Imagining Our Future Together with the Altadena Community
For 115 years, Polytechnic School has offered a dynamic educational program for students in grades K-12 from our campus in Pasadena.
In 2022, Poly was presented with a unique opportunity to acquire an 80-acre property in Altadena off Chaney Trail that will allow us to elevate our programs and keep pace with changing needs. The Nuccio family has decided to wind down their longstanding business, Nuccio’s Nurseries, in the coming years and has entrusted Poly as the next generation owner of this remarkable property.
John Bracker, Head of School, at a community event in Altadena
Nuccio’s Nurseries in Altadena
We are excited to envision the future of this site together with our new neighbors, and develop a thoughtful plan that supports our students and creates a true community asset for Altadena.
Health, wellness, and athletics are also essential aspects of a Poly education, and this site will offer us the opportunity to provide athletic facilities and a home for teams that currently practice and compete off-campus or on undersized fields.
At Poly, we instill in our students a strong sense of commitment to their community and the larger world. As we embark on this new opportunity, we will be guided by the following principles:
Our intention to only utilize the same general footprint as the current nursery and preserve the majority of the site as open space.
We are at the earliest stages of a comprehensive, multi-year process to shape our plans for the site. We have begun meeting with community members to share our goals, listen to feedback, and engage in a meaningful dialogue to help us create a plan that achieves the priorities of our school and the community.
Once a plan is developed, we will file an application that will kickstart an extensive public review and approval process under the California Environmental Quality Act, led by L.A. County. This will include an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and detailed studies of any potential impacts, such as noise and traffic, along with mitigation measures.