September 22, 2003
Our daughter attended Poly from Pre-K to Senior Year, graduating this year in the Class of 2003. We do not have enough words of accolade to describe her and our 14 year experience at this nurturing, enriching, academically-superior school. Poly has a reputation of being academically stringent, but we found that in the early years, this is really not true. They made learning just plain fun, game-like, and we never saw undue pressure placed upon any students. (Quite honestly, the pressure we saw over the years was usually created by ambitious parents or by the student him/herself.) Of course, as the students matured, the academics did get tougher, but appropriately so. Our daughter missed an average of 30 days a year of school mostly due to a congenital medical condition. We are well-qualified to help her in her learning, and since she is an only child, very willing to, but found that we never had to! Poly teachers unasked gave extra assistance, care and concern; the administration had homework assignments collected and ready for pick-up anytime; the learning was team-oriented so that student helped each other... Poly does not just academically prepare students, the school is rigorous in its concern for the whole person, for opening up the possibilities of the whole world, of helping people place themselves within their community, country, humanity, and existence. All Poly's graduates go on to college, are welcomed by universities of all levels, because they are well prepared academically and as contributing members. The dedication of the teachers, administration, the wonderful guidance counsellors, and yes, even all the parents (the over zealous included) are part of this, because the school sets the overall tone, the moral standards, the environment, the checks and balances... When people ask me, I always say, check out this school and don't be afraid to apply every year until your child gets in. Poly is also fortunate to have a strong financial base, and uses it generously to help its families when needed (i.e., financial aid is available). We are hardworking parents, living modestly in Pasadena, and will always be grateful to this school for enriching our daughter and our lives. We do not work in academia, but we believe that more schools should be modeled after this school. No place is perfect, but Poly sure strives to be the best it can, and we wish every child out there could grow up in this kind of safe, inspiring, caring environment from where you will go forth with your own ethical values in place, with skills in thinking and communicating, with an open mind to new ideas, and with memories & friendships that will last a lifetime.
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