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 2017


The following students were selected as this year's recipients of the Paramount Education Partnership college scholarships. Included here are their names, majors of choice, colleges, and Paramount schools attended.

Ashley Almejo
Neurology, UCLA, Paramount Park

Jully Alvarado
Statistics, UCLA, Jefferson & Alondra

Celeste Azpeitia
Aviation, Long Beach St., Roosevelt & Paramount Park

Rommel Barrantes
Nursing, Long Beach St., Roosevelt & Hollydale

Samantha Castro
Biomedicine, UCLA, unavailable

Alejandro Cordova
Geological Sciences, Brigham Young, Idaho, unavailable

Christopher Duran
Pre-Law, UCLA, Wirtz & Paramount Park

Brian Espiritu
Pre-Law, UC, Santa Barbara, Wirtz & Paramount Park

Maribel Flores
Psychology, Long Beach St., Hollydale & Alondra

Angelina Florimon
Business Administration, San Diego State, Tanner & Zamboni

Michael Guerra
Nursing, UC, Irvine, Lincoln & Alondra

Lizbeth Hernandez
English, UCLA, Wirtz & Alondra

Carolina Hurtado
Nursing, UC, Irvine, Roosevelt & Paramount Park

Martina Ibrahim
Criminal Justice, University of New Haven

Amalia Macias
Nursing, Long Beach St., Mokler

Keeanna Magana
Anthropology, UC, San Diego, Tanner & Zamboni

Nathalia Mendoza
Education, Chico St., Tanner & Zamboni

Anahi Moreno Ramos
Psychology, UC, Irvine, Hollydale & Alondra

Judith Murillo
Pre-Law, UCLA, Lincoln & Alondra

Sydneysierra Naioti
Psychiatry, Brigham Young, Hawaii, Mokler & Alondra

Ezequiel J. Novoa
Chemical Engineering, Claremont McKenna College, Mokler & Alondra

Natalie Ortega
Animation, Long Beach St., Hollydale & Alondra

Emily Michelle Ortiz
Journalism, UCLA, Hollydale & Alondra

Zoe Pamonag
Neuroscience, UCLA, Paramount Park

Kaitlin Susan Perez
Pre-Med UC, Irvine, unavailable

Alberto Quintana Jaquez
Aerospace Engineering, UC, San Diego, Zamboni

Rosalynn Reyes
Pre-Law, Long Beach St., Paramount Park

Vivian Elizabeth Rodriguez
Psychiatry, University of Redlands, Alondra

Jisselle Rosales
Pre-Med, UCLA, Wirtz & Paramount Park

Danielle Ruiz
Nursing, UC, Davis, Wirtz & Paramount Park

Nicole Ruiz
Nursing, Cal State, Fullerton, Hollydale & Alondra

Beatriz Salazar
Education, California State, Dominguez Hills, Jackson

Jazmine Solorzano
Pre-Med, UC, Irvine, Zamboni

Melissa Torres
Graphic Design, Long Beach St., Mokler & Alondra

Julia Michelle Vartan Casey
Therapy, Life Pacific College, Jefferson & Alondra

Jesus Victoria
Pre-Law, UC, Santa Barbara, Jefferson & Alondra

PEP Donors Help Make Paramount College Dreams Come True


The 14th annual scholarship fundraiser for the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP) produced $75,000 for college scholarships for local students. A very special thank you to the following donors who contributed to the April fundraiser:

Weber Metals, Inc.                                             $18,000
AltAir Paramount                                                $10,000
Marukan Vinegar (USA), Inc.                             $10,000
R&N Kroeze Family Giving and Legacy Fund     $5,000
Fiesta Taxi Co-Op, Inc.                                        $3,000
Mattco Forge, Inc.                                                $3,000
Willdan Group, Inc.                                              $3,000
Carlton Forge Works                                            $2,500
Horchateria Rio Luna                                           $1,713
CalMet Services, Inc.                                           $1,500
Charles and Margaret Garcia                               $1,000
Charlie Lyons Properties                                      $1,000
Daryl & Barbra Hofmeyer                                     $1,000
Farmers & Merchants Bank                                  $1,000
Paramount Grocery Outlet Bargain Market          $1,000
SC Fuels                                                               $1,000
Total American Investment Company                   $1,000
Zamboni Company                                               $1,000
Gus's Deli BBQ and Grill                                         $800
Alondra Hot Wings                                                  $560
All American Wheel Company                                $500
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo               $500
Ink Head Design & Prints                                        $500
Max B. Martinez, D.D.S.                                          $500
Norwalk True Value Hardware                                 $500
Paramount Elks 1804                                              $500
Raymond Guillen Income Tax                                 $500
Standard Catering, Inc.                                           $500
Chipotle                                                                   $448
Maria MacLean                                                       $300
Casa Gamino                                                          $250
Yogurtland                                                               $213
Gama Zeta Delta Kappa Gamma Society              $200
Doublz                                                                    $100

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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