"Our school serves high ability children with a focus on math and science."
Students enrolled 673
Hours 8:20 AM - 2:15 PM
School leader Mr. William Waskom
Transportation options Yes
District South Bend Community School Corporation
Before school no info
After school Yes

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609 North Olive Street
South Bend, IN 46628

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4 stars
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April 29, 2014
My school is an EXCELLENT school because it has a great staff. I have experienced kind and compassionate teachers that are always willing to build relationships with their students. The administration is also very supportive of their staff which gives to a warm and welcoming work environment. The quality of teaching is very high and I can see the results in the students performance. I also hear the students tell me they really like their teachers which I believe contributes to their high performances. The community is also very involved in this school. The staff has immense parent support and involvement. It is obvious that the families care about their students, the school and the staff.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
The project based learning and flexible learning groups, as well as the dedication and involvement of both parents and teachers makes this school strong.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
This school has been amazing. My son enjoys going to school everyday. This is a magnet school and the homework load can be quite hefty sometimes but it isn't constant and it has always been doable. The teachers are committed and communicate well with the parents. It's also great that they have a planetarium!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
If you are looking for a challenging education for your child with educators that truly care about children then Kennedy Primary Academy is where you want to be. The science teacher and planetarium are very awesome with many different hands on activities running throughout the school year for all grade levels. The school week is started with a school wide Monday morning meeting with up beat music incorporated, class presentation of KPA-kindness, pride and awareness, and positive behavioral rewards celebration. Art and Music classes are a favorite for many students. The children's art work is displayed around the school and I always am amazed how creative the lessons are and how well the children do. I work in the school as a support staff but I also had a child go through Kennedy and feel blessed he had the opportunity to attend. Parents need to be involved and keep an open communication. Agendas with the homework are written daily and come home daily for the parents to know what homework is due. Parents should stay abreast of their child's work as this support from home is critical to some children. This is a great public school.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
Kennedy is a wonderful school that offers students challenging, project-based learning with a focus on math and science. Learning is hands on and interactive. The teachers are dedicated and committed to providing the best possible education for each student. The parents are very involved and encouraged to help in the classroom and at the school. I'd highly recommend Kennedy Primary Academy to anyone in the South Bend area looking for a challenging, fun, and positive learning environment for their child.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
Kennedy is a great school. It is project based, hands on learning. Students are constantly up moving, working in small groups to solve a problem. Our parent involvement is amazing, we are lucky to have a strong PTO, and dedicated parents. Our staff goes above and beyond to meet the needs of each child, and foster an environment for learning. It is a wonderful option for parents, come check us out!!

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2013
i am a student at kennedy and i absolutely love it. even though we get a lot of homework which dosn't everybody the teachers are really nice and outgoing. We also get to do a lot of fun activities, crafts, and projects and the whole staff is supporting, understandable, and helpful towards us students. Kennedy is absolutely awesome!

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2011
I am thrilled with Kennedy. Since the curriculum is structured to challenge all children regardless of their aptitude level, he is in 2nd grade but is about to complete 3rd grade math utilizing the Everyday Math Program. He is also being challenged in reading and spelling. The teachers are fantastic, dynamic, loving individuals. School test scores are incredible as seen by the fact that the school received the coveted National Blue Ribbon award and is an Indiana 4-star school. Our only complaint is that the new principal seems to not be backing up the teachers when it comes to discipline. There is a handful of highly disruptive kids that when teachers send them to the office, little is done. I fear this inaction will erode teacher morale and the school will suffer. These kids also add stress to their classmates' experience as well. I hope Kennedy can maintain its high standards while breaking in the new principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
I have two children at Kennedy, a 3rd grader and Kindergartner. For my 3rd grader, this is her first year at the school. What a wonderful experience it has been. She is excited about school again and I can't believe the progess she has made this year. Same goes for my other child. She reading above grade level and is doing math story problems at age 5. The teachers and staff have been great and parents are encouraged to be envolved in the school. I am looking forward to the next few years at Kennedy.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2011
Kennedy offers excellent, caring, hard-working teachers and a challenging curriculum. There is an emphasis on science, math and technology. I am amazed at the science experiences my children are receiving there in particular. I am a former private school teacher and this school tops the education offered at most private schools. Besides a rigorous academic curriculum, it also offers Art, Library, Gym, Music and Spanish classes for all ages. It was ranked the #1 elementary school in the state of Indiana three years in a row and is consistently ranked in the top ten. Kennedy is a four star school and a blue ribbon school. I am confused by some posts referring to a lack of recess/physical education. For the past three years, my children have had gym two times a week and recess everyday. As parents, we are beyond pleased with the education our children are receiving at Kennedy.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2010
Older son had a great k-4 experience here - excellent teachers all 5 years, great academic programs and wonderful music/Spanish/art/gym specials.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
My daughter has had two good years at Kennedy and two very frustration years there. Both years we struggled it was with new teachers. The first one was very non responsive and talked down to the kids. As I spoke to other parents this was a general consensus amongst the class. It required chasing down information constantly and creating a parent support system to successful get though the year. The second bad year was our last year there. The teacher was not clear on tasks, put my daughter in uncomfortable positions buy confronting her in front of her peers often and using inappropriate language to her. The principal on both occasions was not helpful in resolving any of the situations. This last year we were discouraged by the principal from continuing on with the current program and applying to LaSalle. At the last minute we did anyway and ended up getting

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Teachers are great - hardworking, encourage the kid to excel and challenge them to exceed expectations. My daughter really enjoys getting up in the morning and going to school. I also like the fact that they begin teaching Spanish in kindergarten and have 'flex' classes within the child's repective grade levels so that kids progressing at different levels are somewhat separated so the teachers can focus on the levels they are teaching. They also encourage the kids to mentor younger students giving them leadership skills as well as peer recognition (being smart is good and normal.)

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
It is a great school. All of the teachers give 100% and the students are anxious to learn. The amount of parental involvement is amazing and is an important part of the education at Kennedy. This school is a regular four star award winner, a testament to everyone involved from the administrators, teachers, staff parents, students and the community.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2009
Kennedy is by far the only acceptable South Bend Community primary school to send a child too. That said, Kennedy has a lot of problems. Kennedy does not allow a lot of time for exercise and recess, which I think it incredibly important for young kids, not only as a release so they are able to focus on the rest of the day's studies, but it also encourages childhood obesity. They also do not allow celebrations throughout the year. It's great that they are academically focused, but to what extent are you losing your childhood? It feels like they are preparing politically correct, overweight robots. We encourage a lot of active play at home, but I look at the student population, and it seems every year, more and more kids are getting chubbier! I think Kennedy needs to find balance, they are too extreme.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
My son is in Kindergarten and he knows how to read, write and do math at a first grade level. Its amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2009
My son is in kindergarten at Kennedy school. Overall I feel very good about this school. Only what I feel is a few faults, but NO school will ever be perfect for ANY OF OUR CHILDREN. I don't like that my son eats LUNCH at 9:40 in the morning at all. Yes, us parents do send in snacks for the kids but normally the teacher does not give the snacks til its about time to leave, so that does not do much for our kids. I feel ALL kids should be pushed but there are limits, and sometimes I feel these limits are pushed way to far. I now my issues are not what you would say big issues, but just my conserns. I have other concerns but nothing that I could say is a major one. Overall, I am very happy my son is getting this chance.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
We happened to research Kennedy Primary Academy when we moved to South Bend. The school is quite a wonderful place - especially with the University of Chicago-based math curriculum, the language arts programs, the exploratory labs, and (best of all) the planetarium. It is an amazing school, ranked as Indiana's top scoring elementary school. I do have one concern, as I am a mother of all boys, and that is how boys are handled in the school. There is a large focus on academics, strict behavior and seriousness in all areas. In first grade there is only one recess and lunch happens very late in the day. I do, often times, wish the children had more time to blow off steam and run, run, run! Some teachers handle this with MUCH compassion, while others are not very accepting. As stated in another review: some teachers are great and others are so-so.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
After working at Kennedy, I feel that principal leadership is lacking while teacher quality is up. There is not a lot of time for play and exploring when pressured to get through 2 curriculums (S.Bend's and Academy). Kennedy is a place where you have to keep up to be successful, and if you don't you fall way behind.

- submitted by a teacher
May 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2007
The school seems to really welcome parent involvement. I helped out in the science exploratory labs and the children were just fantastic--curious and interested in the world around them. My son went from 2nd through 4th grade. The workload was high (I don't remember having homework at all in 2nd grade!) and some of his teachers were relatively inexperienced, but he learned a lot and enjoyed the chance to work on projects like science fair and the international fair.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
I was thrilled to learn about a magnet school that had such high standards! My daughter entered in Kindergarten and she is challenged yet seems to really enjoy school. We love the International Fair!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
My daughter was recommended to Kennedy by two of her teachers at Darden (Kindergarten and First grades). She was reading, self-taught, before Kdgdn. We applied to get her into 2nd grade at Kennedy and she was accepted. Now that she is in third grade at Kennedy she's been a student there for 1 1/2 yrs. She is challenged there. She takes her studies seriously without pressure from us. She has a hard time with some things and easy time with others. She seems to have a fair amount of homework which, at time, can be a burden. I wouldn't have her in any other school. She loves it there. She has had only the best teachers in her life, maybe she just lucky. I'm grateful to Kennedy!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 17, 2006
you are lucky your children were given the opportunity for a better education. my child passed all the testing, yet there was not room for her at the school. all children who qualify should be allowed a better education. i believe this school should be shut down if it doesnt have room for more students. i think all schools should have honor programs, not just one. i was told by staff at the school that theres simply not room for the some students who should be there. its not fair, so now i am choosing a private school for my child. its sad i have to pay to challenge her, even though i pay taxes in south bend!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
As with any other school my children had both outstanding teachers here and other teachers who were only so-so. Overall we felt that our kids received a more challenging curriculum at Kennedy. We appreciated the effort put into incorporating music, art, and Spanish as part of the students' instruction. Being a relatively new magnet school I can see where some issues still need to be addressed (e.g. overcrowded schoolwide assemblies/functions, a PTO that's just starting out, etc.) But we were generally pleased with Kennedy and had no hesitation in choosing it over our neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2004
Things I like: Parents are really involved with the school. The kids have a lot of oppurtunities to do and see new things. Most of the kids are there to learn you don't have the fighting and bullying you have at other schools. Things I don't like The teachers forget to start with the basics and assume the kids already know things. For the most part I'm glad the children have the oppurtunity to go here

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
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Kennedy Primary Academy
609 North Olive Street, South Bend, IN  46628
(574) 283-7435
Last modified Kennedy Primary Academy is a Public school that serves grades K-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kennedy Primary Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews.