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John F. Kennedy High School

Public | 9-12 | 1646 students

 

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Posted December 15, 2013

John F. Kennedy is a great school by a former student and current student (Me and my sister, who is a kennedy alumni). Kennedy has programs that force you to push your boundaries. For an example LTI (Leadership Training Institute) and IB (International Baccalaureate) these programs allow students to have the tools to become successful. Nonetheless the most important part in a child's education is parents involvement. When its lacking the teachers play an active supportive role to those students that seem motivated and focused. Like any other schools there are cliques. As a former student at a primarily while school I can honestly say there is more mobility and less bullying. The key to a great high school experience is a mix of extracurricular activities, great program involvement, and a good parent/teacher involvement this could found at kennedy. But everyone has to work hard to succeed in life. Alumni's from '06 have graduated from Princeton, Harvard and this includes 2 medical doctors. It sadden me to read that the school is full of drugs because this is a reflection of the parents not the school its self. If parent involvement is greater then the school would be different.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2013

this school is full of drugs and bullies.the students are lazy and not cooprative with teachers. i would not recomend this school if you have any decency as to where your child is educated.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 31, 2013

i think this school lacks diversity. there all black and Hispanic kids and no white kids. overall they lack diversity and if your white get excluded due to race.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2012

As a former student of Kennedy (class of 2011) , I do have to say that a large number of students are subpar academically, and that there is a serious lack of motivation from students as a whole. This is evident in Kennedy's test scores when compared to the rest of the county's. There were a lot of wannabe-thug types, but you really become dismissive of them when you settle into your own niche. That being said, I had a great time at Kennedy when I was there. My teachers pushed me to do well academically, and I got accepted into the college of my choice. I felt well prepared when I got to college, and have had no problems keeping up academically with peers from other, more prestigious schools in the county. Kennedy's ECs were also fun, and often headed by motivated faculty interested in helping students. Yes, I'm sure some teachers were ineffective, and the administration seemed weak and downright ineffective sometimes (in handling fights, etc), but if you are bright, motivated, and looking for college preparation, Kennedy is a solid place to be. Don't regret it at all.


Posted June 28, 2011

I graduated in the class of 2008 and while I excelled at Kenendy I certinaly wasn't pushed to go above and beyond academically. I did find though that if I put in the work the teachers were supportive. I found a place in the student goverment, LTI and College Institue. These programs all made my time amazing, but if you don't get invovled in things it can be a lot harder.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2011

the problem with our school is that we need to improve our hsas how can you help us by passing and doing good
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2010

I was a little concerned with my first daughter coming to Kennedy and we turned down the LTI program and chose Blair because of test scores and the reputations of the schools. That daughter had good friends in the Kennedy LTI program and they had an incredible experience. So when my next daughter had a chance to attend Leadership Training Institute (LTI) at Kennedy we accepted. We could not be happier. She has grown immensely and benefited from strong teacher and staff commitment and oversight. In particular, the LTI program is a great program. This past year, a new principal was brought in to replace someone who moved out of town. We know Dr. Minus from a former church and love his enthusiasm and his sincere passion and commitment to youth. We recommend this school and think they will continue to make strides to improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

This school is vicious i love it!! Everybody here is so close and friendly to each other,&&everybody here is like my second family. This school has so many cool,fun,and outgoing people its amazing. The staff is great and most will help you through everything. You can tell if someone is a Kennedy student a mile off. Most of us are loud, fun, outgoing, and unfortunately people tend to cuss a lot. We just straight fun. I think the fact that most of the students here live close to each other make us seem more like a family. You will definately like it here. Like some kids living in the area that go to schools like wheaton,blake,or springbrook always start off there&come here,because they know their missing out on something.There are a ton of parties,...but the kennedy staff definatley helps us balance our social and educational lives.Its great&a lot of fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

I Think this school has a great atmosphere and very positive on teens and parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

Here is the list of great teachers I've had since I entered Kennedy in August of 06: Ms. Boule-tri-m Ms. Roots-science Mr. Howard-english Ms. Wheeler-social studies Ms. Gordon-english Ms. Dubit-gym Mr. Monroe-gym Mr. Watts-math Mr. Wright-math Mr. Payne-social studies Ms. Rossi-English Ms. Goudy- ? Mr. Ashley-Technology The rest were either okay, had no impact on me, or got on my nerves
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2008

This school is awful, enough said.... when I would pick up my daughter students backpacks are the size of a kindergardeners, my daughter was the only one w/ a real backpack at this school. Administration does nothing to improve motivation or discipline, and even accuses the motivated students of cheating. Overall this school is horrible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

I am a former student at JFK. After reading the reviews I feel compelled to add my two cents. JFK is a below average school. Rather than use uninformative and subjective adjectives such as 'great' to describe the school, I point to more black & white metrics such as the fact that JFK ranks near the bottom in SAT scores and the number of students taking/passing Advanced Placement (AP) exams in Montgomergy County. With that said, JFK does graduate a handful of very bright students who move on to top quality colleges. However, the vast majority of the students are unmotivated and academically sub-par. The teachers are not to blame. They didn't sign up to be disciplinarians and are doing the best they can. However, even the most committed teacher eventually becomes frustrated dealing with these suburban wanna-be hoodlums.


Posted January 1, 2007

School is improving due to leadership within and new programs. There are four different programs for students to choose from: Leadership (tested in), Media.com, Cambridge (a very strict academic program comparable to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at other county High Schools, and Sports Medicine, Management, and Medical Careers. Overall, a school which students can learn and lead if they are motivated. Unfortunately, many students do not seem to have much ambition beyond the day to day concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2006

I am a senior at John F Kennedy H.S. I think this is a very good school and the teacher's are there to assist students when they need help. For students who say that the teachers do not care I have to disagree with that because I haven't heard such problems with teachers for the years that I have been at this school also it is up to the students to meet the required standards and ask for help if they need any.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2005

An okay non rigorous academic environment with highly dedicated instructional staff and outstanding new principal. High staff turnover in part because administrative staff could use some human relations training. Parental contribution for school functions is minimal. Extensive curriculum choices and instructional staff keeps academic standards high given the average state testing scores. Student body graduates as cohesive group into community, but on campus the students often do not provide the respect due to teachers as a profession charged with their development. This is a campus with a student body often new to the surrounding community so there can be a sense of detachment and ownership for the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 25, 2005

I am a student at john F. kennedy and i think it is a great school.The principal is nice and the teachers are nice too.I hear a lot a people saying they don't like it over there. The people who work there and go to school are really nice. I met new friends and i feel happy over there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2005

The academic proagrams are above average. The Extra-curricular programs are good. The parent involvement is not that good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2004

Students perform poorly because they seem to see no sense of accountability and responsibility.Teachers work hard and commit themselves to teaching profession, but students do not (at least what I have seen in my classes). They do a minimun work and expect a passing grade. They need to improve their study habit and must realize this is a high school. I do enjoy working at JFK, even though it's very challenging, but it's very rewarding to see some students learn and grow every day.The administrators and faculty work hard to push student performance and I hope students test scores will continue to increase.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 15, 2004

I would have to disagree with the last comment made. The actions of a few doesn't tell the true story of the entire school staff ability. I believe as a parent and former student, JFK is a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2003

My daughter tells me this school is not good because teachers dont care if you pass or fail and they dont pay any attention to the students.


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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

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 42% 12%
Black 39% 36%
Asian 10% 6%
White 7% 43%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

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  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
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Silver Spring, MD 20902
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