Specialist Programs

During school closure, please refer to this website for Specials activities: https://sites.google.com/sbunified.org/adams-rotations/home

Physical Education
All students receive direct instruction for forty-five minutes once a week. PE instruction includes: social development, movement skills & movement knowledge, self-image, personal development and health.

Design Center
All students will receive instruction for forty-five minutes to 60 minutes weekly in the Design Center. Students will create innovative projects.  

Fine Arts
All first through sixth grade students receive weekly formal art instruction for forty-five minutes. The Adams art program is sponsored by the iCAN foundation.

All TK-6th grade students receive weekly formal music instruction. All TK-2nd grade students receive formal vocal instruction. All 3rd grade students are taught how to play the recorder once a week. All 4th grade students have violin music lessons once a week. All 5th and 6th grade students have instrumental music lessons once a week.

All 5-6th grade students are invited to participate in the SBUSD’s Bravo program every Monday and Thursday beginning in October from 3:30-4:45pm at Santa Barbara Jr. High. Free transportation is provided.

Students receive direct computer instruction from their classroom teacher.   Technology is used to enhance academic performance and projects. Students may complete projects using word-processing and Internet skills with the use of peripherals such as digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, and laser printers.

We currently have a 1:1 ipad program. The Transitional Kindergarten through second grade classrooms contain ipads to support small group rotations. Every Kindergarten-6th grade classroom is equipped to support student engagement with a 60 inch LC Television, Apple TV, document camera and an ipad tablet. There are also desktop computers in every 1-6th grade classroom.

Field Trips
Field trips provide students with experiential learning aligned with the academic standards. In order to participate in field trips, students must submit a permission slip signed by his or her parent or guardian.

Adams has a site-based Gifted and Talented Education program for all students of exceptional ability, including those identified by the District GATE test given each winter to second through sixth grade students. Students receive differentiated instruction on a daily basis, especially in language arts and mathematics.

Our Outdoor garden instruction occur in 5-8 week cycles. Grade levels cycle through the garden.  In this way, teachers can select a schedule for their class to align with earth science and life science modules from FOSS.