out of 10


Schools serving similar student populations most often got a: 5
Test scores for low-income students

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School leader:  Amy Alzina
2701 Las Positas Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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(805) 563-2515
(805) 563-4365
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"We are best known for challenging academic program."


  • Before / After care
    Before, After
  • Dress policy
    None, Dress code
  • Coed / Single gender


  • Academic focus
    Science, Technology
  • Arts
    Video and film production, Band, Choir / Chorus, Drama...
  • World languages
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Submitted by a community member · August 03, 2016
My family has had a great experience at Adams. At first I was skeptical as I heard about the school's past struggles with creating community but I've been impressed with the school, the teachers and the staff. The principal is amazing and has... more

Submitted by a parent · September 14, 2015
Our journey at Adams began just last year when our son was to enter Kindergarten. I phoned for a school tour and never looked back. Kinder tours were scheduled monthly and personally led by the principal. Following the tour there were numerous... more

Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree
Submitted by a parent · September 14, 2015
In my opinion, the teachers at Adams truly LOVE what they do. They believe in the school's mission and leadership and are committed to student success.

Submitted by a parent · September 14, 2015
Adams school is a terrific neighborhood school. We could not ask for a better experience. The teachers are committed and the families are wonderful. Adams is diverse, culturally and economically. There are families with tons of money and... more

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PROGRAMS Physical Education All students receive direct instruction for fifty minutes once a week. PE instruction includes: social development, movement skills & movement knowledge, self-image, personal development and health. Science Lab All students receive hands on lab instruction from our Science Lab Specialist for fifty minutes once a week. Science Lab experiments include: Dissecting a shark and squid, Planting seeds and harvesting our school garden, Creating a sundial, testing PH levels of water in our Creak, etc… Spanish All K-6th Grade English only students receive thirty minutes of formal Spanish daily. Spanish Instruction includes: Reading, Writing and Oral Language. Fine Arts All kindergarten through sixth grade receive weekly formal art instruction for fifty minutes a week taught by our two Art Instructors. Technology Students receive direct computer instruction from their classroom teacher as well as the computer Specialist. Technology is used as a tool to enhance academic performance and projects. Students may complete projects using word-processing and Internet skills with the use of peripherals such as digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, and laser printers. We currently have 92 netbook computers that are used daily with our 4-6th grade students, as well as a computer lab and desktop computers in every classroom. Field Trips Field trips provide students with experiential learning aligned with the academic standards. In order to participate in field trips, students must submit a permission slip signed by his or her parent or guardian. Music All K-6th grade students receive weekly formal music instruction. All 3rd grade students are taught how to play the recorder once a week. All 4th grade students have violin music lessons once a week. All 5th and 6th grade students have instrumental music lessons once a week. GATE Adams has a site-based Gifted and Talented Education program for all students of exceptional ability, including those identified by the District GATE test given each winter to second through sixth grade students. Students receive differentiated instruction on a daily basis, especially in language arts and mathematics. PRESCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS Preschool/Child Development Programs: The State Preschool Classrooms are located in Bungalows F and G. Hours: 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. The Preschool Program is for 3 and 4 year old children and follows a 9 month calendar. Contact: Erika Zamora at 965 - 4633 ext 263. The Business office is located at 721 East Cota Street at the back of the SBJH parking lot. The office is open 8:00 - 5:00p.m. daily. School Age Classrooms/Afterschool: Opens at 1:40 p.m. for Kindergarten and 2:44 p.m. for First through Third grade. Location: Bungalows F and G. When the elementary school is closed for Winter, Spring and Summer Recess, the school age program is open full day, from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Contact: Elena Prado at 965 - 4633 ext. 253. The Business Office is located at 721 East Cota Street at the back of the SBJH parking lot. The office is open 8:00 - 5:00p.m. daily. Afterschool Opportunities for Kids (A-OK!): A-OK provides a Monday-Friday program until 6 p.m. on the Adams Elementary School campus and serves students in grades 1-6th. A-OK receives major funding from the California Department of Education through a statewide grant program. The grant requires students to be enrolled for five days/week and stay until 5:30 p.m. At the end of the day, a bus service is available. The cost for the program is $36/month to include busing, $30/month if parent picks up a child. Financial assistance is available on a temporary basis. The A-OK! program provides academic support and enrichment activities designed to support California grade-level standards. Program goals are for students to: 1. maintain high attendance, make progress on language arts/mathematics skills; 2. show positive behavior changes, keep up on homework; 3. build new skills, personal and social competence, and responsibility; and 4. cultivate a culture of physical fitness, good nutrition, and healthy lifestyle behaviors. To find out more information or to enroll, please see Jesse Tovar in the Family Resource Center or contact him at 563-9235. PTA Afterschool Enrichment classes will begin on September 13th. They will be offering some of the classes back that they offered last spring for a small fee. For example: gardening, Legos, beading, cheer, dance, sports, art, etc...

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Last modified: August 3, 2016
Last modified Adams Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.