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CAMS principal lauds students, families, staff after LBUSD school named top in state

“They deserve this special recognition,” she said.

One of Long Beach Unified’s high schools has made it to the top.

Wendy Poffenberger, principal at California Academy of Mathematics and Science, lauded students, families and staff after the U.S. News & World Report ranked the LBUSD magnet school as the best in the state. The 2020 rankings also listed CAMS, located on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus in Carson, as the 11th best in the nation late Monday, April 20.

“We’re so excited to be named the top high school in California,” Poffenberger said in a statement Tuesday morning.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 24,000 high schools and ranked nearly 18,000 of them on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates.

CAMS also came in at seventh in the list of best magnet schools in the U.S.

“This ranking is especially meaningful to us because 46% of our students are economically disadvantaged, and our minority student population is 93%,” Poffenberger said. “Our students, their families and our dedicated staff are beating the odds, and they deserve this special recognition.”

Avalon, Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, McBride, Millikan, Poly, Renaissance and Wilson high schools were also included in the state list, as were alternative education schools Beach High School, Educational Partnership High School and Reid High School.

Southern California had two of the top 20 high schools in the nation and five of the top 10 in California, including the three best. CAMS, Cypress’s Oxford Academy and Cerritos’ Whitney High School occupied the top three spots in the California rankings.

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