School Details

John F. Kennedy High School

11254 Gothic Avenue, Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 271-2900
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 3159 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.
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  • Los Angeles Unified average
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% 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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% 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
  • Los Angeles Unified 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 Los Angeles. The principal of John F. Kennedy High School is Christine Clark. 3,159 children attend John F. Kennedy High School and are mostly Asian; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 14% of the John F. Kennedy High School students have "limited English proficiency." 59% of the 3,159 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at John F. Kennedy High School is 22:1. Heritage Christian 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

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 4%
Hispanic 77% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 11%
Filipino 4% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 10% 9%
Unspecified 0.9% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 646343%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.07% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59% 75%
Limited English proficiency 14% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Im rating J.F.K on what it was to me as a student in the early 80s.The school itself was ok.I liked Granada Hills.The faculty seemed removed from the students.I never met the Principal.I coulnt even tell you his name.We had a great football team and our share of preppys.Still i dont know why it was one of my favorite schools.The best thing that i can remember from my last year in 83 was Howie Long of the Raiders came to give us a pep talk just before graduation..That was pretty cool..Marc Cresta Class of 83..

  • (2 years ago)

    The Architecture and Digital Arts Magnet at Kennedy is a one of a kind program. Awesome. A must see for parents interested in an excellent magnet program within LAUSD.

  • (3 years ago)

    Well im going to school here in the SAS program and the teachers are excellent they really make you think and learn and theyre really nice.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is very multi-cultural. They have many events to spread cultral around. It has many oppurtunities here.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school definately has a diverse set of kids. During my 4 years at kennedy I learned about Buddhism Tagalog and all of the foreign exchange students from Brazil Japan and Italy made me ponder on a bigger picture for my future. Not to mention the Sports and Arts that made my 4 years great. I always felt safe even through the lockdowns we had .. they were dealt with and unless you were a ganster rift raft there was no one injured because we were all taken cared for. '07! JFK Hig Has all the tools it's up to the student to take advantage of them. With a few nudges to keep in track along the way.

  • (4 years ago)

    I couldnt be happier with the performance of the school and students overall. My son wanted to transfer to Kennedy and finally was able to this year. He is doing so well and the staff and teacher have made all the difference. I would love to encourage parents to submit all their comments and participate.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great staff and the curriculum is outstanding. I think this school overall is very well organized.

  • (5 years ago)

    in my opinio i think this school is ine of the most orgaized schoold in this area. i mean you can compare it to granada but you could tell the difference in the campus.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school has been great my daughther graduated in 2006 and she had a great time there. student government and other extracuricular activies are great please keep them up. there should be more student involvment and parent aswell. teachers are friends overall good school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm alumni and was initially proud that my kids would be attending my old high school until my daughter lived through a riot. There were approx. 3 lock-downs in a year and half. The teachers are great but have their hands tied. There is no discipline for language dress code. My daughter was a cheerleader and there was not too much parent support. Coaches have expressed to me that they rarely see any parents that want to be involved. Also total lack of school spirit!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school. It has the AVID program wich looks great on collage applications!

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended kennedy high from 2001-2004 and had the best expirience of my life.all my teachers were awesome and had loads of great expiriences as a matter of fact thats were I met my wife I totally support j.f.k high !

  • (8 years ago)

    Having two girls that have attended this school I can say that they hated attending Kennedy. Few of the classes were motivating or interesting to them. And the Interscholastic Athletic programs for the girls were totaly overshadowed by the boys. The administration is totally broken by the teachers union. I am hopeful a new Principal will make a difference before my youngest daughter will be forced to attend this school. Some Teachers and Coaches are worthy of the title but the ego's and powers struggles of the institutions employees place the students as a lower caste. For our childrens future DISBAND Teachers Unions.

  • (9 years ago)

    I went there ( 2000- 20004) and it was the absolute best experience of my life!sometimes schools in the valley get bad reputations by outsiders...but once you get to know everyone its like a little community!

  • (10 years ago)

    This school's no tolerance rule is counter productive to the children's education. I'm particularly concerned with the lock outs in the morning that prevent a late student from going to first period if they are late. Not only are the students not allowed to go to class they cannot make up any assignments that they miss while lock in this 'detention room' for the whole period. Classes do not start at eight but at seven fifty six. I work nights and for security reasons I like to know what my child has on in the morning so I drop her off. Any given morning you may pass through the area and see students hanging around off campus because they were late. They run the risk of being picked up by truancy officers for not being in school. I do not understand the purpose of this rule.

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