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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 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

Paramount High School Students Showcase Artwork at Microsoft Store during Public Event

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)Read More Photos

Roosevelt Elementary Students Learn Future Possibilities at Annual College and Career Day

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)Read More Photos

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)Read More Photos

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)