The city of Lompoc and its surrounding areas incorporates an industrial and rural economic base. The population of more than 43,500 is ethnically diverse. Miguelito Elementary School was built in 1969 and was closed in 1975. During the time it was closed, Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria used its facilities as a satellite school. The Lompoc Unified School District reopened Miguelito in the 1986-87 school year as an elementary school.
Miguelito Elementary School, located in the southwest region of Lompoc, is one of the nine elementary schools in Lompoc Unified School District. Additionally, the district has two middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, one alternative education facility, a continuation high school, an adult education facility and several Santa Barbara County supervised preschools.
The Miguelito student body of approximately 650 students reflects a well-rounded, ethnically diverse community. The teachers are highly qualified (following Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA] Section 1119 criteria) and create an engaging environment. Full-time employees include a school principal, administrative assistant, office assistant, 28 teachers, a reading specialist, three custodians and a PE teacher. In addition, Miguelito employs the following part-time employees: account clerk/parent liaison, a library technician, a computer instructional assistant, a bilingual instructional assistant, bilingual liaison, a food-services worker, six noon duty-aides, a school nurse, a health clerk and two support teachers. We also contract with FSA to have a counselor on campus part time.
Miguelito offers its students many programs to enhance their learning with numerous field trips like the Lompoc Museum, Lotus Land, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Arroyo Hondo, Granada Theater and more. The sixth-grade students also participate in a multiday field trip to marine science camp on Catalina Island. Miguelito staff offers after-school programs such as STEM Club, Robotics Club, Math Superbowl Club, Chess Club, Imagine Learning, Battle of the Books, County Spelling Bee Science Expo, Science Night, Garden activities, and Revolutionary War reenactment. Other enhanced programs during the day include Moxi Museum and Read-In at the Park Day.
This year there are also several student-run campus clubs to help build and support community by serving as Garden Groomers, Cafeteria Captain, Equipment Managers and the Clean Campus Crew.
Volunteers provide support and are integral in the development of the educational program at Miguelito Elementary School. Volunteers invest thousands of hours throughout the year reading in classrooms, preparing classroom materials for teachers, working with small student groups, fundraising and planning special activities. Also, the PTA sponsors assemblies, family fun nights, and book fairs throughout the year, as well as pays for art program, dance lessons, and funds to provide for a portion of field trips and educational programs for all grade levels.
Miguelito Elementary School adheres to state guidelines for instructional minutes and holds minimum days on Wednesdays to support its professional learning communities (PLCs) allowing for grade level, schoolwide and districtwide collaboration to occur.