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John F Kennedy Mem High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1380 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

my school is the best< the nurse is very professional and help my daughter with her asthma every time she need it love her
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

This is an absolutely wonderful school, it was an honor to study at this school and i couldn't ask for a better experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2013

JFK HIGH SCHOOL, ISELIN NJ is far beyond a great school. " Credit goes to the Teachers, to their dedication in making this school recognized as one of the Best Schools in NJ and of course this all cannot be accomplished without the hard work and efforts of the ***** yes I mean the stars at JFK High School,,, THE STUDENTS." Good Luck to them with their future, they deserve the best after their perseverance *** Looking Forward To See #10 As The Rank For This School Soon** Sincerely Proud Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

New Jersey schools are so diverse. That is why we love them!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

JFK High School is the best. Everybody gets along and the teachers are exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Great school and dedicated teachers.


Posted September 23, 2009

They offer us breakfast in the morning. We have Pep Rally's. Our Sports teams are amazing. Our teachers are fun while teaching. And we have a lot of clubs that help people out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Our school is the best because our baseball team won the state championship and there are very determined kids in this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2009

My school is the best the kids are so much fun and i love being here and the teachers are great!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2009

I think JFK is one of the best schools ever because of the wonderful students and the teachers are extemely nice. also, we have some of the best conditions and facilities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2009

JFK is an outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

It's a great school that surrounds you around many wonderful people!! Some of my best memories are at JFK.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2009

The Students are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

This school is a great place for all. I love working here, all of the faculty and staff are very supportive and we have great teamwork among all of the teachers that allows our students to receive the best education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

What I like the most in the school is the commitment to excellence.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 21, 2009

The students at JFK receive an exceptional education that is built on the cooperative effort among administrators, teachers, parents, and students. There is a great deal of pride that goes along with being a Mustang!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 21, 2009

Teachers are great (mostly). Students are epic. What more can I say?
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

It's the best school, because we have the best faculty and students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

J.F.K memorial high school is the best school in the country. We are all very talented kids
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

JFK has great school spirit. The students respect each other as well as the staff and community. The students are always doing something to give back to the community. I am proud to work there!
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students95%
Female95%
Male97%
Black98%
Asian95%
Hispanic87%
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education79%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant95%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black90%
Asian95%
Hispanic74%
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education66%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey 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: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students76%
Female76%
Male77%
Black71%
Asian89%
Hispanic58%
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education57%
General education81%
English language learners18%
Not migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former44%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey 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: New Jersey Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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48%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

84%

SAT college ready

40%

Graduation rate

96%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, ACT/SAT participation, and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 36% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 33% 9%
Hispanic 20% 22%
Black 11% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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200 Washington Avenue
Iselin, NJ 08830
Phone: (732) 602-8650

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