School Details

John F. Kennedy Middle School

821 Bubb Road, Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 253-1525
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1346 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
86%
50%
95%
89%
57%
100%
100%
85%
91%
84%
52%
96%
93%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John F. Kennedy Middle School is a public middle school in Cupertino. The principal of John F. Kennedy Middle School is Nicole Johnston, whose e-mail is johnston_nicole@cusdk8.org. 1,346 students attend John F. Kennedy Middle School and identify primarily as Asian; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 0.8% of the John F. Kennedy Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 1,346 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at John F. Kennedy Middle School is 22:1. St. Joseph of Cupertino Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 79% 70%
Hispanic 2% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 17% 23%
Multiracial 1% %
Filipino 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 18645%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.2% 0.05%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 5%
Limited English proficiency 0.8% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I loved this school. The teachers were very understanding and made it fun to learn. Sure there are some teachers here and there that aren't that good but almost every other school has them. PE was fun we actually did some legit excersize. I will miss Kennedy. Here comes Monta Vista... /

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is so horrible > ( I hate it so much!!!!!! Don't go there!! SOOOO BAAAD!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    #FUN AND FUN AND FUN AND FUN AND ACADEMIC The best school best bes tbest best bestschool

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has great staff. Teachers counselors assistants etc. all know their job and do it very well. It has great extracurricular activities and clubs fun elective classes. PE is interesting and challenging. The principal is outstanding! My only complaint is that their food system needs a total overhaul. There are plenty of ice cream doughnuts chocolate muffins sweet tarts sweet water (not juice really) on the menu. No fresh vegetables to speak of. And if you even find any they do not look appetizing. I would not want to eat them. Apparently neither do kids. There is no warm comfortable place to sit and eat. Kids eat sitting on the ground. No microwaves. The lines are enormous. Some of the foods run out before all the students are served. Our kids work so hard they need nutritious and tasty food to keep them going. I don't think any parent would mind paying a couple of bucks more to keep their kid healthy. Parents themselves each much better at their high techs. I get jealous looking at the menus for kids at Los Altos or Palo Alto. Those are public schools too.

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers and classmates are great. There are also a lot of actives to participate. My child enjoy attending the school very much.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is a 6th grade student. The transition from elementary school is smooth teachers from Keneedy are very responsive and resourcesful. The academic curriculum are competitive but most students still have plenty of spare time to enjoy sports and other activities. Overall a very good school for those who are willing to put in the effort.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a great way to prepare kids for the stress of high school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I loved Kennedy. I was only there for the first half of seventh grade in 2002 because I moved to Seattle in the middle of the school year but I loved every moment of my time there. I enjoyed their "villages" where students in the same village had the same teachers for classes. I met many different people that way and still keep in touch with some of them today. It was the first time that I had been thoroughly challenged academically and I loved it. Every subject was hard but in a good way in a way that made me want to push myself to be better and work harder. Kennedy set the bar at the top for me in terms of academics and teacher dedication to student learning and growth. The electives were unique. I took the rotating art-woodshop-cooking class that rotated from trimester to trimester. I had never done woodshop before and I am proud to say that I still have the wooden pen I made in my second trimester. Also PE was when I started loving running and fitness. I was extremely sad to leave because I had established such a strong community of friends and started to enjoy being challenged at school. I would definitely have my future children attend Kennedy if at all possible.

  • (1 year ago)

    All CSUD middle school physical education is created to bring the students grade down giving them lower moral. This sucks. The students and their parents are the ones that put in the effort to making the schools API that way and not the staff members.

  • (2 years ago)

    If I had written this a year ago it would have been very different. This year the administration and the teachers have all been exceptional. They've been consistantly responsive proactive engaged and overall very effective. This ultimately provided my son with a far more engaging and enriching year. Looking forward to a similar experience next year.

  • (2 years ago)

    ummm im a student and i take yearbook.... I got an A. and also an A in everything else. just saying.

  • (2 years ago)

    Do not take yearbook. Students do not get any As in that class. As a result you won't get perfect GPA and will get penalized for that when you leave KMS. Cooking however are easy As.

  • (2 years ago)

    Watch for Jackson. She doesn't spend much time teaching language arts even though that's her subject area. So kids take STAR test without knowing a lot of the definitions. And she assign very few writing assignment. And that's for grade 8!!! Not really preparing kids for Monta Vista HS?

  • (3 years ago)

    Kennedy is a great school with thoughtful programs. Students enjoy projects from teachers. The school prepares students well for high school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Kennedy has wonderful teachers and while there are students that say that they can't "teach" I think the opposite. I enjoy the events going on in this school especially KBDC. The village program is creative and every one has their own variety of teachers and teaching styles.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is awesome! The PE program challenges the students and keeps them fit. The teachers are top notch and also challenge the students to be at their fullest potential. This school is great!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our 1st child is going to KMS and we are extremely pleased with the transition that she made from Elementary to Middle School and how KMS staff and curriculum allowed her to make such a smooth transition. She will graduate this year and will be off to High School and we could not be more pleased with the experience from social educational and emotional growth that she has gained.

  • (5 years ago)

    John F. Kennedy Middle School is wonderful school for my 2 kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    John F. Kennedy Middle School is a great school for students.

  • (5 years ago)

    2 of my children went to John F. Kennedy Middle school. I was very impressed with the staff and the education that my children received

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