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9-12
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Long Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 4,745

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1600 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813

(562) 591-0581
(562) 591-0631
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May 22, 2014
I dont know i am foriegner here and want to take admission here lets see how cooperative this school is hope for the best

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2014
Many opportunities, some great teachers. Large campus. Great Athletics. Great AP program Great music program

- submitted by a teacher
April 06, 2014
hate this new methid of core teaching. students are cluless and dont learn any thing, Lazy teachers (geometry teacher for CIC) even get lazier and dont even teach, they put everything on kids to figure out (assuming they are college kid). it is a absoulte disaster at school. and nobody cares.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
Poly is an amazing high school. I've had two children (one is still there) go through the PACE program is academically rigorous and provides an excellent preparation for college. The teachers are phenomenal and take a genuine interest in their students. The sports and music programs are incredible. The diversity at Poly is provides a real world experience. Some people might be nervous about sending their kids to Poly because of the area. Neither of my children have ever had any issue with other students or anyone in the area. I drive 32 miles a day to get my son to and from school and I live half a block from a different high school. I wouldn't have it any other way. There is nothing like Poly pride!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
My son is just completing his freshman year in Poly's Pace Program. He has had a wonderful year, both academically and socially. His teachers challenge him, and he rises to the challenge. We love the diversity and cohesiveness that is found at Poly, all the kids bleed green and gold. Go Jackrabbits!!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
I love Poly, my father, and sister went there as well. It is one of the more successful schools (certainly one of the biggest) in the nation. The size of the school and it's location in the inner city could certainly be a concern or mitigating factor. If my children went to Poly, it would certainly be as a participant in one of the magnet programs, e.g. PACE or CIC. If you want your kid to grow up with a diversity of ideas, awesome sports program and national class magnet curriculum- don't be afraid, check it out.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2011
this school is terrific good job lbusd im proud of this school even though it has a reputation

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2011
Poly in a huge inner city school. Racially diverse, although lacking caucasians. Ultra advanced PACE program est. in 1975 to encourage caucasian participation in the school and raise school test scores, only top 10% of the school district is even elegible and must competitively apply. Overall excellent sports programs, though facillities aging and inadequate. Students cannot utilize book lockers @ school because of administrations concern over weapons and drugs. Most restrooms locked and no restroom ussage for weekend & summer sports pracices (see reason for no book lockers) which creates akward situations to say the least. Over 30 AP offerings, many foreign languages offered, two years of calculus offered, Exceptional music programs. Lacks adequate parking. School always locked down w/ steel bars, I.D. required...similar to minimum security prison. School spirit is exceptional. School is over 100 years old. School colors Gold & Green. School sports programs funded by parents, private donations w/ small coaching stipeds paid by school only. Approx. 5000 students (largest high school in southern section of C.I.F.). Mascot : Jackrabbit.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
Poly High School was a good school to attend. I was very happy with the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2010
My son goes there and the school is very large. They could use the money.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Large, urban and both racially and socio-economically diverse, Poly is a success story for public education. The teachers and students have incredible pride -- everyone here seems determined to prove that this kind of public school can not only work, but can actually be fun. It's a daily adventure my child will miss when she graduates this year.

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April 28, 2010
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September 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
The atmosphere and vibe of the school is very good and welcoming. Our teachers are very helpful and always try to keep us up and focused in life and school work.

- submitted by a student
July 04, 2009
Just can't hide that Poly Pride. As a former jackrabbit, I am proud that our children are going to Long Beach Poly. Truly . . .The Home of Scholars and Champions!

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June 12, 2009
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April 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
This school is very awesome even though i only went there for about only a semester ]: due to moving . i would say this hs is the most excellent one in the whole district . Go Jacks .

- submitted by a student
no rating January 21, 2009
As the father of a third generation alumnus who graduated last year, I could not have wished for a better school for my son to attend. The educational experience offered is without equal. Although people often speak of the schools athletic prowess, its music and academic programs are incredible, it is clearly one of the best high schools in this country. The school is unique, more than 100 languages are spoken in the homes of the students, but the school offers a cohesive experience for its students and alumni. It has been this way since my father and uncle attended in the 1920's, as well as when my brother and I attended in the 1960's. Friendships made at Poly will last a lifetime.

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December 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 26, 2008
As of right now, I am a student at Poly High School, and I really enjoy it. I am in the PACE program and it is very demanding, but that shouldn't idscourage anyone from going. There are many clubs and extracurricular activities to be a part of. My teachers have been great so far, and I am sure they will be next year too. It is a huge school with plentiful diversity, which I think is a great atmosphere. All in all, it is a grea school for learning and fun.

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August 12, 2008
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December 06, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 10, 2007
I recently graduated from Poly's PACE Program and glad to say that Poly is a Great school! Was nominated as the top high school sport's program. Home of the Scholars and Champions! Go Jackrabbits!

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June 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
I attended several High Schools in my high School days (4). Though I only went to Poly for a short while, I can say it completely dominates. I would even venture to say it is the best school I ever attended all together.

- submitted by a former student
October 11, 2006
My daughter is a freshman @ Poly this year in the PACE program. Despite the fact that there are over 4400 students on campus, her transition coming from a much smaller academy-type middle school(Newcomb)couldn't have been more seamless.I have been on campus several times & have felt a pride and sense of legacy there that I have never felt on any other high school campus - including my alumnus-St.Joseph HS. I can only speak of the PACE program, but the teachers/staff are deeply involved with and dedicated to our childrens' education. They truly embody the adage,'No child left behind'. In addition to an education on par(or better than)most private schools,Poly also provides electives and extracurricular activities in a public school environment that most other schools do not offer... classes to learn how to play musical instruments,how to dance...and a top echelon sports program for both boys and girls. Go Jackrabbits!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
There CIC & PACE program has help students in preparing for college courses.Also, the booster club and parents are strongly involved with different activities. Poly has been great over 20 year that I have known them to be. All administrative and staff members in different departments has held a positive learning atmosphere for our children. Giving them more opportunities to pursue their education and dreams.Despite of how difficult some students may be. I am truly grateful for your concern and support as a whole. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2006
This is a good school if you are involved in extracurricular activities. Also if you want to take the more difficult courses try to get in Pace or CIC.

- submitted by a former student
April 10, 2006
This is an outstanding magnet school with great college prep programs, as well as extracurricular activities, most notably sports and music. Parent involvement is fairly strong, but consists of more middle-class parents than is indicative of the makeup of the school. Safety has been an issue in the past, but it has improved greatly in the past decade and fights are rare on campus. Overall, a great school and 'family' to be involved with as long, as you're not afraid of getting lost in the crowd!

- submitted by a former student
March 14, 2006
This school has good programs for students interested in the arts and has a good sports program as well. They have a dance program. They also have several programs for Honor students.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
It's a bit overcrowded but I overall like it. It's very diverse and I have many many friendships that have taught me a lot about people different than me.

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February 07, 2006
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February 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
Yes, I appreciate having this comment page for parents and students to respond with their feedback. I honestly believe Poly is a good school and I am very proud and happy that my daughter is a part of this school system. Since my profession is education I know the extreme importance of attending a quality school that will benefit our children and get them prepared and ready for the future and Poly certainly has this influence. Thanks to Long Beach Poly for your dedication and commitment to our students and an even greater thanks to all the Teachers and Counselors who put up with our the students day in a day out, I know your job isn't easy, but you are there because you care about the welfare and future of our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
It is a great schoool including everything that the parents could need for their children..thanks for polytechnic the greatest high school and the home of scholars and champions.

- submitted by a former student
June 25, 2005
I attended this school from 1995-1999. I was in the CIC program and on the swim team. I loved the extra-curricular activities offered, the teachers were great. Highly recommeded school and program.

- submitted by a former student
June 25, 2005
This school offers a great variety of foreign languages. The teachers are very dedicated and effective.

- submitted by a former student
June 14, 2005
Academic programs are excellent. The sports program was named the top by Sports Illustrated in 2005.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2005
I attended Long Beach Poly as a PACE student, and had transferred from Jordan HS. I can honestly say that was probably one of the best decisions of my life. The rigor of the PACE program is probably as good as any private school can offer. Often, graduates go on to Ivy League and other top universities. Outside of PACE, school pride at LB Poly is amazing. With such a large and diverse student population, there is a place for everyone there.

- submitted by a former student
April 24, 2005
The PACE program at poly is one of the best programs around. The teachers there are top quality and they care about student achievement. It is a great environment filled with other people that want to learn.

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April 20, 2005
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April 19, 2005
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January 30, 2005
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December 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2004
Great magnet program and excellent teachers.

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 07, 2004
Many former students are proud to belong to the Long Beach Poly legacy. I have done research and there seems to be a plethora of resources available to students. Not to mention their athletic program is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
I like this school because the teachers are well experienced and know what they are doing. Most of the time, I feel that they are never lost and know how to keep their classes under control. Student teachers come here to learn from the experienced and when one of them, Mr. Montoose, had taught the us history class, it was well. I liked his teachings even though he was only a student teacher, but he teaches pretty well. The principal is a great principal because he gets along with the students but maintains control of them at the same time. There is lots to do here at Poly, and since there is so much to do, there are lots of staff and security to secure us students. Well, I might be overreacting giving this school all 5's but, personally, I think it deserves it.

- submitted by a student
May 14, 2004
As a graduate of Long Beach Poly's PACE program, I can't speak highly enough of the program and the school overall. As time goes on, I've learned to appreciate my experience at Poly more and more. Not only because of the academic foundation it provided, but thanks to the amazing diversity of the student body and faculty I gained invaluable insights into understanding people with backgrounds different from my own. This has helped immensely in my career and personal life. The school's motto is 'Home of Scholars and Champions' - not Scholars OR Champions. I don't know where else I could have gone and participated in a premier athletic program which allowed me to live my dream of playing college basketball while at the same time preparing me for the rigors of college academics with 20-some odd AP classes to choose from.

- submitted by a former student
April 19, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
February 23, 2004
This is probably one of the greatest public institutions in America. It has the spirit and motivation of a great university. Walk across the quad and look at all the smiling faces. Look at the achievements of the magnet programs, athletics programs, & music programs (Grammy-Award winners!). If I were a kid, I'd want to stay there forever.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
We have 2 boys in the PACE program. Poly has been a great experience. The kids are not just learning to be book smart, but more importantly the diversity in the campus teaches them to become street smart as well. In terms of student population, Poly is the biggest high school in Long Beach. However, the physical size of the campus makes it the smallest high school in Long Beach. It is truly amazing how a school in a truly urban setting could sustain a high level of accomplishment through the years. Great diversity, nice balance of geeks and jocks -- truly the home of scholars and champions!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2004
With more advanced placement programs than any other school west of the mississippi river, this high school opens many doors to students. the sports at poly are excellent, poly sends more students to the nfl than any other school in the nation. the music programs are rich and also rank top in the state. overall, poly has it all. students have a lot of school spirit and despite the great diversity, everyone gets along.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2003
I have children that have attended Poly High School. I am not satisfied with the counselors as it pertains to college preparation for all the students. I feel that students that do not qualified for the Pace program are not encouraged to attend four year colleges. As a matter of fact both of my children experience poor academic preparation and were not informed until their senior year. It appears that the academic counselors are negligent in their duties to provide proper class assignments for each grade level. Further they do not inform the student until it's clearly too late for them to make changes to their schedule. I thought at first that this was isolated with just my children, but after speaking to many of my children's friends, they too have experienced the same thing. I recommend if you send your child to Poly that you as a parent stay on top of your child's academic counselor as well as continue to encourage your child to prepare and plan to go to a 4 year college and do not let anyone, counselors included, tell your child that they can not attend a four year college.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Poly is one of the great high schools in California. Lots of history and great diversity. The high level of achievement in the PACE program is recognized nationwide. Being involved in a racially diverse as well as economically diverse environment enriches students experience. It is academically strong as well as strong in their sports program.

- submitted by a community member
September 04, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 06, 2003
As a sibling of an alumni of Poly I realy see the growth in them. I know many people who haave left poly with the attention that they deserved from the teachers. Poly brings forth a great environment of students for students. Teachers are well acquanted with students. For example, I haven't yet attended Poly and I know most of the staff. Poly is a great example of the perfect school. Going to Poly challenges you with every situation that is brought forth as an adult. VanCamp Iakopo

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Polytechnic High School
1600 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA  90813
(562) 591-0581
Last modified Polytechnic High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Polytechnic High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top