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John F. Kennedy Elementary School

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Posted May 24, 2014

I've had experience working at all the schools in Somerville and I am puzzled that this school rates higher than others in the district, and maybe most specifically puzzled that it rates higher than Argenziano...this is a perfect example of how test scores are not everything. There is a really interesting mix at this school of underprivileged kids and students who have caring parents/parents who are really helicopter parents. There is IMO quite a bit of bullying here. There is no (and I mean ZERO) emphasis on building school culture. I think problems are for the most part ignored until it is too late. The school is unorganized and the kids sense it. The principal is retiring which is sad as I think she is very smart...but I do not enjoy the culture of this building. There will be a lot of turnover next year. Will be interesting to see what develops, I think there will be a lot of shiny new beginning teachers, we'll see how the test scores fare. The two teachers mentioned in the two comments below are fabulous, and there are some really great people on the staff but they are not encouraged to work as a team.


Posted May 9, 2013

My daughter is just finishing first grade in Ms Johnson's class and I am astounded at the progress she's made in reading and writing this year. At the start of the year Ms Johnson noticed my daughter was lagging behind her peers in her reading and provided extra help to her each week. My daughter initially found reading so challenging she said she would never be able to read and write like the other kids. Yet by the time of this writing, early May, she has progressed through reading levels A-H, and is ready for the next level. She now happily reads bedtime stories to her little brother and absolutely loves books. She also really enjoys writing little stories and making books of her own. She feels Ms Johnson really cares for her and she loves her school and especially the school library.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

My daughter is in Mrs Scrima's kindergarten class. I have never known a teacher more dedicated and more loving and above all respectful of the children as Mrs Scrima. She came to visit our home in the summer to get acquainted with my daughter and make her feel excited about school. She stayed two hours, playing with the children and helping us parents with the multitude of school forms. At school in the morning Mrs Scrima stoops at child level and greets each child by shaking their hand and saying their name. The child is respected like any adult. Mrs Scrima emails us a weekly schedule of upcoming events so we don't miss anything. My daughter is absolutely thriving and loves her teacher. We are so very fortunate she has such an amazing school to start her education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2010

my daughter is very happy there !!!!! they must being doing a great job!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

Both of my daughters attended JFKennedy School in Somerville. The teachers give them great ideas when they need help and keep in touch with parents. The principal will take care of any problems that arises...He also takes pride in his school as well as with parents..Students come first.When u visit the school u feel like u know everyone that works there..Everyone there is so friendly. Both of my daughters have good memories of their teachers and what they have leraned there has helped them in the outside world. One of my daughters is a sophmore at Lesley College and is on the Deans's List. My other daughter is a junior at Somerville High School and is a honor student... I just want to thank the JFKennedy School for helping them to where they got to today... working with us and our daughters as a team..... Thank You!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
36%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
52%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
31%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students66%
Female67%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I66%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female80%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title I78%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Female77%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I63%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female85%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I66%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Female85%
Male43%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students50%
Female57%
Male47%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female50%
Male47%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I48%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Female85%
Male58%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I68%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students56%
Female62%
Male53%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I56%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Female69%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I71%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female57%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I51%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Female95%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I78%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students70%
Female86%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Title I70%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female64%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I51%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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2010

 
 
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 67%
Hispanic 21% 16%
Black 13% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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