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John Kennedy Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 538 students

 
 

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Posted March 17, 2012

It's not just Kennedy, it's a LOT of Dubuque's Public schools. We are moving to another State & the choice wasn't a hard one when we seen how Dubuque Schools are run. We came back to Dubuque after being gone a few years and I was horrified when my then 3rd grader had to "repeat Math that he did the previous year in another State BECAUSE, " Dubuque school isn't doing that " INSTEAD of keeping him going, they "dummied him down" he lost interest in Math, which was his favorite subject but when a child has to repeat what's he's already learned b/c the rest of the class isn't there, it's not education. Also, I agree with the poster from April 4th 2012, if your child is Bullied and you stand up, there's more to come. we have had problems with 2 Teachers, 2 different schools, and the principals did NOTHING about it. When a Teacher calls a child names in front of classmates, that's grounds for immediate termination ! Especially when other kids start using those words towards your child. Dubuque's School are FAR from what the used to be :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

Our experience with Kennedy has soiled the ideas I once held about public schools. I had been a big believer in the school system and a great supporter of public education. After 3 years of attendance, I have grown more and more disgusted with the way things are handled. Kennedy can be a great school... if your child is not special, unique, or different in any way. If your child has any kind of special needs or quirks about them, this is not the place for you. If your child is bullied and are brave enough to report it, they will be shamed and blamed for being picked on. If your child needs extra help, they will be shamed and made to feel "less than" by both the teachers, principal, and counselor. I will say we had one teacher in our time with Kennedy that was amazing. She made that year livable. However, as a whole, the school is flawed greatly in the way complications are dealt with. Parental involvement is high, and the school itself is in a lovely area and is well kept. Its simply the administrative staff and some teaching staff that have ruined a once-amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

I attended Kennedy as a child and had good memories of the school, so I moved my family to the area the summer before my daughter started Kindergarten. I don't know what has happened over the years, but what we have dealt with is far from what I remember. We are now moving out of the area specifically to get away from this school. Highly disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

Downhill? Wow. It's one of the best schools in town and I'm very happy with my children's education. My four kids are very happy and their teachers have been super! The principle is the best. Great school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2010

so-so school that is going downhill fast.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

My daughter loves her teachers and seems to enjoy everything about Kennedy school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

This is such a great website. When you can no longer ask a real estate agent for their opinion of a school when moving it is great to know that you can at least find out an average of how schools are doing. My two children go to Kennedy and I am very happy with the school and the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 77% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

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

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
77%
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

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

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 Students84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities33%
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

Math

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities40%
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

Math

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities33%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 81%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2135 Woodland
Dubuque, IA 52002
Phone: (563) 552-3900

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