CA School News Report

Paramount Unified School District

  • 15110 California Ave., Paramount, CA 90723 • 562-602-6000
  • Paramount Unified operates 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, one K-8 school, two high schools and alternative education programs. Paramount Unified School District strives to be an exemplary district. In order to achieve this, all stakeholders of the District must have a clear sense of its goals. They must seek out, understand, and emulate the characteristics of exemplary schools and be ready to contribute their knowledge and talents to transform this vision into a reality.

  • Superintendent: Dr. Ruth Perez
  • Board of Trustees: Linda Garcia, president; Vivian Hansen, vice president/clerk; Alicia Anderson, board member; Sonya Cuellar, board member, Tony Pena, board member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 15,547

Paramount High Graduate Overcomes Adversity to Fulfill College Dream

Paramount High School 2017 salutatorian Gabriel A. Garcia was 5 years old when his grandmother died, leaving his mother to care for her 10 younger siblings, Garcia and his younger brother. After completing high school with a 4.49 GPA and serving as the first president of the City of Paramount Youth Commission, Garcia is headed to UCLA in fall to pursue a degree in psychobiology. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount High Patient Care Pathway Prepares Students for Medical Field

Follow-up Story: Paramount High School graduate Angie Camez just completed her school’s Patient Care Pathway program and is ecstatic about the prospect of using her skills in her journey to become a pediatrician. The pathway is a four-year gauntlet of office work, medical techniques and more than 170 hours of medical clinic work. For the last nine years, Paramount High’s Patient Care Pathway program has provided thousands of students with an in-depth look into the medical industry. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Students Work with International Artists during Art Showcase

Follow-up Story: More than 120 fifth-graders from Paramount Unified’s Wirtz Elementary School celebrated a showcase of their artistic talents with parents, educators and professional artists on June 5 during the school’s eighth annual art show. Four fifth-grade classes prepared for nine months by producing monthly art assignments that centered on the work of 10 modern-day artists. A selection of student pieces was sent to every artist to critique. More than 30 students were recognized and received signed paintings, posters and sketches from the participating artists. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount High School Celebrates Nearly 1,000 Senior Graduates

Follow-up Story: Nearly 1,000 Paramount High School seniors took the stage to accept their graduate diplomas during an evening ceremony on June 8. The celebration featured speeches by salutatorian Gabriel A. Garcia, co-valedictorians Arlene Aleman and Jesus Salazar along with Superintendent Dr. Ruth Pérez. The ceremony was held in Paramount’s 6,000-seat stadium where the school’s band and choir performed for an audience of family members and friends. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

Paramount High School Seniors Receive City PEP Scholarship

Paramount Education Partnership (PEP) will award 36 graduating seniors from Paramount High School scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. A collaborative effort that includes Paramount Unified, the city of Paramount and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce, PEP scholarships aim to make higher education accessible to all students. Scholarship winners will be recognized at Paramount High School’s annual Awards Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 30. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Senior Becomes First Ever Paramount High School Student to Earn Division I Softball Scholarship

Paramount High School senior Desiree Renteria will signed a letter of intent to play Division I softball for Howard University during a special ceremony on May 17. Renteria is an honors student with a 3.9 GPA who is set to complete Paramount’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Patient Care Pathway Medical program and attend Howard on a full scholarship. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Senior Overcomes Challenges to Win $40,000 Edison International Scholarship

Follow-up Story: Paramount High School senior Arlene Aleman on April 13 was named one of just 30 to receive a $40,000 Edison International Scholarship. Arlene, who plans to study physics at Stanford in fall, is a standout student who maintains a 4.5 GPA. The Edison Scholarship is open to exceptional Southern California students who display financial need and plan to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degrees at an accredited four-year college or university. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Elementary School Celebrates Asian, Pacific American Heritage

Follow-up Story: Students from Paramount Unified’s Major Lynn Mokler Elementary School gathered with families on May 26 to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American history. Close to 50 Mokler students worked with their families to research pivotal figures of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage while teachers and children performed traditional Thai, Hawaiian and Samoan dances. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified Students Perform on the Big Stage at Spring Concert

Follow-up Story: Parents, families and teachers gathered as students from Paramount Unified’s Wirtz Elementary School performed lively classics for the spring concert on April 26. Each grade level sang popular numbers like “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” Students in kindergarten through fourth grade performed two songs each. The annual performance included woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Hollydale K-5 Students Receive Visit from Former L.A. Clippers Star for Reading Excellence

Follow-up Story: Hollydale School K-5 students who amassed more than 500,000 minutes of reading received a special visit from former NBA star Lamond Murray on April 6, after Hollydale was declared the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers 2017 Read to Achieve Minutes Challenge. Murray read to the top 100 Hollydale students and discussed the value of literacy. Hollydale’s top reader for the first-grade class, Noah Pareles, was one of 10 L.A. County elementary school students to be named a Clippers Community Kid and member of the Reading All-Star team. Pareles received his honor during the March 29 Clippers game versus the Washington Wizards. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos