I am an alumni of Kenwood Academy and I am frankly surprised to see them rated a relatively low"6." Kenwood is an outstanding school with dedicated teachers, engaged counselors, and motivated students. The school offers a diverse environment and an impressive array of academic offerings. Graduates go on to great universities all over the country. A recent newspaper article cited several Kenwood Academy High School students had earned more than $4 million in scholarships from organizations including the Gates Millennium Foundation, Posse Chicago Foundation and the Golden Apple Foundation. The school is an absolute gem by all reasonable standards.
I'm the Yale-educated parent of an an incoming freshman who also went to Kenwood for middle school. She attended a private elementary school. We made the choice to send her to Kenwood despite the vague concern of some neighbors. And we've been very pleased. Our daughter is well-challenged academically, has made wonderful friends and has been encouraged to pursue leadership opportunities. The academic and performing arts programs are top-drawer. Clubs and athletics are heavily subscribed. Skilled teachers, caring staff and responsive administrators make this possible. As other reviewers point out, the school is less mixed racially and economically than the neighborhood overall. But that seems to be changing as word gets out that Kenwood is back on top - rated 1+ by CPS this year. Either way, there is a sense of pride, activism and empowerment that is distinctly Hyde Park in feel. I can confidently recommend Kenwood to the children of executives, academics, or blue-collar workers. It's got a lot going for it. Be sure to attend the open house.
My daughter is completing her 2nd year in the academic center. I could not be more pleased with her academic and personal growth. Her teachers have been phenomenal, providing thought provoking assignments that not only prepare her for college (in the 7th and 8th grade), but have helped foster a sense of social conscience. I have a BS in Biological Engineering from the University of Maryland and completed medical school and a surgical residency at Rush; yet, I'm amazed at the caliber of work my daughter is assigned. Kenwood is preparing her to be a successful and compassionate leader.
My son is a student in the AC (academic center) and I'm contemplating transferring him for 8th grade. At the open house prior enrolling, parents were told that their 7th & 8th graders would have little to no interaction with high school students , well that was a flat out lie. The social emotional transition has been quite painful to watch/live through. The school is severely overcrowded and smaller/ younger students get disrespected/disregarded all the time. The staff is apathetic and unprofessional. The AC director seems overwhelmed and unconcerned. The principal is unreachable and appears a loaf as to the needs of 12 years old transitioning into a high school setting. Maybe things will improve when the students move into a separate building next year. But if things continue in the current fashion, Kenwood AC will fail to attract bright children of all cultural and economic backgrounds.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.