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Poly Quick Facts

History:

Poly was founded in 1883 as a school for male students interested in manual arts. It quickly became recognized for preparing boys to enter careers in math and engineering. In 1952, Poly became Maryland's first public high school to racially integrate the student body. The school moved to its current location on Falls Road and W. Cold Spring Lane in 1967; women became full-time students in 1974.

Student Body:

There are currently 1550 students enrolled (49% male/51% female.) Seventy -five percent of the students are African-American, 20% White, 3% Asian, and 2% Hispanic.


Average class size:

30

Faculty:

Poly faculty have been educated at a wide variety of colleges and universities.  The Maryland State Department of Education (mdreportcard.org) classifies 96% of our teachers as being "highly qualified." About fifteen members of the Poly staff are Poly alumni. A listing of our faculty can be found at: www.bpi.edu/email. 


Academic Scholarship Money Earned:

Over $18 million by the Class of 2015
Over $19 million by the Class of 2016
Over $27 million by the Class of 2017
Over $30 million by the Class of 2018
Over $31 million by the Class of 2019

College Acceptances for the Class of 2017 - 2019 includes (but not limited to):

  • Bucknell University (13)
  • Brown University (4)
  • California Institute of Technology (1)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (6)
  • Columbia University (2)
  • Cornell University (3)
  • Darthmouth College (2)
  • Dickinson College (2)
  • Drexel University (33)
  • Duke University (3)
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (1)
  • Emory University (4)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (1)
  • Howard University (61)
  • Johns Hopkins University (34)
  • Lehigh University (4)
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (8)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1)
  • Morehouse College (8)
  • New York University (8)
  • Northwestern University (3)
  • Princeton University (4)
  • Spelman College (12)
  • Stanford University (1)
  • University of California, Berkeley (1)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (1)
  • University of California, San Diego (1)
  • University of Chicago (1)
  • University of Southern California (2)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (166)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (208)
  • University of Miami (3)
  • University of Michigan (3)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (4)
  • University of Pennsylvania (3)
  • University of Virginia (2)
  • Washington College (18)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (6)
  • Williams College (7)
  • Xavier (8)
  • Yale University (4)

After Poly:

99% of the students go on to higher education following graduation. 

Number of Advance Placement (AP) courses:

  • AP Art History
  • AP Art Studio
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Capstone Seminar
  • AP Capstone Research
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Government
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Physics
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US History
  • AP World History

Foreign languages offered:

French, German, Spanish, Chinese.

Musical groups:

Award winning marching band, jazz band, orchestra, combined band, band front, and drumline. 

Number of interscholastic sports teams:

23

Poly Alumni Association:

Nearly 20,000 on the current mailing list.