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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
John F. Kennedy Memorial High School is a highly rated, public school located in Iselin, NJ. It has 1,327 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 39% in reading.
Address
200 Washington Avenue
Iselin, NJ 08830
Telephone
(732) 602-8650
Website

John F. Kennedy Memorial High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
39%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1200
323 responses
Average ACT
29
29 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$87,308
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,641
National
$949
Median Home Value
$295,900
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
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 55 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    35%
  • Running of the Halls
    20%
  • Mr. JFK
    16%
  • Homecoming game
    13%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • The school play
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,327
Free or Reduced Lunch
42%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,900
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.9%
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$16,740/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.23 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.23 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.23 responses
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John F. Kennedy Memorial High School Reviews

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John F. Kennedy Memorial High school has provided me with multiple opportunities that other schools in my district do not offer. Now I cannot speak on behalf of every staff member but many truly care about their students allowing the student to learn at their pace. The workload tends to be very tough especially when my fellow classmates are trying to balance extra-curricular activities, school, family and work. John F Kennedy could also work on supporting their art department just as much as they support their sports teams. The gym classes could also improve by having a larger variety of activities rather than sticking to running every day. Overall JFKMHS has provided me with an education that is available to me on behalf of my privileges of being able to go to school. Every student has a different story to tell.
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The school is so ethnically diverse and the classes are challenging but fun! You always learn new things about the different cultures. Most people are Asian (i.e. South Asian), but there are also many Dominicans and other Hispanic peoples, White people, and even a couple of Arab peoples. White people beware though, racism is rampid since most people don't understand that you can be racist to whites. Spanish class is used all through out the day no matter your ethnicity. Most students take AP or college level classes and JFKMHS is rated #1 in the district. Sports isn't as good for the boys, but the girls kill it in every sport.
I graduated in 2016 and I gotta say, JFKMHS is one of the best high schools you could've went to. There are a wide variety of AP and Honors classes you can take as well as clubs and sports. The student demographics are one of the most diverse in the whole state so its easy to find comfort here. The academics are the best in the township from the three high schools (Colonia and Woodbridge included) and the bonds you form with teachers can transcend graduation which is amazing. I was part of the boys track team which was phenomenal and all the other teams were competitive too, including the girls teams which always did very well too. Only complaints are that the school isnt funded well, its rather small, and you should join a sports team or club to be more social as they dont give much time for that. Other than those things its an amazing high school which is safe and a good choice for you or your child.