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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  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, 31% of students are at least proficient in math and 38% 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
38%
Percent Proficient - Math
31%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1200
277 responses
Average ACT
29
27 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Urban
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
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    36%
  • Running of the Halls
    20%
  • Mr. JFK
    16%
  • Homecoming game
    12%
  • The school play
    6%
  • Homecoming
    4%
  • 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%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,606
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.9%
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 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
$16,158/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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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.
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JFKMHS stresses the importance of the 3 A's- Academics, Athletics, and Arts. First off, I'm going to address our performing arts department, which is phenomenal. At the competitions, the choirs continuously win superior ratings at competitions and win various awards. The marching band has improved greatly and continues to rise in score every year. Our school plays are consistently superb due to the talented cast, pit band, crew, and staff. As for clubs and activities, we have a large variety- there is truly something for everybody. Clubs include gaming unplugged, human rights, & sports management, among a dozen others. Our athletic teams do well as well. A large portion of the school participates in the athletic program, as there are at least 6 sports every season. In regard to academics, over one hundred students participate in Advanced Placement classes. Our school consistently has the top scores in the township.
My time in high school was rough at JFK. However, I abhor the fact that all 3 principals and 99% of the faculty were white when majority of our students were students of color, particularly South Asian. The culture barrier and sometimes blatant racism made it quite a toxic place at times, in my opinion, which was ironic since our principal "praised" the school's diversity, when I'm sure he was low-key racist. However, the teachers were very good in connecting with us; frankly, my teachers were my favorite aspect of that school. Also, I hate how when majority of the talent in our school is from the art, theater, and choir students and all the money goes towards the sports teams. JFK needs work, money, and a reality check.