Reform or newform? The future of public education through the eyes of an International Polytechnic High School

Much has been written over the past decade regarding public school reform. One university, Cal Poly Pomona, has responded by supporting a unique highschool on its campus. The Los Angeles County International Polytechnic HighSchool prepares graduates to be leaders in their community, the nation, and the world. Graduates are to productively apply the knowledge they acquire to solve real problems in the world. They will be lifelong learners who adapt to a multicultural world by viewing society from a global perspective. Students will be educated through an approach emphasizing team participation in problem-solving projects based on real-world international situations. A rigorous academic curriculum will balance intellectual and experiential learning. This article seeks to show how this school is not only part of the school reform movement, but a“newform” of public education.