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Frequently Asked Questions

What is CAMS?
The California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in the city of Carson. CAMS mission is to increase the number of students who enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math career fields.

Who can apply?
Applicants must live within the consortium attendance boundaries (see below) and must meet the minimum requirement to be considered for admissions. Public and private school students who live within the consortium attendance boundaries may apply.


What middle schools are in the consortium?
Any middle school in the Compton Unified, Hawthorne, Inglewood Unified, Lawndale, Lennox, Long Beach Unified, Lynwood Unified, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified, Torrance Unified, Wiseburn, and the following middle schools in the southeastern portion of the Los Angeles Unified School District: Bethune, Carnegie, Caroldale, Carver, Clay, Curtiss, Dana, Dodson, Drew, Edison, Fleming, Gage, Gompers, Harte, Mann, Markham, Muir, Nimitz, Peary, South Gate, White, and Wilmington. Private school students who live in the attendance area of the middle schools in the consortium are also eligible to apply.


What are the admission requirements to enter CAMS?
Admissions requirements are as follows: a strong academic record, which is good grades (especially in math and science), Algebra I, and counselor recommendation. Students who gain admissions to CAMS typically earned a 3.0 cumulative academic grade point average in middle school, A’s or B’s in math and science classes, and will need to score at the Met or Exceeded levels on California State Standards Test (SBAC).


When is the deadline for applications?
This year we will have an online application window, which opens on November 28, 2016. Applications are due Friday, December 23, 2016.


How many students apply, and how many are admitted?
CAMS receives 800 to 1,000 applications each year and starts the year with 175 ninth graders.


How can I learn more about CAMS?
A CAMS representative will visit the public middle schools in the consortium to make a presentation to eighth graders sometime in the fall (usually in October or November). CAMS also holds Community Information Day on November 5th from 9am-12pm. Small group tours are part of the Community Day.


What is the percentage of students going on to college? Where do they go?
CAMS first class of seniors graduated on June 11, 1994. Of all the CAMS graduates, about 95% have attended four-year colleges and universities right after graduation. They were admitted to and attended major colleges in the nation: Caltech, MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell, Stanford, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, to name a few.


What is the average class size?

The average class size for core classes (math, science, English and social science) is 35.

What is the required course of study for CAMS students?
All CAMS students take math, science, English and social science each year. Graduates complete four years of science, four years of math, which includes AP calculus or AP Statistics and two years of engineering. CAMS also requires two years of the same foreign language and recommends the completion of a full four years so that students submit highly competitive academic records when applying to college.


How much homework does the student have?
The amount of time each student spends on homework varies, but students should expect an average of about two to three hours per night plus weekend homework.


When can a CAMS student take university classes at CSUDH?
Students begin to take university classes once they are juniors and have maintained a B average in their CAMS classes the semester prior to university attendance. CAMS students have performed very well in university classes and on average earn 22 transferable university units by the time they graduate from high school.


What types of sports, clubs and extracurricular activities are offered at CAMS?
The sports program at CAMS is limited but provides an opportunity for all to participate. Team sports include cross-country, tennis, soccer, basketball, track and field, and volleyball. Dance club is offered year round. Students may join any of the numerous service and social clubs available at CAMS. Extracurricular activities take place throughout the year.


What are the school hours?
The school day begins at 8:30 AM and ends between 3:30 PM and 5:40PM depending on the student course load.


When does the school year begin and end?
The CAMS school year follows the university calendar. The school year usually starts during the last half of August and ends in early-June. CAMS observes traditional school holidays with the noted exception of an extended winter break of three weeks.


Do CAMS students wear uniforms?
Uniforms are not required at CAMS, but the school enforces the Long Beach Unified School District dress code.