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Paramount Unified School District

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  • 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 School Student Wins $40,000 Edison Scholarship

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 MIT 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: Valerie Martinez, Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

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)

Paramount Unified Reading Success Earns Visit from Former NBA Star

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)

Microsoft Store Showcases Artwork of Paramount High Students

Follow-up Story: More than 100 parents, teachers and customers of a Microsoft store gathered to view artwork produced by students of Paramount High School’s career technical education (CTE) program during a special show in the Cerritos Mall on April 15. Works were digitally displayed and included a diverse collection of anti-bullying messages, scenic photography and graphic portraits. The public voted on top projects in the categories of graphic arts, photography and video. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

700 Paramount Unified Students Explore Careers

Follow-up Story: A mix of professionals from all walks of life visited Roosevelt Elementary students to inspire them for the school’s annual College and Career Day on April 6. Paramount Mayor Peggy Lemons joined Paramount High School students in sharing stories of their scholastic paths. Roosevelt students heard presentations and asked questions about potential professions. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount High School to Provide Free SATs to Juniors

Nearly 1,300 Paramount Unified School District juniors from Paramount and Buena Vista high schools will take the SATs at no cost on Wednesday, April 5 as the District strengthens its culture of college preparedness. The $43 registration fee will be waived for all students. In October, Paramount Unified spent $75,000 to provide free PSATs to more than 5,000 students and ensure the District was prepared for the spring test. SAT prep courses were also offered in February. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount to Issue New Laptops to Freshmen as Part of Tech Plan

More than 1,200 Paramount High School freshmen will be greeted with new Google Chromebook laptops this April as part of the District’s new tech implementation plan, which aims to provide a personal technology device to every student in grades three and higher by 2020. Paramount’s West Campus will serve be the first to pilot the new devices as the District gradually introduces Google Chromebooks over the next three years. To support the new technology, Paramount Unified has formed a partnership with Schoology, which provides a management system that will allow teachers to post assignments and lessons online, making them accessible to parents and students. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount Unified to Celebrate Unity Day with Human Rights Leaders

Follow-up Story: More than 500 students and Paramount community members came together for the District’s seventh Annual Unity Day on March 18 at Paramount High School. Held by the high school’s Unity Club Gay/Straight Alliance, the mini conference featured guest speakers, music and resources for LGBT students, suicide prevention and anti-bullying. California Sen. Ricardo Lara spoke of staying true to oneself and pursuing goals. Paramount Superintendent Ruth Pérez watched students perform musical performances. Short films “Creating Gender Inclusive Schools” and “Raising Zoey” were shown while directors and stars of the films conducted a Q-&-A for the audience. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

March Madness Contest to Raise Funds for Paramount Unified Students

Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified School District completed its inaugural March Madness fundraiser, with schools competing against each other to raise more than $80,000 for the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP), which provides scholarships to Paramount students. Jackson Middle School, which originated the format in 2016, was the champion, raising more than $31,000 through raffles and online donations. PEP is a collaborative effort between PUSD, the City of Paramount and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount Unified Middle School Students Tour Colleges

Follow-up Story: Nearly 500 students from Paramount Unified’s Frank J. Zamboni and Alondra middle schools recently toured college campuses as part of efforts to inspire college aspirations. Alondra sent nearly 325 seventh-graders on tours of UCLA on March 6-8. Sixty students and staff members from Zamboni toured California State University, Fullerton on March 9 as part of the school’s California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP). Photos are available. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)