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About This School

Kennedy High School is a public high school in Richmond. The principal of Kennedy High School is Roxanne Brown-Garcia and can be contacted at rbrowngarcia@wccusd.net. 847 students go to Kennedy High School and identify as Asian; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 35% of the Kennedy High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 100% of the 847 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Kennedy High School is 18:1. Salesian High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball
    • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 10%
Hispanic 52% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 23% 23%
Filipino 2% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 11%
Multiracial 14% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 29755%
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.4% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100% 64%
Limited English proficiency 35% 33%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My school is a school that is underrated its a good school and offers a lot of opportunities to those who want to take advantage of them. I like that its fitting to me as a student even tho there are many students that are not looking to improve themselves on a scholar way there are many that do want to become better and have a bright future and to those there are opportunities given to them which they could take to improve themselves. I think my school should improve by getting more learning supplies that other schools have the students at Kennedy are sometimes disappointed by the mere fact that the materials we have are old and not up to date. for example we don't have wifi that is available for our teachers to use to improve our learning experience. I think it would be a great improvement if we had an update on the things we use daily for learning.

  • (3 years ago)

    Its been interesting reading these comments regarding Kennedy; particularly of interest was a students comments about what a great school Kennedy is; I wish he realized that his comments can't be taken seriously when uses words like "cuz" "dat" etc. That type of grammar negates your positive comments about the quality of the school teachers etc. I'm an alumni of Kennedy -- class of 1973; currently living in Atlanta; I'm glad to see this site exists and allows "old dudes" like me the opportunity to keep abreast of what's happening with the school now. I sincerely hope today's JFK students have an idea of the wonderful legacy that Kennedy has; once upon a time it was one of the most racially diversed / balanced school in the schoold district; it was equally known for its academic achievements as much as for its athletic prowess (football basketball track & field and swimming). David Dansky's forensics teams were among the elite debaters year in and year out. Graduates went on to schools like Cal Stanford UC Davis and of course many of the Cal-State schools.

  • (3 years ago)

    I feel it's necessary to comment on what a reviewer said in his/her comments on April 25 2008. The "teacher" said that Kennedy is "the worst school he's taught at. "If you send your kid there you're giving them a great disadvantage." This "teacher" mentioned that there were metal detectors at the school "so the admin must think it's safe." Well I have been teaching at K for more than 7 years and I can tell you that there have never been metal detectors. So I don't think this was a real teacher. I can tell you as a real teacher at K that our school does have a lot of challenges. We're in a very economically disadvantaged area. But students can succeed if they want to---some go on to 4 yr colleges and some don't. Either way their success is determined by their own desire and effort.

  • (4 years ago)

    John F Kennedy High school is a dreadfully awful school. Sending your child to this high school is just giving them a ticket to a life of crime and community college. I can promise you a large percent of the students there will end up in a mcdonalds. I guess when you make friends at JFK you'll never lose those friends cause you know they'll be right next to you working in the back of a burger king.

  • (4 years ago)

    i was a student of jfk i graduated in 2007. o.m.g what can i say bout this school? this school was the boom i had so much fun i knew almost all the students that attended it there. i got along with teachers staff and students. teachers and staff only believe on discipline students. but to have fun learning new things and to feel like you were at home. jfk was a fun friendly and safe place to learn at. i just wish i was back in high school and attend there again..i loved that school so much that i ended working there as a caseworker helping students just like they help me when i was there. ther is nothing much else to say but JOHN F KENNEDY HIGH ALL THE WAY BABY!

  • (4 years ago)

    im a student in kennedy high school and it aint as bad as people say it is news they just look at the bad stuff that happens and never tell what good goes on in this school. just a couple of people fights but no biggy people here are smart and giftted. some teachers just misunderstand the students sometimes and are quick to judge the student badly. going here really aint bad-theres good kids good teachers good sport coaches. im a freshmen in high school this year and played football and my coach always tells us that class and grades always come first. ps. our football team might not be good but we got heart and next year we coming back stronger and better.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love my high school although it has a few issues with student safety like not having enogh site-supervisors kennedy is a overall small community of students who all know each other and for the most part want to attend college

  • (5 years ago)

    i don't know why people talk bad about this school. just keep cool with your friends. just be yourself. and give the teachers a chance. they try hard. the school is pretty good. I have learned alot there. JFK all the way!!!! =)

  • (5 years ago)

    jfk is a fine school with fine teachers and students. they just need to improve in their behavior teaching skills and discipline. i think everyone is unique in their own way and havea lot of potential but they have to find a way to show it and let it shine! people might say that jfkis a bad school and you cant get a good education there but that`s not true!! i know it for a fact because a lot of seniors that graduated this year have gotten scholarships with money too!!! just because you go to jfk does not mean that you will not be able to attend college or a university. you can still be successful and graduate high school and make it in life!!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is the worst high school I have ever taught at. Crazy kids turning off lights picking fights in class making physical threats throwing books chairs even tables. Complete jungle. And the administration had little interest in setting things right. Of course they had a metal detector going into the school so I guess that make it a safe school. Quite simply if you send your kid here you are giving them a great disadvantage if they want to succeed in college or for that matter have a worthwhile time. Anyone who tells you otherwise just really doesn't know what a good learning environment is. I know writing this is bad for people already there who have no choice but I do speak the truth - it is a bad school that must be avoided at all costs.

  • (6 years ago)

    da school iz okay but da thingz we need to improve are to get windows and better teachers dat actually wanna help uz learn and be more than doing their job.

  • (6 years ago)

    john f kennedy high school used to be a fine school but nothing good lasts if you don't want it to. all three of my children richard cecil and tam attended john kennedy hi and can vouch for ihstructors like shirley ellis-calhoun. the school will never be any more than the interest taken in supporting it. estella davis an ex classified employee of the richmond unified school district and twelve year resident of the city of richmond.

  • (6 years ago)

    Kennedy High School is a bad school. However this cannot be attributed to the students or the teachers. There are excellent dedicated teachers at the school as well as motivated students. The problem lies with the way in which the school is funded and the mandates in place that keep the students from learning anything more than what is to be tested on the statewide tests. I went to Kennedy then I went to college. The level of preparation that I had was not the same as other students that I had to compete with.

  • (6 years ago)

    Kennedy High School is not a bad school and people shouldn't say anything bad about it unless they go there. Like any school there are some bad qualities like bad students teachers or lack of parent involevement but we are trying to do a good job. Everyone thinks because of the area Kennedy is located in that it is a bad school. Despite the crime that may happen in the area none of that ever makes its way into our school. We have numerous site supervisors and police officers and they do a pretty good job. We barely have fights unlike the other high schools no gang drama or violence and our community supported us during our homecoming this school year. happened years ago that made everybody think that Instead of talking about how bad you think our school may be why not try to dedicate

  • (6 years ago)

    Kennedy is great..the teachers are dedicated and involved.

  • (7 years ago)

    Kennedy has a good learning enviroment. most of the students are there to learn. The teachers are dedicated and know what to do. Dont judge the school because of the reviews it gets.Go there and spend the day. it's not a bad school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think this school is not as bad as it's reviews pass it off to be the school has greatly improved. It is now offering much more help so more students get into college and I seriously like being a student. we can help the school get better. It's the students that affect the reviews not the teachers

  • (8 years ago)

    I think it is a terrible school. It's like the blind leading the blind. The students have no one to look to for a good example.

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