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John F Kennedy High School

Public | 3, 9-12 & ungraded | 711 students

 

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Posted December 4, 2013

I graduated from this school in June 2011. For the past week I've been trying to get in contact with someone here but nobody answers the phone. They give me a run around and its very unproffesional ahd childish. When I attended here they would call my house 24/7 saying I wasnt going to school my parents would come in and my Attendance was perfectly fine. This system and this school and the staff itself is horrible. So HAPPY I graduated and dont have to deal with then anymore.


Posted October 17, 2008

This is a well educated school that has very good classes
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2008

My son is now a senior. The teachers gave me, since my son attended this school, great feedback about what he is learning, when he is absent, and when he is not turning in assisgnments. They are attentive to parent needs, which is what I like most. The principal is the Best! The sports teams rock! Thanks JFK
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

I love this school my daughter use to go there i am trying to register her again i work for the board of education in middle school there are a lot of programs and acdemy in your school so i givwe it a 10
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2008

I am a student at JFK and will be graduateing in june! well, my years in kennedy have been so tramadic and somtimes meanless with all the pressure the staff including teachers and peers, that in many situation leads to failer. I well never trash kennedy HS because, i have recieved a great education so for that made be elgible to get accepted into a great college. If you are determine to learn and work hard, in the process of meeting friends and dealing with drama lol, then you will fit right in at kennedy HS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2008

Dont send your kids here but its a great place to find friends!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

The bottom line is that there is no collaboration, parents are treated with little respect, and staff is un professional.


Posted November 9, 2007

From day one staff has made is very clear parents are not welcome.Also the staff acts as if they are very unprofessional.Happy to say my child is now out of JFK
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2007

I currently attend John F. Kennedy High School and have been doing so for the past 3 years. When first entering Kennedy the school was in demand for some new improvements but over the years Kennedy has improved quite a lot. There are many activities to join and clubs for a chance to meet new people. The teacher are overall good and the principal is always there when you need him. I would not transfer out of Kennedy for the world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2005

This school has changed greatly in the past few years. Security is poor and kids can roam the halls, especially the first floor. Teacher morale is poor .The small schools are taking over the building which leads to overcrowded unsafe conditions.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted February 10, 2005

I attended this school from September 2000 to June 2004. the school was bad. there were many security guards but alot were not doing there job. they were to busy fraternizing with the students. i never felt safe at kennedy until the day i left. i would not recommend this school to anyone. i do appreciate the College Now program because if it was not this program i would not have done as well and graduting. Thanks goes out to Mrs. Strutt, Ms Mullings and even Ms. Mitzner.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 18, 2004

My daughter just started the 9th grade at H.S. 475. I was very impressed with the security because I know my daughter will be safe. There is a wide variety of x-tra curricular activites at the school. Most importantly my daughter feels comfortable with her teachers and her peers which will enable her to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

Will i go to this school i just started yesarday. I started 9th grade!There are ( i think? ) 3 types of school's inside kenndey, And i go to THE BRONX LAW AND FINACE so far i like this school, the dress code is good and everything else is good. I just dont like the lunch food ( not great) And, the security system is a little bit to much, It made me late today there's so much kids in thatbuilding that The security system makes some of us late! Mabye they should build more!! I left the house around 7:20 went to eat got to school around 8:20 and school starts 9:00 And i was late !!!!!!!!! To many kids for 3 little security systems! Will its a nice school. Bye
—Submitted by a student


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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 32% in 2014.

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Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

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26%

2011

 
 
59%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

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5%

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20%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
15%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
37%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
16%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
31%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
37%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
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Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
20%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

9 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
43%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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Chemistry

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Earth Science

All Students5%
Female5%
Male5%
African Americann/a
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Hispanic7%
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Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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General population5%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English3%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant5%

English

All Students33%
Female44%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities14%
General population36%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant33%

Geometry

All Students13%
Femalen/a
Male6%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population14%
English language learners22%
Proficient in English5%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant13%

Global History and Geography

All Students60%
Female65%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities65%
General population59%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant60%

Integrated Algebra

All Students59%
Female73%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities35%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant59%

Living Environment

All Students44%
Female41%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities39%
General population45%
English language learners39%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%

Physics

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English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students63%
Female64%
Male62%
African American62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities35%
General population68%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "D" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 63% 23%
Black 2 35% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
White 1 1% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 224%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2100%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 70%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 308 responses

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This school
6.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.2
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
6.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
4.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
6.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
4.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents3711%
Students24170%
Teachers30100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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99 Terrace View Ave
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Bronx, NY 10463
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