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About This School

John F. Kennedy High School is a public high school in Fremont. The principal of John F. Kennedy High School is Thomas Hanson and can be contacted at thanson@fremont.k12.ca.us. 1,345 children attend John F. Kennedy High School and identify primarily as Filipino; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 18% of the John F. Kennedy High School students have "limited English proficiency." 30% of the 1,345 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at John F. Kennedy High School is 19:1. Circle of Independent Learning School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 8% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 4%
Hispanic 30% 15%
Asian 30% 49%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 21%
Pacific Islander 2% 0.8%
Multiracial 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 32767%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.8% 4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 17%
Limited English proficiency 18% 18%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Walters Jr High - I am the first to admit what a posative experience this school has been for my son. I received mixed comments prior to my son attending for 7th grade. Now that he is at the end of his 8th grade yr; the experience has definately been a 100% turn around. Stay in communication w/your child the teachers/principal and you will be surprised what a positive experience your child has at any school.

  • (7 months ago)

    Kennedy is the worst school is the area its only rival is walters Jr.High. It's sad because there are some really good elementary schools in the area but by the time the kids get through JFK they are lost.I have a daughter at JFK and a son at walters and I actually feel bad that I cant move.These schools need to be smitted.If you have any hope of playing sports dont go here unless you like to get crushed every game. Your only win of the year will be against Mission.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love the block system! less stress on our kids with homework and more time in the class room to learn!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Kennedy has good opportunities for those who want to learn. There are plenty of AP classes to choose from.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am proud that my daughter is studying in this Great School where she got Spanish AP 3.0 and now taking AP Biology and I met with Teachers they are so helpful and want to change the world. I wish every student a great success in life.

  • (3 years ago)

    I transferred to Kennedy in my Sophomore year from Homestead High in Cupertino. I graduated in 2004 so it's been awhile and my review is only for my time at Kennedy. Students here don't seem to care much about their future. Although I still graduated with an above 3.0 average I know I could have done much better. I had a 4.0 GPA before I transferred here. I'm not saying everything is the school's fault of course a lot of it has to do with myself. Like many teenagers I didn't know any better. I only cared enough to get grades better than my friends. At my old school everyone was competitive it would look bad if I didn't get a 4.0. Believe it or not my previous high school was MUCH harder than Kennedy. Students here just don't care. It brings down the environment of other students. As for the teachers I didn't have many that were very authoritative. Like some of the other reviews said the students ran the class rooms. By the way there's a location across the street from the school where students openly smoked weed. I hope they have taken care of that problem but for the 3 years I was there nothing was done & I'm sure the school knew about it. It was hard to miss.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a junior at Kennedy High School and have a 4.0 GPA. We accept every student for who they are. I highly disagree with any parent or student that thinks poorly of our school. The teachers here are very understanding and if we need help they're always willing to take their time to help us.

  • (3 years ago)

    You have to have been going to this school for a long time to think highly of it. I was the new kid and was by myself most the time at lunch and never talked to anyone in class because they seemed so snotty. The counselor that I had was really awkward. It just overall made me uncomfortable.

  • (4 years ago)

    I would like to see more involvement between the school/teachers and parents. I would also like to see the school doing more projects to help the community.

  • (4 years ago)

    I transferred to this school for my sophomore year and then I went back to my old school. I learned virtually nothing here; the teachers were scared of the kids and the kids KNEW it. The teachers sat back and let the kids run the room. Sure it was fun but I'll pay for it later when I have to go to college!

  • (4 years ago)

    I hate this school it seems that they have some sort of idea to jump or pick on or make the new student feel un-wanted. If you were to put your child in this school dont put them in the middle of the year.

  • (4 years ago)

    It's not necessarily the teachers that are bad it's the environment. You're surrounded by kids who generally don't care about their grades or about where they'll go after high school. And sports? We get last or next to last place in almost every single sport. I have friends in Walters they do not want to play sports at Kennedy because most of our teams do not have winning records.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have to disagree with the parent that thinks Kennedy H S influenced in her son's thinking. I went to Kennedy in the 70's; graduated with 3.4 gpa. My sons graduated 1999 2000 also with a gpa above 3.0. Now my daughters are graduating this year with a gpa above 3.2 they all have been honors students We all have participated in sports. Above all this. I just want to say that Kennedy is been a great school for my family and friends. Kennedy is a small school with a great diversity of choices that prepares you for College. You just have to get involved.

  • (4 years ago)

    Speaking for the many students living in this attendance area who transferred to Irvington I can definitely say that this isn't the place to be if you can help it. I left after my freshman year and am currently a sophomore at Irvington.

  • (4 years ago)

    i have to disagree with the parent below me 2 of my grandchildren graduated from kennedy and are playing college basketball and are getting 3.00 gpa in college my grandson is graduating this year since my grandchildren have been there they have done sports up to there ears both my granddaughters have been in leadership and its non stop SAT talk to prep the students and aslo they promoted shirts for STAR testing i think you need to open up and get invovled a little to see how great this school is

  • (4 years ago)

    The school environment has influensed my son's thinking more or less. He was USA Swimming Champion. Since the time he moved to Fremont and enrolled Kennedy High he stopped swimming did very poorly in school. The school does not promote sport SAT test and STAR test. Couselor does not help students to select appropriate courses. I hope the best for my son.

  • (4 years ago)

    its the best we have no clicks not fights very spirted school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the diversity of Kennedy. It's not like many other schools where it's practically the same people wherever you look. Everyone can fit in with anyone. And the teachers are really awesome too.

  • (4 years ago)

    Because everyone gets along with everyone there. People say theres alot of fights at kennedy. Theres actually no fights there. Well there hasn't been yet. And we've been at school for 1 month already. People just automatically think kennedy is a bad school when they hear the name. But thats not truee. The teachers are really helpful and suportive.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the best high school to have ever been established. Students get a premier academic education but most importantly they grow up to be people. These students are not machines that simply recite memorized text book entries. The pupils of John F. Kennedy High School encounter normal problems and develop normal and casual social relationships with among others. Despite common misconceptions the environment is incomparable to that of other schools. Kennedy has a very receptive atmosphere and there is a place for everyone regardless of ones interests. I am here to affirm that this is a great high school that allows its students excellent opportunities for their future.

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