Award Year: 2017

California Academy of Mathematics and Science

1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA, 90747-0001

(310) 243-2025

Dr. Wendy Poffenberger, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Long Beach Unified School District

School Website


California Academy of Mathematics and Science, a comprehensive public four-year high school, seeks to increase the nationís pool of graduates in mathematics and science.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 7%
  • Hispanic: 41%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 30%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 40%
The Rebel Center

The Rebel Center

The California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) is a comprehensive four-year high school located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). The CAMS mission is to increase the nation's pool of college graduates in the fields of science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) by offering an intensive college preparatory education to motivated high school students. It serves a diverse student body of 685 students, who earn transferable university credit in grades 11 and 12 by taking college courses through CSUDH. Upon graduation, CAMS students have completed an average of 22 units of college and/or university credit.

The required CAMS curriculum, which includes Engineering and Biotechnology pathways, far exceeds the University of California admission requirements and includes interdisciplinary projects that focus on real-world problem solving and collaboration as well as internship opportunities. To support our students in their rigorous course load, the CAMS Rebel Center offers help from qualified college aides and peer tutors in the areas of math, science, and writing across the curriculum. Much of the support in the Rebel Center is provided by our paid peer tutors, thus providing students with on-site work experience.

Nearly all CAMS students go on to four-year universities immediately following high school graduation. College admission staff actively recruit CAMS students with more than 60 colleges and universities conducting recruitment site visits each year. CAMS offers an excellent education for high school students considering careers in STEM fields.