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2701 Las Positas Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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(805) 563-2515
(805) 563-4365
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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 engagement opportunities for parent and student involvement - a true sense of community. We now have a 1st grader and kindergartener and couldn't be happier. The school is led by a strong leader, amazing, passionate and committed teachers and a very active Parent Teacher Association. Adams is not pretentious rather focused on strengthening sense of community, student success and parent involvement. Fortunately, we are in a position to choose any school for our children - private or public. We choose Adams.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
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
Grateful to: Teacher
September 14, 2015
Mrs. Cruz, kindergarten teacher at Adams, is simply amazing. Her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to her students' learning potential is infectious. Peace of mind and heart is what I feel when my child is in her care. Thank you Mrs. Cruz.

- 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 families with not a lot of money. There are whites, blacks, Asians and Latinos. I feel like Adams is preparing our kids for what the real world is like and how to get along with everybody.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2015
Adams Elementary School has been a fantastic experience for our family. The principal, Amy Alzina, is passionate and committed to all members of the school community. Our daughter's education has been excellent from a variety of talented teachers at Adams. We are beyond thrilled that Adams has a Montessori strand for grades 1st-3rd and 4th-5th. It is currently the only school in the Santa Barbara Unified School District that offers Montessori at a public school. Our family also feels like part of a great community at Adams Elementary School, and we enjoy walking to school every morning from our house in the Samarkand neighborhood.

- submitted by a community member

May 02, 2014
My 2 children had an awful experience at Adams. One has a great teacher but has been bored and unchallenged. My 2nd child has an AWFUL teacher! I'm fairly certain that the 1 year that my kids spent at Adams has set their educational goals back unacceptably. I tried contacting the principal, several times, and never heard from her. There's also one teacher that I know of who speaks about god in the classroom. I guess I shouldn't be surprised considering the principal is "born-again". I could easily over-look the whole religion thing if the academics were worth it though.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2013
Three of my children have gone through Adam, and they have done very well. If you want your child to be invited to a weekly birthday party, this may not be the school for you. If you want your child to get a good education with diversity, then this is the school. Most of the teachers are excellent and will go above and beyond to help your child. If your child is advance they will challenge them! It's sad that many neighborhood kids stay clear of this school only due to discrimination reason, not the quality.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2012
We just started at Adams after 4 years of private school and are VERY impressed! The staff are very hard-working, professional, and engaged. The principal is 110% dedicated. The children are welcoming and friendly. The scores are jumping up by leaps and bounds. And the programs are unbelievable. Art, computer, running club, library, reading - and that is just what is available for free BEFORE school!!

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January 04, 2011
Together with the teachers, support staff and parents we are working very hard to make school more challenging, engaging and fun for all of our students this year! Our teachers meet weekly to review standards, student data reports and to discuss best teaching strategies for each individual student. Our strong PTA supports instruction with field trips, assemblies, instructional assistants and the necessary materials our students need to be successful. Our students know that success is based solely on being the best they can be! Adams school is truly a gem to be desired within the Santa Barbara School District!

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April 27, 2010
Adams is an awesome school!! The Teachers & staff members are great. The principal is outgoing, enthusiastic and always looking for ways to benefit the school in many areas. The parents are all so involved. I have older children who attended a different school and the involvement was never as successful as the one we have experienced here.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2010
The teachers are great. My two older children went to Adams School and got a great education.

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April 19, 2010
Adams has always been a great school for my kids, my last one is in 3rd grade this year and the teachers and staff are terrific and dedicated to all of the students. With a dedicated Principal in place now, Adams is poised to become even better.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2010
Our kindergarten experience has far surpassed my expectations! My son is reading The Magic Tree House series on his own in kindergarten. His teacher has introduced him to geography, history and higher level thinking. In addition, he has Spanish, Computers, Library, Art, Garden and Science. Unbelievable! In this economy, I do not know of any other public school in Santa Barbara that offers this many specialty classes. I highly recommend Adams!

- submitted by a parent
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January 15, 2010
Adams is a fabulous school with great teachers and parent support!

- submitted by a community member

January 14, 2010
We have been pleased with our decision to send our daughter to Adams School. Her kindergarten experience has been wonderful with Mrs Viscarra. There has been a great sense of community among the families in her class. I loved the summer beach days so the children could establish relationships before school began. Mrs Alzina, the principal brings lots of energy and enthusiasm to the school and is very open to hearing about ways we can better the school. The kindergarten program is rich in learning. My daughter attends spanish class daily, and has weekly art, science, PE, computer and library time. A fabulous addition to the school is the construction of the organic garden -and outdoor classroom thanks to the partnership with the Orfeala Foundation. I highly recommend sending your child to Adams School. Our desire is to continue to make Adams a neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2008
Low parent involvement. Run-down facilities. It's too bad, but many families in nearby Samarkand and Hidden Valley search for other school options for their kids.

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February 09, 2007
Adams is getting a new principal, so we'll see how that turns out. It has fantastic teachers and a friendly atmosphere. Facilities are a little shabby, but what goes on in the classroom has been so great for my kids that I'm willing to overlook that!

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2006
We loved Adams School to bad we had to move to Santa Maria, schools here are not the same. We miss all the teachers from Adams, Miss.Lapking Mr.Ojeda and his assistance ,Mrs.KastburPonce Thank you! The best school ever.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2005
Adams elementary school is the best school I've been to. The principal and teachers I had were the best ever! If you could enroll your child in this school it would be such a good experience. I cried when I left the state.

- submitted by a student

October 18, 2004
I wasn't very happy with this school, because the principal seemed to make drastic decisions without consulting with anyone. A lot of bad decisions affected my child.

- submitted by a parent
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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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Adams Elementary School
2701 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA  93105
(805) 563-2515
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.
Adams Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top