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Southern California High School Opens $20MM Facility On Cal Poly Pomona Campus

Students at southern California's International Polytechnic (iPoly) High School are enjoying new digs. The 500-student high school, which had been holding classes in portable buildings at Cal Poly Pomona, last week moved into its new 21-classroom, $20 million facility located on the university's campus.

iPoly's new two-story facility, designed to support the school's project-based, real-world application learning approach, features interactive whiteboards in all classrooms as well as a computer lab and video production center. The green-friendly building sits on 1.5 acres of land on Cal Poly's campus and includes a "multipurpose room, administrative areas, outdoor sitting area and central courtyard," according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).

"iPoly has truly found an innovative way of promoting achievement among all students," said Arturo Delgado, superintendent at LACOE, in the prepared statement.

Funding for the new facility came from a $31.2 million financial hardship grant through the California School Facilities Program. HMC Architects, located in Ontario, CA, and construction management firm C.W. Driver worked on the project, which began in March 2011 and wrapped up in August 2012.

iPoly, a tuition-free public high school serving students from Pomona, San Gabriel, and the Inland Valley areas, delivers college preparatory curriculum within a collaborative, hands-on learning environment. iPoly was founded in 1991 by LACOE and Cal Poly Pomona, which operate the school in partnership.

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