JOHN F. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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17500 BELSHIRE AVE
ARTESIA, CA 90701
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Phone: 562-860-3378
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Abc Unified school District
  • Students/Teacher: 19:1
  • Students/Grade: 66.4
  • Number Students: 465
  • Number Teachers: 20
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5534
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 70
  • Principal: Ms Melissa Valentine
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (17 ratings)
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    School Reviews (12 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-13
    "As a former student and a current parent of students attending this school. This has and would consider to be my choice of schools for my children. The teaching staff is wonderful for the most part they are all very friendly. Ms. Thompson, Ms. Matthews, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Quijada, Mrs. Ramos & Mrs. Covacevich I can speak on a personal basis have always gone a extra mile. The principle has a lot on her plate like all others ones but she has improved each year. The office staff is are very involved with the school even for after school events. PTA is small but they help the school tremendously it would be wonderful if more parents and or guardians can make a hour long commitment once a month to the PTA."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-30
    "I have a daughter in 1st grade and a son in 5th grade. The kind of personal attention that I have seen in this school, I've not seen anywhere earlier. This is helping in daily improvements in all aspects of growth of the kids. They are communicating better, they are improving socially and gaining more confidence by each passing day. We are really thankful to the teachers. Lot of effort on their part !! Excellent work :)"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-08
    "I have been a Kennedy parent for the last 7 years and I have seen the changes-both positive and negative. Fortunately, for the school, most changes have been positive and it is mostly due to the principals dedication to putting Kennedy's name out there with the positive strides and it has made. Her dedication to the staff and students is visible in many aspects of the schools accomplishments these last several years since she started. Kennedy's API has steadily increased, we became a California Distinguished school and we've earned a couple other great recognitions that she lead the school to. She has supported the school PTA and the programs that continue to benefit and enrich the students educational experiences at Kennedy. We don't run a perfect PTA and our principal is not perfect but we have collectively been able to bring many positive changes to Kennedy and we (PTA) have been able to keep our dance/art program and other perks for the students. It wasn't always executed perfectly, with no bumps in the process, but I can say that without the effort of active PTA parents and the support of the principal, Kennedy would not be the wonderfully growing, solid school that it is."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-26
    "Kennedy has undergone many changes over the last decade. The current principal lacks leadership ability, and the school is suffering as a result. The teachers seem to be caring and dedicated, although there seems to be a certain amount of tension & low morale, possibly due to the lack of leadership. The GATE teachers in particular seem to go above and beyond, expecially since the program has been all but eradicated in this district. The PTA is struggling to overcome the bullying tactics of the current prncipal. Some parents seem to push their agenda and manipulate the principal, others are passive and stay away, and the rest are somewhere in between. The lack of leadership is the greatest fault, and the tendency of the principal to appease certain more vocal or active parents is probably the next greatest fault. One other note is that parent and, consequently, student attitudes have been souring, especially over the last five or so years. In spite of this, the API remains good -- especially when taking into account that Kennedy is now a Title I school. With a change in leadership, Kennedy has the potential to be an excellent school!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-03-18
    "Overall, I would recommend this school. When my daughter first attended in 6th grade, the teacher (new) had little control and students lost focus. The teacher is no longer there. However, my second daughter has had a great experience with caring teachers from K to 6th grade who focus on their achievements and academic progress. I gave a 4 star only because I wish they would have handled the unqualified teacher sooner vs. keeping her the entire year. It is difficult to change poor habits my daughter pick-up which I was unaware at the time and transfered to middle school. Watch and monitor your children's grades careful regardless of the school (private/ppublic) they attend."
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