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12431 Roscoe Boulevard
Sun Valley, CA 91352

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(818) 394-3600
(818) 771-0452
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August 30, 2014
This is my sons 2nd year at Poly High. I am amazed on how this school has changed a lot for good. I always had second thoughts of having my son come here due to the history reputation poly had. I'm so grateful in how this school has changed I can say I'm proud. The staff, teachers, counselors, you name it are all very caring in helping the students succeed. The magnet program is College preparatory program intense, but the teachers and students don't give up on each other.. Many AP classes to offer the acceptance to UC's and Cal States universities is jus amazing. If you are having a hard choosing which high school to enroll your child you have to come and check out Poly do your research. You and your child will be very happy and impress here at Poly.. The only negative thing is the school needs to get renovated it's an old school.. Otherwise it's a great high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
Polytechnic High School has become one of the premier public high schools within LAUSD due to the vision and quality leadership shown by principal's Martinez, Loera, and now Ari Bennett. Even though the school's student population is primarily made up of students from a low socioeconomic background, Poly High School's teachers and support staff create tremendous learning environment that shows in the school's graduation rate, CST scores, CAHSEE scores, and the number of students that the school sends to colleges and universities. Comparing what Poly accomplshes with its student body with the accomplishments of like schools with similar demographics, shows without question what a dynamic school Polytechnic High School is.

- submitted by a teacher
March 14, 2013
I have seen Polytechnic SHS rise steadily for the past 10 years to become one of the premier public high schools in the country. Students, faculty, administration and staff have built a community of learning for all. Confidence is a hard thing to measure but, it is the ultimate gift of Polytechnic to its community.

- submitted by a teacher
March 14, 2013
Poly through out the years has offered students opportunities no other schools have. Our students proudly represent our community in the San Fernando Valley as well as in Universities such as MIT, UCLA, Harvard, and I can go on but in simple words our Poly Parrots wear their blue and gold with honor and dignity.

- submitted by a teacher
March 13, 2013
Poly offers it students multiple choices, and multiple chances to succeed. Students are supported and taught the rigorous curriculum it takes to achieve. Poly's wonderful students, with the support their parents, and community are reaching goals that surpass already held high expectations. It is an honor to work with the students that I get to work with every day.

- submitted by a teacher
November 19, 2012
Just want to say that i have great memories when i used to go to POLY it s the best school i have ever attend....now I m a teacher out the USA but thanks to all my teachers and POLY I m what I m...i never forget Poly...

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2012
i am recently attending this great school and i am in the SAS program and i take college classes and im a ninth grader. i take english 28 and will soon take english 101 and on and on... i WOULD recommend this school

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2011
i am recently attending this school and i have to say that the improvements are incredible.I am in the Math/Science magnet and the programm is the best in the valley.The teachers are caring and they challenge us as if we were college students instead of high school.I really suggest that people visit our school and check it out.Its worth the time.And the students will tell you what a wonderful school we have.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2010
I myself attended this High School (Magnet program), it was an experience I will never forget. This school offers great extra curricular activities and the teachers constantly challenge you. The magnet program especially seeks to better the student. The students classmates and teachers become there family. Now that I am in college I hear people talk about there high schools and how careless and "boring" there school was; when I share my Poly experience they always say they'd give anything to have had attended Poly High School. Then again it is also up to the student to get the best out of the school. I suggest making periodic visits to the College Office, BTB Office and the Magnet Office as well.

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2010
Polytechnic High School continues consistently improving. Poly is 1 of only 3 high schools in the state that has ever exited Program Improvement (PI) 5 status. A number of reform strategies have led to improvements in graduation and dropout rates, A-G rate, and proficiency targets. Today Poly is in the top 20% of schools in CA with similar demographics. Poly s graduation rate has gone up 5 consecutive years and is now approaching 84%. A large number of graduating students have completed UC and Cal State entrance requirements (A-G rate), a rate that exceeds all non-magnet, non-charter comprehensive high schools in LAUSD. The Math Science Technology Magnet school s equivalent API is 881 in 2010. This places the magnet in the top 10% of high schools in California. In the past 8 years, more students have been admitted to MIT than any other school in Los Angeles, public or private!

- submitted by a teacher
March 20, 2009
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November 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 12, 2008
well,now we are no more PI school, and the principal is an interim, but he is realy, focus en kids progres, him listen our recomendation , like a parents including like my, my english is,really bad, I'm just try we have many progams,small,learning comunities, to many AP classes are offer ,electives magnet program etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 10, 2008
nice school will love to have my reply back this is a very lovely school i check all there arrangement found out its very lovely will like to be a student if am given the opportunity

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2008
My son is a 9th grade Poly student, the idea of him starting HS was a bit of a shock and I felt he was too young. It also didn t help matters when his grades dropped and he started failing almost every class. However, Poly has proven me wrong, they actually care about their students and helped my son improve and maintain a B average. I have to say that I extremely happy with Poly and think it is a great school. I also like the fact that they offer a variety of extra curricular activities, my son is taking an after school cooking class which is great because it helps keep him busy and off of the streets. Thank you Poly, you re #1!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
Poly High has a charismatic and very caring Magnet staff that truly supports the needs of their students. It is a great and friendly environment to be in.

- submitted by a student
June 27, 2007
The school's unique schedule has given many opportunities to my son to do well. There are a lot of caring teachers. A few bad ones are out shined by the good ones. Schools has a strong AP program and is improving across the board.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
What can I say about this school. The teachers are never there and they don't care they'll give you a passing grade if you are nice to them. I was a student of this school so I know. I never met the principle. Never even heard his/her name. On the positive side it has electives for students to choose from. I don't think it's the school fault that the students don't pass because if a student wants to learn they are the ones that have to teach themselves.

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2006
This school is great, the academics were very interesting. The ROTC program gave us an opportunity to get more involved with the community, and it helped us to become better people. A lot of us joined the military after our graduation.

- submitted by a former student
November 02, 2005
An overcrowded school with a lot of positives. No students are bused in so they are all local. Safety is great due to the srong efforts of the uniformed security and caring staff. Nice to have a school with some electives to choose from and not be forced to take. A lot safer than a few years ago.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2005
The school has changed dramatically during the last year. The Freshmen Centre is an area of the campus where only 9th graders take thier classes. These students share the same teachers with the same vision. The goal is to get a higher passing rate for these students. In order for them to be successful at the high school setting, they need a community where thier problems are unique to 9th graders and support can be given appropriately. At the end of the year, they will choose a pathway and into thier Small Learning Community'

- submitted by a teacher
March 16, 2005
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September 16, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
no rating May 04, 2004
A child's education is only as good as the child's and parent's involvement. Education is not going to be spoon-fed, it must be pursued. The successful schools have heavily involved parents, a prime example is El Camino. I have had great success working directly with Poly instructors and counselors thru notes, emails, faxes, conferences, whatever it takes. I am professional to them and their response has been equal and timely. I had one bad experience, but the issue was quickly resolved after cc'ing the principal. I have not worked with all of Poly's staff, but my experience has been positive. One child has 3 more years at Poly, another on the way, and I plan to be very involved with my children's education. A parent cannot send a child to an LAUSD school and expect a private school education. I was raised in this school district, I know.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2003
i graduated in 2003. i never got any information about college or help with my classes. teachers didnt really care about your education. some of them just help the students that had good grades.i think the school needs more parents to get involve and teachers to treat students equally.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 05, 2003
You don't need to know your principal to do well in school. Mr. Bullock was a widely respected and extremely helpful college counselor. You probaly never made a decent attempt to seek his help. Don't try to blame the school for your apparent shortcomings. I graduated in 2003 and I attend the best engineering school in the US now. Poly definitely prepared me for a challenging college environment.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 12, 2003
I graduated from Poly HS in 1997. I was on the academic decathlon team and after completing my IGETCI requirement at a JC I transfered to UCLA. This school was an obstacle more than a boost. I never met the principal and never got a great deal of help from the college counselor. I would have probably gone to UCLA out of HS if I had more guidance or someone who supported me.

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John H. Francis Polytechnic
12431 Roscoe Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352
(818) 394-3600
Last modified John H. Francis Polytechnic is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John H. Francis Polytechnic Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top