The California Academy of Mathematics and Science is among only 16 schools nationwide to earn a 2010-11 Model Schools Award. The award was announced by nonprofit Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a top provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum.
The winners were selected from 4,200 eligible schools.
CAMS is home to a PLTW Pathways To Engineering program that opens students’ eyes to fields in engineering, design, manufacturing, electronics and more. Students learn and apply the design process, using the same industry-leading 3-D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences. They design, test and construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets.
The model schools were selected based on the high quality of their programs, excellent relationships with businesses, colleges and universities, outstanding communications and outreach, solid professional development and a high level of student engagement. A national panel evaluated each school.
“The California Academy of Mathematics and Science, with a highly diverse student population and a 95 percent college entrance rate, is a comprehensive high school integrating the PLTW Engineering curriculum throughout their rigorous and innovative college-preparatory curriculum,” said Judy D’Amico, PLTW western regional director. “The visionary leadership of the administration, along with the staff’s creative and powerful teaching, actively engages and supports students committed to becoming thoughtful and productive members of our global and technological world.”
"We are excited to recognize these schools for their exemplary work with students on a daily basis,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “Teachers in these classes are inspiring students and unlocking their potential for success and achievement. This work does not happen in isolation. The community, business, and industry partnerships that make this work possible should be commended as well."
PLTW's curriculum has been designed by teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students.
CAMS is a high school run by the Long Beach Unified School District 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. Last month, CAMS accepted its second National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more CAMS.