The newest ranking of America’s top high schools by U.S. News and World Report includes the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, which earned a gold medal by placing within the top 100.
CAMS placed 22nd out of more than 21,000 public high schools nationwide. U.S. News published its full list of schools recently at www.usnews.com.
CAMS is a 600-student regional high school at Cal State Dominguez Hills and is run by the Long Beach Unified School District.
The U.S. News methodology was developed by School Evaluation Services, an education data research business run by Standard & Poor's.
A three-step process determined the best high schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using state proficiency standards as the measuring benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepared students for college.
In judging college readiness, U.S. News used Advanced Placement data as the benchmark for success. AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the nation. A "college readiness index" was computed based on AP participation rates and how well students performed on AP tests.
Gold medal winner CAMS accepts student applications from 80 middle schools in 11 participating districts. More than 37 percent of CAMS students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, yet they consistently achieve UC admission rates that are among the highest in California. In fact, the latest U.S. News rankings also list CAMS among the best economically disadvantaged schools in the nation.
CAMS also has earned the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award.
Earlier this year, Newsweek's annual rankings of America's top high schools included CAMS, Poly, Wilson, Millikan, Lakewood and Avalon high schools.