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 Unified Educators Rekindle Passion through Thought Exercise

Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified teachers and principals are starting the new school year with a critical question: Why are they in education? Superintendent Dr. Ruth Pérez posed the question during a districtwide staff meeting on Aug. 14 and is requiring principals to share their answer with their schools. The exercise is helping educators at each school reflect on what makes them passionate and reaffirm the things that motivate them to do their best. By re-examining the past, Paramount Unified educators are communicating to students and the community that working in education has meaning beyond a career choice. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount Students Return to New Laptops, Updated Facilities and Engineering Courses on Aug. 16

Paramount Unified will welcome over 15,000 students on Wednesday, Aug. 16, the first day of the 2017-18 school year for all 18 elementary, middle and high schools. Paramount middle schools will debut Amplify, a digital ELA reading comprehension program, while expanding Project Lead The Way engineering classes to seventh-graders and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college-prep electives to sixth-graders. Students district-wide will attend pep rallies and expectation assemblies, while parents will meet with school administrators. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

Paramount Board Names New High School Odyssey STEM Academy

Paramount Unified’s Board of Education on Sept. 25 announced that the name of its new high school will be the Odyssey STEM Academy. The school will open for the 2018-19 school year in Lakewood, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In July, the Board selected four potential names for the school with the help of public input. The other three finalist names – Bessie Coleman, Rosalind Franklin and Nicola Tesla – will be represented through dedicated campus buildings. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Reaffirms Commitment to College-Going Culture with Participation in AVID Summer Institute

Follow-up Story: Nearly 100 Paramount Unified School District administrators, faculty and staff attended the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Summer Institute held in Anaheim from July 5-7. The District has been phasing in the college preparatory study elective over the last three years to encompass all four PUSD middle schools as well as ninth- and tenth-grade students at Paramount High School. At the AVID Summer Institute, teachers attend specialized classes, or strands, to learn how to best implement the program in their classrooms. Four students from Jackson Middle School were selected to make presentations on how AVID has helped them with their study, organizational and critical thinking skills. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified Names New Principal for High School Senior Campus

Follow-up Story: Paramount Unified’s Board of Education on June 26 appointed Mike Ono as principal of Paramount High School Senior Campus. Ono takes over for interim Principal Damon Dragos, who stepped into the leadership role in March. This fall, the senior campus will serve about 3,500 sophomores, juniors and seniors this fall. Ono most recently served as principal at Leuzinger High School in the Centinela Valley Union High School District. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount High Graduate Overcomes Adversity to Fulfill Dream of Giving Back to Community

Follow-up Story: 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)Read More Photos

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