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Providing the Support Students Need to Succeed in School and Beyond

A Message From Principal Vander Weide: 

Dear Atascadero Middle School Community,


It is with great pride and excitement that I write this message to you as the new Principal of Atascadero Middle School. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition and culture. I have been an AMS parent for four years, coached my son’s basketball team in 2019/20, and have experienced the school’s brilliance from multiple perspectives.  


Atascadero Middle School has earned a reputation of excellence through the hard work of our students, teachers, parents, and support staff. AMS is proud to offer challenging academic courses, a broad range of athletics and a growing variety of clubs and enrichment activities for students. We encourage you to experience our school culture, one that is focused on providing students with the academic and social resources that will prepare them to achieve their goals. 


At Atascadero Middle School, we know that it is important for our students to be connected to school through positive relationships and a strong sense of community. We believe that every student can learn and be successful if provided the right support and opportunities. Our teachers and staff are committed to providing all students with an appropriate and challenging educational experience in a respectful environment that fosters learning and growth.


A crucial part of success for students is attendance. As a parent or guardian, it is essential for you to maintain an attitude that “Attendance Counts Today,” every day. Our students need to be in school and ready to learn. At Atascadero Middle School, we will assist in helping parents and families understand the importance of instructional time and school attendance. Additionally, at AMS we recognize that family and community support are integral to our success. This is why we encourage you to join us as a volunteer through PTO, School Site Council, or other avenues. Parents/Guardians play the most important roles in a student's success and I invite you to collaborate with us in your students' education.


When we take the time to forge positive relationships, celebrate our achievements, plan strategically, and continue to build on our successful foundation, we can nurture a learning environment where our entire AMS community thrives.

Atascadero Middle School is a place where exceptional teaching and learning is the norm. I am truly honored to be a part of the Atascadero Unified School District Community.


Have a great school year!


Brent Vander Weide







Assistant Principal



Assistant Principal


Here to Educate, Challenge, and Inspire

By creating a safe, engaging, and welcoming environment, Atascadero Middle School faculty foster the confidence and curiosity of our students. Each day is enriched with hands-on experiences and collaborative learning activities, providing ample opportunities for students to improve their critical-thinking, while developing their creativity and problem-solving skills.


Supporting Students Both Inside and Outside the Classroom

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