School Details

John F Kennedy Middle School

655 Lexington St, Waltham, MA 02452
(781) 314-5565
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 & ungraded 554 students 10 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

64%
70%
67%
45%
52%
60%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Waltham School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
71%
71%
47%
43%
52%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Waltham School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
77%
78%
52%
49%
54%
34%
31%
39%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Waltham School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John F Kennedy Middle School is a public middle school in Waltham. The principal of John F Kennedy Middle School is John Cawley. 554 students attend John F Kennedy Middle School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 37% of the 554 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at John F Kennedy Middle School is 10:1. John W. McDevitt Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Asian 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 55% 50%
Hispanic 23% 31%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 10%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 40%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Here are my concerns. As a parent of a child with special needs I have had bare minimal support from the school. The principal talks the talk but cannot and will not support you. I am extremely disappointed in the way the school handles any kind of concerns. There are a few exceptions. From the secretaries who made you uncomfortable from the moment you walk in and continue to talk personal talk while you wait for them to finish and then wait while they give you an attitude to the lack of involvement from the principal. I would NEVER recommend this school. The few good staff members are wonderful but the rest ruin it for them.

  • (3 years ago)

    Honestly the school it's self needs improvement. The bathrooms have writing on them and they are not taken off within the same week. Principals do not follow student handbook when dealing with issues. Teachers do not explain homeworks etc. These are just some reasons why the Kennedy Middle School is unsatisfactory and should plan on improving immediately. (NOTICE the studens do NOT use the outside field and the school isn't monitored as well as it should be and this is a safety concern!!!)

  • (4 years ago)

    JFKennedy Middle School has a great team of teachers who work hard to insure students are well prepared for MCAS and beyond.

  • (5 years ago)

    Because that is where I met my best friend and also I didn't know english that much and my teacher at the time took her time to teach me and others the english as a send language

  • (6 years ago)

    Clean school. They do not spend any time outside which is concerning. There is no recess for 6th grade. Furthermore they have zero clue about after-school care. Parents seem to be left in the lurch without assistance from the school. There are no programs at the school itself and when I asked for assistance they had no idea where to send me or even a phone number of anyone else who could help. I found this very odd. Beyond that the school seems to be a good one.

  • (7 years ago)

    It is a very neat and clean school. Teachers can actually teach better than other teachers in MA. Excellent school!

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Overall score

(based on 7 ratings & reviews)

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  • Principal leadership
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