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Adams High School

Public | 9-12 | 1704 students

 

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Posted January 19, 2014

The ideal school in the area. Great community, great academics, fun athletics, very few problems.


Posted November 3, 2005

I loved going to Adams. It was so diverse and fun. I graduated with honors. I had a lot of friends and made them easy. It was a school that was fun to be in. We weren't the best in sports, but we tried. I will always consider myself an Adams Eagle. After moving into Riley district I still attended Adams. I loved it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 6, 2005

I attended John Adams my freshman and sophmore years. At the time I believed that Adams was a bad school. I left Adams my junior year to attend Concord High School. Concord is reguarded as a top quality education public school. I, however, disagree. While attending Concord teachers told me that my skills in both reading and math were far beyond most students. They asked where I had attended previously and I was proud to tell them John Adams. It is now my Senior year and I am proud to say that I have transferred back into Adams. It is far and beyond one of the best academic schools in the state. The only reason that test scores are low, is because most students that attend care very little about their education. Teachers are not to be blamed because Adams is home to some of the best teachers in the state.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2004

This school holds many wonderful memories for me. While every student has a teacher that gave him/her a hard time, I have to say that overall I felt I always had a voice here. I love this school and would have no problems sending my children here. If a student wants to learn, there is significant opportunity.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 16, 2004

I agree totally with my friend Ariel. We have seen far too many principals in our last four years here. Part of it is due to our undecisive superintendent, and our lack of sufficient security. -Aj Born
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 29, 2004

My experience with the level of commitment and responsibility of teaching and special ed staff has been dismal. Unfortunately, a child must be extaordinary (and probably lucky) to achieve academic excellence in this school. My son will graduate this year with what I consider to be a middle school level of english & history education, and perhaps 10th grade or slightly better in Math/Sciences. Thanks in large part to our raising his bar - not the school. We are in the minority of parents who think a child deserves to fail if he doesn't do the required work, and we work very hard to see that our son learns something regarless of his grades/GPA. Unfortunately, there is a culture of acceptance for failure at this school where only half the freshman make it through to graduation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2003

This school is 15% amazing, but 85% terrible. The security is sub-par, the administration is pathetic (I have had 7 principals from freshman year to the first grading period of senior year). There are a select group of scholarly students and wonderfully dedicated teachers, but this is the minority.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
27%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
26%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "F".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

20%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
25%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

62%

Average SAT score

1013

Graduation rate

84.6%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

This school

 
 
61%

State Average

 
 
64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

This school

 
 
26%

State Average

 
 
31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.4
This school
2.6
State Average

Average number of units completed in first year2
20
This school
30
Recommended load

Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

This school

 
 
74%

State Average

 
 
75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 45% 72%
Black 32% 12%
Hispanic 13% 10%
Multiracial 7% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A46%
Special education 14%N/A14%
English learners 8%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs Otha Reese
Fax number
  • (574) 283-7704

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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808 South Twyckenham Drive
South Bend, IN 46615
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