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John F. Kennedy Elementary School

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $402,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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Posted September 26, 2013

My grandson is in K. I was so excited to hear him read. He is learning so much and loving it. Thanks to the teachers


Posted September 26, 2013

I appreciate the fact that they dont let anyone on campus before and during school. I also love that when the kids are let out of school, they walk them out to a designated area where all the parents are waiting and they make the kids raise their hands if they see a parent. Very clean school and lots of room for them to run at recess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My grandson attends This school for the first time this year and has made many new friends and comes home happy. He loves his teacher Mrs. Draper and she is very nice! Love the structure, and I loved parent night the first time they had it, very educational and great food!! Thanks to all the staff!


Posted April 20, 2011

Yes I totally agree, they do have really bizzare disciplinary actions. I do not agree with the fact that the children get benched during recess for being tardy. This school is not what it use to be. I am having to re-teach my daughter EVERYTHING. I don't feel they have been doing a good job. I will definitely be changing her school to Susan B. Anthony. What I also don't understand is why they must eat outside for breakfast and not in the cafeteria, what if it's freezing outside???? They even let you know that because academically, the children's scores have been so low compared to other schools you are able to transfer to another school. I'm done with this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

Great public school! Beautiful murals, organic gardens, and a very loving staff. The principal is kind to the students, and the teachers are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

I think JFK is a great school, however, I don't agree with their uniform policy. Did parents vote on that because I don't recall voting? If I wanted my child to wear a uniform I would have sent her to a private school. I also resent the face that Mrs Casey insists on uniforms for school pictures. The parents pay for the pictures, not Mrs Casey, so we should decide on what our child will wear. I also don't like that only children dressed in uniform are allowed to get a ball at recess. That's about the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

JFK is a wonderful school full of teachers and staff that are dedicated to the students' personal and academic growth. Despite so many challenges the kids come to school with, the teachers never give up and they keep fighting for their students. No school is perfect but JFK is as close to it as you can get. The only thing is that more parents need to be involved. Teachers are inviting parents in but parents seem to be afraid to help out. Don't be afraid! You can do a lot and the teachers want you to be there working with your children! We all have to be a community helping to raise our kids because teachers can't do it all and we can't do it all. We all have to work together. I've had 4 kids in JFK & the last one is in 3rd grade. They have all loved it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

I totally love this school! All the staff is very nice and helpful; especially Mrs. Reilly. we moved to South San Francisco and my kids still kept going to school there. This is my daughter's last year there and she is already sad just thinking of leaving this school. Thanks, Mrs. Padilla
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

Our experience with JFK is a new, since this is our first year . I really see the hardwork and care that is put into my childs early education. I truly appreciate all of the kindergarten's staff all their dedication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

JFK has caring and dedicated teachers and three wonderful and dedicated secretaries. But the teachers can't do it all parents need to get involve with their children's education. Overall I think that JFK is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

J.F.K. has excellent teachers who have for years worked under tight budgets and cut in programs throughout the district. However, this has not stopped them from working even harder to overcome these obstacles and to create a 'rich' teaching environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

I think the school lacks as far as education. My son has not had any homework for 4 weeks and he was tested at another school and i was told that this school is not up to speed. I am pulling my son out of this school. They only focus on money not the children. The parents are not involved and don't seem to care. They have all these announcements for parent involvment and PTA meetings, yet I have not been to one yet where it really is a PTA Meeting! Oh and if your kid gets hurt, don't expect the school to notify you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2006

I have two daughters going to JFK and I have to say I am very impressed with all the teachers there and also the principal. I have a third daughter ready to start kindergarten and she will also be going to jfk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2005

If you want an elementary school with incredibly kind children and dedicated teachers then this is the place for you. It would be great if parents could help out more around school but they are too busy working. Still they are very supportive of the school in whatever ways they can. Check it out before you rule it out.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 5, 2005

Teachers are excellent, but they are lacking budget and parents support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

Over crowded, and now that they're adding 5th, who knows how it will be. There are some very dedicated and excellent teachers, but there are also many who are horrid. The administration and the parents are not supportive... The lack of funding and parental participation leads to the overall lackluster performance of this school. My kids attended JFK for 2 years, and now we have moved to provide them with better educational opportunities. Perhaps the new principal and the fact that Daly City is downsizing the schools will help, but I doubt it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2004

The principal always seems to have a smile on her face and takes the time to be at functions and to talk with parents. My daughter's teachers have been very communicative and, as a teacher myself, come across as being the cream of the crop with their dedication and efforts. If there is one negative, I wish that there would be more parent involvement as I believe their children would soar more. Too bad, this school doesn't go all the way to 8th grade. In all, this school does its best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2003

My son attended this school from K-3rd grade until we moved. I was very happy with the school. I was disappointed with the parents involvement with school activities. I was most pleased about the experience we had with the teachers there. We always had great communication and they always made time for us. We surely miss the school for the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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840

Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students56%
Females72%
Males40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner49%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state62%

Math

All Students66%
Females76%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students61%
Females61%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino72%
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate9%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females75%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner61%
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)90%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females79%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females81%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students51%
Females47%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino54%
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students45%
Females30%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino62%
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students52%
Females47%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino62%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 46%
Asian 10%
Two or more races 4%
White 3%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/AN/A
English language learners 57%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 12%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Carolyn Casey
Fax number
  • (650) 755-1937

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Daly City, CA 94014
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