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Paramount Unified School District

  • Two Paramount Unified Middle Schools Recognized as 2020 Schools to Watch

    Two Paramount Unified Middle Schools - Alondra and Leona Jackson - have been recognized as 2020 Schools to Watch for academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs of students and commitment to connecting with students one-on-one to ensure high achievement. The honor, conferred by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform network, is the third time the schools have been designated as Schools to Watch. Alondra and Jackson were previously recognized in 2014 and 2017.

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  • Paramount Unified Students Participate in Special Assembly with Focus on Positive Campus Culture

    More than 700 Paramount High School students came together during a five-day Breaking Down the Walls event meant to encourage a campus culture of understanding, inclusivity and positivity. Breaking Down the Walls is a program sponsored and led by the nonprofit organization Learning For Living, which seeks to create a thriving school culture where everyone works together to stay engaged, excited and empowered.

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  • Paramount Unified Sends Record High Number of Graduates to Colleges

    Paramount Unified graduates increased college enrollment by 8 percentage points when 69 percent of 2019 graduates enrolled in colleges this fall as the District continues to strengthen programs that lead to college success. The new high of students enrolled in four-year or two-year colleges is up from 61 percent a year ago. The District also set a new record for students enrolled in the California State University (CSU) system after 493 graduates from the summer graduating class were admitted to the system.

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Paramount Unified Students Reach New High in College Enrollment

Paramount Unified students reached a new high in college enrollment numbers this past year as 69% of 2019 graduates enrolled in colleges this fall – a nearly 10% jump from 2018. The District has achieved the boost through annual college fairs, college prep curriculum and by waiving the cost of PSAT/SAT tests to make them accessible for all students.

Paramount High School Welcomes 8th-graders for Meet and Greet

Paramount High School West Campus welcomed eighth-graders from Leona Jackson and Alondra middle schools on Nov. 12 when they hosted the young students for an orientation event. The PHS band and dancers performed for the middle school students, who also visited classrooms and connected with high school students.

Paramount Unified School District Student Wins Third Place in Culinary Excellence Competition

Paramount High School senior Jerardo “JJ” Valle’s passion for combining ingredients to create the perfect dish propelled him to a third-place finish in the sixth annual Marukan Cup of Culinary Excellence competition. Valle earned a prize of $250 for exceptional taste, presentation and creativity. His entrée featured gourmet chicken tacos topped with juicy peppers and pineapple, paired with roasted potatoes and a citrus cabbage slaw. Valle was inspired to incorporate a salsa from Yucatán, Mexico, after he tasted it during a trip there four years ago.

Paramount Unified Provides Students with Free Eyeglasses

Alondra Middle School students received free eyeglasses on Oct. 25 through the District’s partnership with Vision To Learn, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating vision issues as a barrier to education. Students went through free screenings in the fall before receiving the glasses. VTL specialists joined staff members to distribute the glasses.

Paramount Seniors Honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Paramount High School senior Rebecca Mejia has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar and seniors Edward Quezada and Jocelyn Ureña have received certificates from the National Hispanic Recognition Program for outstanding scholastic achievement. Mejia was recognized for finishing near the top 34,000 in the U.S. in the 2018 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. A four-year varsity cross country athlete, she maintains a 4.41 GPA and hopes to pursue environmental studies at UC Davis. She also created a green club among her cross country team members that picks up trash at Paramount High School’s West Campus.

Paramount Unified Students Studies Careers through Internship Program

Students at Paramount Unified’s Odyssey STEM Academy are learning from successful professionals in a variety of careers through the school’s eight-week Living to Learn internship programs. Students spend two days per week in their fields of study with mentors who immerse them in real-world careers.

Paramount Unified College Fair Prepares Students for Higher Education

Patricia Lopez wanted her seventh-grade daughter to get an early start on learning about potential colleges. Paramount High School freshman Alexia Jimenez knows exactly what she’s looking for in higher education, she just wants to find the right school. Both found more than enough valuable information to help them plan for success during the third annual K-12 College Fair on Oct. 2 at Paramount High School.

Paramount Unified K-12 College Fair to Prepare Families for Higher Education

Paramount Unified students and families will be inspired to pursue a path to college success when the District hosts its third annual College Fair. Attendees will be greeted by representatives from more than 20 colleges as they receive valuable information to help them plan for higher education. Parents will also take part in a number of workshops that offer expert advice. Topics will include information on academic opportunities, financial aid, scholarships and the college transfer process.

Paramount Park Teacher Named One of LA County Teachers of Year

Paramount Park Middle School teacher Felicia Akuamoah was named one of 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year by Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo during an awards banquet on Sept. 20. Akuamoah is a language arts teacher known for her ability to connect with students. The honored teachers are eligible for the California Teachers of the Year competition this fall.

Paramount Unified College Fair to Prepare Students for Higher Education

Approximately 1,000 Paramount Unified K-12 students and their parents will learn how to plan for higher education at the District’s third annual College Fair from 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Paramount High School’s Senior Campus, 14429 Downey Ave., Paramount. More than 30 colleges will provide information on academic opportunities, financial aid, scholarships and the admission process.