About the School

School Mission Statement

The staff at Buena Vista Elementary School believe that our purpose is to create an atmosphere in which all
students are motivated to achieve daily high levels of academic and behavior performance, develop criticalthinking skills and a lifelong passion for learning, and we expect all students to realize the educational potential and creativity within themselves.

School Profile

The city of Lompoc and adjacent areas make up the Lompoc Valley. Located 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Santa Barbara County, the Lompoc Valley 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 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.

Buena Vista Elementary School, with an enrollment of 593 students, is committed to providing a strong instructional program for all students to ensure excellence in education. The school is very proud of its academic achievements on state testing, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), with a score of 2,503 in English language arts, an increase of eight points; and 2,479 in math, an increase of seven points. The school operates on a traditional calendar.

Parental Involvement

Parents and the community are very supportive of the educational program at Buena Vista Elementary School.
Parents are always welcome to attend school events, including plays, back-to-school night and awards assemblies. Many local businesses provide valuable support to the school. The Buena Vista PTA is very active and works tirelessly to provide programs and activities for our students, such as the Jog-a-thon, Fall Festival,
book fairs, field trips and assemblies. The PTA is also involved in school enhancement, such as school beautification, upkeep of our SPARK physical education program (an evidence-based program to improve children’s health), and technology support for Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math.

School Safety

The safety of students and staff is a primary concern of Buena Vista 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, recesses, and before and
after school, teachers and noon aides supervise students and school grounds, including the cafeteria and
playgrounds, to ensure a safe and orderly environment.