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7-12
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 1,848

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5015 South Blackstone Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

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(773) 535-1350
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May 24, 2011
My daughter is currently a junior at Kenwood. She started as a sophmore there, and all I would like to say is thumbs up. This is such a wonderful school. Keep up the good work...To ALL the teachers, principle, parent volunteers (wish I could do more) GOOD JOB...PLEASE PLEASE Keep Up the Good work that you are doing with our children. THANK YOU!!! Sincerely

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
I am a Asian American student at Kenwood High School. I am now a junior and have been at the school since 7th grade. I can tell you that this a a great school. I am currently taking two college courses at University of Chicago for free! I have met so many different students from different racial backgrounds. The school is about 80% Black and 10% White and Asian. We all get along and there aren't any fights. I feel completely safe here and is looking forward to my senior year. Kenwood offer over 15 advanced placement courses, plenty of sports& clubs, awesome teachers, four different foreign languages, including, Madarin Chinese!!! I am planning on going to Harvard or continuing at Univ of Chicago.

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2010
Kenwood is by far, one of the best high schools in the city of Chicago. I am a student there, and I would put it above many of the selective enrollment highschools throughout the city. It has a mixture of personalities and interests, although about 90% of the school is African American (not a bad thing). The school takes great kids and makes them extraordinary, while at the same time, it takes bad students and makes them good students also. Kenwood is more rigorous and helpful than many people perceive it to be. Kenwood's mission is COLLEGE, and it does pretty well getting most people there.

- submitted by a student
February 18, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2010
I think Kenwood is a very good school. Although, again I think the clubs that they have there should put more thought to academic achievement and require the students to have at least passing grades in order to participate in the clubs. Also, if a student shows early on that they should not be in honor classes they should be allowed a way to drop them and go into regular courses where they would do better. Also, I believe that parents should be called in for consultation with their children and teachers more often where needed. There was a time where this was mandatory. Unfortunately, some parents don't know how to be parents when it comes to motivating school interest for their children. I do echo the other parents regarding the excellence of the school for there college bond determination the students.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
Congratulations Kenwood Academy for being named the Silver Medalist High School. I think Kenwood Academy High School is one of the best schools in the nation. My daughter attended their and graduated and is now a very successful college student. I attribute much of her success to Kenwood Academy High School. The Principal is awesome in caring for the students and she has a great team of administrative staff, teachers, counselors, nurses, lunchroom attendants, security staff, maintenance staff, librarian and staff, volunteer parents, volunteer tutors, graduation staff, local school council and if I left out anyone else you are also included. This school is just great. Thanks Kenwood Academy (Silver Medalist)School.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
Kenwood is an excellent school. I have had family in attendace at Kenwood since the early 80's and I am also a Kenwood alumni. I now have children who attend Kenwood and it is truly a family enviroment. Understanding and caring staff are follwing the foot steps of the principal. I am proud to say that my family and now children are products of Kenwood academy. GO BRONCOS

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2009
Kenwood is a school that not only challenges the students, but this particular high school gears them up for the real competitive world that awaits them. So, Kenwood Academy is a fantastic school to enroll your child. Just to give heads up, Kenwood does not tolerate non-sense!!. Just a reminder

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2009
I am also a teacher at one of the best schools in the city of Chicago, Kenwood Academy. We not only boast the best teachers and students, but our principal is by far the best in the system. We are truly a family and I echoe the teacher in the previous post, 'wouldn't trade this job for a million bucks.' If you are in search of a high school that will nurture your child and challenge them in the process, then kenwood hands down is your choice. There aren't too many teachers today who can say that they still love this profession. However, as long as I am employed in a place where the principal listens and the staff is truly a family, I am here for the duration of my career - Go Broncos!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 16, 2009
kenwood is the school of excellence! I am a parent of a freshmen at kenwood an I feel that we made the right decision to enroll here. My child got in at one of the top catholic high schools but did not have the AP programs and there is so much more to offer here. Principal Kirby is the best and the teachers care about the students . The curriculum is very rigorous for students and challenging. Kenwoods name may not be your top but they certainly are college ready. My child loves this school and Kenwood is the best and number one school.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
Kenwood has an excellent staff and is academically challenging to any student. Kenwood creates an atmosphere of learning and responsibility for each and every student. It is the ONLY public high school in the city where every student knows that their 'Mission Is College'. Kenwood prepares each student for the challenge and collectively supports each student by rendering the skills necessary to become successful.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
Kenwood has a great staff, and it is ranked city-wide as one of the Best schools. I should know i go there

- submitted by a student
October 30, 2008
Kenwood is a very good school. There is so much of positive things to involve yourself with. (Kenwood bronco's we rock)

- submitted by a student
September 24, 2008
I'm an Asian student that attends kenwood. Al tho kenwood has mostly black people, I felt 100% safe. The community is great! The teachers are fun and cool also. The standard for regular classes are really low tho. But, any honors classes and AP(advanced placement) classes, they are unbelievably hard. The teachers walk you through everything. The principle Ms.Kirby really cares about the students.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
Kenwood is the best of all. our principal Ms.Kirby rocks and all staff and adminisration are respectful and helpful. and thats comming from my heart. I'm proud to say iI'm a kenwood bronco!.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 07, 2008
I am a teacher at Kenwood and would not trade my job for a million bucks. The principal, Ms. Kirby, is very approachable, intelligent and care a great deal about the staff and the student body. Although Kenwood has changed since the 80's and 90's, we still do a wonderful job at making all students feel welcome regardless of race, socioeconomics and/or academic ability. As I stated earlier, I love this institution and all that it has to offer. If I were a parent, I would not hesitate to enroll my child here as long as Ms. Kirby is at the helm continuing to motivate our staff and the nearly 1700 students who walk our halls daily.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
i am a freshman attending kenwood academy and i must this has been the best year of my life

- submitted by a student
April 22, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
December 24, 2007
I'm a sophmore and Kenwood is a great school. Our mission(which is said and written everywhere in the building) is college and, although we aren't exactly a college-prepatory school, we still have a wonderful cirriculum that pushes the students to excel. We don't only have good academics but also clubs that fit everyone's interests. I myself am a member of Sister to Sister a group that brings Kenwood girls together to discuss different things and make new friends. There is Brotherhood which unites the boys of Kenwood. There are a variety of sports clubs also and they require students to have teachers to fill out grading cards so that students' grades stay up in order to play. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 20, 2007
I love this school. My son is a freshman at Kenwood. So far I am very impressed with the way the school literally pursues its students! What do I mean by pursue? The staff love the students and it's evident in the way teachers keep in contact with parents, track the student's progress and serious push each student toward excellence. The school's motto is 'striving for college' and they are doing just that. They make sure the students succeed. In my opinion, if you want your child to excel and not be considered a number, then you want your child to attend Kenwood.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2007
My child graduated from Kenwood almost two years ago. Kenwood is a lovely and sound school which offers many club/extracurricular acitvities, great teachers and a dynamic principal to its students. I recommend Kenwood to anyone. I am seriously thinking of enrolling my 9 year old gifted child in the AP program at Kenwood. All in all, Kenwood is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 22, 2007
I am an example of the excellence Kenwood Academy produce. With Kenwood not being a magnet school they continue to compete well against any magnet school in academics, sports, or leadership. Ms. Kirby(principal) is leading the school in the right direction. There are no schools that are perfect, don't get me wrong Kenwood does have problems within the school. It is how the students can respond to peer preasure, because peer pressure and with Kenwood having all of the leadership clubs(F.O.C.U.S., Brotherhood, Sister To Sister, Ladies Lounge, Men of Distinction, annd Junior Mentor.,) it will show students not to do those things. I am a former student at Kenwood and it has a great environment. I highly recommend Kenwood Academy.

- submitted by a former student
April 20, 2007
I believe the city will start to hear more good things about Kenwood. It is a diamond in the rough so to speak. This school offers an opportunity for balance. The teachers are very committed and the expectations are high. The rigor may not be a WY but it is just as challenging without the ridiculous deadlines and the teach yourself curriculum. A motivated student will be well prepared for college. They have a lot of programs and clubs. The counselors and staff do an awesome job in providing college information to the students and parents. Kenwood's mission is college. Kenwood has a club for young men called the Brotherhood; most members are African American like my son. I know of no other school that has such a positive program for our young men and they do not have to be an athlete. It does lack diversity but its offers balance.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
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June 14, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 26, 2006
I had two children go through Kenwood from 7th through 12th grades. The 7th-8th grade program was excellent, particularly when my older child went through it. Although both children had some excellent teachers, the school has fallen significantly since we began there in the late 90's. It is out of control, but I hope that with the coming of Ms. Kirby as principal, the school will return to its former excellence. For now, I would NOT send my child there. It was with great relief that they graduated.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
The demographics of the student body have changed in recent years because of CPS emphasis on magnet program for high schools, and consequently there is less diversity, but the teachers are for the most part excellent, the students are friendly, and the music program is one of the best in the city. Because it is big, this school has enough funds to offer a wide range of extracurricular activities. There is an honors track for the motivated students, but this school does not require a test for admission, and half of the students are just barely at or perhaps below grade level. Although racially not well balanced, economically, there is good diversity -- and again, in my experience very safe and friendly. Worth looking into.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
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January 10, 2006
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August 27, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 12, 2005
My daughter is currently attending Kenwood, and she loves it and so do I. The principal Mr. Slater is great, and so are the teachers. They actually care about the students and want to see them do their best, my daughter's gpa is currently 3.8. I am a very proud mother and I cant wait to all 3 of my nieces attend next year!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
Safety is a big issue. too much violence and gangs. If a student is accousted as my son was, but not on school grounds just one block away. The preception is - he is just another statistic. I know of two more males that were skipping school because of the violence. Also cutting out computer classes and other classes the students want to take becaused of the Chicago Board of Ed - is well - whats th point of having electives. lets get rid of them all.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2005
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December 20, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
September 04, 2004
I have one child currently attending Kenwood. Kenwood is a nice alternative to the neighborhood school that she is assigned to attend. She was homeschooled. I like Kenwood. My child loves Kenwood. She is excited about her involvement in extracurricular activities, takes seriously the academic challenges ahead and pleased with her 'friends' and some teachers. My only concern is that the teachers and security staff has lowered expectations for student behaviors. They need to become more strict and structured not less since Kenwood is forced to admit students from area failing high schools. These students bring a lot of negative baggage with them. Overall, Kenwood does a great job of educating our kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Kenwood teachers are very commited, intelligent people. The students are often excited and interested in learning. There are so many wonderful oppurtunities at Kenwood, including the chance to take courses at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, Depaul University, and other schools for free.

- submitted by a community member
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Kenwood Academy High School
5015 South Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, IL  60615
(773) 535-1350
Last modified Kenwood Academy High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kenwood Academy High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top