadena schools — Polytechnic School is located at 1030 E California Blvd, Pasadena CA 91106. 1030 E California Blvd is in the 91106 ZIP code in Pasadena, CA Polytechnic School is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 12.
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