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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 Elementary Students to Compete in Battle of the Books

Students at Paramount Unified’s Captain Raymond Collins Elementary School engaged in a Battle of the Books challenge on Jan. 31, boosting literacy and fostering team spirit. Inspired by the annual District event, which will take place on June 2 and feature 11 schools, Collins Elementary hosts battles throughout the year in front of an audience of students, staff and parents. Winners selected Jan. 31 will meet once a week as part of the Collins Book Club and gradually be narrowed to six students who will participate in the June tournament. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Middle School AVID Students Sample College Life at USC

Follow-up Story: Students from Paramount Unified’s Zamboni Middle School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college-readiness program received a taste of college life when they took a guided tour of the USC campus on Jan. 23. Nearly 50 Zamboni seventh- and eighth-grade AVID students visited the Rossier School of Education, the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication, the John McKay Center and the USC Bookstore. The students received school lanyards, posed questions to USC students and lunched in the school cafeteria. Photos are available. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Middle School, UCLA Partner on Literacy Program

Jefferson Middle School has teamed up with UCLA to launch the inaugural Get Your A’s Up Literacy Academy for sixth- through eighth-grade African-American students. The program is designed for students to experience the enjoyment and power of literacy through a variety of team building, reading, dialogue and problem-solving activities. Every Friday, students meet with UCLA California Reading and Literature Project Director Shervaughnna Anderson-Byrd to discuss assigned program texts. The program will culminate with a field trip to UCLA this spring and a literature celebration. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount High Alumni Inspire Jackson Middle School Students to Complete 5K Run

Follow-up Story: Using teamwork to inspire healthy lifestyle choices, two Paramount High School Class of 2009 graduates returned to Leona Jackson Middle School as volunteer coaches for Girls on the Run, an after-school program geared toward empowering young girls to make positive choices in their lives while they train for a 5K run. Gabby Robles and Letti Sandoval met with 15 Jackson fourth- and fifth-graders twice a week for 10 weeks as they prepared for a 5K run at Dockweiler State Beach on Dec. 11. Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit organization that emphasizes empowerment and responsibility for pre-teen and teenage girls. Each after-school practice doubles as a life lesson for the participants, using positive reinforcement to build the stamina needed to complete a three-mile run. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified Alum Inspires Female Students to Find Inner Strengths

Follow-up Story: Paramount High School graduate Gabby Robles returned to the District as a coach for the nonprofit Girls on the Run, seeking to inspire girls in fourth and fifth grades to recognize their inner strengths and forge a positive self-image through health and fitness accomplishments. Robles met with students at Leona Jackson Middle School twice a week throughout spring 2016 for training sessions that bolstered their self-esteem and challenged them to establish long-term goals for their lives and accomplish them. The training culminated in a 5K run at Dockweiler State Beach on Dec. 11. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount High School Receives Special Visit from Tuskegee Airman

Follow-up Story: Paramount High School received a special visit on Dec. 3 from Lt. Col. Robert J. Friend, one of the Tuskegee Airmen who served in World War II. Friend spoke about his time as one of the first African-American aviators in the U.S. armed forces. Social science teacher Anthony Morelli coordinated the event after meeting Friend at an airshow. Friend spoke with nearly 250 students during a question-and-answer session and presented a video about the Airmen. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Paramount High Promise Staff Visits 4 Campuses to Glean Curriculum Ideas

The Paramount High School Promise staff has visited McBride High School in Long Beach, Da Vinci Schools in El Segundo, High Tech Los Angeles and Del Lago Academy in Escondido, meeting with school staff to glean curriculum ideas. The Promise staff consists of 29 teachers, staff, parents and community members dedicated to expanding learning opportunities for the District’s nearly 5,000 high school students. The team is building relationships across the state to inspire improvements for Paramount students. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Paramount Unified First-Graders Inspire Teacher to Publish Children’s Book

Amber Bronder, a teacher at Paramount Unified’s Harry Wirtz Elementary School, has published her first book, “Penny the Pup’s Day at the Beach,” inspired by the encouragement of her first-graders and an adorable Goldendoodle. The book details the fictional adventures of Bronder’s real-life pet, Penny, as she gets separated from a wedding party at a local beach. The book was released Nov. 23, and is available through online booksellers Blurb and Amazon. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Three Paramount Schools Designated as Schools to Watch

Alondra, Jackson and Zamboni middle schools have been designated as Schools to Watch by the California Middle Grades Alliance (CMGA) for their high performance and impact. The California Schools to Watch program selects middle schools as models, critiquing academics, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

Paramount Unified Elementary School Honored as Golden Bell Award Winner

Paramount Unified’s Jefferson Elementary School has received a Golden Bell from the California School Boards Association (CSBA) for an instructional program that fosters professional development and improves curriculum. The “Growth Mindset is Paramount” program applies professional development with support from academic coaches and processes that include learning walks, grade-level collaboration and site-based professional learning. The CSBA Golden Bell Awards, now in their 37th year, promote excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs and practices. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos