Skip to Main Content
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  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 1,842 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 81% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% in reading.

John F. Kennedy High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
79%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1290
38 responses
Average ACT
27
305 responses
AP Enrollment
42%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$59,152
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$751
National
$949
Median Home Value
$140,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
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.25 responses
Poll
96%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 105 responses
  • Pep assemblies
    23%
  • Football games
    20%
  • School dances
    16%
  • Showchoir competitions
    9%
  • Choir concerts
    7%
  • Plays and Musicals
    6%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,842
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,088
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.4%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,031/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.52 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.52 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.52 responses
Schools like John F. Kennedy High School
More

John F. Kennedy High School Reviews

313 reviews
All Categories
Overall, I think that Cedar Rapids Kennedy high school is a very good school. I think that most of the teachers and staff are truly vested in their students' success and I believe that Kennedy strives to hire staff who will continue to care about their students both academically and emotionally. One change that I would like to see at Kennedy is the fruition of different ideas and plans. I feel as though the school often says that they are planning to make beneficial changes, but they rarely ever carry out the changes.
Start Your Review of John F. Kennedy High School
Rate It!
A majority of the teachers I have had have been amazing. Especially my senior year. I really enjoy the relationships they have with me and their peers. I also enjoy the wide variety of clubs we have and the variety in classes such has Forensics, which is not a class many schools have. Something I would like to see change at Kennedy is the diversity in students as in race/ethnicity, and in faculty as in gender, we need more female hall monitors. One last thing would be adding more natural light into the class room. There are not very many windows in classrooms making it seem gloomy within the school, especially with the brick being brown. It needs some color, but thats all cosmetic.
I love Kennedy. I am only a freshman but I have had amazing memories formed already. Some of my favorite activities we have are our school's pep rallies, football games, and all the opportunities we have. I also love all the coaching staff. I play softball, basketball, and run track and every coach has pushed me hard to make me not only a stronger player but a better person. I also love my teachers, they care tremendously for all of their students and want them to all succeed. Kennedy high school is one of the best because the teachers and coach care so much for you.