A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
John F. Kennedy High School is a highly rated, public school located in Cedar Rapids, IA. It has 1,749 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.
Address
4545 Wenig Rd Ne
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Telephone
(319) 558-2251

John F. Kennedy High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1210
25 responses
Average ACT
27
194 responses
AP Enrollment
41%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
94%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 68 responses
Report
  • Pep assemblies
    25%
  • Football games
    21%
  • School dances
    21%
  • Showchoir competitions
    10%
  • Choir concerts
    9%
  • Plays and Musicals
    6%
  • AP recognition
    3%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,749
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$13,277/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.44 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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John F. Kennedy High School Reviews

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The school is decently academic in terms of offering over 20 AP courses, along with regular courses. Though the school should add honors courses for students that want to be in an advanced/faster-pace version of a regular course, but don't want to deal with stress involving in AP courses.

The food needs some improvement considering an amount of people would bring their own lunches, or just drive to a fast food restaurant if they're upperclassmen.

The teachers are pretty nice, and often have the time to answer students' questions. Most of them teach in a pace where the students should be able to easily grasp the material.

There has been a problem with bullying every single year in the school; since there would be assemblies, homeroom meetings, or something that addresses bullying. Also a student has committed suicide due to bullying occurring in this school.

Overall, the experience is decent. Though it can definitely improve.
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Kennedy became home ever since I've been going there! I'm involved in Marching band/color guard, wind symphony, and girls soccer team. I love going to school everyday because of my teachers, my friends, and the exciting classes offered! I wouldn't want to go anywhere else!
Kennedy is a fantastic school in Iowa, possible the best in the state. During my tenure at Kennedy I always felt welcome in the school, and most of the faculty takes a personal interest in all their students. The thing that really impressed me was the management of the school by the principal. I was a freshman when he first took over the school and he was a terrific principal. He acknowledged and dealt with issues concerning his students and attempted to add new innovative ideas to the school to make improve its already good standing.