School Details

John H. Francis Polytechnic School

12431 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352
(818) 394-3600
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2977 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John H. Francis Polytechnic School is a public high school in Los Angeles. The principal of John H. Francis Polytechnic School is Ari Bennett, who can be contacted at abenne2@lausd.net. 2,977 students go to John H. Francis Polytechnic School and are mostly Hispanic, Asian, and Filipino. 28% of the John H. Francis Polytechnic School students have "limited English proficiency." 86% of the 2,977 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at John H. Francis Polytechnic School is 22:1. Robert H. Lewis Continuation School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 90% 73%
Asian 5% 4%
Filipino 2% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 11%
Unspecified 0.9% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 646343%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 75%
Limited English proficiency 28% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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...

  • (2 years ago)

    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

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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!

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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

  • (6 years ago)

    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!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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'

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (11 years ago)

    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.

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