About John F. Kennedy
School Code: 052713


John F. Kennedy is a four-year college preparatory high school within the Sacramento City Unified School District.  Enrollment is steady at 2,250 students with a senior class of 540.  School enrollment is based upon attendance boundaries, intra / inter-district permits and open enrollment.  Approximately 52% of the student body receives free or reduced lunch.

John F. Kennedy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  The school has received the maximum 6 year accreditation each cycle since 1989 and is currently accredited through June 30, 2019.  John F. Kennedy High School has received the California Distinguished School honor in 2005 and 2009.

For the past five decades, the diverse representation of students at Kennedy have made for a unique educational experience. Kennedy High is located in the Greenhaven / Pocket neighborhood of South Sacramento. The school is an anchor of the neighborhood, functioning as a hub for numerous athletic, artistic, religious, and volunteer activities.  Kennedy draws from the neighborhoods of Greenhaven, an established neighborhood comprised of middle to upper middle class homes and Meadowview, comprised of apartments, government subsidized and modest housing and small businesses. 


English 40 Credits Fine Art 10 Credits
Math 20 Credits (Math I & II) Physical Education 20 Credits
Science 20 Credits (Life & Physical) Electives
Senior Project
65 Credits
Social Studies 40 Credits    
World Language 10 Credits    

English Language & Composition, English Literature
Calculus AB & BC, Statistics

Chemistry, Physics, Biology

World History, United States History, Government
Studio Art
Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Latin


  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Total Students 317 382 439 419 402
Total Exams 530 632 753 710 648
Total Score 3+/% 290/55% 366/58% 407/54% 390/55% 227/57%
  2013 2014 2015 2016
Total Students 212 321 236 281
Critical Reading 481 487 480 489
Math 505 514 505 511
Writing 468 479 471 477

John F. Kennedy offers a wide variety of electives including Architecture, Auto Shop, Criminal Justice, Culinary, Engineering, Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin & Spanish), Leadership, Psychology, Marine Corps ROTC, Robotics and Yearbook.

Athletics (Men & Women / Frosh, JV, Var) include:

  • Baseball (M / JV, Var)

  • Basketball (M & W / Frosh, JV, Var)
  • Cross Country (M & W, Var)
  • Football (M / JV,Var)

  • Golf (M / W, Var)

  • Rugby (M & W / Var)
  • Softball (W / JV, Var)
  • Swimming (M & W / Var)
  • Tennis(M&W/Var)
  • Track (M & W / Var)
  • Volleyball (M & W / Var)
  • Water Polo (M & W / Var)
  • Wrestling (M & W / Var)

John F. Kennedy also offers a robust Fine Arts Program including Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Dance, Piano, Guitar, Choir, Art, 3-D Art, Computer Graphics and a state of the art auditorium for plays, concerts and art walks.

Kennedy is proud to house several Programs designed to help students better prepare for post-secondary endeavors, including:

  • Program for America and California Explorations (P.A.C.E.)
  • Manufacturing and Design (M.a.D.)
  • Sacramento Police Department Criminal Justice Academy (S.P.D. / C.J.A.)