Contents 1 General information 2 Campus 3 History 4 Notable alumni 5 Extra-Curricular Activities 6 Athletics 7 Admissions 8 References 9 External links

General information[edit] The California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) opened on the California State University at Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) campus in 1990, the product of partnerships among CSUDH, the California State University’s Chancellor’s Office, a consortium of eleven local school districts, and high tech and aerospace industries. Long Beach Unified School District serves as the managing school district fiscal agent. Today CAMS ranks in the top ten schools in California on the NCLB Academic Performance Index; its students score well above state and national averages on the math and verbal SATs. Average student daily attendance in 2003-04 was 98%. Attrition is less than 5% for all reasons, as opposed to a 50% drop-out rate in some local high schools, and 95% of CAMS students go on to four-year colleges and universities, including the most selective and prestigious in the nation. (Approximately 5% attend community colleges.)[citation needed] Entrance to the school is by application. CAMS faculty and students canvass all area middle schools, talk to students and parents, and invite qualified candidates and families to the school for Saturday interviews. Applicants must have scored above the 65th percentile in math and science, although English scores may be lower. Successful applicants have shown a keen interest in math and science, as evidenced in teacher recommendations and student projects. Although CAMS winnows about 175 students from about a thousand of 9th grade applicants each year, CAMS does not rank its applicants for acceptance, but accepts students from each of its 75 feeder schools including predominately inner-city middle schools. Its mission is to “defy the odds” and prove that students, especially those from academically deprived environments, can excel in math and science, given a setting that features integrated curriculum, teamwork, and real world applications of learning. Faculty refer to CAMS as a “talent development program.”[citation needed] Class size is relatively large, between 30-40 students. The school receives about $5,500 per student annually, placing CAMS is on par with the state average for high schools. (CAMS’s base funding is $4,400 per student; private donations and special legislative funding make up the rest.)

Campus[edit] Because CAMS is on the CSUDH campus, juniors and seniors may enroll in university courses (and some CAMS teachers teach at CSUDH). CAMS students may graduate with as many as 20 college credits—an advantage for students applying to selective colleges and/or advancing to early college graduation. Many of these students receive generous scholarship awards to help them afford higher education costs. The school oversees numerous internship and summer programs with business partners, matching students with professionals from an industry of the student’s choice. Mentors from local industry help bridge the gap between the classroom and the “real world,” inspiring students to think beyond high school. One mentor who is still in contact with students he mentored over the years said, “I am most tough on time management, which I think helped them be successful in their studies.”

History[edit] Created in 1990 by Dr. Clark, CAMS was originally composed of the Southern Academic Complex (SAC) and was relatively small in comparison to now. About six years ago new buildings were constructed to help accommodate the students better. Now phase II is complete. The last building was finished midway through the 2007-2008 school year. Only CAMS seniors are currently granted access to CSUDH's newly completed student union during lunch hours. Dr. Clark retired at the end of the 2006-2007 school year after having been principal for as long as the graduating class of 2007 had been alive. Dr. Filer, previously vice-principal, became the new principal beginning with the 2007-2008 school year. Dr. Filer retired at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, and Mr. Brown became the principal. CAMS also has a lot of social activities and clubs to participate in. A few include Robotics, Key Club, Engineering, Filmmakers Club, Photography Club, Biomed Club, the Tennis team, etc.

Notable alumni[edit] Chester Pitts - Seattle Seahawks left guard Leila Chirayath Janah - Social Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Samasource

Extra-Curricular Activities[edit] Students at CAMS enjoy a variety of extra-curricular activities including: Dance Team, Sports, Key Club, PI (Pacific Islander) Club, Chess Club, Math Club, M.E.Ch.A., CHEER Club, Computer Science Club, Pinoy Club, Black Student Alliance (BSA), Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), National Honor Society (NHS), Future Medical Professionals, CAMS Symphony, Future Business Leaders of America, Associated Student Body (ASB), Muevete, Fashion Club, Rocket Team, Remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) Team, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement), FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team, VEX Robotics Team, and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America. FRC, Vex Robotics, ROV, NSBE, and Rocket Team allow students to apply what they have learned in math, science, and engineering to create a product worthy of competition. MESA and the Robotics Program (FRC, VEX, and ROV) are the largest organizations at CAMS whose main focus is math and science. As freshmen, students must all sign up to participate in the MESA program. Even though majority of the students are not active participants, there are many freshmen who continue MESA from middle school. After freshmen year, students choose whether they would like to remain in the program. Those who actively participate in the program during all of their four years at CAMS, are truly dedicated to the program. Most students do not choose to continue with the MESA program after freshmen year. Students may also join HOSA, which has recently started in conjunction with the new Biotechnology pathway at CAMS. Students in the CAMS HOSA team may compete in multiple medical science categories such as medical terminology, medical math, biomedical debates, etc. at the State and National level. Since students are allowed membership in the VEX Robotics program beginning their sophomore year, most tend to join the robotics team that year. It is very challenging to actively participate in all three programs.

Athletics[edit] California Academy of Math & Science beat Animo 2-1 in a CIF Southern Section Division VII semifinal on 3/3/2010 at Beckham Field at the Home Depot Center. After its third Delphic League Championship in a row under 4th-year Head Coach Laurant and reaching a semifinal last year, top seed CAMS (17-2-1) advanced to its first CIF final, where it faced No. 2 seed Sierra Vista. In the last seconds of the game, Sierra Vista scored on a controversial cross to tie the game 1-1. The Royals went on to lose in penalty kicks 5-4. It marked the first CIF final for CAMS soccer and the school's second CIF team title game. The CAMS girls tennis team won the school's first CIF team title in 2006.

Admissions[edit] The school accepts residents from the following school districts:[4] Compton Unified School District Hawthorne School District Inglewood Unified School District Lawndale Elementary School District Lennox School District Long Beach Unified School District Lynwood Unified School District Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Torrance Unified School District Wiseburn School District Some areas of the Los Angeles Unified School District - The following middle school zones are eligible for application to CAMS: Bethune Carnegie Caroldale Carver Clay Curtiss Dana Dodson Drew Edison Fleming Gage Gompers Harte Mann Markham Muir Nimitz Peary South Gate White Wilmington In addition, any private school student zoned to any of the school districts or LAUSD middle schools above is also eligible to apply to and attend CAMS.

References[edit] ^ Blume, Howard (15 September 2011). "Local campuses named national 'blue ribbon' schools". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 September 2011.  ^ NEWSWEEK COVER: America's Best High Schools, 2006 ^ "California High Schools". U.S. News.  ^ California Academy Of Math and Science (CAMS)

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