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6-8
Public district
Redwood City, CA
Students enrolled: 804
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2521 Goodwin Avenue
Redwood City, CA 93239

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(650) 365-4611
(650) 367-4362
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Map of John F. Kennedy Middle School address.

May 10, 2015
This school will not improve with the continuation of the past's good old boys network. Watch for the termination of the few remaining good staff on the whim of the district office. Home schooling or ANY alternative to this or any RCSD school should be considered by any parent who cares about one's child or the child's safely.

- submitted by a teacher

March 16, 2015
I am a prospective parent who believes that, unfortunately, many parents in Redwood City do not seem to want better for their kids. If they did, they would not be supporting the status quo by saying that everything is great as it is. Neighboring communities have schools with better test scores and more emphasis on academics. IMO, Kennedy should decrease its emphasis on performing arts until academics and test scores seem competitive with those of similar schools in neighboring communities. As it is, I am considering homeschooling my son because I am not seeing/hearing that Kennedy parents care enough about academics to want more for their kids and this city/community.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2013
Kennedy Middle School is a very good school for every kind of learner! There are classes for Advanced Students (such as Geometry), English Learners, Special Needs and so on. Every student learns in this school. The principal is doing a fantastic job hiring and keeping quality staff that have a sincere love of teaching. Kennedy has many extracurricular activities including sports, art, dance, drama, and a fantastic instrumental music program that has received many awards.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013
This school is the last remaining true "middle school" in this district. This school offers opportunities for students this age to interact with students from all over the district. The neighborhood is very watchful and welcoming to students attending this middle school. I am a home owner in the community and have sent my 3 students to this school and hope my grandchildren attend school here someday. I believe in neighborhood schools and passed up offers to send all 3 of my own students to North Star, so that they could walk to school and attend the middle school that my successful brother attended. It is a privilege to be in my second year at this hard working school! Parent and community involvement is key, as it is at all school campuses.

- submitted by a teacher

September 22, 2013
Kennedy is a good 6-8 grade school with a fantastic music program, art and dance classes, and after-school sports and drama. There are many wonderful teachers, and a range of class levels from advanced to special education. The new principal is bringing the school much-deserved good attention for bringing test scores up and improving school spirit. Kennedy prepared my oldest child for high school (including AP classes). Check it out!

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2012
I have had 2 children at this school. The teachers are dedicated and really care about the kids. The principal and vice principal have created a great learning environment and safety is not an issue. There are advanced classes as well as extra support classes available to best meet your child's learning needs. They also offer real PE, music, and art, unlike the K-8 schools. One of my children is now at a big comprehensive high school and feels well prepared by his experience at Kennedy Middle School. The school gets a bad rap in the community but it is not at all deserved. The majority of parents I know think Kennedy was a great place to send their child for middle school.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2012
oh whoops wrong school with same name... D: I go the the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino. please ignore that; I don't have actual experience at this particular school.. sorry

- submitted by a community member

March 09, 2012
Please call the school office at 650.365.4611. Your daughter will be helped immediately. No student should be bullied and it will not be tolerated at Kennedy.

- submitted by a teacher

March 08, 2012
WORST SCHOOL! The principal is a joke! My daughter has been bullied twice by the same girl. I have had meetings with the principal and they will not do anything about it! I want to go to the media and I plan to post and hand out flyers to get a response from other parents. Don't these morons watch the NEWS?! Do they want to end up on the news? Terrible, terrible job! I don't know how the Principal sleeps at night!

- submitted by a community member

August 22, 2011
I am so happy my son is now a Freshman and out of there. If I had to choose a middle school all over again, he certainly would not have gone there. They do call the cops for every little thing. Just ridiculous. Good ridden Mr. Sedar. Now they need to get rid of Ms. Vance. Some teachers just don't have the passion anymore. They are more interested in discipline then teaching.

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2011
The administration should ask the police to patrol this school continually. The liberal teachers are not at all qualified, and are protected the unions that are directly responsible for the dumbing down of our students. These liberal teachers fight the administration and support the students who believe anything goes. The teachers bend to a society that thinks that anything goes, and they think that they are supposed to support the students illegal behavior while slandering the administration. Change the name of the school because all of the students know the story of JFK's escapades, and are apparently using him as their role model

- submitted by a community member

June 02, 2011
The teachers really care about the students but get no support from the administration. It's time for a change - from the top down.

- submitted by a parent

January 02, 2011
I am not happy with this school. The principal and vice principal call the police on students EVERYday. The staff and administration are awful. "Waiting for Superman" begins here. The teachers are so overwhelmed they are not interested in teaching and helping.

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2009
I graduated from john f kennedy middle schol in 2005. i had great teachers and some of my best memories are from that school

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 01, 2009
hi so father is a teacher at Kennedy and this was my last year at Kennedy. Kennedy had so many different activities and so many choices for a kid. safety is not a problem at all, all kids of campus are always safe i have never heard of any safety issues in the many years my father has been there. it has classes for every level of students, the administration is amazing! each student develop a bound with a few staff members who can advocate for them!

- submitted by a community member

June 10, 2009
My daughter graduates this year with honors from this school, we are so happy with the administration and teachers of the school and the family community center its great.

- submitted by a parent

December 25, 2008
My sister loves Kennedy she is so happy with it. She says that her science teacher, Mrs.Grant, is the best teacher she ever had. she changed the way my sister looked at science, she made it funner. At Kennedy the teachers are supportive and helpful. If you are looking for a middle school I recommend Kennedy.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2008
My child is in 6th grade at Kennedy. The teachers are very involved and deeply care about every students' sucess. The administration is also very involved and good role models for the kids. (Also very much involved with every student being successful.)

- submitted by a parent

January 07, 2007
This is my daughters first year, and I have to admit that I was 'scared to send her here'. I even had her enrolled into a K-8th school and she was excepted. I took a tour of the school that everyone says is so great. Sorry, I didn't see it. Kennedy offered so much more than the K-8th schools could. The principle of Kennedy personally called me and talked to me on the phone for over a half hour answering any concerns I had. My daughter is learning and excelling here more than I could ever imagine. She feels safe, and I have no doubt her education here will give her a great start at a great future. My son will definitaly be attending here as well in two years. I have done the comparisons personally (all schools in the district), Kennedy is the one.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2006
This is my daughter's second year at Kennedy, and we have been very pleased with the experience so far. Academically, she has been challenged. The science lab rivals anything at the high school level, and my daugher has found science to be her new favorite subject. In P.E. she loves the square and ballroom dancing and the new rock climbing wall. She was thrilled to be in the cast of the school play, and has also done after school sports. The principal truly cares about the students, and the teachers are dedicated. I have heard elementary school parents express concern about the size and demographics of the school, and about their child being safe. My daughter has never felt unsafe and we have not felt her safety to be a concern. Middle school is an age of adjustment - Kennedy offers a support network to help the kids and their families.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2006
This is a great school. My kids love it!

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2006
Kennedy has been a great school so far with one major exception, the Physical Education program. The administrative staff is responsive and involved, the teachers are motivating and caring. The kids are safe at school.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2006
My daughter is doing very well at Kennedy. All of her teachers are very concerned with her progress. Her math teacher, Ms. Chapman spends time each day after school to go over the days lesson and to help the kids with any problems they have before they get out of hand. Some teachers have even given their home phone numbers in case we need to talk to them after hours. Music, drama and sports are available after school. Overall, I am very happy with the education my daughter is getting.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2005
This is a great school. The teachers are great and all the kids are great,we allways have fun at kennedy.

- submitted by a student

June 17, 2005
We have just finished our first year at Kennedy. My boys have worked very hard in this school. They were in the play Grease, they played instruments, they played football, they took a quilting class. They worked harder in their studies than I did in in college. They have read the Odyssey & Romeo and Juliet, they have studied politics and relegion and mythology. They are learning stuff in math that I learned in High School. I have seen incredible personal growth for both my kids this year. Kennedy has a lot to offer to any kid who wants to be involved and has the right attitude. There is a wonderful diverse group of kids that go to this school. My kids really get a sense of a world filled with different cultures and ideas. I would highly recommend this school to any child in our community.

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2003
The teachers & support staff are great. After school sports include Golf, Soccer, Basketball, Flag football. There is also the yearly musical, band, jazz band & orchestra, ski trip, Grand Canyon trip for 7th graders, for 8th graders the once in a lifetime trip to Washington D.C. These are only a small sample of what KMS offers to all students. Kenndey also has a very involved & supportive PTA. Both of my sons have attended Kennedy (this being my last year) and I can't say what a 'true gem' Kennedy is!

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2003
I think that Kennedy Middle School is a really good school, and not just for my child but for everyone. KMS should provide more extracurricular activities. Its good for the students and their permenant record. Things that I think need some help are the Renassanice Faire, this year doesn't look too good with the museuem exept for the stained windows; the Grand Canyon Trip, the field trip to the prison, for 8th graders, and if everyone in the school could run faster and make the mile under 12min. If all of those things could improve then I think the school could be a better one.

- submitted by a community member

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John F. Kennedy Middle School
2521 Goodwin Avenue, Redwood City, CA  93239
(650) 365-4611
Last modified John F. Kennedy Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John F. Kennedy Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top