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CAMS Students on CBS Evening News

Students from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science are featured as success stories in a CBS Evening News segment on achievement gaps affecting African American males.

The CBS video and text, which remain available at, describe a recent study released by the Council of the Great City Schools showing that significant achievement gaps persist nationally among many male students who are African American. 

Black students at CAMS, however, were depicted as beating the odds.

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.

CAMS youngsters in CBS’s national story explained their drive to succeed.

"I just push myself to make sure I get there and that the generation behind me can look up to people like me," said student Jonathan Morant.

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