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Poly, CAMS Among Area's Best

A cover story on “L.A.’s Best High Schools” in the September edition of Los Angeles magazine includes Polytechnic High School and the California Academy of Mathematics and Science. The magazine points out that CAMS enables students to take the equivalent of five years of science as well as courses in logic, university-level calculus, digital electronics and computer design. CAMS is a regional high school at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Poly was praised for its “national reputation for producing scholars, artists and athletes.” Much of the school’s success grows out of its small-scale learning communities – academies that specialize in math and science, the humanities and business and technology. The school’s highly competitive PACE and CIC magnet programs are major feeders to the University of California system. “The Grammy Foundation has honored Long Beach Poly for having one of the nation’s best public school music departments,” the magazine states. “Its choral students have sung in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and at Lincoln Center in New York, and Sports Illustrated has named the athletic department tops in the United States.”