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About This School

Polytechnic High School is a public high school in Long Beach. The principal of Polytechnic High School is Victor Jarels, whose e-mail is vjarels@lbschools.net. 4,899 students attend Polytechnic High School and identify mostly as Filipino, Hispanic, and Asian. 11% of the Polytechnic High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 64% of the 4,899 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Polytechnic High School is 23:1. Renaissance High School for the Arts is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 6% 4%
Hispanic 30% 52%
Asian 29% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 17%
Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 82567%
White, non-Hispanic 11% 16%
Multiracial 0.9% %
Unspecified 0.8% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 68%
Limited English proficiency 11% 24%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    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.

  • (8 months ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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!!

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    this school is terrific good job lbusd im proud of this school even though it has a reputation

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    Poly High School was a good school to attend. I was very happy with the teachers and staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son goes there and the school is very large. They could use the money.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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!

  • (5 years ago)

    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 .

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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!

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