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Kennedy Junior High School

Public | 6-8 | 1020 students

 

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Posted May 16, 2013

Great Infrastructure, Programs & Teachers. School support system including counsellors and PTA are fantastic as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2011

I am currently a student at Kennedy. (However, I'm in the PI+ program, so my opinion applies to about 80 people in the entire school...) The teachers this program are involved, helpful, and persistent (in making sure that we understand). The coursework is challenging (especially physics D:), but not overwhelming. Also, the teachers provide extra help to those of us who need it and prepare us well for tests.The other kids on my team aren't very clique-y (we're more like a huge blob of best friends <3). I love all of the academic/performance music clubs. I am able to participate in orchestra, debate club, sci-oly, FPS, and mathcounts (at the same time!). In general, I love the atmosphere of the place.


Posted September 9, 2011

Great activities (but no soccer). Great teachers. Great parents. Never had any issues as a parent with the school. Sent three kids through here and they all loved it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

I am a student at Kennedy and I love it there we are all a big family!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2010

I have known Kennedy for many years. You will find a high expectation for academics there. You will find teachers willing to help, many who offer after or before school study sessions. You will find a wide variety of activities which support a diverse student population. Something that not everyone knows, but each team there dedicates themselves to a service project helping others. I could not have asked for a better junior high for my children to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2009

It is a wonderful school. Great teachers, and a fabulous academics program. Im proud to go there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 15, 2009

Kennedy Junior High is a 'kid friendly' academically oriented middle school with a positive staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

Kennedy is a very good school. Because of the community it serves and composition there of (parents' education, racial diversity, income level etc) the students do well compared to other schools. Also the school hosts a specilized program called PI+ where the top 2% of students from all other schools in the district attend this program. The parents are very involved through SFCP. If you are looking for individualized attention you have to work with teachers and they are nice enough to accommodate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

the school cant be any better, everything is the way it should be in a perfect school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2009

I am a teacher at Kennedy Jr. High and I love my job. I look forward to coming to work each day and love making a difference in the lives of the students whom I not only teach, but come in contact with each day. The parents in this community are very involved in the education process. At Kennedy the parent volunteers go above and beyond to make a difference for the students and staff at the school. The students learn the importance of working collaboratively, thinking critically and producing quality work. For those students who are identified as needing extra support, our administration provides us with the resources and programs needed to help these students become more successful. Overall, the character of the students is tremendous. They partake in an assortment of community service projects and the number of 'Thank yous' that I hear per day is tremendous.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2009

Kennedy is the MAGNET SCHOOL for the truly gifted kids in District 203. All test scores and ratings are therefore skewed heavily upward. The program is called PI+ in District 203.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

Kennedy Jr. High was recently named a Blue Ribbon School. This honor is conected with No Child Left Behind. That means that many of the students scored well on standardized tests (i.e., IGAP, ISAT, Iowa, etc.). High standardized test scores do not tell the whole story, just a small piece of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2008

I was initially concerned with the size of the school. Based upon two years of experience, I find the school excellent overall. The principal and teachers are proud of the students' high level of achievement. The students are well behaved, especially for a school so large. There are plenty of activities from which the students can choose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

Kennedy is overrated in our estimation, since it is very large and many students seem to 'fall through the cracks' of the bureaucracy. It has some very strong, focused students who achieve very well on standardized tests, but for the remaining 80% of the students, many resources (especially individualized attention) is lacking. For our family, a smaller school, or a private parochial school would have been a better choice. Kennedy, as most of the Naperville schools, are very overrated and the PR the schools buy, the awards it applies for, and the mass marketing to the community and elsewhere is not realistic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Kennedy is a superb school administered by the nationally-recognized Naperville School Dist. 203. Since the school has scored so well on Illinois state tests, it has earned the award 'National School of Excellence' by the US Dept. of Education. Kennedy offers numerous extra-curricular activities such as many clubs, sports teams, and a great music program. On the other hand, the school faces minor overcrowding issues, but its strong academic performance overpowers its minor problems by far. Kennedy continues to be featured by major media sources such as the Chicago Tribune who rave about the school's excellence and superiority above other schools of its kind in the Chicago area.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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 60% in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income47%
Not low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)76%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income37%
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students89%
Female88%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian99%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income70%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female95%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income65%
Not low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income91%
Not low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)75%
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian98%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income67%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income71%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 4%
Hispanic 5% 24%
Black 3% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Brian Valek

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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