Polytechnic School

1030 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Poly was the first elementary school in California to be incorporated as a nonprofit institution and is today one of the larger independent schools in the state. Like its neighbor, the California Institute of Technology, the school evolved from the Throop Polytechnic Institute, which had offered since its 1891 establishment an academic program extending from the primary grades through college. A road divides Poly's 15-acre campus, separating the upper school classrooms to the south from the lower and middle school classrooms to the north. Poly offers a broad educational program that includes Advanced Placement and honors classes, performing and visual arts offerings, and an electives program in the upper grades. The school's outdoor education program features off-campus trips to various wilderness areas in the West. All students participate in community service: Younger pupils engage in project work, while upper schoolers meet formal requirements of eight service hours in grade 9 and the completion of a 30-hour service project during sophomore or junior year. Exchange opportunities are available through the American Field Service.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades K-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1030 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Year Established1907
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorDeborah E. Reed
Total Enrollment860
Day Students860
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