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John F Kennedy Senior High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 496 students

 

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Posted August 22, 2013

I had 3 children graduate from this school and i can positively say that this is the BEST school in all of Cheektowaga. The teachers are very personable, they keep you informed of your child's progress, they hold assemblies on current events such as bullying, etc. My son played football for JFK for 4 years and needless to say he learned alot from his coaches, Even though all my children have now graduated from this school I still play an active role with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

Pretty good school. It doesn't particularly stand out academically or academically as being great or terrible, but it's smaller than other schools in the district and has good teachers. The administration is very competent but the principal isn't that visible in the building.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 1, 2009

I am a parent of 2 children, one that graduated in 2005 and the other is currently a senior at JFK. I'm surprised at some of these reviews because I have been extremely happy with the school and the teachers. My kids have both expressed how much they love the school. Both are honor students involved in clubs and sports. I do believe you get out of school what you put into it. The teachers have always made themselves available to both me and my kids whenever necessary. I give the school a 2 thumbs up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

The teachers have been great. They have helped both my children to excell and be on the honor roll every quarter. The teachers take time to help any student that needs help. There are many oppertunities for the kids from clubs to sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

I believe overall the school is good. As a student I enjoy my classes and believe all my teachers are great at what they do and if you don't understand something in class they are always there for extra help. Sure you will have the kids who complain that the teacher is not doing there job but most the time the student is not taking time to learn or ask for help. The building itself is pretty nice especially the new weight room and they offer many classes that will help students narrow down what they want to do after high school. I have enjoyed my years here and will miss it very much.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2008

I give it 1 star. Teachera are capable but have to deal with a large percentage of students(?) that could not care less. There are some that actually do go the extra mile and there are others who leave the school in a cloud of dust. The students who do care about their studies (about 15% of each class) have a reasonable chance at post high school success while the others will be scrambling for either a spot in a community college or trade school. By entering one of these educational options does not mean success by no means. There are too many students with a great potential that are not going to go anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2008

Overall school district is weak. They typically do not follow NYS rules and do their own thing. Most of the parents do not expect their children to do well, and they don't. Weak self centered teachers who earn much more than they are worth. You would be better off sending your child to a buffalo school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2008

the school is better then when i went there. many improvements made. digital clocks,new sign and track,some rooms carpeted. it is a great school to send your students coming from someone that graduated from there in 2005.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2007

Horrible. They can not make their mind up on things and in turn ruin the lives of it's students I wouldn't recommend anyone to attend the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Needs more AP classes and college preparatory courses!!!
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
43%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
70%
Earth Science

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

14 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
56%
Global History and Geography

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%
Integrated Algebra

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
76%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
U.S. History and Government

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%
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

All Students43%
Female44%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Non-migrant43%

Chemistry

All Students87%
Female81%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant87%

Earth Science

All Students73%
Female64%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities56%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%

English

All Students87%
Female90%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities35%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%

Geometry

All Students66%
Female62%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities73%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%

Global History and Geography

All Students79%
Female81%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities42%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%

Integrated Algebra

All Students81%
Female77%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities48%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%

Living Environment

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities57%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Physics

All Students29%
Femalen/a
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English29%
Non-migrant29%

U.S. History and Government

All Students92%
Female91%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities63%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 93% 48%
Black 2 4% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Hispanic 1 1% 23%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 149%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 21%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

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305 Cayuga Creek Rd
Cheektowaga, NY 14227
Phone: (716) 891-6407

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