Superintendent's Message

Congratulations Paramount High School Class of 2015

On behalf of our entire Board of Education, President Alicia Anderson, Vice President Tony Peña, members Sonya Cuellar, Linda Garcia, and Vivian Hansen, we would like to extend our sincere congratulations to the Paramount High School Graduating Class of 2015.

We have had the distinct pleasure of witnessing a senior class of over 1,000 students successfully complete their high school experience. Their individual and group accomplishments in academics, activities and athletics is an outstanding example of young people who have prepared to take the next step towards a bright and fulfilling future.

We have no doubt that the Class of 2015 will carry that special “Pirate Pride” into their future careers and lives. They are also not likely to forget the work and dedication of the devoted staff, counselors, coaches, teachers and administrators who provided the support and skills they will require to reach their dreams.

Also a special appreciation to the parents, guardians, and families of our graduates who supported them with their love and guidance.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015.  Always remember, “Once A Pirate, Always A Pirate”! 

Co-Interim Superintendents
David J. Verdugo, Ed.D. and Delores Stephens

Career Technical Education

Our District motto states Great Things are Happening in Paramount Schools and indeed we have many examples to be proud of that support the statement. When our students graduate, we want to ensure that our students are ready to enter college without the need for remediation classes, so that they are ready to hit the ground running toward that 2 or 4 year degree.

We know that career demands presently and in the future require an individual who is knowledgeable and skilled. Additionally, preparation around what have been identified as the 4 Cs is essential - these are the skills of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.

A number of years ago, through the foresight of our Board of Education and staff, we established the Career Technical Education (CTE) program pathways as a way in which to prepare our students for college and career, and the 4Cs.

Currently, we have three pathways in the Engineering, Medical and Media Industry Sectors. All three pathways demonstrate robust local and national job market growth projections- an important factor when deciding and developing a pathway. In a little over 5 years, our Career Technical Education programs have grown from two hundred students at the West Campus to just under two thousand students (540 at the West Campus and 1400 at the Senior Campus). The student interest in these programs is very high and we are in process of developing a fourth pathway.

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) notes the following benefits of CTE.

CTE Works for High School Students

  • High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.
  • A person with a CTE-related associate degree or credential will earn on average between $4,000 and $19,000 more a year than a person with a humanities associate degree.
CTE Works for the Economy-  Investing in CTE yields big returns for state economies.

  • In Connecticut, every public dollar invested in Connecticut community colleges returns $16.40 over the course of students' careers. That state's economy receives $5 billion annually in income from this investment.

 CTE Works for Business-  CTE addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps close the skills gap.

  • The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the United States, with recent data citing 806,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 293,000 jobs open in manufacturing.
  • Health care occupations, many of which require an associate degree or less, make up 12 of the 20 fastest growing occupations.

To learn more about our CTE program, we invite you to visit the following website:

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