Paramount Unified School District, California

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Paramount Unified School District
Paramount, California
Paramount Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Herman M. Mendez
Graduation rate:79.2%
Number of schools:18
Budget: $257.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Sonya Cuellar
Board members:5
Term length:4
Paramount Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Paramount, California. It is the 10th largest school district in California, serving 15,929 students in 18 schools with an operating budget of $257.0 million.[1][2]

About the district

See also: Paramount Unified School District, California
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Paramount Unified School District is located in southern Los Angeles County, California in Paramount, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it was home to 54,098 residents.[3]


Paramount underperform the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Paramount was $42,831 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 8.2% of Paramount residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Paramount was 21.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 56.3% of Paramount residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[4]


Herman M. Mendez is the current Superintendent of Paramount Unified School District. He has served in this role since July 2013. Prior to serving in this role Mendez served as the Assistant Superintendent-Elementary Education with Santa Ana Unified School District. Mendez earned his Bachelor's degree and Master's degree from the California State University system. In 2011, he was recognized by the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators as the Outstanding Arts Education Administrator.[7]

School board

The Paramount Unified Board of Education is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8]

Paramount Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Sonya S. Cuellar At large 2017
Alicia Anderson At large 2017
Linda Garcia At large 2015
Vivian Hansen At large 2015
Tony Pena At large 2017

School board elections

See also: Paramount Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the Paramount Unified Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[9] Three seats were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be up for election in 2015.


Paramount Unified School District does not publish its annual budget on its website.[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $104,227,022 46.3% $4,026,899 1.8% $16,929,691 7.5% $4,160,932 1.8% $95,875,691 42.6% $225,220,235
Averages: $104,227,022 46% $4,026,899 2% $16,929,691 8% $4,160,932 2% $95,875,691 43% $225,220,235

Teacher salaries

Paramount Unified School District employed 595 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Paramoiunt Teachers Association for 2011 through 2014:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 44,636 73,049
BA + 30 46,868 76,327
BA + 45 or MA 49,211 79,768
BA + 60 w/MA 51,672 83,384
BA + 75 w/ MA 54,256 87,179

Schools in Paramount Unified School District


Paramount Unified School District serves 15,929 students in 18 schools.[1]

District schools

Paramount Unified School District operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Academic performance

California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA) and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), measures the achievement of California content standards for grades 2-11. STAR results include English and mathematics in grades 2-11, science in grades 5 and 8-11 and history/social science in grades 8, 10 and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are five STAR benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students. The following table compares the percentage of district students who score at a "Proficient" or "Advanced" level with the statewide averages from the 2011-2012 school year.[13]

Contact information

Paramount Unified School District seal.jpg
Paramount Unified School District
15110 California Ave.
Paramount, CA 90723

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