City of Paramount

Paramount Education Partnership

Paramount Education Partnership (PEP)


The Paramount Education Partnership, or PEP, is an alliance between the City of Paramount, the Paramount Unified School District and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce. It is dedicated to providing programs and services that increase the academic achievement and educational expectations of the City's residents. 

More on the formation of PEP

Programs at The Paramount Petroleum Community Learning Center at Spane Park


(562) 220-2250, 14400 Gundry Avenue
The Paramount Petroleum Community Learning Center at Spane Park, which supplies a great educational support system for hundreds of local kids and adults at any given time, was opened with the help of a generous financial donation from Paramount Petroleum Corporation.


Homework Help

Grades K-12, Monday thru Thursday, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
This is a tutorial-based program that supports students' classroom activities and assignments. City staff and volunteers help students approach their assignments in an organized and informed manner.

English as a Second Language Class

Adults, Monday thru Thursday, 9:15 am to 12:15 pm, $20 per semester
This program is designed for adults who have basic English language skills and need reinforcement in grammar, writing, speaking and reading. Classes are in small groups so that all students are guaranteed individual time and the instructor can better meet their needs. The class uses the PLATO Learning Software, workbooks and educational websites.

Adult Aerobics Class

Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
The exercise class is aimed at promoting an active lifestyle. If you are looking to improve your cardiovascular efficiency, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, coordination and percentage of body fat, then this fitness class is for you. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Parenting Classes

The Center also offers parenting classes in partnership with Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc. "Parent Project" is a curriculum that teaches concrete prevention, identification, and intervention strategies for the most destructive of adolescent behaviors (poor school attendance and performance, alcohol and other drug use, gangs, runaways, and violent teens). For more information, please call (562) 220-2250.

Workshops for Parents

The Center offers workshops for parents which focus on nutrition, schooling and other child-rearing subjects. For more information, please call (562) 220-2250.

Other PEP Programs

PEP College Scholarships


PEP offers annual scholarships of $1,000 for students attending a community college and $3,000 for students attending an accredited four-year institution within the United States, including vocational/trade/technical schools.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by March 27th. Applications can be picked up at City Hall, the City Yard and various School District sites. They will also be available for download. The winners are announced in May/June. For more information, please contact the Recreation Department at (562) 220-2121.

Download an Application

PEP Scholars Named for 2016


The following Paramount students received a PEP college scholarship for 2016.

Guadalupe Quirarte
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biomedical Engineering

Avery De La Cruz
John Hopkins University

Elizabeth Solorzano
UC, Irvine
Mechanical Engineering

Carlos Loera

Brenda Garcia
UC, Irvine
Clinical Psychology

Liban Preciado
Electrical Engineering

Jessie M. Vargas
UC, Irvine
Mechanical Engineering

Jasmine C. Yepez
Cal State, Long Beach
Human Development

Sheyla Burgos

Elideth Salazar
Cal Poly Pomona
Animal Science

Ana Andrade

Ashley Morales

Xochitl Briseno
UC, Santa Cruz
Political Science

Evelyn Chavarin
Cal State, Long Beach

Isabel Gutierrez

Karla Lira
UC, Irvine

Ivan Madrigal
UC, San Diego
Electrical Engineering

Natalya Perez
UC, San Diego
Biomedical Engineering

Juan Rosales
UC, Davis
Mechanical Engineering

Jonalina K. Xavanna
Dartmouth College
Business and Philosophy

Stephanie Cervantes
Cerritos College

Elizabeth Bravo
Cal State, Long Beach

Jazmin Leyva
Cal State, Long Beach

Jishaly Castillo
Cal Poly Pomona
Civil Engineering

PEP Donors Help Make Paramount College Dreams Come True


The 13th Annual scholarship fundraiser for the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP) was a rousing success, with more than $106,000 donated to help Paramount college students achieve their educational dreams. Special thanks and appreciation are due to the following generous donors:

The Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe

Weber Metals, Otto Fuchs Aerospace Group

Marukan Vinegar (USA), Inc.
Paramount Petroleum Corporation, Inc.
Don & Sherry Tomeo

FENICO Precision Casting, Inc.

Fiesta Taxi Co-Op, Inc.
Willdan Foundation

Carlton Forge Works
Lions Club of Paramount

Mattco Forge

First Transit
CalMet Services, Inc.

Alondra Hot Wings
Daryl & Barbra Hofmeyer
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Kenny's Auto Body-Towing
SC Fuels
Zamboni Company

Charles & Margaret Garcia

Horchateria Rio Luna

All American Wheel Company
Casa Gamino Family Restaurant
Cleantime Building Maintenance Co., Inc.
Dr. Max Martinez, DDS FAGD FACD
Guillen's Investment Properties
Ink Head Design & Prints
Paramount Elks #1804
WSS Shoes

UNDER $300
DeMaria Electric Motor Services
LAG Complete Car Care
Maria MacLean
MDG Associates, Inc.
Norwalk True Value Hardware
Source Graphics
Tom & Vivian Hansen
John Moreno
Erin Stibal

City of Paramount
Marukan Vinegar (USA), Inc.
Paramount Unified School District
Bianchi Winery

Lakewood Rent-All
RWB Party Props, Inc.

The following organizations or individuals donated prizes for the fundraiser:
Arthur Murray; AVI Resort & Casino; Big Ben Car Wash; Bo's Cigar Lounge, Bellflower; Bowers Museum; Bradford Renaissance Portraits; Brea Improv; Children's Book World; Chili's Restaurant, Lakewood; City of Paramount; Davey's Locker; Elephant Bar, Downey Landing; Gus's Deli BBQ & Grill; Hamburger Habit; Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach; Hofman Hospitality Group; Kidkaft; Ink Head Design & Prints; LA County Supervisor Don Knabe; Lakewood Rent-All; Los Alamitos Race Course; Mi Amor Photography; Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier; Pacific Symphony; Paula Coony; PRP Wine International; Rosarito Beach Hotel; Spirit Cruise; Starbucks; The Warehouse Restaurant; The World Famous Laugh Factory; Universal Studios Hollywood; West Coast Arborists, Inc.; Zamboni Company

College Bound Bus

Transportation for Paramount residents is available to Cerritos College and Long Beach City College (Liberal Arts Campus). There are four pick-up and drop-off spots - Orange and Somerset, Century and Orange, Paramount Park and Progress Park. Operating times are Monday through Thursday from 6:30 am to noon and from 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The cost is $1 per ride or $25 per semester.  For more information, please call (562) 220-2121.

Download College Bound Map


STAR (Success Through Academics & Recreation) is another collaboration between the City (which provides staff) and the Paramount Unified School District (which provides the space). This stimulating afterschool program provides students in grades one through five with academic assistance and recreational activities. STAR makes referrals to students who would benefit from PEP programs and resources.


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