November 29, 2006

Specialized High School on Cal Poly Pomona Campus Wins Coveted State Education Award

POMONA, Calif., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- International Polytechnic (I-Poly) High School, a program that integrates academics with real-world applications and teamwork, has been honored with the California School Board Association's Golden Bell Award.

The prestigious award was won in the "Innovation in High School" category. Launched in 1993, I-Poly is run by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in partnership with and on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona.

"We are thrilled to be recognized as an exemplary program," Principal Elsa Martinez said. "This honor validates the dedication of I-Poly's faculty and staff to create an innovative curriculum benefiting students who may not succeed to their highest potential in large traditional high schools."

I-Poly's mission is to prepare graduates to take on leadership roles. The school's approach emphasizes learning by doing -- challenging students to work in teams to solve problems based on real-world situations.

"Our goal is to show that all students can flourish in a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum if provided one that is relevant, meaningful and challenging," Martinez said. On average, 94 percent of I-Poly graduates pursue higher education; more than half are accepted to four-year universities.

The tuition-free public school offers a small and supportive learning environment to a maximum of 500 students. In partnership with Cal Poly, it intends to become a teacher training and demonstration site for project-based education.

The award will be presented at a special ceremony during CSBA's Awards Luncheon on Dec. 2 in San Francisco.

Now in its 27th year, the CSBA Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education statewide.

Los Angeles County Office of Education

CONTACT: Margo Minecki of Los Angeles County Office of Education,+1-562-922-6360, or cell, +1-562-500-5184