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John F Kennedy School

Public | K-5 | 488 students

 

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
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Posted August 10, 2014

JFK school is a wonderful school with a caring and progressive educational program. The teachers all work together to provide the best guidance and education for each child depending on their individual needs. We are very proud to be a part of the JFK Elementary community. This school is very diverse with children from many different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2014

Jfk school is a caring and educationally enriched environment for children to learn. The teachers are excellent and the administration is amazing. The parents at JFK care about the school . Overall, my kids and I are VERY happy to be a part of JFK.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2014

I have two kids that are in JFK and one daughter that has finished it. The school the teachers are top notch. Amazing public school in Kings Point area. Why would you pay money for private school when you have a school like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2014

I grew up in Great Neck and John F Kennedy was always a top caliber school and it still is. The teachers and staff at this school are truly amazing. The teachers have exceeded my expectations. They go beyond what is expected of them and I appreciate their commitment to their students total well being... academically and socially. I feel there is a great connection between the teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2014

My second child will be in her final year of JFK this year. I also have a rising 9th grader, who also went to JFK. IT'S A WONDERFUL SCHOOL. My children have thrived and continue to be in honors classes. The staff is top notch! Anyone who has the privilege to attend our school is lucky.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2014

This school is amazing. Beginning with the principal and extending to the wonderful staff, each child's individual needs are attended to. The focus is on balancing education with a supportive environment that permits the children to grow and learn. It is a fabulous school and I am THRILLED my children have had this experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

The principal runs a tight ship at this school - teachers are not free to loaf off, but at the same time they're not free to innovate either. JFK also takes an unhealthy interest in teaching toward standardized tests; starting in 3rd grade, children are strongly encouraged to come in for extra test prep - a completely unwarrented intrusion into the kids' time, for the sake of butressing the school's test scores. Socially, the largely wealthy Iranian parent population tries to keep their kids apart from the other kids at the school. If you're not part of the wealthy, Iranian crowd, your kid is unlikely to ever get a playdate. On the positive side,the school is well-run, most of the teachers are excellent, and the kids are mostly well-behaved. Summary - Strong on academics, weak on humanity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2005

This school has quality educational prgrams and highly qualified teachers
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 77% 48%
Hispanic 2 11% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 9% 9%
Black 2 2% 19%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 25%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 216%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 61%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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  • MR. RON GIMONDO

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1-A Grassfield Rd
Great Neck, NY 11024
Phone: (516) 441-4200

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