About Adams Elementary

Welcome to John Adams Elementary! We are located in the vibrant Normal Heights community of San Diego. Our enrollment of 350 students, from preschool through grade 5, represents a diverse student population including 26% English Language Learners. We offer rigorous instruction focused on Common Core State Standards as well as believe in attending to the whole child through our extensive arts programs (dance, music, and visual arts), technology, physical education, social-emotional programs, and our Dual-Language Spanish immersion program. Upper-grade students hold leadership roles through our Lighthouse Student Team and Ally Action group as well as other leadership opportunities.

Our teachers are learners. Teachers invest time in professional learning communities to analyze data and respond to the instructional needs of each student. In addition, teachers learn about positive behavioral strategies and trauma-informed practices.

Family Wednesdays inform parents of student learning, tips for parents, and encourage involvement at school. Parents’ shared decision making is encouraged through the School Site Council, Site Governance Team and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The Parent Teacher Community Organization (Adams PTCO) hosts family events.

Adams’ mission is for all students to develop a love of learning in a safe, engaging, and supportive environment. We will prepare students to be productive citizens who practice respect, collaboration and honesty.  Every student at our school knows our Adams attitude:

Work Hard. Be Kind. Dream Big. Make it Happen!

Esfuérzate. Sé Amable. Sueña en Grande. ¡Ha

We invite new families to visit us soon!

Adams Elementary School

Our School

  • Grades: UTK-Fifth Grade
  • Boundary Map
  • Special Program Offerings
    • Breakfast in the Classroom Program
    • Daily lunch includes choice of 3 entrees, milk, and nutritious salad bar
    • Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE)
    • 6-week dance residency and performances
    • Prime Time: Free Before and After School Childcare on Campus

Our students love their giant playground which our school shares with the city of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department. We work hard to keep their play area safe and clean so they can freely enjoy their play time.

Parents and the local business community play an important role at Adams. Our parents and guardians get involved with our regular programs like Family Wednesdays, Dad's Club Catch a Rising Star program, our school garden, family counseling, Family Reading Night and Family Science Night. Check out our Parent, Teacher, Community, Organization (PTCO). They put on events in addition to fundraising to provide arts at Adams. 

Come see John Adams Elementary School in action!

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