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John F Kennedy High School

Public | 9-12 | 1760 students

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Posted June 21, 2011

Kennedy is a good school but they lack an engineering program. Kennedy's partner school Jefferson has an amazing engineering program that offers a bunch of college credit. Kennedy needs to beef up there engineering program to get a better score from me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2008

Has a EXCELLENT music program. Happiness Inc, the varsity show choir, was ranked in the top 30 show choirs in the nation and has consitently, except for one expection, made finals at every compition. The marching band is the 2nd best in the metro area. If you want a school with a great music and acedemic program, Kennedy is the only choice
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2007

JFK is an awesome high school and the teachers go above and beyond what is expected. I have 2 children who really enjoy school. There is an excellent communication between teacher/student and teacher/parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2006

I am a 2006 Kennedy graduate and I think that the level of academics at Kennedy is amazing, as well as the reliability and knowledge the staff holds. Kennedy has an enormous performing arts department with choir, show choir, orchestra, symphony orchestra, several band programs, and a well proclaimed theatre department. Parents are very involved with the activities at Kennedy and participate in fund-raising, helping with performances, athletic events and participating in mid-term conferences with teachers. Teachers send out periodic grade reports to parents to let them know how their student is progressing.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 18, 2005

Kennedy High School is a very nice school to attend. It has many clubs, sports, and various other activities for students to participate in. There are many AP classes for students to enrole in and the teachers are great here at Kennedy.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 81%
Black 8% 5%
Asian 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Harding Middle School
Franklin Middle School
Taft Middle School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 41% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 59% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Iowa
Kirkwood Community College
University of Northern Iowa
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Japanese
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best High Schools, US News & World Report (2012)
  • Top 500, Newsweek (2011)
  • University of Iowa Belin Blank Center Best High Schools (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
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)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: For all languages offered

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 farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • I Have a Plan Iowa
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Jason Kline
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • I Have a Plan Iowa
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Various Organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language club: For all languages offered
  • Forensics club
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook
  • see school website
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Kennedy is one of the top performing schools in the country! It truly is what high school ought to be!
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Iowa
Kirkwood Community College
University of Northern Iowa
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
I Have a Plan Iowa
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 41%
4 year college - 59%
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4545 Wenig Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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Phone: (319) 558-2251

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