School Details

John F. Kennedy High School

8281 Walker Street, La Palma, CA 90623
(714) 220-4101
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2425 students 23 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
  • Anaheim Union High 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.
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  • Anaheim Union High 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
  • Anaheim Union High average
  • California 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 La Palma. The principal of John F. Kennedy High School is Russell Earnest, who can be contacted at earnest_r@auhsd.us. 2,425 students attend John F. Kennedy High School and identify mostly as Filipino; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 8% of the John F. Kennedy High School students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 2,425 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at John F. Kennedy High School is 23:1. Oxford Academy 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
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 9% 4%
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Hispanic 36% 59%
Asian 24% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 21% 15%
Unspecified 15% 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 32678%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 52%
Limited English proficiency 8% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Poor morale. I would not have my kids attend this school as I have seen students disrespect school staff.

  • (8 months ago)

    My daughter goes to Kennedy and is now a senior. I don't recommend Kennedy at all; There are too many drugs teachers and everyone that works there are rude. If you ask them how your kid is doing they think we are over protective I'm not over protective they need to do there job better. Also the counseling is bad as well just 2 weeks before school got out I called and they never called me back. I'm very disappointed in KENNEDY. They take our money that the kids earn for the school that money was never used towards the school. I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT WHAT I SAID IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS MESSAGE IS TRUE.

  • (1 year ago)

    Football Head Coach Johnson needs to seriously retire already. He does not know anything whatsoever about football has a negative attitude towards players does not let the other coaching staff make wise decisions he is going to cause one of these kids to get injured by the way he is running his play formations. I as well as other parents are going to take this matter to the school district. We want our children to enjoy there sport and not take a hate for the game to the point where they would want to go elsewhere to get away from this coach. Please remove him as a coach and maybe we will get a chance at winnning

  • (1 year ago)

    this school sucks ive been there for two years and the teachers dont do nothing if a kid is bullied or gets into a fight.i do not recomend this school at all

  • (1 year ago)

    This has the greatest teachers amazing sports and numerous opportunities. It is the only school in the area with the International Baccalaureate program it has very low discipline issues. and the entire administration/staff is helpful.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is really great. Three of my children are currently attending this school now and has transferred from Cypress. The staff is very excellent with their academic level.

  • (3 years ago)

    The current principal is great our performing arts center is unmatched and our pool is beautiful. Currently the IB program is rapidly expanding and the API score is steadily increasing. For the most part the teachers are extremely helpful and AP scores can illustrate this. I am currently a senior in IB and sports and can say proudly that I love going here.

  • (4 years ago)

    I now have my second child attending this school and I am very pleased with the access to teachers and administrators. My child was having difficulty in math and both the adminstration and math teacher have bent over backwards to get him the help he needs. Awesome and attentive staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    My older son graduated last month and is going on to an Ivy League college. The Kennedy teaching staff were wonderful throughout his 4 years. The IB program that the school has to offer is a great way for seniors to get the attention of top tier colleges. Also I applaud the teachers for quick email responses to issues and questions.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school lacks discipline. The student in the school runs the show. The administrations buy whatever story the student sales. If I am a parent I would NEVER let my children go to this school. This school will teach my children that they can do whatever they want whenever they feel like without consequences. There are several occasions where I heard teacher being swore at by students and the administration gave them only an hour detention. Kennedy is turning into one of the WORST school in Anaheim District.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended this school for 4 years. I am a recent graduate Class of '09. Kennedy is a good school. However I am not satisfied with the lack of discipline. During my senior year the drug problem was way out of hand. Half of the freshman class deserved to be expelled for substance involvement. Yet they were still in class! It is an embarassment to let these hazardous students infect the otherwise great school that Kennedy is.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school pats itself on the back for being a great school but they mostly benefit from being in an affluent area where students are already motivated. My personal experience has not been a good one and this is with four years of experience as a Kennedy parent. If there's a problem no one says a word - the computerized progress sheets which arrive weeks late are the only indication that parents are given that anything is wrong. I have had to proactively contact counselors and teachers about any problems or issues and have had teachers whine about how busy they area. If people ran a business like this people would be fired and the company would be out of business.

  • (7 years ago)

    Well overall i am happy to be going to Kennedy. I have fun and enjoy the acitivities that are offered. We have a wide variety of electives and clubs. School Spirit is very high and our athletic teams are good. I really have enjoyed going to Kennedy and i know students that go to other schools who wish that they could come to kennedy. i hope my last two years are as good as my first two have been.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a proud parent of 2 students currently attending Kennedy. I would first like to say that Kennedy is not an 'old' school and although funding has been a problem it is no worse than any typical school these days. The construction issue has been dragged out for too long but the responsibility there lies with the District and the contractor. This should not affect the schools rating. My kids are in band choir and basketball and I could not be happier with these programs. With the completion of the new Performing Arts Auditorium these programs can only get better. There is adequate parent/family involvement and our academic scores are comparatively high in the state. The IB program compares to and even exceeds the programs offered at the districts star academic school (Oxford Academy). I highly recommend this school if you are lucky enough too live in this wonderful community.

  • (8 years ago)

    My problem with the school is it is old and under funded. The staff does it's best but the classrooms just aren't there. A quad was removed and so far the replacement rooms are portables. These rooms are not good for the students. My daughter is in her last year and her fourth year of construction. May a hard hat with a tassel is more appropriate than a tractional graduation cap? I still feel that under these situations the educational level is better than most. Parents participation is too low but I believe this to be a universal problem? Overall I am a Kennedy fan.

  • (8 years ago)

    very supportive teachers currently teaching in Kennedy. I had great time during my year and got good results from all my hard work

  • (9 years ago)

    My son is currently a senior in the IB Program and he has said that while the program is very difficult it can be very rewarding as it provides classes that are truly comparable to college courses. My son said that although a very popular program in its first two years (which are considered the pre-IB years) a lot of students drop out because they cannot handle the course load. Even if your student isn't in IB he/she can be academically challenged with a mix of AP and honors classes. Kennedy is very much involved with music with a wide range of choir/band offerings. As for art there are art classes as well as a Visual Arts Club. Sports is quite active within the school especially football and basketball. There are also many clubs at the school as well. As great as this school can be my son complained about construction.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great School. Outstanding Teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    I would like to see some reviews from parents who are involved in the school volunteers etc. Its not a school that strives for a goal of quality for the students. Many internal problems which probably stem from the District itself. Rated very low on the published standards of all local schools. Would not recommend it for anyone who is questioning whether to send their child to this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have had 2 children attend Kennedy and before that I had 3 children attend Pacifica HS in Garden Grove. What a difference! I am impressed with the caring support given by the counselors and the teachers. Although the basketball team needs some work the sports program seems to be improving. The cheer squad went to Nationals this year and the choir is spectacular! We are looking forward to our new addition of an auditorium for performances. I am proud to say that my children have attended Kennedy High.

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