International Baccalaureate

Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

6325 W 56th St
Chicago, IL  60638

(773) 535-2325
Approximately 1,500 students attend this ethnically and racially diverse high school, from seven primary public Chicago Public elementary schools. Kennedy HS is an authorized International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme school.

John F. Kennedy High School challenges all students to become critical thinkers in an increasingly connected global society. The school aims to develop students into productive, knowledgeable, active, and reflective lifelong learners who positively impact their community, country, and world.
Academic Performance
School LevelLevel 2+
This is the rating the school district gives to a school about how well they are performing. From highest performing to lowest performing, the possible levels are: Level 1+, Level 1, Level 2+, Level 2, and Level 3.
Freshman On Track89%
This is the percentage of the last 9th grade class that, based on their grades and attendance in 9th grade, is on track to graduate. Whether or not a student is on track during their freshman year is the biggest indicator of whether or not they will graduate from high school on time!
Average SAT Score972
The SAT is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions that students take during their 11th grade year. This piece of information averages together the scores of the last 11th grade class at a school. The CPS average is 951.
Graduation Rates76%
This is the percentage of a group of students at a school that graduated within five years. The average in CPS is 69.9%.
College Enrollment Rates69%
College Readiness43%
This is the percentage of students at a school that scored at least a 21 on the ACT, which demonstrates a higher level of readiness to take college level courses.
School Culture
Student Mobility8%
The percentage of students that transfer in or out of the school during the school year. A higher percentage means that there are more students coming and going. Though it doesn’t tell us why students are transferring in and out, we can imagine that it could feel a little unstable if this is a high percentage.
Student Attendance91%
This is the average daily attendance at the school – on average, what percent of all the students enrolled at the school are in attendance. We don’t know why students may not be attending the school, but if this is a low number it is likely that teachers may have to spend more time reviewing material that absent students miss, making it harder to move forward in a class.
Teacher Attendance90%
This is the average daily attendance of teachers at the school – on average, what percent of all the teachers employed at the school are in attendance. As a student, it could be more challenging to make academic progress if you regularly have substitutes or don’t get to build a relationship with the teacher.
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities?Neutral
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations?Neutral
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging?Neutral
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement?Weak
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence?Weak
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school?Weak
School Fit
Avg Class size20
This is the average number of students that is in each classroom. Use your current class as a reference point. Are you comfortable learning and contributing in a class this big? Would you prefer a class that has fewer students or more students?
Total Enrollment1610
This tells us the total number of students that attend the school. Use your school as a reference point. Would you like a school that has fewer, more, or about the same number of students in your school?
Black 3.2%
American Indian / Alaskan .99380000000000002%
Asian .68300000000000005%
Hispanic 74.400000000000006%
Pacific Islander .1242%
White 19.899999999999999%
Two or More Races .62%
Hispanic 72.7%
White 21.2%
Black 3.8%
Other 1.7%
Asian 0.6%
Hispanic 70%
White 24.6%
Black 3.7%
Other 0.9%
Asian 0.8%
This tells us about the racial and ethnic backgrounds of the students that attend the school. Is it important to you that there is diversity in your high school? Are you more comfortable being around other students that have a similar racial/ethnic background as you?
General Information
NetworkNetwork 16
School TypeInternational Baccalaureate
ProgramsGeneral Education IB IB - Middle Years Programme
Application RequirementsStudents are selected based on an overall applicant score. Students are given points based on their NWEA MAP scores and their 7th grade
GPA. Each IB high school selects a minimum cutoff score for selections and applicants meeting or exceeding this score will receive an offer.

Attendance is required at an Information Session.

How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.
SelectionsMinimum percentile of 24 in both reading and math on NWEA MAP; AND minimum 2.5 GPA in 7th grade.

IEP and EL students: Minimum combined percentile of 48 in reading and math on NWEA MAP; AND minimum 2.5 GPA in 7th grade.

All interested students, including students who live in the Kennedy attendance boundary, must submit an application.



IB High Schools application Download at cps.edu (click “Apply”)
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily Schedule7:30 am - 2:45 pm
Bilingual ServicesYes
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