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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 Unified Named to 2018 Advanced Placement Honor Roll

Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified School District was named to the 2018 Advanced Placement Honor Roll on Dec. 6 for boosting access to AP courses to a broader number of students while maintaining or improving AP exam passing rates. The College Board, which awards the honor, recognized just 34 California districts and 447 districts across the U.S. and Canada Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified Elementary Students Learn Joys of Music through Harmony Project

Follow-up Story: An extracurricular enrichment program is music to the ears of nearly 200 Paramount Unified School District elementary school students participating in the Harmony Project, where they are learning that their ABCs do more than create words, but also comprise the notes and chords that are the building blocks of music. Harmony Project students from 10 PUSD elementary schools are learning how to care for and maintain a brass or woodwind instrument, the fundamentals of reading music, and the proper placement and technique needed to produce musical effects. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified Accepting 2017-18 Applications for New STEM High School

Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified will accept applications through Friday, Jan. 19 for the new Odyssey STEM Academy, a high school launching in Lakewood that will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Odyssey will begin with a freshman class of about 150 students in 2018-19. Students will be selected Feb. 12 through a lottery, with families living within District boundaries receiving priority. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified Celebrates Drug-Free Culture during Red Ribbon Week

Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified students have reaffirmed their pledge to be drug-free during Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign that promotes drug prevention. Paramount High School students created tie-dyed shirts, Raymond Collins students donned wigs and ribbons during “crazy hair day,” and schools across the District enjoyed special assemblies to observe the week, which runs from Oct. 23-31. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount Unified Elementary Inspires Literacy during Book Fair

Follow-up Story: Wesley Gaines Elementary School first-grader Julia Roman couldn’t wait to get her hands on her favorite book, “How Do Dinosaurs Write Their ABCs with Chalk.” Roman was one of the many Wesley Gaines students who took thrill in the school’s annual Book Fair, held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in the school’s library. Students  received special access to nearly 3,000 books, as well as school supplies and posters. All sales raised money for student services. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount High Students Have Clearer Outlook After Receiving New Eyeglasses

Follow-up Story: Nearly 300 Paramount High School students have clearer outlooks on their future after receiving new eyeglasses on Oct. 20, a service provided by Vision to Learn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating vision issues as a barrier to education. This is the second year Vision to Learn has distributed the eyewear, through a partnership with the District and the Paramount Rotary Club. PUSD elementary school students received free eyeglasses in 2016-17. One in four adolescents in the U.S. suffers from common vision ailments that can be corrected with glasses. Studies show student who are provided with proper eyeglasses participate more in class, demonstrate better behavior and dramatically improve their self-confidence. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Set for Renovations and New Learning Tools through Measure I Bond Funds

Paramount Unified has launched into its first round of facilities improvements funded by the $106 million Measure I, replacing air conditioning systems and providing students with new technology that has enhanced the District’s learning environment. Since the city came together to pass Measure I, which funds updates, repairs and modernization of all of the District’s schools, Paramount Unified has been able to upgrade the air conditioning at Roosevelt Elementary and demolish the old portable at Captain Raymond Collins Elementary which will be updated with new ones. This fall, the Paramount High School West Campus has begun a modernization project that will improve classrooms and upgrade building structures. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified Donates School Items for Areas Hurt by Hurricanes

Students, staff and teachers at Paramount Unified’s Frank J. Zamboni Middle School collected boxes of pencils, pens, notebooks and other items to aid two Houston area middle schools – Crockett and Woodcreek – damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Zamboni’s seventh-grade AVID program spearheaded the efforts, reaching out to the community from Sept. 18-29. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

20-plus Colleges Visit Paramount Unified for District College Fair

Follow-up Story: Nearly 1,000 students, parents and college representatives packed into the Paramount High School Gymnasium for District’s inaugural College Fair. More than 20 university representatives were in attendance, including UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Davis and UC Riverside, CSU Long Beach and Fullerton, Azusa Pacific University, Chapman University and the U.S. Naval Academy. Students asked questions about the college experience while parents attended workshops on admission requirements and financial aid. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)