School Details

Paramount High School

14429 South Downey Avenue, Paramount, CA 90723
(562) 602-6067
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 5015 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Paramount Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Paramount High School is a public high school in Paramount. The principal of Paramount High School is Greg Buckner, who can be contacted at gbuckner@paramount.k12.ca.us. 5,015 students go to Paramount High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 20% of the Paramount High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 81% of the 5,015 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Paramount High School is 21:1. Paramount Unified Community Day School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 10%
Hispanic 88% 84%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Filipino 0.7% 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Asian 0.6% 0.9%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.04% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.04% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 89%
Limited English proficiency 20% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    This school is great I've been going there over the summer and looks great! They have new building such as the field house where they have class rooms trophy hall equipment room locker rooms band room wrestling room and a weight room! They also have the new C.T.E. building where they have the medical class room the technology room and it think the engineering class rooms. This school is great many people underestimate it but when they go in they see great things!

  • (1 year ago)

    My school has a great team of sports enthusiasts consisting of students teachers coaches and parents. The comraderie is infectious and has had the greatest impact on the performance of all involved. I think everyone should know about Paramount High School sports program and the outstanding job the coaches do of leading the teams of athletes. The School's campus track is virtually new and an excellent venue for track meets and other sports. The teams work together to keep the campus unblemished. The sports program has inspired the youth in their development to strive for better and to remember sportmanship. Improvement would be to encourage more youth to join the sports program at the school which enhances development overall.

  • (1 year ago)

    School Stadium gymnasiums was recently upgraded looks like a College Stadium..Most improved school as far as I'm concerned..The next thing they need to upgrade is their cafeteria food. My daughter says the tacos and salads have no taste and are dried up a does not look fresh. That would be the next thing to upgrade. Menu and cafeteria. My daughter is a Freshman so I'm not sure what the quality of teachers or principals involvement is yet...but she has been in summer school and the tutoring was very good.. so far so good.

  • (2 years ago)

    PHS has been in my family since 1977-81 when my brother attended then I attended in 1987-91 my daughter is a graduate of 2008-12 etc... I still have children that will be attending soon. So to sum up this is a good school and would recommend to anyone. There aren't many highly rated schools People check out the ratings the teachers here really care for the most part of course there is always that few teachers that might have less inititave than others but that is anywhere you go. The people that made a bad comment are the one's that probably didn't do well and really didn't care no matter what school they attended or for the parents they weren't going to get involved anyway. So the storyline here it's great and it's getting better as the years pass. Kudos to PHS! Once a Pirate always a Pirate!!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Great school. Constantly evolving. Every AP and honors class possible available. Great campus improvement. Solid athletic program and facilities.

  • (2 years ago)

    PHS is the largest high school in the state of California. We have many challenges to face and we face them head on. I am a teacher there and this will be my 23rd year teaching on this campus and I can truly say that each year shows improvement. As a teacher i care about my students and they KNOW it and they want the best for themselves and their future so they respond to that caring in positive ways. We have THREE "CTE" (career technical education) pathways health media design and engineering in which students can get real-world training for certain careers. We have a thriving JROTC which involves about 300 students. Our sports teams have great facilities to work in and we've had great success in soccer (state champs) track and field tennis volleyball baseball and ...football is on the upswing. Come visit and see for yourself!

  • (3 years ago)

    after reading some of the comments i think they are most likely high school drop outs or students that went to phs and failed and blaming others for their irresponsibilities Im from class of 2011. Phs was a great school. gave us the opportunities we needed. supportive teachers. more encouragement to move on and go to a college or university. class of 2011 had one of the largest graduating numbers. more paramount students are going to college. the new construction is going on to have more resources for students. new library new locker rooms new stadium. our soccer boys went CIF two years back to back. this is really a great school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Horrible school the staff is rude. The teachers don't care about the students. The counselors are useless. I left half way 10th grade year to a charter school best decision I ever made. I'm in college now chasing my dreams.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am an alumni c/o 2005. I would definitely have to agree with the staff being rude and some counselors being useless. I personally had a conflict with Mrs. Garcia('counselor') whom completely discouraged me to attend a community college (while still in high school) to get ahead during a summer. I asked her how I should go about it and her reply was 'why would you want to do that.' Anyways aside from the mediocre counselor and chola infested staff I would say we do have some excellent teachers there. Students would benefit from the honors and AP classes especially with teachers like Ms. Himel Mr. Auria Mrs. Barboza & Mr. Teeples. I graduated with honors at PHS in 2005 and left with a full paid scholarship. Recently I earned my BA in Psychology in 2009 so I guess it is fair to say PHS did not thwart my academic success!

  • (6 years ago)

    There is nothing wrong with Paramount High school. They are always trying to encourage involvement and due to outside dangers they have to be prepared. Teachers and staff are fully prepared for extreme situations. This does not make them mean they can be really cool if you get to know them. Something I enjoyed from Paramount High was the diversity and flexibility. There was no separation of groups. Dances games assembly meetings and elections are always made in the safest and entertaining way as possible. About parents involvement they do not get involved either because they lack communication with their children or because they have no interest which most like to call it 'lack of time'. A great example is Mariachi Night. this is held once a year and it is a Family Night. I enjoyed PHS and I am proud to say that once a Pirate always a Pirate!!

  • (6 years ago)

    If your child is 'gifted' and would excel in Honors and AP programs this school is not so bad. The Honors teachers are amazing and they definitely prepared me for college (aka Ms. Barboza Ms. Himel Mr. Carlin etcetc). However if your child is doing average or below average they very well might graduate unprepared for college and not motivated enough to go. The Honors/non Honors kids are ridiculously segregated in a way that I think sets a precedent between the can dos and the ones Paramount has given up on. There are a bunch extracurriculars but the same kids take advantage of them. I would not recommend this school. I would say try your best to get out of this district truthfully.

  • (6 years ago)

    My twin daughters did great last year as freshmans. They were involved in many afterschool clubs. I met everyone of their teachers and got to talk about how they are doing in their classes and what we can do to help them. The school helped us get involved in Upward bound. They spent 5 weeks during the summer taking classes and 3 of those weeks living at the dorm at U.C Irvine. Now the girls are a semester ahead in 3 classes and recieved 15 credits toward graduation. And all for free ! The program was awesome and the girls are excited about going to college. The staff is great . If you as a parent get involved and ask for help they are willing to help. But YOU have to put in the effort. The kids have to care too. School isn't a daycare and teachers aren't babysitters.

  • (7 years ago)

    Well i am a student attending this school. I am in my schools Leadership.We set up the dances all the events that go on in the school and try to get the students involed. I say this school does have great teachers and a very good learning enviroment. The problem is not them nor the school it is the students. The only reason i moved up in AP classes and Honors is because i wanted to get away from the students that will interupt your education.

  • (7 years ago)

    I also attended the back to school night at the West Campus and was upset that the teachers informed parents how easy it is to contact them through e-mail. Well I've been trying ever since and I have not heard from the teachers. I agree with the rest of the parents ..

  • (7 years ago)

    I recently attended the back to school night at the West Campus and I was really surprise by the low involvement of the parents.

  • (7 years ago)

    I would not recommend this school. It is a very hostile enviroment. The staff in the school are very rude and the counseling office is always full with students.

  • (8 years ago)

    Mr. Edwards was my favorite teacher and so was Mr. Wolfsberger but that's about as a good memory of Paramount as I have. I would not recommend this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I went to school there.. .Ms. Ferrer was a cool teacher. She was my favorite while I was going there.

  • (9 years ago)

    I currently have a student attending Paramount High School and just recently had one graduate. While this school is improving it still lacks a solid curriculum. The parent involvement is improving although it is still fairly low. While this school does not excell in most sports it does offer plenty to participate in.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have one student who graduated in 1994 and one that is about to start there next month. It will be interesting to see what changes have occurred in 10 years. A school can only do so much and needs parental involvement and interest for students to succeed and for scores to improve. My graduate did fine and went on to higher education.

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