The California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) has again won the country’s top honor for public and private schools. CAMS is among 304 National Blue Ribbon schools announced recently by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
“America’s long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depend on our children receiving a world-class education,” Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow.”
CAMS is a repeat winner of the award, having earned National Blue Ribbon status in 2004.
“We’re so proud of our students, teachers, support staff, parents and many community partners,” CAMS Principal Janice Filer said. “This award validates all of our hard work. Many of our graduates are the first in their families to earn admission to college, and they’re attending top-tier universities. It’s gratifying to be recognized for the positive impact that we have upon so many young people.”
The Blue Ribbon award recognizes schools that are both academically superior and have demonstrated dramatic gains in student achievement, while serving an economically disadvantaged population of students.
CAMS is a high school run by the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills. The school placed 22nd out of 21,000 public high schools nationwide in a recent 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, according to a press release issued by LBUSD.