School Details

John F Kennedy High School

2855 South Lamar St, Denver, CO 80227
(720) 423-4300
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1197 students 17 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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66%
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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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25%
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54%
57%
70%
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51%
32%
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49%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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18%
32%
55%
49%
65%
28%
28%
47%
36%
30%
47%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John F Kennedy High School is a public high school in Denver. The principal of John F Kennedy High School is Jeannie Peppel and can be contacted at Jeannie_Peppel@dpsk12.org. 1,197 students attend John F Kennedy High School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 69% of the 1,197 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at John F Kennedy High School is 17:1. Mullen High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Asian 8% %
Hispanic 69% 58%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 14%
Multiracial 2% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 18% 20%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69% 72%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    John F Kennedy High School " is a joke this school has caused me more problems then i can count the only reason my son attended was due to the location if any other school is avaliable i would highly recommend against kennedy all i am going to say is that noone should have to deal with some of the problems ive had at kennedy from bullying to theft. P.S. only a handfull of schools accept the (ib/myp) program. Liked Disliked

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is at the top of her class and is excelling at JFK. She's involved in sports and other activities (ROTC). She couldn't be happier. I worried after reading the first review about students who aren't in the top of the class but my other daughter that always struggles with her studies has found that her teachers have been more than willing to work with her during non-class hours to make sure she understands and succeeds. As the parent said earlier I've always believed that you get out of school what you put into it both of my kids put effort into it and both are very happy at Kennedy (so am I) even though their grade standings obviously don't show the same results. I'm happy because they are both learning both advancing and both enjoying their High School Experience. How could I ask for more?

  • (6 years ago)

    great school! amazing the ib program brings so many more options. the collage credit you can ear is outstanding. you can get over 2 years of collage credit while still in high school it is outstanding.

  • (6 years ago)

    I wasn't originally going to send my kids to Kennedy but my daughter wanted to bad enough that I checked it out. I was amazed at what I found out. Not only did I discover that it was a fabulous school (yes in DPS) but during this first year I've found out more of the wonderful opportunities available to all students. Parent involvement is amazing as a whole students love being there. I don't believe I could have made a better choice for my daughter than JFK. The website needs work but check it out anyway just so you can see the video about some of the great things happening at Kennedy. http //jfk.dpsk12.org/

  • (6 years ago)

    As one other parents has commented already Kennedy is one of Denver's best kept secrets - a public school with a high-performing academic program (the International Baccalaureate program) where the teachers and counselors are dedicated to every student. I selected Kennedy High School for my children not because it was my only choice but because it was the best choice.

  • (6 years ago)

    JFK's one of Denver's best kept secrets. Academics are challenging but not overwhelming. The social environment is the most accepting and most involved community I have seen in a HS the sports programs allow kids to be involved on many levels from novice to scholarship-bound and it is a small-town school in a large urban district. The MYP program for grades 9 & 10 is a great way for students to prepare for a variety of upper level options and gives students a lot of different experiences through the wide variety of required and optional courses and cuminating MYP project. Both of my kids have/are doing well with it. My son a junior has enrolled in the IB diploma programme and is getting a fantastic education -well beyond the typical. I really couldn't ask for a much better HS.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent and our daughter and incoming freshman son will be attending JFK. JFK is a very good school my daughter has done well in academics and sports she loves the school the teachers and her classmates. She is pretty popular and alot of other students look to her as a leader. We know our son will excell because he knows what he wants and what he is striving for. We tell our children to be leaders not followers they have done that all of their lives so we know they will accomplish alot at Kennedy. We tell our children that they are going to Kennedy to make the school a better place they dont need to attend another school in the area just because some of their classmates are going.........they are leaders not followers!! Excell and Achieve and you shall Exceed in Life. Dont watch make things happen!

  • (7 years ago)

    JFK is a great school to send your child to. I was worried that it wasn't going to be a good time for my child but now he really enjoys it. the parents are really involved and there are so many activities to choose from. The academics are just getting better and JFK will become a great school because of the new IB program. The teachers are really involved with the students and they really do care about their lives and their problems. i strongly believe that John F Kennedy High School is the bes high school in the Southwest Denver Area!

  • (8 years ago)

    I went to John F. Kennedy for all four years of high school. I feel Kennedy provided exceptional academic programs and more. The teachers were involved in the students life and truly wanted to see all students succeed. Extracurricular activities were a great part of JFK. There are so many to choose from. These programs not only are fun but they teach the student discipline responsibility team work leadership skills and much more. I would recommend this high school to any one in search of a great school to attend.

  • (8 years ago)

    We currently have 3 children enrolled at JFK. Until recently we have felt that Kennedy is a great high school. We have argued with other parents stating children get out of school what they put into it. Our oldest is now a Senior and in the very top of her class. We feel she has plenty of opportunity here at JFK since she is in the top 5%. If you are not in the top you are in Big trouble! Our son is new to Kennedy as a Freshman. He has struggled from day one with academics & his sports. I do not see Teachers & Coaches in the same light as I did-to me they seem very disinterested in their job & the kids. How sad. Never before had we contemplated moving our family due academics & a football program. Now we are considering it. JFK could've been great O(.

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