Great Infrastructure, Programs & Teachers. School support system including counsellors and PTA are fantastic as well.
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.
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.
I am a student at Kennedy and I love it there we are all a big family!!
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.
It is a wonderful school. Great teachers, and a fabulous academics program. Im proud to go there.
Kennedy Junior High is a 'kid friendly' academically oriented middle school with a positive staff!
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.
the school cant be any better, everything is the way it should be in a perfect school
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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