I'm going into my senior year at the school, in their pace program. this is a great school in the region, offering more AP classes and having more students take them in the district. Even though it is a public school, it can compete with private schools in admissions to UCs and other prestigious colleges. There are different academies, PACe being the highest with about 200 students per grade year (9 - 12), for about 800 students out of the total of 4000+. Atheletics and music are reknown as well. The Athletics department was awarded the best in the nation in 2004-5 by Sports Illustrated. If you are considering a school, Poly is great, especially if you are interested in a magnet program. However, it is pretty competitive.