About the School

School Profile

Lompoc is located 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Santa Barbara County and has a population of
approximately 43,500. The Lompoc Unified School District 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 TK-12 living in the city of Lompoc; communities of
Vandenberg Village, Mesa Oaks and Mission Hills; Vandenberg Air Force Base; and rural areas adjacent to
these communities.

Los Berros Visual and Performing Arts Academy focuses on teaching the whole child. Our school offers full
inclusion, with special education services provided in the general education setting nearly 100 percent of
the time. Older students have the ability to choose arts-based learning paths by trimester taught in mixedgrade classrooms. Through these electives, students develop relationships with multiple staff members and
students on campus, which contributes to the feeling of community on our campus.

School Mission Statement

To provide quality arts education and enable implementation of sequential courses of study in the visual and
performing arts (dance, music, theater, and visual arts) as part of an integrated, standards-based comprehensive curriculum for all students so they will be prepared for the world of work and education after high
school, and their lives will be enriched and deepened.

School Safety

The safety of students and staff is a primary concern of Los Berros Elementary 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, recess, and before and after school, teachers, administrators, and noon-duty aides supervise students and school grounds, including the cafeteria and
playgrounds, to ensure a safe and orderly environment.

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. A copy of the plan is available to the public at the school and district offices. The school safety plan was last reviewed, updated and discussed with the school faculty in December 2019.

School Theory of Action

If arts integration is implemented as an approach to teaching in which the arts leverage learning in other
subject areas such as science, language arts, mathematics and social studies, then student engagement and
achievement will increase.
If students are provided opportunities to learn the Visual and Performing Arts Standards, they will gain
proficiencies in 21st-century skills required for success: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.