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Contact Information (School Year 2016-17)
Last updated: 1/6/2017
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2016-17)
The Mission of Long Beach Polytechnic High School is to support the personal and intellectual success of every Poly student, every day. A premier urban public high school, Poly has consistently been recognized as one of the “Top 100 High Schools in the Nations” by Newsweek and is aptly titled the “Home of Scholars and Champions.” Students excel in academics, athletics, music, and vocational programs. Currently the diverse student body consists of more than 4,300 students on the main campus and nearby satellite site, Poly Academy of Accelerated Learners (PAAL).
The class of 2015 graduated with scholarships offers in excess of $36 million. In the graduating class of 2015: 53% met the University A-G Requirements, 44% matriculated to a 4 year college or university, 48% matriculated to a two year college, and 6% selected work, military, or technical institutions. Two students were National Merit Semi-Finalists and three students were National Hispanic Scholars. In May 2015, approximately 980 students participated in Advanced Placement exams, 50 more students than 2014. A total of 2,168 AP exams were taken in 26 subjects, an increase of 317 exams from 2014. Sixty one percent of the exams received a score of 3 or higher.
In 2011, Poly High School was identified as by Sports Illustrated as the top athletic program in the Nation. Long Beach Poly High School is synonymous with outstanding athletic tradition and accomplishments. Poly fields ten girls’ interscholastic sports (cross country, golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer, water polo, swim, softball, and track), ten boys’ interscholastic sports (cross country water polo, basketball, soccer, baseball, golf swim, tennis, track, and volleyball). Poly also has four co-ed interscholastic sports (badminton, wrestling, football, and surf), and fields 70 athletic teams, with some programs having four levels of competition. The annual student participation in interscholastic athletics totals approximately 700 boys and 600 girls.
Long Beach Poly has produced the most NFL players from any high school in the Nation. This year alone, Poly has 9 players on NFL rosters, with 2 Pro-Bowl selections. Poly also has produced 4 Gatorade Players of the Year in their respected sports, with one of those student-athletes winning the National Player of the Year. Poly has won the Long Beach Rotary Club “Centennial Cup” for the past 20 consecutive years. The cup is awarded to the Long Beach High School with the best athletic program. From September 2003 through June 2015, Poly teams have accumulated 104 Moore league titles, 26 CIF Southern Section Championships, and 17 California State Championships.
Since 2005, at least 250 students received college athletic scholarships in 13 different sports. Recipients included two college football players receiving national recognition in Fall 2005: a USC lineman named to the First Team All American and a UCLA player who was presented the Mackey Award as the top tight end in the nation.
Academic programs are organized into small learning communities and offer curriculum and experiences that appeal to multiple interest and career goals. All Poly students enroll in an academically challenging pathway (Small Learning Community) or a Specialized Program based on their needs and interests. Pathways are aligned in part with an industry sector and pathway as described in the California Career Technical Education Framework for California Public Schools (grades 7-12). The pathway team - comprised of an administrator, a counselor, and a core of teachers - supports students’ academic, social, and emotional growth. The team monitors student progress and encourages and supports students in meeting a-g requirements for college admission. Electives incorporate and build upon pathway themes. Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses are available to students in every pathway. All academies work to establish internships, organize fieldtrips, and incorporate speakers to ensure students make relevant, real-world connections.
• Program of Additional Curricular Experiences (PACE) is a nationally recognized, rigorous college-preparatory program that has been providing academic excellence since its inception forty years ago. Each year, PACE graduates are accepted into the most prestigious colleges and universities in the U.S. Admission to PACE is based upon applicants’ middle school standardized test scores and GPA.
• Center for International Curriculum (CIC) offers a rigorous, college preparatory, thematically integrated curriculum that prepares students for global careers through a variety of AP, Honors and Accelerated courses. The curriculum’s global emphasis insures topics covered in each class are interrelated. Admission is based on standardized scores, and GPA.
• Pacific Rim Academy, a California Partnership Academy and Magnet Schools of America-funded program, focuses on career courses in international trade and finance. The program offers smaller class sizes, college prep academics and unique learning experiences that are correlated with the program’s business community partnership committee.
Smaller Learning Academies
• English Language Learners (ELL) supports the growth of every English Language Learner to academic and social fluency in English, every day. Students move through the ELL Academy to other academies or onto further their education at Long Beach School for Adults, community colleges, or universities.
• Beach Academy of Math & Science (Beach) is a college preparatory program designed to meet the needs of students aspiring to attend college. Its emphasis is Math and Science with an emphasis on Engineering, Alternative Energy and the Environment.
• Medical Academy (MEDS) is a college preparatory program that prepares students for professional careers in cutting-edge medical fields. Courses provide students with a curriculum to advance into college, or the medical or paramedical career of their choice.
• JUSTICE Academy provides each student with a challenging education with a focus on law and public services. Each student will be provided with a means to meet university requirements. AVID is offered and is the back bone of the academy.
• Media, Entertainment, and Technology Systems Academy (METS) is a college preparatory program for students who are interested in careers in the areas of media, technology, and the entertainment industry.
Last updated: 1/25/2017
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2015-16)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/24/2017
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2015-16)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||20.9 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.1 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||40.0 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||2.0 %|
|Two or More Races||1.6 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||61.4 %|
|English Learners||12.1 %|
|Students with Disabilities||9.4 %|
|Foster Youth||0.8 %|
Last updated: 1/24/2017