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.
Teachers and classmates are great. There are also a lot of actives to participate. My child enjoy attending the school very much.
This school is a great way to prepare kids for the stress of high school!
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.
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.
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.
ummm im a student and i take yearbook.... I got an A. and also an A in everything else. just saying.
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?
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.
Kennedy is a great school with thoughtful programs. Students enjoy projects from teachers. The school prepares students well for high school.
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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