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John F. Kennedy Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 614 students

 

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Posted August 28, 2013

Where do I start? From the unprofessional staff to the run down old building, this school should be carefully investigated and overhauled. I had two children go through this school and both came out with miserable grades and where not prepared for high school. At first we thought it was our kids, but later realized the problem was with the school. Friends and neighbors experienced exactly the same problems. Countless visits to the school and meetings with the staff and teachers, resulted in nothing but wasted time. Teachers should stop complaining about their poor paying jobs and start doing some honest work. They should be ashamed complaining about a lack of time and limited resources. Get off your break and do some work. Put some love into your work. If you can't then you are in the wrong career field. Oh, and given none of the staff know how to reply to emails or offer meeting times longer than 15 minutes, this certainly adds to the free time you currently use for breaks and screwing off. Parents, send your kids to private or charter schools if Kennedy is your only public school option. Don't gamble with your children's education. Check our Viera Charter School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

Student: Male, all advanced classes, AVID participant, 4.0 GPA Pros: Principle and most of staff are incredible. Lots of help available through WIMBA and other tutoring programs. Math program with Ms. Edwards and math sponsor (forgot his name) are positive, well developed experiences in part because both instructors are able to present material in a number of ways for understanding and encourage math exploration. Cons: Not many instructors encourage creative and independant thought. This could be due to FCAT requirements having to be met. Spanish instructor can be a little disconnected at times with parent so if you are monitoring student progrees, you must take the initiative to follow up. Extracurricular activities (math competition, basketball, running, science projects, etc.) abound but the parent must be proactive in obtaining information on this as it is not posted on the Kennedy website and flyers are not aways forthcoming, especially if child was out the day the flyer was distributed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2011

I've got to say I loved this school for my son. They expect the best out of everyone and are always there to help those that need it. The programs offered are wonderful and the teachers are excellent. I truely felt my son would be more than ready to enter High School and meet or exceed expectations there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

This school is the worst school. Teachers at KMS are horrible for the 2009-10 School Year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2010

I may be partial in my opinion of this school because I'm employed here, but because I can post anonymously you should be assured I am being honest. Reading the comments about the rude person that answers the phone is likely true. We do have a front office employee who comes off as abrasive. I should add however that she is a hard worker otherwise. As for the teachers, administration and support, they are almost all top notch. They really do care about the students here and will work with any struggling student to bring up their grades and be successful. There are a lot of extracurricular activities and they make them accessible to everyone, including those students that can't get a ride early in the morning or after school.


Posted November 25, 2009

I have gone to this school and so has my little sister! It's a great school and all the teachers are great! They have fun activites and everything is planned perfect! They have an AVID program that's great and there part of the cambridge program! Every teacher recomends taking notes and they do cornell style notes it's easy and helpful on test and quizes! If you live near the awesome school and have a kid going into middle school soon i'd recomend this school 100%
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2009

I have read most of these reviews and I do hope that they take these reviews seriously. I too have experienced the rudeness, more so on the phone then in person. I think they need to educate and train their customer service staff to be a bit more friendly. Come on we all have bad days but lets put on our friendly face when were dealing with others. I know they have many calls, but be thankful you have a job or if they are volunteering please tell them to stay home if they are going to treat the parents with disrespect. We teach our children dignity and respect and hope and expect our school system to teach the personnel that surrounds our children during the day to also show dignity and respect. It doesn't take much to say thank you and you're welcome. A concern parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

This School isnt nearly as Bad As people put it as , it reallly is a nice school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

I have tried a number of times to contact the school counselors and teachers for various reasons and it is a challenge to say the least. Getting a return phone call or email is almost impossible. There is only one teacher from my son's team that I can say is good for the most part about responding to the emails. Following a series of phone calls and emails I finally had to go to the school in person to arrange a conference. In the conference everyone was very helpful and things happened as they should have but getting there was extremely frustrating. There is a woman that works the front office that has just been completely rude each time I have been there or called...and it's not directed at me, even when my calls are for general information and she doesnt know who I am she's rude. Frustrating school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

We moved here from Lake Mary, Fl where we were unhappy with the middle school. Kennedy has been great. They know each child and care about each child. There is no perfection in schools or life, however I have never been more impressed with the care they do have. Our child was never noticed just passed on like the rest, here you know they know and do care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2004

My child attends JFK. He enjoys his classes. His teachers are, for the most part, encouraging and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2003

The advanced program classes have wonderful teachers. They team teach and seem to be extremely in touch with the students. The care they demonstrate is wonderful.


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 56% in 2014.

269 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

293 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

318 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

313 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
86%
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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
97%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
White 60%
Black 16%
Hispanic 13%
Two or more races 9%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%58%61%
Master's degree 27%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. RICHARD C MYERS
Fax number
  • (321) 633-3509

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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