Built and founded by The Puntacana Foundation in 2004, the Polytechnic School is the only public high school within 50 miles of the Punta Cana International Airport. It offers high quality secondary education with an emphasis on technical skills to 300 students from the nearby towns of Verón, Bávaro, Cortecito and Cabeza de Toro.
The school is dedicated to Theodore W. Kheel, a legendary New York labor mediator and co-founder of Grupo Puntacana, and his late wife, Mrs. Ann S. Kheel, who served on numerous educational commissions and was instrumental in the civil rights movement in the United States.
- The school has eight classrooms equipped with computers as well as physics, chemistry and biology labs.
- Students are trained in general computing and in software applications commonly used in the workplace.
- The school is developing new programs in plumbing, electrical wiring, informatics and hospitality and tourism.
- Through a unique alliance with INFOTEP, the Institute for Technical Professional Development, the school offers hands-on training in refrigeration maintenance and repair.
- In addition to academic facilities, the school has basketball and volleyball courts, a cafeteria and administrative offices.
- Construction of a library began in 2006.
- Total investment thus far exceeds $785,000 US.
- Admission is merit based and tuition is nominal, in accordance with The Puntacana Foundation’s commitment to making education accessible to all local youth, regardless of family income.
- The Catholic Church, Altagracia Diocese, operates the school with the cooperation of the Dominican Secretary of Education