The California Academy of Mathematics and Science was recertified as a Linked Learning pathway this summer, meaning that the school meets rigorous standards for combining strong academics, demanding technical education and real-world experience in a pathway centered on an industry theme.
To achieve certification, a pathway or academy must meet rigorous criteria developed by representatives from Linked Learning partner organizations, including the National Academy Foundation, the National Career Academy Coalition, the Career Academy Support Network, The Education Trust-West, ConnectEd, business and industry, and other organizations interested in Linked Learning.
The certification report commended the teachers at CAMS.
“Teachers continue their commitment to observe one another’s teaching, sharing their resources, and giving and receiving feedback to improve their instructional practices,” the report stated. CAMS teachers also “maximize their weekly planning time to discuss and support students in need.”
In 2010, the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy at Jordan became the first of two programs statewide to earn the certification. LBUSD’s certified pathways now include ACE and BESTT at Jordan, COMPASS and PEACE at Millikan High School, CAMS, and Pac-Rim at Poly High School.
CAMS, a high school run by the Long Beach Unified School District on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills, has earned numerous national honors, including recognition by U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post, USA Today and the U.S. Department of Education. CAMS is being replicated as the Sato Academy of Math and Science in East Long Beach, where freshmen and sophomores are now enrolled.