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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
California Academy of Mathematics & Science is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Carson, CA. It has 667 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

California Academy of Mathematics & Science Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1310
385 responses
Average ACT
30
73 responses
AP Enrollment
56%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$78,580
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,464
National
$949
Median Home Value
$434,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.51 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.51 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 179 responses
Report
  • Dance Show, Taste of CAMS, Talent Show
    25%
  • Spirit Rally
    21%
  • Multicultural Fair
    18%
  • Holidays Around The World
    14%
  • Best of cams
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Interdisciplinary Project
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
667
Free or Reduced Lunch
46%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.56 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.56 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.56 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$98,542
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.3%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.66 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.66 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.66 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,636/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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I think CAMS provides a lot of opportunities for their students to grow in both academics and team-work skills. Be prepared to be really busy while going to this school, and if you're not, you're doing something wrong! It's essential to be involved in something here, whether it be in our robotics teams or other science programs. CAMS is also very specialized! Expect to take a lot of extra math and science classes, all of which will be more advanced compared to other curriculum in the district. It is also very important that you understand how you learn best, and you'll have to teach yourself a lot.
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Attending CAMS was one of the best decisions I ever made. From being exposed to a variety of different career paths including engineering, biotechnology, and medical biology, to being exposed to a melting pot of cultures and people, CAMS has definitely impacted my career choice and who I am as a person. The rigorous environment and college - like curriculum have prepared me to attend a four year university and pursue my Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, being surrounded by many like - minded individuals with the same tact and eagerness to learn as myself has allowed me to become more comfortable working in groups, subsequently developing my teamwork and leadership skills. Overall, CAMS, though heavily focused on engineering, is a well rounded school that thoroughly provides you with enough resources, including peer and college aids as well as access to university classes, to receive a quality education.
This high school has a very unique culture unlike any type of high school I have heard of before. Each year decides on their name and mascot, and this promotes a sort of singularity among the students. Also, due to the competitive atmosphere, students are encouraged to try hard and excel in their classes. One great opportunity available to CAMS students is the ability to take college classes as a high school student only 10 minutes away at CSUDH, which can prepare them for the college setting. There were a lot of fundamental changes which occurred throughout my experience at CAMS, mostly improving academic options or changes in administration, so I cannot speak about the current state of the school. For instance, new AP classes were introduced to sophomores when I was a senior, so I was unable to take them. Also, although there are numerous robotics and diverse clubs to try, sports potential is pretty lackluster.