School Details

Vandenberg Middle School

Mountain View Boulevard, Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437
(805) 742-2700
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 765 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lompoc Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lompoc Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Vandenberg Middle School is a public middle school in Lompoc. The principal of Vandenberg Middle School is Kathi Froemming, whose e-mail is froemming.kathi@lusd.org. 765 students go to Vandenberg Middle School and are mostly Unspecified; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 10% of the Vandenberg Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 47% of the 765 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Vandenberg Middle School is 19:1. Crestview Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 9% 9%
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian 5% 2%
Hispanic 42% 50%
White, non-Hispanic 40% 31%
Filipino 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 9800%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.8%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 51%
Limited English proficiency 10% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Eh the schools okay I guess. Most of the teachers are nice and helpful but the buses are really crowded. You have to sit three kids to a seat. There can be some really annoying kids but I wouldn't really consider them bullies. The lunch line is a little long but that's only if you get there late. I guess I'd rather be here than LVMS.

  • (1 year ago)

    I like this school so far the teachers are nice especially Se ora Garmendia and Mrs.Zender. Mrs. Froemming is super nice lunch line wait is a little long people do cut but most kids bring a lunch so it doesn't bug me or my friends because we still have a lot of time to eat and hang with each other before SSR(firth period) Aerospace is a bit boring my friends brother said it was a lot of fun last year now its just boring. Every class I go to I learn something new or more about something I already learned about. I was a bit scared about going to this school after me and my mom read the reviews. especially the ones about the bulling because I was bullied and that's why I don't go to the boys and girls club any more. Actually when I got there and saw how it is for myself I liked it. One thing that is bad is the busses because its very crowed especially the g street bus because we have 86 kids and one bus but Mr. Fernados sister said a second bus is soon to come Im looking forword to a better edicatn and fun year at Vandenberg Middle School I recommend it to future 7th graders and 8th graders

  • (2 years ago)

    I have had a wonderful experience at VMS so far. I am sorry that the previous parent did not. I don't expect the administration to follow my kid around call me personally with an outcome when I can speak to my kid and hear it directly after school from the one person I care to hear it from ( my kid). I don't expect the teachers to hold my kid's hand because I expect that my child can follow instructions and enjoy the school experience to grow up to become independent.

  • (2 years ago)

    After reading the comment by "TEACHER" I laughed at first. I then realized that this is a clear example of what seems to be the normal reaction of staff that are so overwhelmed with students that it is impossible to be in touch with what's really going on. The dead giveaway is the claim to *fame* that initially excited us when we moved her and enrolled our 7th grader. These claims of excellence don't hold much weight when the entire state performs so low (is it #49?) in our already poorly performing nation. It has been about two weeks since we started school this year and I am pulling my child out. On the first day of school my daughter came home ravenous with hunger. She and her friend told me that they waited in line for the entire 30 mins of lunch and still weren't able to get close to the front of the line. I figured it was an isolated issue since it was only the first day. We began packing just in case. Thankfully we did. There are always kids in line when the bell rings. 2 of my neighbor's children won't even go in line because they don't want to have to get pushed around by the swarms of bullies who make their way to the head of the line. So yes this is still a problem.

  • (3 years ago)

    The comment of December 2 2011 could not be further from the truth. Vandenberg Middle School is known throughout the community as a place where academic excellence and high expectations are the norm. Discipline is a top priority and per 2011 student survey responses the vast majority of students feel safe and believe VMS adults care about their well-being. There have been incidents with regard to bullying but they are investigated and dealt with swiftly by administration. In a middle school of over 800 students one can expect that there will be some incidents of this nature. Bullying is a zero tolerance offense at VMS but it is unreasonable to think that it will not occur. This is a public middle school with children from all demographic and socio-economic backgrounds. The school's API of 818 is a reflection of the quality education that is available to students. A robust elective program rivals any in Santa Barbara County. In an era of reduced California budgets this reflects Vandenberg's priorities. As far as the long lunch lines -- NOT THE CASE. I am in the lunch room almost everyday and students have their lunch in plenty of time.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is absolutely terrible. Bullying is definitely an issue for students. Horse playing around and disrespecting others in the process is the number one preferred actively. There s a new slapping game going around and a lot of students are participating. Some students are being approached and asked to participate in fighting. Students need to be reminded about school policy on harassment and bullying. Reporting incidents is highly discouraged amongst student for fear of retaliation with their peers. Some students fluent in other languages tend to challenge the teachers authority by using inappropriate language in a language that the teacher isn t fluent in. Lunch lines are long and some students aren t able to eat due to long lines. Students resolve the issue by cutting in front of other students patiently waiting. Teachers aren t observing the lunch lines properly so disrespectful students aren't unpunished. The buses are always late to and from school and school officials appear to always be uniformed and out of the information loop. Whenever a transportation employee providing busing services for the school is late the school should request to be immediately.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter moved here in time to start 8th Grade. I have to say she did much better than I expected and loved her teachers. Only being there a year and the fact that she is a good student who never gets into trouble didn't give us a great deal of insight into the administration and we only got to experience a few teachers but over all we were highly impressed with what we experienced. We were very happy with what she accomplished this year and she loved her teachers and that is what really matters.

  • (3 years ago)

    VMSis a strong school with rules that apply to all of the kids. They get more than their share of kids with problems due to their moral standards ground rules student involvement and oversight. Parents who feel a loss of control send their kids there for a fighting chance. This does impact the students who work hard and believe strongly in what's right...it also gives them a chance to learn and practice skills they will need in real life but with a later of safety. We alk have bullies and jerks in our lives. Their honors programs and school activities are too notch. VMS has every race creed color religion. They have our future warriors doctors nurses chaplains agriculturists artists and council. The staff is as tough as they come but don't think they don't weep for every injured or heartbroken child. our daughter will remain at VMS because they don't quit and we don't quit!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a pretty good school. It's certainly not the best school I have went to but it's not as bad as I thought it would be. Although the honors classes are very easy for me the teachers are really dedicated to making sure we have all we needed. I like the PE class and the electives the most. One problem they really need to fix is making the rules clear to us. One time they say that doing something is just fine but when you do it you get in trouble. Also they should learn how to problem solve better. One example is They had to fix a water pipe in the front of the school which made us have to split up and half of the students had to wait to get onto a bus while the other half has to wait in the cafeteria for about 25 minutes standing up in a line doing absolutely nothing. Overall though this school is okay.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son received an excellent education at this school in the honors program. The teachers are dedicated and caring and after two years at VMS he has gone on to succeed in a new district. The guidance counselors really look out for their students and the principal is very innovative and strong. Overall leadership at the school has improved greatly under her watchful eye and disruption was minimal for my son. A great education is possible at VMS for military and non-military families alike.

  • (4 years ago)

    While the overall behavior climate at the school could improve in the honors program our son is somewhat isolated from many of the students who are choosing to make poor choices. In this program he has had some FABULOUS teachers who genuinely care about the students and are passionate about their subject of expertise. This is especially evident in the higher end math and history classes. I had reservations about sending our son to VMS but have been pleasently surprised.

  • (4 years ago)

    vms. were do i start off? administration is out of control ! they base decisions off of what other kids say. we have had drugs and fights alot this 2010 year.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm not thrilled about this school. Every week it is a different horror story from students. My son was a gate and honor roll student last year. Now he is in detention all the time. I heard them bragging about their counseling department better bring some more counselors because the school is making these students pretty miserable. Too bad they don't spend their time and energy doing positive things.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is excited about learning and loves all of her teacher!

  • (5 years ago)

    VAndenberg Middle is the BEST school ive been to I recently moved and i miss the faculty and the students personalitys. i recomend this school for anyone!

  • (5 years ago)

    i went to Vms and i move di miss the teachers faculity and the students there GREAT!

  • (5 years ago)

    my son goes there and it is a great school! the only problem i currently have is that they are doing construction all over so that the school can be even better.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is out of control. Bullies seem to be in charge and the climate is non-conducive to learning. As a parent a military spouse I would recommend you send your child to a private school if you can afford it. Not all students associated with the Military Base attend the school. Fights occur on a regular basis and the suspension rate according to the schools profile for the 2007-2008 school year is 19.5% while the rate for the district is 17.2%. There is a behavior problem and it will impact the life of your child in a negative way. Be aware do the research and talk to the children. The school is out of control and the environment makes it nearly impossible to learn.

  • (6 years ago)

    VMS staff is not letting California budget crunch get in the way of a good education. New focus on classroom discipline and behavior has been fantastic. Students seem happier overall.

  • (6 years ago)

    I would give this school 4 stars. There is a new principal Mrs. Froemming. She and the other two administrators have done an outstanding job with discipline and moving to have a very very safe campus. The school has a great AVID program and Honors Program. The PE department is the best. Check out the counseling departments SPARC on line. They were state Academy Award winners.

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