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Loren LighthallI am excited to start another year as the principal of Paradise High School. PHS is an amazing school doing great things. The students that attend here are top notch and accomplish exceptional things. They are Butte County Academic decathlon champions, small school band champions, athletic league champions in several sports, regional Skills USA quiz bowl champions, choir regularly gets the highest rating of superior in competitions, we have national merit scholarship finalists, and we even have the state champion in yo-yo (soon to be national champion we suspect). The list could go on and on with the accomplishments of our incredible students. Follow our Facebook page and you will see these amazing student accomplishments daily.

Some of the academic highlights from last year include:

  • AP scores have been released and PHS students have beaten both the California and global average for pass rate on AP tests.
  • State testing scores will be out soon and like last year, PHS scores are some of the highest in the county.
  • Our 10th grade PSAT scores beat the state average by 164 points while the 11th grade scores beat the state average by 75 points.
  • Designated as an honor roll school by the educational results partnership and listed as one of America’s best high schools as featured in US News and World Report.

By any standard, the numbers for PHS are compelling and paint a picture of a successful school. Although these numbers tell a story, they do not tell the entire story. A teacher and school should have great influence on the student's academic grade-level growth. PHS celebrates its teachers and staff ability to grow ALL students’ academic skills and mastery of Common Core State Standards - no matter their English level, learning disability, or the life trauma they bring with them. Each one of our kids is beautiful and more powerful beyond measure - they deserve the best we have! It becomes our job to work as hard as possible to meet them, regardless where they are academically, then close their gaps, respond to their socio-emotional and health needs and ensure they are up to grade level. This is HARD work! But, we are willing and able. As the proud principal of PHS, I celebrate the teachers and students that continue to get better every year as evidenced by the above and many other measurements. This is done in spite of district free/reduced lunch rates near 70% and all of the stumbling blocks that come with poverty, but our students persevere and persist to overcome those obstacles BECAUSE they are amazing. I look forward to continuing to get to know them and you even better and working with all to ensure student needs are met.

Loren Lighthall, Principal