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About This School

Adams High School is a public high school in South Bend. The principal of Adams High School is Mrs Otha Reese. 1,704 students go to Adams High School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 8% of the Adams High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 58% of the 1,704 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Adams High School is 18:1. Riley High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 45% 36%
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 35%
Asian 2% 1%
Hispanic 13% 18%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.06% 0.02%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 73%
Limited English proficiency 8% 11%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

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

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

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