Sophia Perry fine-tuning a robot during a short break between classes at the California Academy of Mathematics (CAMS). File photo by Brian Addison.
A record six Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) high schools made U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list for 2015.
The California Academy of Mathematics (CAMS) received the top “gold medal” honor while the rest of the schools received the “silver medal” honor.
“Congratulations to our high schools on this national honor,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser in a statement. “This recognition validates the hard work that our schools are doing to expand access to Advanced Placement college prep courses. Some of the best high schools in the nation are right here at home.”
A Tuesday LBUSD news release revealed the study drew from data on student performance on state assessments, accounting for disadvantaged students’ test scores, and then ranked them nationally on college readiness. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data served as benchmarks for the rankings.
The six high schools that made the list include: CAMS (ranked 125 nationally), Avalon (ranked 799), Wilson (ranked 1,130), Millikan (ranked 1,417), Renaissance (ranked 1,431), and Long Beach Polytechnic (ranked 1,812).
According to the LBUSD website, the same six schools that were ranked, along with Lakewood High School, were included in a Washington Post ranking of the top 11 percent of schools in the country.
Last year, just CAMS and Renaissance made the list, according to LBUSD Public Information Officer Chris Eftychiou. He said the previous record involved four high schools—CAMS, Renaissance, Millikan, and Lakewood—making the list in 2013.