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John F Kennedy Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded

 
 

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Posted October 7, 2013

Here are my concerns. As a parent of a child with special needs, I have had bare minimal support from the school. The principal talks the talk but cannot and will not support you. I am extremely disappointed in the way the school handles any kind of concerns. There are a few exceptions. From the secretaries who made you uncomfortable from the moment you walk in and continue to talk personal talk while you wait for them to finish and then wait while they give you an attitude to the lack of involvement from the principal. I would NEVER recommend this school. The few good staff members are wonderful but the rest ruin it for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

Honestly, the school it's self needs improvement. The bathrooms have writing on them, and they are not taken off within the same week. Principals do not follow student handbook when dealing with issues. Teachers do not explain homeworks, etc. These are just some reasons why the Kennedy Middle School is unsatisfactory, and should plan on improving immediately. (NOTICE: the studens do NOT use the outside field, and the school isn't monitored as well as it should be, and this is a safety concern!!!)


Posted September 27, 2010

JFKennedy Middle School has a great team of teachers who work hard to insure students are well prepared for MCAS and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Because that is where I met my best friend and also I didn't know english that much and my teacher at the time took her time to teach me and others the english as a send language
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

Clean school. They do not spend any time outside, which is concerning. There is no recess for 6th grade. Furthermore, they have zero clue about after-school care. Parents seem to be left in the lurch without assistance from the school. There are no programs at the school itself, and when I asked for assistance they had no idea where to send me, or even a phone number of anyone else who could help. I found this very odd. Beyond that, the school seems to be a good one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

It is a very neat and clean school. Teachers can actually teach better than other teachers in MA. Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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 67% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

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 71% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
39%
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 Students64%
Female72%
Male54%
African American53%
Asian70%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners0%

Math

All Students45%
Female48%
Male40%
African American27%
Asian60%
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities15%
English language learners0%
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 Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
African American47%
Asian90%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities29%
English language learners0%

Math

All Students47%
Female42%
Male52%
African American24%
Asian90%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners6%
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 Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
African American60%
Asian85%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students52%
Female54%
Male49%
African American30%
Asian72%
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students34%
Female28%
Male41%
African American15%
Asian43%
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities11%
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

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How schools in the state rate:

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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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 55% 67%
Hispanic 23% 16%
Black 11% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Two or more races 2% 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 37%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Waltham, MA 02452
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