School Details

Kennedy Junior High School

2929 Green Trails Drive, Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 420-3220
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1020 students 17 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

90%
82%
60%
84%
79%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
81%
59%
91%
81%
59%
97%
95%
79%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
80%
59%
88%
82%
60%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Kennedy Junior High School is a public middle school in Lisle. The principal of Kennedy Junior High School is Brian Valek and can be contacted at dperry@naperville203.org. 1,020 students go to Kennedy Junior High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.1% of the Kennedy Junior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 3% of the 1,020 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 6% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Kennedy Junior High School is 17:1. Madison Jr High 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

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 62% 68%
Hispanic 5% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 5%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 15%
Asian 27% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 11%
Limited English proficiency 0.1% 4%
Economically disadvantaged 3% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great Infrastructure Programs & Teachers. School support system including counsellors and PTA are fantastic as well.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am currently a student at Kennedy. (However I'm in the PI+ program so my opinion applies to about 80 people in the entire school...) The teachers this program are involved helpful and persistent (in making sure that we understand). The coursework is challenging (especially physics D ) but not overwhelming. Also the teachers provide extra help to those of us who need it and prepare us well for tests.The other kids on my team aren't very clique-y (we're more like a huge blob of best friends <3). I love all of the academic/performance music clubs. I am able to participate in orchestra debate club sci-oly FPS and mathcounts (at the same time!). In general I love the atmosphere of the place.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great activities (but no soccer). Great teachers. Great parents. Never had any issues as a parent with the school. Sent three kids through here and they all loved it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Kennedy and I love it there we are all a big family!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have known Kennedy for many years. You will find a high expectation for academics there. You will find teachers willing to help many who offer after or before school study sessions. You will find a wide variety of activities which support a diverse student population. Something that not everyone knows but each team there dedicates themselves to a service project helping others. I could not have asked for a better junior high for my children to attend.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a wonderful school. Great teachers and a fabulous academics program. Im proud to go there.

  • (5 years ago)

    Kennedy Junior High is a 'kid friendly' academically oriented middle school with a positive staff!

  • (5 years ago)

    Kennedy is a very good school. Because of the community it serves and composition there of (parents' education racial diversity income level etc) the students do well compared to other schools. Also the school hosts a specilized program called PI+ where the top 2% of students from all other schools in the district attend this program. The parents are very involved through SFCP. If you are looking for individualized attention you have to work with teachers and they are nice enough to accommodate.

  • (5 years ago)

    the school cant be any better everything is the way it should be in a perfect school

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a teacher at Kennedy Jr. High and I love my job. I look forward to coming to work each day and love making a difference in the lives of the students whom I not only teach but come in contact with each day. The parents in this community are very involved in the education process. At Kennedy the parent volunteers go above and beyond to make a difference for the students and staff at the school. The students learn the importance of working collaboratively thinking critically and producing quality work. For those students who are identified as needing extra support our administration provides us with the resources and programs needed to help these students become more successful. Overall the character of the students is tremendous. They partake in an assortment of community service projects and the number of 'Thank yous' that I hear per day is tremendous.

  • (6 years ago)

    Kennedy is the MAGNET SCHOOL for the truly gifted kids in District 203. All test scores and ratings are therefore skewed heavily upward. The program is called PI+ in District 203.

  • (6 years ago)

    Kennedy Jr. High was recently named a Blue Ribbon School. This honor is conected with No Child Left Behind. That means that many of the students scored well on standardized tests (i.e. IGAP ISAT Iowa etc.). High standardized test scores do not tell the whole story just a small piece of it.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was initially concerned with the size of the school. Based upon two years of experience I find the school excellent overall. The principal and teachers are proud of the students' high level of achievement. The students are well behaved especially for a school so large. There are plenty of activities from which the students can choose.

  • (6 years ago)

    Kennedy is overrated in our estimation since it is very large and many students seem to 'fall through the cracks' of the bureaucracy. It has some very strong focused students who achieve very well on standardized tests but for the remaining 80% of the students many resources (especially individualized attention) is lacking. For our family a smaller school or a private parochial school would have been a better choice. Kennedy as most of the Naperville schools are very overrated and the PR the schools buy the awards it applies for and the mass marketing to the community and elsewhere is not realistic.

  • (7 years ago)

    Kennedy is a superb school administered by the nationally-recognized Naperville School Dist. 203. Since the school has scored so well on Illinois state tests it has earned the award 'National School of Excellence' by the US Dept. of Education. Kennedy offers numerous extra-curricular activities such as many clubs sports teams and a great music program. On the other hand the school faces minor overcrowding issues but its strong academic performance overpowers its minor problems by far. Kennedy continues to be featured by major media sources such as the Chicago Tribune who rave about the school's excellence and superiority above other schools of its kind in the Chicago area.

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