U.S News and World Report’s newest rankings this week listed the California Academy of Mathematics and Science as the top high school in California. CAMS is operated by the Long Beach Unified School District on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills.
“We’re so excited to be named the top high school in California,” CAMS Principal Wendy Poffenberger said. “This ranking is especially meaningful to us because 46 percent of our students are economically disadvantaged, and our minority student population is 93 percent. Our students, their families and our dedicated staff are beating the odds, and they deserve this special recognition.”
CAMS ranked 11th in the nation.
Also earning their place on the rankings were Avalon, Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, McBride, Millikan, Poly, Renaissance and Wilson high schools. Alternative education schools Beach High School, Educational Partnership High School and Reid High School were listed as well. View the full list at usnews.com/education. Long Beach’s newest high school, Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science, was not yet ranked because the methodology used graduation data from 2017-18. At Sato, the Class of 2019 was the first group to graduate.
The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. The ranking methodology takes a holistic approach to evaluating schools, focusing on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. “College readiness” is measured by participation and performance on Advanced Placement and IB exams.