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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
John F. Kennedy High School is a highly rated, public school located in La Palma, CA. It has 2,471 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 28 to 1. According to state test scores, 49% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.

John F. Kennedy High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
49%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1210
367 responses
Average ACT
27
73 responses
AP Enrollment
25%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$98,788
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,706
National
$949
Median Home Value
$634,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.56 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.56 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 145 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week Assembly
    26%
  • Choir show week
    18%
  • Sporting events
    14%
  • Club Rush
    12%
  • School Dances
    10%
  • Band Performances
    5%
  • Theater Performances
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,471
Free or Reduced Lunch
50%
66%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.64 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.64 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.64 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
28:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$104,997
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.5%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.78 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.78 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.78 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,464/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.88 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.88 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.88 responses
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John F. Kennedy High School Reviews

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John F. Kennedy High School is a wonderful high school that I attend. The teachers, students, and the overall environment of the school allow me to learn well. There are many interesting classes to take and allows me to have diverse opportunities to open me to new experiences. The school prepares students for college by offering many college level courses and has an International Baccalaureate program which challenges students!
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One thing I liked about John F. Kennedy High School were the teachers. They are very supportive of their student's future, and will go out of their way to make sure they are striving. When students are struggling in a certain area, teachers set aside time to help students gain knowledge in the struggling area. Another thing I liked about this high school was the diversity. Everywhere you look, there is another nationality walking by. Because of how diverse Kennedy High School is, it creates a bigger community for students to connect with one another. This is something that made my high school experience much better than some of my friends who were placed in other schools. One thing I would change about Kennedy is the school culture. Spirit weeks were just "another week" with no school spirit or involvement. If I could go back, I would find more ideas to try and get the student's involved in Kennedy's activities and school culture.
This school is amazing and has the students as the top priority. They constantly are offering dual enrollment as a great advantage and head start for college. Not all schools do this and a Kennedy student should be happy to be here. There are lots of amazing teachers who help in the process of graduating. Mr. Corona is the best teacher out there. The food has gotten healthier and safety is in a nice, quiet area. The clubs help us and are very engaging to take part of any campus activities. Some teachers especially math teachers may need some improvement in their teaching methods in order to prevent failing students. For the most part this school is on the top list and most recommended to attend to have fun!