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About John F. Kennedy High School

School Community

John F. Kennedy High School, established in 1965, educates approximately 1400 diverse students in grades 9-12. JFK celebrates its diverse student population and continues to work to expand student opportunities through programs such as College Connections (meets on the Ohlone campus) and Small Learning Community structures.

School Mission

John F. Kennedy High School is committed to the education of a diverse population to meet the changing demands of a global society. Students will develop technological, academic and communication skills, plan and prepare for college, as well as become emotionally, physically and socially responsible. The entire school community (staff, students, and parents) recognizes their shared responsibility to provide a safe environment that fosters awareness and acceptance of individual differences.

Curriculum and School Programs (available to all students)

Beginning in the 2001-2002 school year, the JFK academic program was restructured into a 4x4 block schedule with each block being 85 minutes in length. Students take four classes per term for a total of eight classes per year, or 80 credits per year. As 95% of the staff has completed CLAD credentialing, and with eight classes per year, the school prepares English Language Learners to meet graduation requirements. AVID is an additional program available for college-bound students in grades 9 11.

Advanced Placement programs are offered in Chemistry, Biology, English 11 & 12, Calculus (AB and BC), Statistics, World Languages (French and Spanish), US History, and Studio Art. Beginning September 2007, John F. Kennedy began participating in the "College Connection" program at Ohlone College. Approximately 25 self-selected seniors elect to complete their senior year on the Ohlone campus, taking their graduation requirement classes in the morning and taking Ohlone classes of their choice in the afternoon. . There is a traditional 4.0 un-weighted grading system at JFK.

In October 2006 John F. Kennedy received a Federal Smaller Learning Communities Grant. Since then JFK has established 9th and 10th grade Families of 120 students. The teachers meet during common prep time to plan curriculum and collaborate on ways to better assist their students. In fall of 2008, JFK announced its first academy, the Green Tech Academy and received a California Partnership Academy Grant. Students in this academy take Biotech 105 and Chemistry 109 (Ohlone dual credit classes taught at Kennedy). Classes engage students in reading, research, projects and internships focused on green technologies. Academy students graduate well on the way to earning the BioTech Certificate.

 

Students may enroll in Ohlone classes offered at JFK (Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Ethnic Studies and ASL I & II). ROP classes are also available and the close proximity of the new ROP Center allows Kennedy students to enroll in classes throughout the day. Beginning September 2007, John F. Kennedy began participating in the "College Connections" program at Ohlone College. Approximately 25 self-selected seniors elect to complete their senior year on the Ohlone campus, taking their graduation requirement classes in the morning and taking Ohlone classes of their choice in the afternoon.

 

Scholastic Excellence

John F. Kennedy students perform well in state and nation academic competitions, earning increasing numbers of local, regional, and state scholarships. Approximately 97% of JFKs 2008 graduates entered post-secondary institutions (39% entered four-year colleges and universities; 58% community colleges or technical schools.) JFK graduates have been accepted to an impressive list of schools including Cornell, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, the Air Force Academy, West Point, and most of the University of California and California State University campuses.

John F. Kennedy is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Department of Education.

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