“This long-dreamed-of facility means a permanent home for I-Poly that will support its project-based approach to learning and further enhance the school’s tradition of excellence,” says Jon Gundry, interim superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), which operates the school in partnership with Cal Poly Pomona.
Since its founding in 1993, I-Poly has been located in portable buildings on campus. The California Distinguished School serves 500 students.
“This is an exciting day for the entire campus community,” says President Michael Ortiz. “The groundbreaking for I-Poly High School’s new permanent facility is the outcome of years of perseverance and dedication by Principal Elsa Martinez, her faculty and staff, and all of the leadership at LACOE. It also means greater opportunities to expand partnerships and collaborate. On behalf of everyone at Cal Poly Pomona, welcome home.”
Ontario-based HMC Architects and construction management firm C.W. Driver have been contracted for the project. Construction is expected to start this month, with the opening scheduled for September 2012.