About the School

School Mission Statement

The Vandenberg Middle School community will provide a safe and respectful learning environment which inspires excellence and challenges all students to develop their talents as life-long learners and responsible citizens in preparation for college and career readiness.

Vandenberg Middle School (VMS) is excited about the educational possibilities for its students. Every staff member embraces a philosophy of academic rigor and works to ensure each student has the foundational skills to be successful in middle school through college preparatory coursework in high school. An individualized approach recognizes students for where they are in terms of English-language arts and math proficiency and also provides the necessary framework to facilitate student growth in these important academic arenas. VMS is equally committed to the idea of high expectations for all—not just English learners, gifted or low socioeconomic students, but every student that we serve. 
VMS believes building responsible adolescent behavior is about developing the skills and habits necessary to achieve a rewarding adult life. It starts with the school and the family working together to provide enriching experiences that encourage responsibility and good choices. Ultimately, the challenge for VMS educators is to meet the needs of a diverse student population. It is important to find the balance of resources so time and energy to meet the needs of honors students, college preparatory students, and students who are not yet proficient in English or math are equally considered. It is the vision of VMS to make certain that all students demonstrate literacy competencies and leave this institution prepared to be successful in high school and college. Finally, the hope that VMS students will thrive and be productive members of society is the common goal for all involved in the education of the community’s children. 

School Profile

Lompoc is located 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Santa Barbara County and has a population of approximately 43,000. The Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) strives to provide a quality education for all its students with a wide range of programs and a talented staff dedicated to the needs of our students. The district serves approximately 9,700 students in grades K-12 living in the city of Lompoc; the communities of Vandenberg Village, Mesa Oaks, Mission Hills; Vandenberg Air Force Base; and rural areas adjacent to these communities.

Vandenberg Middle School is proud of its academic achievements. We are one of the top-performing middle schools in Santa Barbara County. The school operates on a traditional calendar. Vandenberg Middle School is committed to providing a strong instructional program for all students to ensure excellence in education.

School Leadership

Joel Jory, VMS principal, has worked in the LUSD since 1997, previously serving as a teacher, coach and assistant principal. Leadership at Vandenberg Middle School is a responsibility shared among district administration, the principal, assistant principal, instructional staff, students and parents. All members of the school community are committed to a shared schoolwide vision, which creates a strong foundation toward academic success for all students.

Staff members and parents participate on various committees to ensure instructional programs are consistent with students’ needs and comply with district goals. These committees include the School Site Council, Parent-Teacher-Student Association, the English Learner Advisory Committee, Honors Advisory Committee, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Advisory Team, Procedural Committee, Safety Committee and the BEST (Building Effective Schools Together) Team.

Parental Involvement

Parents and the community are supportive of the educational program at Vandenberg Middle School. Parents are always welcome to attend school events such as concerts, awards assemblies, orientation, backto-school night and open house. They may also attend sports events and volunteer as chaperones on field trips. In addition, we have had parents come as guest speakers in classrooms as well as for career day. Many programs and activities are enriched by community partnerships with Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc Orthodontia Project and Healthy Lompoc Coalition, to name a few. 

Parents who wish to participate in the Vandenberg Middle School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) or help by volunteering for VMS leadership teams or school committees may contact PTSA President Amy Jones at amyjones@dslextreme.com or principal Joel Jory at (805) 742-2700.

School Safety

Safety of students and staff is a primary concern of Vandenberg Middle School. The school is in compliance  with all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials and state earthquake standards. The  school’s disaster preparedness plan includes steps for ensuring student and staff safety during a disaster. Fire  and disaster drills are conducted on a regular basis.

All visitors must check in at the school office and wear a visitor’s badge while on school grounds. During  lunch, passing periods, and before and after school, teachers, administrators, the school liaison, and noon-duty aides supervise students and school grounds to ensure a safe and orderly environment. Access to the  campus is controlled with access only through front gates while school is in session.

In 1998, the Comprehensive Safety Plan was developed by the district in consultation with local law enforcement in order to comply with Senate Bill 187 of 1997. The plan provides students and staff a means to ensure  a safe and orderly learning environment. Components of the Comprehensive Safety Plan include child-abuse  reporting procedures, teacher notification of dangerous-pupil procedures, disaster response procedures,  procedures for safe ingress and egress from school, sexual harassment policies, and dress code guidelines.  The plan was last updated and reviewed with school staff in December 2019. A copy of the plan is available  to the public at the school and district offices.