At this time, Polytechnic School does not accept applications from international students and is not able to offer, process, or assist in the procurement of student visas (Form I-20). Please visit www.pasadenaareaschools.org for information about other schools in the area, which may accept international students.
The application for Polytechnic School is processed online and will be available through our admission portal in October. Lower School applications are due in December, Middle and Upper School applications are due in January. Supporting documents (teacher recommendations, transcripts etc.) are due in February. For a complete list of supporting documents, check the steps to apply for Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School.
Visiting the campus is a great way to learn about the school and to get a sense of the community. During the fall season, open houses specific to each division (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) are offered. Open houses are the best way to see the campus and offer an opportunity to hear from the head of school, director of admission, division director, faculty, current parents, and students. Reservations are required to attend and can be made through the online inquiry.
Open houses are an optional step in applying to Poly, please reserve a spot online if you are interested in touring the campus. Lower School open houses are for adults only; Middle and Upper School open houses are offered for adults and applicants. Applications may be submitted prior to attending an open house.
Each year, we expect approximately 45 openings in kindergarten, 18-20 in sixth grade, 10-12 in seventh grade, and 25-30 in ninth grade. These numbers may vary slightly year-to-year due to enrollment and attrition. Spaces in non-entry grades (grades 1-5, 8, and 10-12) are available only through attrition.
The ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is offered at many locations and schools in the area and across the country. Students applying to Poly do not need to take the test on the Poly campus. It is important to indicate that the results from testing should be sent to Poly using the school code (052402). Students applying for grade 6 will take the lower exam, applying for grades 7-8 will take the middle, and those applying to 9-12 will take the upper.
Applicants to grades 6 through 12 are required to take the ISEE. Visit www.erblearn.org for more information and to register for the exam. While Poly requires the ISEE, the results are only one factor considered during the admission process. Poly encourages students to take the exam only once during the application season. Should we receive more than one score report for an individual, only the first set of results will be considered.
Supporting documents will be available on the admission portal, when the online application is available beginning in early October. These forms include Student Statements, Parent Statements, Teacher Recommendations, Transcript Release Forms, and others.
Unfortunately, Poly has more qualified applicants than open spots in each class. The wait pool consists of a small group of students for each grade who would be appropriate for Poly but cannot be initially accepted. The wait pool for each grade is unranked; should a space become available, all applicants at all grade levels in the pool will be considered. Spaces vacated in one grade may be filled at a different level or within a different division. The wait pool remains active until the first day of the school year, as vacancies can sometimes develop unexpectedly. Students are not admitted during the school year. The Admission Team will reach out to wait pool families directly and promptly with an offer of admission should a space become available.
Effective January 1, 2016, parents of incoming kindergarten and seventh grade students will no longer be allowed to submit personal beliefs exemptions for any currently required school vaccine. All other students with personal belief exemptions, filed prior to 2016 and on file in the Health Office, may attend school. For a list of required vaccinations for entry to kindergarten and seventh grade, please visit Shots for School at http://www.shotsforschool.org/.
All of Poly’s awards are based strictly on demonstrated need. Priority is given to current families. Poly does not give scholarships for special talents nor academic merit. Although family income level is a significant consideration, many other factors figure in the decision-making process. These factors include the number of children attending schools for which tuition is paid, other family dependents, assets and liabilities, and unusual expenses. These special considerations will be identified from the information on the financial aid application and any other supplemental information that families provide.
There is no “typical” award, as families are evaluated individually. Current awards range from less than 10% to almost 100%. The school does exercise caution so that it does not commit an unreasonably large portion of its limited resources to a single family where multiple children are attending Poly. It is assumed that family resources will be used to the maximum extent possible.
While the school recognizes the challenges involved in these situations, it is expected that all family resources will be committed to the Poly education. Both custodial and non-custodial parents are required to complete financial aid applications and submit all necessary documentations.
The financial aid committee, composed of senior administrators, maintains strict confidentiality over financial aid files. Only those who are directly involved in the decision making and administration of financial aid have access to the information. Admission committees review applications without knowledge of financial aid applications. Confidentiality is required from aid recipient families as well.
The application for the 2019-20 school year is now closed. Applications for 2020-21 will be available in October 2019.
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