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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Adams High School is a highly rated, public school located in South Bend, IN. It has 1,794 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
808 S Twyckenham Dr
South Bend, IN 46615
Telephone
(574) 283-7700
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Adams High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1140
295 responses
Average ACT
27
58 responses
AP Enrollment
11%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$37,441
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$741
National
$949
Median Home Value
$81,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 71 responses
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  • Senior prank at the end of the year
    18%
  • Prep rallies.
    15%
  • Spirit Week
    13%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Sports games
    10%
  • Friday Night Football
    10%
  • Homecoming
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,794
Free or Reduced Lunch
58%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.1%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,856/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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John Adams is the more rigorous and diverse public high school in the Michiana area. Coming from a local private school, I was faced with many high school options, including Penn, La Lumiere, St. Joe, Marian, Culver, and others. However, I chose John Adams because of the IB program, which is a rigorous academic program that is recognized all over the world. The teachers are fantastic, and truly care about the students. They all know me by name, and they know about me as a person, even if I have never had their class before. I chose John Adams for the Science Research program, which is only offered at this school. In research, I have refined my skills with the scientific method, and learned how to compute difficult statistics problems as a sophomore. Now, as a junior, I feel prepared for college through the rigorous courses and teacher support that I have gained through this high school. However, I advise bringing your own lunch to school, as the cafeteria food is of very poor quality!
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The ceramics program is amazing. Some art teachers are great, too! I would like to see more diversity in the interests of people attending Adams and the programs/clubs offered. I think the majority of the Adams community relies on mock trial and becomes closed off to other interests.
I attended parochial school through 8th grade and had the opportunity to attend parochial high school. I chose to attend Adams High School because after visiting both schools, I fell in love with the "vibe" at Adams. Public schools often get a bad rap, but, Adams is one of the best public schools in the South Bend Community, also being the largest with over 1800 students. The schools graduates some of the most intelligent students with students earning scholarships to Ivy League schools and other elite universities. Adams has dual enrollment programs so that students may earn college credits while in high school and an International Baccalaureate Program. I studied under the IB program and am so glad I did. It has made me challenge myself and learn more than that I thought I could. I feel like I am prepared for college and Adams was the best choice for me. I am proud to be graduating an Eagle.