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6-8
Public
Cupertino, CA
Students enrolled: 1,346

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821 Bubb Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 253-1525
(408) 257-5777
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July 28, 2014
I loved this school. The teachers were very understanding and made it fun to learn. Sure, there are some teachers here and there that aren't that good, but almost every other school has them. PE was fun, we actually did some legit excersize. I will miss Kennedy. Here comes Monta Vista... :/

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 2014
This school is so horrible >:( I hate it so much!!!!!! Don't go there!! SOOOO BAAAD!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2014
#FUN AND FUN AND FUN AND FUN AND ACADEMIC The best school best bes tbest best bestschool

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2013
This school has great staff. Teachers, counselors, assistants, etc. all know their job and do it very well. It has great extracurricular activities and clubs, fun elective classes. PE is interesting and challenging. The principal is outstanding! My only complaint is that their food system needs a total overhaul. There are plenty of ice cream, doughnuts, chocolate muffins, sweet tarts, sweet water (not juice, really) on the menu. No fresh vegetables to speak of. And if you even find any, they do not look appetizing. I would not want to eat them. Apparently, neither do kids. There is no warm comfortable place to sit and eat. Kids eat sitting on the ground. No microwaves. The lines are enormous. Some of the foods run out before all the students are served. Our kids work so hard they need nutritious and tasty food to keep them going. I don't think any parent would mind paying a couple of bucks more to keep their kid healthy. Parents themselves each much better at their high techs. I get jealous looking at the menus for kids at Los Altos or Palo Alto. Those are public schools, too.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My son is a 6th grade student. The transition from elementary school is smooth, teachers from Keneedy are very responsive and resourcesful. The academic curriculum are competitive, but most students still have plenty of spare time to enjoy sports and other activities. Overall, a very good school for those who are willing to put in the effort.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Teachers and classmates are great. There are also a lot of actives to participate. My child enjoy attending the school very much.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
This school is a great way to prepare kids for the stress of high school!

- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2013
I loved Kennedy. I was only there for the first half of seventh grade in 2002 because I moved to Seattle in the middle of the school year, but I loved every moment of my time there. I enjoyed their "villages" where students in the same village had the same teachers for classes. I met many different people that way and still keep in touch with some of them today. It was the first time that I had been thoroughly challenged academically and I loved it. Every subject was hard, but in a good way, in a way that made me want to push myself to be better and work harder. Kennedy set the bar at the top for me in terms of academics and teacher dedication to student learning and growth. The electives were unique. I took the rotating art-woodshop-cooking class that rotated from trimester to trimester. I had never done woodshop before, and I am proud to say that I still have the wooden pen I made in my second trimester. Also, PE was when I started loving running and fitness. I was extremely sad to leave because I had established such a strong community of friends and started to enjoy being challenged at school. I would definitely have my future children attend Kennedy if at all possible.

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2013
All CSUD middle school physical education is created to bring the students grade down giving them lower moral. This sucks. The students and their parents are the ones that put in the effort to making the schools API that way and not the staff members.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
If I had written this a year ago, it would have been very different. This year the administration and the teachers have all been exceptional. They've been consistantly responsive, proactive, engaged, and overall very effective. This ultimately provided my son with a far more engaging and enriching year. Looking forward to a similar experience next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2012
ummm im a student and i take yearbook.... I got an A. and also an A in everything else. just saying.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2012
Watch for Jackson. She doesn't spend much time teaching language arts even though that's her subject area. So, kids take STAR test without knowing a lot of the definitions. And she assign very few writing assignment. And that's for grade 8!!! Not really preparing kids for Monta Vista HS?

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
Do not take yearbook. Students do not get any As in that class. As a result you won't get perfect GPA and will get penalized for that when you leave KMS. Cooking , however are easy As.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
Kennedy is a great school with thoughtful programs. Students enjoy projects from teachers. The school prepares students well for high school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
Kennedy has wonderful teachers, and while there are students that say that they can't "teach" I think the opposite. I enjoy the events going on in this school, especially KBDC. The village program is creative and every one has their own variety of teachers and teaching styles.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2011
This school is awesome! The PE program challenges the students and keeps them fit. The teachers are top notch and also challenge the students to be at their fullest potential. This school is great!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2010
Our 1st child is going to KMS and we are extremely pleased with the transition that she made from Elementary to Middle School, and how KMS staff and curriculum allowed her to make such a smooth transition. She will graduate this year and will be off to High School and we could not be more pleased with the experience from social, educational and emotional growth that she has gained.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
2 of my children went to John F. Kennedy Middle school. I was very impressed with the staff and the education that my children received

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
John F. Kennedy Middle School is wonderful school for my 2 kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
John F. Kennedy Middle School is a great school for students.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
I have two kids. One has gradulated from Kennedy middle and the other one is still in it. I love this school. It meets my expectation of a public school provides. My kids are very different from each other. I see my both kids transform from tiny little ones to big grown and strong kids. I do appreciate every day PE make them strong. One of the kids was loose ended in organizing his work, but with teacher's help, I dont need to worry about him. I am really happy that they all become self confident and healthy kids and this is a good school to prepare for Monta Vista high. Maybe it is the very beginning of the school philosophy to leave the kids to the school to make them independent. So after join Kennedy, I do not worry about them too much.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
This school is very expertise in physical education and extracurricular activities involving such. The homework is DEFINITELY NOWHERE NEAR 3-5 HOURS. The only ones who could possible take that long are the procrastinators. I could finish my homework within half an hour. There are many opportunities for friends. The only problem with this school is the huge pressure and expectations of the school. Everyone expects you to have glamorous A's, even the parents, because that's what 90% of the students have. The teachers are OK, but it seems that all but two of the, what, 40? teachers of the school care more about the staff and their money than their students. Overall, this is a pretty environmentally OK school. Above average in smarts and grades, normal in teachers, below average on the caring of teachers about students.

- submitted by a student
March 02, 2010
This school was pretty cool in the begining. The math was too easy (repeat of like 2nd grade) science was a joke... we just made website and didn't learn anything. Same for math. We had a project for finding weather? that is certainly not math.

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February 09, 2010
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October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 14, 2009
It is a wonderful school. Great teachers and excellent environment for kids to grow up. The kids are taught to be responsible, tough competion though.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
My son started here in sixth grade. He pretty much got A's in math , yet I found that most of test questions were very easy. For eg, only 1 or 2 out of 10-15 questions were really capable of testing understanding , others were just operation oriented. There is a lot of testing etc for advanced math placement, for which the kid should go outside and learn because it is really about skipping learning some of the curriculum in school , rather than about taking the kids to the next level i.e. keeping the better kids challenged through advanced problems. The school does not offer many options for after school activities. As one parent had mentioned earlier , the teachers, administration and district are basking in the glory of scores. I see more and more of teachers becoming evaluators and test strategists rather than educators .

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
its ok.. the teachers are varied, but one village can have 3 good teachers, while another may not have any. there is lots of homework, and your expected to get straight A's and always work hard if you go here. the parents always expect that there kids do better than thay can, so theres lots of people in advanced math that got there because thay over studdied for the MARS test, forgot everything the day after the test, and have no natural math ability, so really shouldn't be there. peer pressure is overpowering for kids who can't find ways around it.you can actually tell the diference between kids who just came, like pixies, and kids who have been at the school for a long time. The bright side is that its a big school, so even though the lunch lines are extremely long, there's friends for all personality types.

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
I am currently in 7th grade at Kennedy, and I love it. Despite what the other reviews say, the homework load is very light, I almost never have over an hour of it (today I didn't have any). It is challenging in the best way possible, and fun. I wouldn't describe myself as the ideal, quiet, studious student, but I have a 4.0. The teachers here provide interesting, easy to understand lessons so getting straight A's isn't hard if you pay attention in class. Also, P.E. and after school sports are the perfect way to get exercise. Since I started school here my mile time has improved by more then 2 minutes. The variety of elective choices we get is another plus.

- submitted by a student
May 11, 2009
The child is saying he had no homework today becuase of star testing this week there is little to no homework during that time.. But normally there is at least 60 to 90 mins a night.. My child is in 7 grade

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April 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
I am currently a student at this dreadful school. The reason this school isn't great for the average student, because if you want to get a 4.0 you need to do like 3-5 hours of homework a night. Being a special Ed Student is hard, because kids treat you very badly, and it is a school i can't wait to get out of. If your not perfect, don't come. Believe me, if you want your child to have Seld-respect, don't bring your kid to this school. You've been warned.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2008
I am a former student of Kennedy. I feel that this school really prepared me. Some say that the workload is heavy, but from my memory, it was only 4-5 hours when I had my computer on. Sometimes it's not the amount of work, but how focused you are on it. Sometimes I would look at my planner and see the column all filled up, and finishing all that work took me about 5 hours. However, I tried turning off my computer and the work only took 2-3 hours. If you plan on going to Kennedy, then begin practicing good work habits. Parents should make sure their child is finished with the homework before letting them turn on the computer. Other than that, enjoy the village system. When I got into high school, I realized how great village systems were. So don't rely on it too much.

- submitted by a community member
September 29, 2008
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August 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
This is a school for the quiet, obedient students who enjoy going to school and doing lots of homework (3-4 hours a night). This school lacks resources, staff, and land and is based on a very old-fashioned system where students are expected to learn and not enjoy it. Going to this school will cause students to lose motivation is learning and dread going to school everyday. The teachers here are very low quality and unfriendly (with 1 or 2 exceptions). Unless your only goal in school is to get straight A's, I suggest going to a school elsewhere.

- submitted by a student
July 10, 2008
I think JFK is an awesome school. There are so much extra-cirricular activities you can do, and it's really easy to learn new stuff from your teachers. JFK also provides a lot of oppurtunities to do choose what you want to do.

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June 08, 2008
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May 19, 2008
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March 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
I think this school is GREAT! The environment it provides me, it just...great. The teachers are excellent, and prepare you well, and it's very fair. It's challenging, but in a good way.

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November 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2007
This school has the best parent-teacher asscociation and has the best funding fo all the major departments

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2007
This school is a good all around school and im just here to defend my school and principal. The principal of Kennedy is an eagle scout wich makes up a VERY small percent of the population.

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2007
Kennedy is a great school. There is a culturally diverse background with students' families from all over the world, mostly asian/indian and white. I had the distinct pleasure of helping to chaperone the 8th grade class to Yosemite. Kennedy has the largest group of participants of any middle school for this trip, yet what a well behaved bunch of kids! Quite driven academically, I only regret that more parents aren't involved. The teachers and staff are all top notch professionals.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
Our son is in 6th Grade, 2005 - 2006, school year. He has had a very positive experience at Kennedy. We were concerned about the ethnic make-up of the school because our son is a minority in Cupertino. He is white. He has done well academically. The academic demands and homework have been very manageable for him. There is a level of academic intensity but it is parent driven. You will find this throughout Cupertino. The sports programs have been very good. It really has been a very good first year in middle school.

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December 09, 2005
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June 08, 2005
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May 06, 2005
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April 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2004
The school does not have a caring environment. No wonder tutorial classes are thriving around Kennedy and other Cupertino schools. Don't the staff have any pride.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2004
Kennedy is a great school. Accademics are top-notch and the teachers seem to really care about the students. My only complaint is that the size of the school makes access to some extra curricular activities difficult, if not impossible. Also, the school lacks diversity other than asian/white.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2004
This school was too curriculum based. My daughter had 4-5 hours of homework every night in 7th and 8th grade. Zero period was not offered to all students, which I found quite sad.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
We moved to Cupertino for the excellent school system and were fairly happy with the elementary education and basics learning. When my son moved to Kennedy, we thought the curriculum would become more stimulating and challenging. We hoped teachers would inspire him. Instead, we found numerous examples of fill-in-the-blank worksheets. Teachers make very few accomodations (if any) for differences in learning styles. Homework load is high. This school is a one-size-fits-all school with very little room for diversity. The teachers have too many students to supervise and there are very few resources (ie. one counselor for 1400 students). If your student is quiet, obedient, follows directions well, loves the challenge of homework, and is a true conformer, this is a very good school for them.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2004
Everything about this school must have changed drastically since I left, because I had a great experience while I was there. I never felt creatively stifled while a student there; I believe that all students I knew were given equal opportunity to do the best they can. Most of my teachers were excellent (although there are definitely a few exceptions) in nurturing my personal and academic growth. However, it has been ten years since, and things must be different now for the reviews to be so bad.

- submitted by a former student
May 03, 2004
Kennedy epitomizes all the contradictions in CA suburb magnet schools. Student quality is high but teacher quality is low. Parents are eager to participate but the administration has little resources to accomodate. Classes are too big. Staff looks after too many. Teaching emphasises on mechanical, to the detriment of creativity. Students are already self taught, home taught or attending after school tutorials, and going to school is to mainly for socialization. But socialization is within similar ethnic and socioeconomic groups. (Over 60% Asian, generally from professional parents. Many remaining are highly motivated new immigrants from the East, Central and South Europe.) Teacher turnover is high. Teaching emphasis the drill. Some new teachers employ kindergarden methods on adolescents, from their background. Students who thrive are those who can follow detail instructions, and the quiet types. Non-conformity are suppressed. Creative expressions are discouraged and subtlely punished. (Many examples to provide.) Be careful.

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April 10, 2004
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March 07, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2003
we moved to cupertino just so my daughter can attend kennedy! after my daughter started attending this school i see that they give lots of homeworkd that gives practice in all subjects and is really great! my daughter has been getting straight A's now!!!! i would recommend kennedy middle school!!!!!!!!

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John F. Kennedy Middle School
821 Bubb Road, Cupertino, CA  95014
(408) 253-1525
Last modified John F. Kennedy Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John F. Kennedy Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top