The California Academy of Mathematics and Science has again won America’s top honor for individual schools. CAMS is among 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools announced this week by the U.S. Department of Education.
CAMS earned the award in 2004 and again in 2011.
“Congratulations to the entire CAMS community for upholding our proud tradition of national excellence,” CAMS Principal Wendy Poffenberger said. “Year after year this school makes a profound, positive difference in the lives of hundreds of students and their families. To be recognized again for these efforts on a national stage is great cause for celebration.”
CAMS, a high school run by the Long Beach Unified School District on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills, has earned numerous national honors in addition to its multiple National Blue Ribbon awards, including recognition by U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post and USA Today.
The CAMS mission is to increase the nation’s pool of college graduates in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) by offering an intensive college-preparatory education. The school serves a diverse student body of 685, who earn transferable university credit in grades 11 and 12 by taking college courses through CSUDH. Upon graduation, CAMS students have completed an average of 22 units of college or university credit.
College admission staff actively recruit CAMS students, with more than 60 colleges and universities providing CAMS with recruitment site visits each year.
The CAMS model is being replicated at the Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science, which opened in 2015 on the former campus of Hill Middle School in East Long Beach.