The California Academy of Mathematics and Science is among a list of 33 California schools nominated by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell this month for the national Blue Ribbon Schools award.
“The schools I have nominated to the U.S. Department of Education have stepped up to the challenge of closing the achievement gap and are deserving of this prestigious national honor,” O’Connell said.
“They were selected because of their success over the last five years in increasing the percentage of their students achieving at the proficient and advanced levels in mathematics and English-language arts,” O’Connell said. “I heartily congratulate all those who contributed to this success, including parents, teachers, staff and administrators and, of course, the students themselves.”
The winning schools are scheduled to be announced next September by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
CAMS is a high school run by the Long Beach Unified School District on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills. The school placed 22nd out of 21,000 public high schools nationwide in last year’s U.S. News and World Report ranking of America’s top high schools, and it has received wide acclaim for the academic achievement of its minority students, including students from low-income families.
The Blue Ribbon Schools honor recognizes schools that are both academically superior and have demonstrated dramatic gains in student achievement, while serving an economically disadvantaged population of students. Winners are considered to be national models of excellence for other schools to emulate.