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Robert F Kennedy Community High School

Public | 9-12 | 721 students

 

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Posted January 9, 2013

This rating is a joke. RFK is at least a 7. After Mr. Pernick left the school has improved tremendously. RFK was ranked #25 by US New and World Reports. The school received a B on the 2011-2012 NYC School report card.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

I m totally agreed. Recently my child tried to seek some assistance from principal, administration and from a dean. This school personnel made promises but no action was taken towards that problem. I was amazed how absolutely careless and cold this personnel is. Many times I ve left messages & asked to return my phone call ASAP, no one even bothered. This mistreatment, direct disrespect not only to a students but to a parents as well. I personally think staff with this type of behavior must never work with kids. This only kills the reputation of RFKHS, I hope they understand because as I would say Fish getting rotten from the head, not from the tail . There are many other dedicated people who are professional, caring, empathetic and simply human.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2011

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but to keep a reputation of this school requires more than just fake promises and smiles from school administration. Parents trust schools with their children. So, if principal (main leader ) as well as administration will show more compassion, empathy, concern to students & their issues, I m sure they will be able to maintain their reputation or maybe gain more. If your students unable to seek actual assistance, in the times of need, what makes school think this kids could trust them or share with them. Personally I believe, before you gain trust one must equip that trust. Teachers are one of the main arteries of that school and the way how they present themselves or teach reflects each child s learning process
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2010

I had a great experience my freshman year of high school 2005. I was a very calm person and loved a quite and friendly environment but on things changed my sophomore year. Everything turned hectic teachers didn't care as much as they should and students acted up in class. There were too much over flow of students. They use to only except certain students with high grades now I feel they except kids with poor grades which is worse because theses students didn't care about learning and most teachers couldn't control them and turned even the average students insane. -Graduated 2009
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2010

It may be a small high school, but they have great teachers that really care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2009

I honestly think this is the best high school in queens. The environment including staff and students is amazing and extremely friendly and welcoming. All teachers are amazing and try their best to help the student to the best of their ability. No problems with violence or bullying. I went to this hs and i would recommend it to all students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

RFK is the best school because it has such a close- knit environment and everyone is friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

This school is fantastic. I'm currently a junior, and although there are way too many students in the hallway, the teachers are great, and the students are great. Everyone helps each other, and there's no violence in this school. Unlike other schools, this school will bring out the best of every student. If you don't do 200 hours of community service you don't graduate, which I think is fair. Community service not only brings smiles to everyone's faces, but it helps you in the future. You can also learn a lot from being in this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

Robert F.Kennedy os a small community school where children, parents and staff feel like they are amongst family. Everyone on staff knows every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2008

too small too much kids not enough teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2008

This school is great. There are small class sizes(25-30) students in each class. There are sometimes 2 or more teachers in the classroom to help the students with their work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2008

I think that RFK is the best school in Flushing. I graduated from this school and I highly recommend it to any student who wants to attend RFK. I've learned alot from the teachers, made many wonderful friends that I'll cherish for a lifetime. I've learned that doing community service is worth it when you put a smile on someone's face. The school is pretty small and the teachers are great. Can't thank the staff enough for helping me achieve my goals.


Posted May 3, 2007

The school lacks an environment for learning. When we asked the principal and guidance counselor for help on many issues we were given standard Dept. of Education answers. The only plus for this school was that the students are safe when they are in school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 64% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
23%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

146 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
58%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

179 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

209 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

229 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
43%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

247 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
60%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

300 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
59%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

212 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

195 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Chemistry

All Students49%
Students with disabilities11%
General population54%

Earth Science

All Students54%
Students with disabilities30%
General population62%

English

All Students95%
Students with disabilities87%
General population97%

Geometry

All Students54%
Students with disabilities21%
General population61%

Global History and Geography

All Students80%
Students with disabilities62%
General population85%

Integrated Algebra

All Students74%
Students with disabilities60%
General population79%

Living Environment

All Students71%
Students with disabilities53%
General population77%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students87%
Students with disabilities77%
General population88%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 35% 23%
Asian 28% 9%
White 25% 48%
Black 12% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 7%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 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 62%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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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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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 465 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

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

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents17628%
Students24937%
Teachers4093%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. BESHIR ABDELLATIF

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
  • Service learning
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - Q20A, Q25, Q46, Q64, Q65. Subways - E, J, Z to Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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75-40 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, NY 11366
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