The Process

For more than a year we have been meeting with Altadena community members to share our goals, listen to feedback, and engage in meaningful dialogue to help us create a plan that achieves the priorities of our school and the community.

On April 30, 2024, we formally submitted our application for PolyFields with the County of Los Angeles. This kicks off an extensive 12–18-month public review and approval process under the California Environmental Quality Act. This will include an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and detailed studies of any potential impacts, such as noise and traffic, along with mitigation measures.

“We have met with over 100 community members and listened intently since raising the prospect of bringing new uses to the site. The plan we are pursuing will create important new athletic and environmental learning spaces for Poly students, while protecting and enhancing the natural environment and habitat on this remarkable property. Our plan includes fire prevention and suppression measures that are designed to make the land safer than it is today.”

John Bracker

Poly Head of School


We are fully committed to a transparent and inclusive process that will continue to involve many opportunities for participation from neighbors, community members, government agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure our project is in harmony with the broader Altadena area.

Information Gathering & Plan Development

We Are Here
We Are Here

Project Application Filing

Notice of Preparation (NOP)

Opportunity for Public Input

Public Scoping Meeting

Draft EIR

Public & Agency Review

Final EIR

Planning Commission Hearing

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Approval

Guiding Principles

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:

We are committed to being a superb neighbor and steward of the land


Our intention is to only utilize the same general footprint as the current nursery and preserve the majority of the site as open space.

We are committed to ensuring the property remains a valuable resource for the community

We will maintain – if not improve – access to hiking and equestrian trails and protect native undeveloped land along with the plant and animal species living within it.

We are committed to prioritizing public safety

We intend to deliver a best-in-class fire safety program to protect our students, our neighbors, and the Angeles National Forest.

We are committed to a proactive, inclusive, and transparent process


We will work in partnership with the community to hear their views and priorities to help guide the development of our plan.