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John F. Kennedy Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 839 students

 

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Posted October 14, 2013

I realy hated this school. Students dont barely learn anything, Teachers are trying their best to teach,but students just dont listen. Students get BULLIED, Alot of Fights, Low FCAT scores, and most important students in thier Gym period's get "JUMPED" by other students causing most of them to leave the school including Me. I was once a student of JFK, students thier would always bully me for things I would do,and when i change in the lockerooms, They would always jump me for no reason.The only fun i had was when we went to orlando for a feild trip. Thats why I rate this school a 1.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

John F. Kennedy is a very good school a good learning facility for young minds... I approve this statement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

Worse school ever. The students do no respect teachers or staff members. The bell schedule is messed up. It is a dumping ground for new teachers that do no want to be at the school. Kids will disrupted learning and nothing will be done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2010

Starting in 2010 JFK began their IB program accreditation that will enable children of PBC schools to focus on an international education and on giving back to the community through volunteer work. The new staff and teachers are dedicated and they run a very tight ship - with a great student to teacher ratio and a school that is only 3 years old.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

This school, like any other schools, will have some flaws. The children fight almost everyday and they think they're extremely 'grown'. So they have raging hormones that just distort their personality. BUT, also like any other schools, the majority of it is really good. I have made sooo many friends here and those are students that DO care about their future and DO care about their education. The teachers are also awesome!! You can really tell they care about the students and the success of them. As an honor roll student, I can tell that although this school has a bad reputation, you can tell that within almost every student, there is a spark of goodness and common sense in them that will change your perspective of this school. I recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2009

My husband & I appreciate jfk middle school, our older daughters attended & did very well now our youngest is attending...she's an honor roll student. The teachers & staff seem to really care about the students and their futures...it's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

This school is the best because all the teachers are great. They communicate with another to see what is wrong in each of your class and then do hands on activities with you or with the class. It is a biomedical enviornmental agriculture technology magent program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

The child fight almost everyday, and some of the teachers are horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

What a difference a year makes. Any animosity that was bestowed upon Mrs. Crutchfield was obviosly unwarranted and that being the case, the Palm Beach Post needs to write a rebuttle. Honestly, it's hard to believe that it's the same school as years past. Yes, fights still occur, but nowhere near the capacity of prior years. In fact, you could easily say days go by without a fight. Furthermore, walking the halls of the school, students seem engaged in each classroom and are quiet as their teachers lecture. Also students are leaving and arriving on time and whatever confusion might have been before with the administration is now very confident and organized. I honestly feel that this school is going to become a true magnet school that leads to Suncoast High.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 10, 2008

My daughter attended this school in in 2002-2003. She did well because she had no learning issues. But when my son attended this school it was a night mare. when i needed to contact a teacher only the P.E teacher called back. Only one teacher. The principal at that time would run away when she saw you and I felt so frustrated as a parent. I knew that in order for him to succeed I would have to take him out of this school. They had no problem in suspending my child for defending him self I felt no one cared. As soon as I took my son out there was a great improvement in his life as well as mine. The E.S.E department has so much improvement to do. They put severely behavorial problem children with kids that are not aggressive. From a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2007

This school has come a long way! They have very enthusiastic teachers and a SAC group that is using all of the available resources so that teachers can better prepare students for not the FCAT but for high school and beyond. One thing about it the teachers and staff can't do it alone, though they are really trying, but there needs to be more parent involvement. But I have faith in the VIKINGs that eventually those of us that volunteer at the school and are involved in SAC will find a way to get more parent involvement. Go Vikings! We will become an A school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

my student love being at the school. they have the best admin team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

its a good scool I like it a lot
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2003

My child isn t a student of JFK, however, after reading the comments posted I m hesitant about sending her to this school. You see a recruiter came to my daughter's school and told her class about the great programs JFK has to offer. When she came home she was excited about JFK and now wants to attend JFK. The comment about how this school should be closed down because it s a dumping ground for sub-standard teachers really concerns me. This is a very strong opinion to ignore especially when it refers to a place where I had planned to leave my child. The D rating did not concern me, my concern is her safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2003

This 'school' should be close down as it is a dumping ground for those sub-standard teachers and faculty that weren't allowed to continue at any other school. Rather than prevent them from negatively influencing the future leaders of the free world, they are sent here. This school is unsafe. If you are a sub-standard teacher and you still have bills to pay, sign up
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2003

The school should have no dress code. Students should be able to wear shorts (not short shorts, but shorts.) My child came to school to learn not to be harrassed by what they should wear. Instead of worrying about what my child wear they should be more concerned about how they teach my child or what my child is learning.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

236 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

238 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
29%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

314 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

315 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
20%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

264 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

266 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
16%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

163 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
76%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

11 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 85%
Hispanic 11%
White 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%73%61%
Master's degree 21%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 13%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. COREY BROOKS
Fax number
  • (561) 845-4537

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Boys sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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