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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  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 1,913 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.

Adams High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1150
343 responses
Average ACT
27
67 responses
AP Enrollment
11%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$38,943
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$767
National
$949
Median Home Value
$82,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
70%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 82 responses
  • Senior prank at the end of the year
    16%
  • Prep rallies.
    15%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    13%
  • Friday Night Football
    10%
  • Sports games
    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
1,913
Free or Reduced Lunch
56%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.1%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.31 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.31 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.31 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
$10,987/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 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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Adams High School is a diverse institution that strives for excellence in academics and athletics. This school has won many awards for athletic and academic events. Adams makes sure that each student has a chance to have a successful future. Adams has countless programs, clubs, and classes that allow all students opportunities to grow and learn. Adams High School is very diverse in its classes and students. All cultures, religions, and beliefs are welcomed by the school and are never judged. The faculty want what is best for each student and will always help them to succeed. Adams High School is an excellent institution that many students enjoy attending.
My experience at Adams High School has overall been great. The teachers are welcoming and have a good environment in their classrooms. The school counselors are also helpful when help is needed. Students are able to choose the classes they take as well as have the opportunity to be in the International Baccalaureate program which is a great opportunity to learn independence and partake in the classes each individual student wishes to to get closer to their desired major they will study in college. The student environment is not the greatest and there are many separate groups of friends, where some students may feel left out. With my experience, Adams High School lacks preparation for college, more specifically the websites needed to access transcripts, send SAT scores, etc. As a school, they could improve on preparing students for the materials needed for college as well as making sure students are on the right track to obtaining their desired diploma.