May 20, 2005
The Achiever, a national publication of the U.S. Department of Education, featured the exemplary success of CAMS, the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, in its May 1 issue. The front-page story, "The Variable that Makes the Difference," describes CAMS’ cohorts, small groups of 30 students who move together from class to class, building a support system that helps them excel.
CAMS, a 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School, accepts applications from students from 80 middle schools in 11 participating districts—usually coming from the top 30 percent of their class. More than 40 percent of CAMS students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, yet they have a remarkable UC admission rate of 68.6 percent, among the highest in California.
The article reported:
"By the time they graduate (from CAMS), students have completed the equivalent of six years of science, four years of math and, on average, have earned 22 college credits. Ninety-four percent of CAMS graduates go on to college.
"CAMS students participate in more than 40 clubs, including Key Club, the BioMed Club and the National Honor Society. This year, 50 CAMS students completed the Los Angeles Marathon."