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6-8
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Redondo Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 904

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2600 Ripley Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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(310) 798-8636
(310) 318-3064
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October 15, 2014
I hope people read posts for what they truly are. A post done yesterday was from a parent who refused to deal with bullying and enrolled their child in a self defense class...naming the group by name etc. I guess I should check other schools and see if Triton by John is trying to drum up business. Bottom line is that Adams is not a perfect school, but none of them are. I currently have a 7th grader there and my oldest just finished at Adams and is at Redondo Union keeping the same straight A GPA she left here with. In this, my 4th year with a student at Adams, I have heard very little about bullying. I don't doubt that some students experience problems at school, I'm sure it happens at every school no matter what neighborhood you live in. Don't let the poor experience by a few parents taint your view about this school. It is a good school!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2014
Bullying problem is out of control. I agree with the other posts here. My kid is a social, involved sports minded boy. For the the first year we went through all the "right" avenues to help stop the bullying without any success. So t the beginning of the second year when the bullying started again I refused to deal with it so I enrolled both my kids an Anti-Bullying/Youth Self Defense class then told them, "a bully can say whatever he wants but if they lay a hand on you defend yourself and use all force necessary to restrain them until an adult comes". The classes they are taking at Triton by John, a former professional MMA Wrestler, is giving them the confidence they need to walk through the halls at Adams knowing they can protect themselves if it comes to that. I am happy to report since they have started taking the anti-bullying/self defense classes I have not had either son get in the car after school with a story of a problem they are having with some bully at school. Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and in this case I know we have made the right decision.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
Our student with no disciplinary history and 3.47 GPA endured daily bullying at Adams middle school. The students bullying her has been done so verbally, physically and through social media. They have threatened, intimidated, harassed; even more troubling is that they have been encouraged and helped by a parent. This horrible mother of one of these bullying student has the school staff administration on speed dial and constantly buys them lunches or Starbucks almost daily the entire school year, favoritism. The school district violates ED codes: 5145.2, 5131.2, 234.1. Throughout the entire school year we brought this to the attention of the administration office at Adams and District with ZERO help. Lots of phone calls, e-mails and in person meetings took place to discuss this matter. The harassment and bullying increased; nothing was done to ensure the safety of our child. I want what our child wants, not just words in a policy but action. I wanted Adams Middle School to take action immediately and properly discipline any bullying students never happened. Adams is joke regarding zero tolerance policy for bullying and providing students a safe environment to learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
The Adams school administration is not taking any steps to improve student safety on campus. I can speak from our own experience over a 6 month time frame. The anti-bullying program called,"Speak Up and Be The Change" does no work if you do nothing about it. Our neighbors pulled their kids out of that school for the same reason, and we keep meeting more and more families with the same problem. Our kid is an A students whom also participates in extracurricular programs helping out the school. The parent whom called other previous reviews mediocre, probably works for the school district or has some connection with the administration trying to cover up the major issues the school has. We are big group of parents complaining about how disappointed we are that our outstanding students are having to endure the worst experience in an UN-SAFE environment and no hope for change. Mr. Taranto and Mrs. Gotanda are incompetent! We will home school our kids rather than send them to a Bad school like Adams! DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS THERE!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
not a fair assessment. Do you want to know what kind of kids AMS has? AMS has some of the most kind, mature, and articulate students I have met. They are helpful whenever I am on campus to help out and have manners. Does this mean that I have been a parent volunteer at AMS for 3 years. So, you can say have seen a lot in the three years. After reading the reviews on this site, I am upset by the amount regarding bullying. In the 3 years, since Mr. Taranto and Mrs. Gotanda came on board, I have seen a positive effort to encourage students to make good behavior choices. To say that the administration does nothing is there are no bad eggs? Of course, not. There are a handful of kids who are not mature enough to make the right behavior choices. In regards to these individuals, those behaviors are dealt with in a timely manner. Good behaviors starts at home with good communication with your children. Teach our kids to speak up for each other. To help those that cannot help themselves. Empathy and good behavior starts at home. Most of Adams parents do this. The ones that don't are usually the most negatively vocal.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
I'm happy to see the teachers, administrators and students taking a stand against bullying. My son knows that they've "got his back." Last year he was being bullied at lunch, a student who witnessed it anonymously reported the incident and my son was able to get his lunch period changed. The counselor even called me at work to let me know what had happened. This year, I've joined with other parents and school staff in helping to promote anti-bullying and we have started a "Speak Up and Be The Change" campaign. The principal and school administrators welcome parent involvement and we are even planning a special Parents' Night Screening of the documentary film BULLY. I'm honestly impressed with all that the school is doing to stop bullying behavior and foster kindness.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
My son got bullied teachers said dont be a tattle tale. He got so bullied he is still in a depression. Administration gives NO consequences at all. SEND YOUR KID ONLY TO THIS SCHOOL ONLY IF YOUR CHILD WANTS TO GET BULLIED!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
My child attends Adams Middle School and I love it!! Every time I visit I find the principal walking around and talking with the kids, making sure everyone is behaving as they should. Adams has a remarkable Administration, Teaching Staff and a principal that really cares about his students and the school. The academics and extracurricular programs are outstanding. I can t believe the complaints in some of these other posts. I find that most complainers are always the last ones that volunteer to help. I work full time and still make time to visit the campus and volunteer as much as possible. Adams is a Top Notch Middle School!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
This is the best school on EARTH THIS SCHOOL DESERVES 1,000,000 dollars AND A AWARD FOR GOD SAKE NO BULLIES I LOVE IT and im a student here

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2013
THE TEACHERS ARE TOP NOTCH! THE STAFF IS TOP NOTCH! WHAT THIS SCHOOL LACKS IS PARENT PARTICIPATION. THE TEACHERS CAN MAKE YOUR KID BOOK SMART, BUT THE MANNERS AND RESPECT COMES FROM THE PARENTS. BULLYING STARTS AT HOME. TALK TO YOUR KIDS AND STOP BULLYING THEM THEY WILL STOP BULLYING THEIR PEERS.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
I don't know what values this school reinforces, but what happened to my child shouldn't happen to anyone. The kids are awful. I visited at lunch and I saw groups of kids tormenting other kids. When a kid passes any group of kids they get looked at like they had a disease. Would love this school to have a reality show...no one would believe the kids could be this mean. I am sending my child to a different school this year because it is so bad, The administration should be ashamed.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2013
I attended Adams in 6th and 7th grade. This is an okay school. Most of the students there are nice once you get to know them, but there are some students that are wanna-bees and want to be popular. in 2012 the principal had to expell two kids that brought knives to school. If you decide to go to this school, be careful who you/your child is friends with.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
My child attended 2012-2013. Will NOT be attending next year. Bullies, Bullies, Bullies. The administration says all the correct things and do nothing. This school could benefit from a "How to be a good person" class rather than the anti-bulling rallies, that do nothing. My child went from a happy straight A (all 5 years) student to barely passing the school year and coming home crying everyday. I personally witnessed the abuse during open house. They went on a Catalina Trip. I asked a fellow parent how their child liked it and she said her daughter was tormented by fellow students the entire time. Seems "character building" is not taught nor reinforced.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
My daughter goes to this school and truly wishes she did not. Not many options in this school district. Bullied from the get go. Principal did nothing. She gets straight A's but is miserable everyday. She doesn't eat lunch and runs to the library where she can be safe. I'm so disappointed with this administration. Intern counselors are useless.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
My child attends AMS and I also volunteer there. The ratings are all over the place because the school serves a diverse populace and offers different programs. Thus, the ratings sound like they are for different schools because the kids may be experiencing different schools. AMS is one of the few schools in the area with separate classrooms for GATE and other high achieving kids. ~20% of the students are placed in the honors English and Social Studies and accelerated Math programs. If the child also participates in orchestra or band, then they will likely be clustered into a Science class that, though not designated honors, has very motivated fellow students. GATE enrichment is also provided after school, math team meets at lunch and robotics team is a class. In three years, I found that all of my child's teachers care and they range from ok to great. I would give them 4 stars on avg. If you have a GATE or high-achieving student, I would not hesitate to place them at AMS. I also think that the school works to prevent or head off bullying. If you work proactively and cooperatively with teachers and the counselor, they work very hard to monitor and prevent bullying.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
The teachers are great, and try to give the students a strong academic base. Although, the students leave a lot to be desired. They just don't seem to care. My biggest problem occurred when my son became a victim of racial bullying and the administration did not take the matter seriously. I removed my son from Adams and placed him in private school.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
I would not recommend this school at all. There's bullying, and the teachers are not so good with students.

- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2011
This school has a fantastic administrative staff but has room for improvement as far as the teachers are concerned. I would be cautions in enrolling my student at this school. Very few teachers are involved in the progress of the students. I have two children who attend this school and I would not recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2010
This school have a very good system toward not only parent but with student as well. My daughter really like the school and the teachers. My daughter grade very improve. Thank you

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2009
It is a mixed bag for Adams middle school. Most l.a. area schools have become, out of necessity, adept at dealing with ESL (english as a second language) students. Adams speaks a decent game but delivers nothing. We were told of programs and help that did not exist-as we were deciding which school to place our english-challenged children into. There are a few outstanding teachers. Most that I have seen try hard to not expend too much energy on any student. If your child needs extra attention this is not the school for you. We had meetings to address our concerns and we were given lip service-actually lied to. Also, the students in the common areas pretty much run amok. I had an issue with a bully thug and my daughter, and nothing was done.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 18, 2008
Hello. I used to attend this school, and I had the best years of my life here. The extracurricular activities and electives were awesome, (especially Drama), and the atmosphere was really pleasant. There wasn't much diversity, but everyone got along just fine, and there were hardly any fights. I was a bit upset at the 'ghetto' reputation it had; I've seen many bad schools, and this one did not deserve it's rep.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 17, 2008
We love Adams! My son is a gate student on permit, and he's had the best education this year so far. The principal is on top of behavior and is often seen patrolling the campus.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 04, 2007
For the first time this year, the total student enrollment has surpassed that of the other middle school in the district. In an open enrollment district where students can choose to go to either school, this is very telling. Saturday school is in all schools, just new to Adams and a good option instead of formal suspension.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2007
We feel invisible at Adams, Parent's Right's, we don't have Rights as parent's. My child doesn't have Right's. This has been our experience with the New Principal. We miss last year's Lady Principal. Strong curriculum doesn't matter when New Principal make's his own rules. New Principal get's an F for effort. Our daughter just received 4 hours of 'Mandatory Saturday Detention.' Saturday Detention not part of discipline when we signed the Parent/Student Handbook nor were we notified as parent's, that this was an addition to the discipline guidelines or a consequence. My daughter feels intimidated by New Principal. Adams has strong Counseling department. My daughter looks forward to her classes, teacher's are compassionate and professional.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2007
My daughter and son attend Adams. Though my children are both have special needs, I have found that the teachers and the administrators treat us fairly, provide excellent support, and are exceptionally skilled and professional when dealing with difficult situations. Thank You Adams!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
Adams Middle School is a fantastic school. The teaching staff is superb. Many changes have gone into effect this year at Adams. New intervention courses (reading, math, Algebra, Learning academies), expanded honors courses in Language Arts and Social Science, an expanded music program, a Language Wheel with four languages offered (offered no where else in the South Bay), a new fitness center (hoping to debut in December or early January '08. Student Discipline referrals are down dramatically and with a proactive approach to discipline rather than a reactive approach as happens in so many middle schools. College/University attendance after high school is our theme this year with a college night for parents happening in November. Safety is a priority at Adams. Administration does duty daily before, during and after school. Adams administration holds an open door policy. Adams enrollment is up significantly and the school as a whole is moving forward.

- submitted by a administrator
October 30, 2007
Adams has a very good caring group teachers, there is a few to the exception. The Principal leadership performance is very much below average. Parent involvement is highly recommended. I had to be extremely selective of the teachers for my child success and safety. The safety at Adams for my child has been unacceptable. Discipline and resolving issues has been inappropriate in many situations involving my child. My other children will not attend Adams school. It has been too difficult for my child to focus in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2007
Discipline is far better this year than previous. Respect is modeled by Administration and by Teachers. The addition of intervention courses is astonishing. I truly believe my child will be prepared for high school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2007
I'm very disappointed. There are better options in the area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2007
My child goes to Adams and I have seen nothing but issues with the staff including the principal. They seem to not be very understanding of childrens needs with disabilities. There seems to be very little communication with parents and staff, teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
Adams is a great school. My daughter is graduating from 8th grade this year and this is my son's first year at Adams. They both really enjoy this school! The teachers make learning fun and don't load the children up with homework. The students get along and are well behaved and the teachers and staff are great! They also provide music, arts, sports, homework club, and special events such as Career Day.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
It's a great school that caters to the needs of all students. Their vision is student success. They are starting a foreign language wheel that is par to none! How cool!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2007
Adams has an excellent staff. I have had great experiences working with the counselors, principal, science and other departments. They are still improving and have high standards.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
The new principal is exactly that...new. It shows. The assistant principals and counseling staff are top notch people that really care. Overall Adams is a great school, with strong teachers and strong programs. Things have started to slip with the new principal. I'm glad my son is in his last year at Adams.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2007
The level of communication between staff/teachers/parents is lacking and they don't seem to understand kids that need 'extra' attention or the 'gray' areas.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
My son has gone to Adams for a little over two years now, and he hasn't had a good time. They don't seem to have much control of the students when they aren't in class and the unpopular kids suffer because of it.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My child went to Adams last year and the school is way over crowded and there to many of them in each class room. They also are having a problem with keeping there teachers and the subs are terrible. I think overall it's a OK school if your child is very self discipline if not I would not recommend this school cause they get lost in the crowd.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2006
The school is a very academic school, being distingushed it has a good record and offers kids in 6th grade to skip there math class if they score a high test score on the test. I would reccomend this school to anyone living in the area. There are sports such as basketball,volleyball,soccer, and flag football for afterschool practice and teams. Being a great school parents are always involved being coaches for the team or helping the teachers in and out of class.

- submitted by a former student
January 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 17, 2005
Adams MIddle Schools is excellent at providing students with asistance in homeowork and individual assignments. The have an excellent special education program avaialable.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2005
Adams Middle School has really made great efforts to improve their academic performance and the physical school site (actual facilities). The teachers and administration are highly motivated professionals that encourage student safety and academic growth.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2005
Adams Middle School does an outstanding job at molding your child and preparing him/her for high school. My four children have done quite well in high school, I believe as a result of the preparation in middle school. The administration and teaching staff is of the highest quality and should be modeled by the South end school (Parras MS). Upon completion of the 3 years at Adams, your child will be ready for an easy transition into HS.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
I attended Adams many years ago, my son now attends. The school is beyond strict. They have reduced the passing period (the 5 minutes in between classes to get from one room to another) from 5 minutes to 4.25 minutes. They are shuffling these young kids around so much that the burn out level is staggaring & this is in the 7th grade! Not to mention homework. My son has upwards of 3 to 5 hours of homework per night! What if we had a family outing? Church? Heaven forbid the child wanted to play! Good luck there. Choose Parras!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2003
Having had three kids go through Adams, and having worked with many of the teachers and administrators there--Through my involvement with intramural activities. I feel qualified to render an assessment of Adams Middle School... 'They're the greatest!' From the principal (who's leadership has turned this school into a dynamic educational environment,) her whole staff, including a group of energetic, young, and caring educators. Along with some highly experienced teachers, who haven't lost their dedication to their avocation or their charges. To the maintenance and security people who protect and care for this campus. To all, I have the utmost of respect and appreciation for the ways they have molded and influenced my children. My children have all spoken fondly of their memories and experience at Adams Middle School. And they continue still, to return and embrace the teachers who made education fun and meaningful for them. If you are considering this campus for your middle school progenies... look no farther? They will be in excellent hands. Add to this the modernization that will be completed soon... and you will have the best of both worlds! An upgraded facility, and an education team that deeply cares and whose efforts has brought this school to the forefront. Go Eagles!

- submitted by a parent
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Adams Middle School
2600 Ripley Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA  90278
(310) 798-8636
Last modified Adams Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Adams Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top