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24220 Rosewood Street
Oak Park, MI 48237

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(248) 547-0880
(248) 586-8780
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December 10, 2013
JFK is a dream come true. A school filled with smart, creative, polite, kind children, caring, hard working, happy and appreciated teachers and staff, AND parents who gladly volunteer their time! Other schools should take note. This is what public education should be! Go Eagles!

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August 24, 2013
My daughter attends JFK and they practice good behavior and exhibit importance of making student feel like they are a special. She feels safe. I am glad that I kept her in this school district. She loves going to school.

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October 24, 2012
I have a second grader and a kindergartener at Kennedy. The more I talk to parents with kids in other schools, the more I am convinced that Kennedy is a rare gem. Parent volunteers are trained provide kids in the lower grades one-on-one tutoring in math and reading several times per week, giving the teachers time to focus on more in-depth teaching activities. The kids are taught to be responsible, independent and curious learners, working at their own level and pursuing their own interests whenever possible. The PTA is very active and involved, and JFK has the highest green school rating, giving students a daily model of environmental stewardship. The teachers and staff are enthusiastic and caring. Because of the high degree of parent involvement, I know my kids' classmates and their parents. Kennedy is more like a community than just a school, and I can't say enough positive things about it.

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November 18, 2010
My husband and I have been very impressed with all the teachers and assignments that are given at Kennedy. My two children love the school and look forward to school each morning.

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October 13, 2010
The teachers and active parents are fantastic and the new principal is bringing it all together!

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September 27, 2010
My child was in the Multi Age program and is pales in comparison to the Open Program. There is way less parental involvement, more behavioral issues, and more special need students being mainstreamed. The problem with the Ferndale District is that not every student is getting the same quality education as the other. And the terrible part is that the superintendent and other administrators will not or cannot change this unfortunate fact.

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April 13, 2010
They have an awesome family-style community feeling. Parents are highly encouraged to be involved and to give their input. They also have an excellent green school rating and are working to reduce their urban footprint.

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March 29, 2009
I went through the Open Classroom program when I was a child when in was taught at Taft Elementary, and I was excited to put my own children in the program 20+ years later. They even have some of the same teachers! The children did great in the Open Classroom program. But, we had to move out of state two years ago and we mourn JFK. Even though both kids are now in a school rated '10' and 'Exemplary', they are bored out of their minds with the traditional rigid classroom structure. We will always miss JFK.

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February 27, 2009
My daughter attended JFK and I was not very happy with her teacher. Each time I went into the classroom children were never in their seats. Some children were in the classroom, in the corner, under the desks, in the hallway, everywhere but in their seat learning. Maybe it was the teacher, but I took my daughter out of JFK because she was not learning in a structured environment. If your child needs structure, I do not recommend JFK.

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September 24, 2008
The major problem with Kennedy is the separation (segregation) between the Open Classroom and Multi Age programs. It's very obvious to me (and probably to all the children) that the Open Classroom is the preferred program, because of it's full capacity and waiting list. I don't think this is a healthy learning environment for our children, especially the Multi Age minority.

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September 12, 2008
I have 3 children at Kennedy school in the Open Classroom program and we LOVE it! We have considered moving to the Grosse Pointe district, or further north, and the one reason we're still here is because of this school! My kids are getting a wonderful education, our teachers are phenomenal, and the parents and families are the warmest, kindest people we have ever met. There are loads of parents in the classrooms every day helping all the children, from those at grade level, to those needing extra help, to those needing challenges. My kids are involved in art club, math club, girl scouts, cub scouts, band, and a wonderful music program. We couldn't be happier! Go Ferndale schools!!!

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July 28, 2008
My two oldest daughter went to Kennedy and my youngest is going into 4th grade, at Kennedy. As a Kennedy family, we have had a great educational experience. We have a close knit community and all our needs are address. I have only positive things to say about Ferndale School District. If you want your child to succeed they will, but you need to get or stay involved.

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March 27, 2007
My son has attended JFK for the last 3 years, and I wish that this wasn't his final year. The staff is amazing! The support and communication are excellent. My son and some of his classmates played basketball for a church league in the area and his teacher, Mrs. W. made it to at least half of the games. These were games that took place on Saturdays, mornings and afternoons and had nothing to do with the school except that some of her students were involved. The kids were thrilled and know that Mrs. W. truly cares about them and their outside successes, her concern doesn't end at 3:30, Monday thru Friday - how awesome. The academics, extracurricular activities from the Sock Hop to the Fall Festival, the music program, all outstanding. Like my son and I say, all the cool kids go to JFK!

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February 22, 2007
I have a son in Third grade at this school and he is in special Ed and they have done an excellent Job with him he can read now and his grades have improved and his teacher is the sweeties lady that you could ever meet and she has a lot patient and she cares about her student and there learning and that is what our kids need today

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February 01, 2007
My son started in the first grade in the open classroom program at JFK. He has had nothing but great teachers and support staff. The program allows him to advance in math without waiting for the class. This keeps him interested in his studies. Each household is responsible for 40 hours a year of volunteering so there is always a parent in the classroom. The music department is excellent. They have several concerts throughout the year.

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June 08, 2006
My son is only a kindergartner, but the culture of learning and support at Kennedy give us confidence in both the pedagogical apporoach of hte open classroom and multi-age philosophies as well as the general positive environment of Kennedy. For an elementary school in an inner ring suburb of a supposedly 'rust-belt' city, Kennedy has thus far provided nothing but a positive expetation for our son and daoughter's education at this vibrant public school.

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John F. Kennedy School
24220 Rosewood Street, Oak Park, MI  48237
(248) 547-0880
Last modified John F. Kennedy School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John F. Kennedy School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top