April 02, 2004
The music program at Poly High School has been recognized by the Grammy Foundation as one of the top seven in the U.S. While the televised Grammy Awards recognize excellence in professional recording, the Grammy Signature Schools Award honors the best high school music programs in the nation.
Based on a rigorous scoring system applied by top music educators and professionals, Poly won the high honor. Poly will receive up to $7,000 to benefit talented student musicians.
All public high schools in the U.S. have the opportunity to apply for consideration as a Grammy Signature School. Schools must submit written applications, recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs, music curriculum and repertoire which are reviewed by an independent screening committee of education professionals.
Poly is one of only seven high schools in the U.S. to receive the highest Gold rating this year. This is Poly’s second Gold rating by the Grammy Foundation. The school first struck Grammy gold in 2000 when it was then named among the top 10 high schools in the U.S.
Each year, the screening committee selects up to 100 outstanding high school music programs as Grammy Signature Schools before refining the field to name a handful of top Gold winners. Poly, a consistent high performer, has achieved Signature School status for each of the past five years. It is nationally known for both its jazz and classical music excellence and has also been a participant in the Monterey Jazz Festival.