CAMS Wins National Blue Ribbon Award

The California Academy of Mathematics and Science this week was named a 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. CAMS was one of only 32 public high schools in the U.S. to receive this top national honor. "The Blue Ribbon Award is a watershed award," said principal Kathy Clark. "It validates a decade of hard work in establishing this school and the continuing excellent work of students, teachers and staff." CAMS won the award in the category of schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. To qualify, they must show dramatic improvement in student performance. CAMS could also have been nominated in the category of schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent on state tests. CAMS serves many underrepresented groups. Its students are often the first in their families to graduate from high school, to earn college admission, to win a scholarship--many of them earning full rides to top colleges and universities. More than 40 percent of CAMS students qualify for free or reduced price lunches because they come from low income families. But their performance is first rate--among the best of the best. In head-to-head competition with top schools in California, CAMS has one of the highest rates of admission to Stanford and UC campuses. Virtually all CAMS graduates go on to college. Most pursue math or science--disciplines that have traditionally been underrepresented among women and some minority groups.