Kennedy High School ExteriorJohn F. Kennedy High School opened in 1964. It was named for John F. Kennedy (JFK), the 35th President of the United States who was assassinated on November 22nd 1963. John F. Kennedy was the youngest man elected president, as well as the youngest to die. His Inaugural Address offered the memorable injunction: "Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country." Learn more about JFK.

John F. Kennedy High School originally housed grades seven through ten when it first opened. However, by 1966 a typical ninth through twelfth year high school was established. John F. Kennedy High School went through a school renovation, which was completed in 1999. Learn more about the school rededication.

Instructional Focus

As a result of the root-cause analysis, it was determined that students need daily opportunities to use academic writing and structured student discourse to demonstrate mastery of objectives aligned to assessments.

Vision Statement

John F. Kennedy High School aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring global citizens who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Mission Statement

To create an ideal learning community that will prepare all students to realize their fullest potential, we develop rigorous academic programs and inclusive social structures that promote a culture of respect and high standards. Our shared commitment to social justice demands that we are intentionally and deliberately anti-biased, anti-racist, student-centered and equity-focused.

JFKHS Belief Statements

  • Education is the shared responsibility of the school staff, students, families, community, and governing authority.
  • Students will be provided with a variety of instructional approaches.
  • All students are entitled to a quality education in a safe learning environment.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs.
  • Risk-taking and a willingness to learn are essential for ongoing personal growth.
  • All JFK stakeholders will engage in courageous conversations to build positive personal relationships.

School Mascot

Our school mascot is a Cavalier. A Cavalier is a horse soldier or knight!

School Colors

Our school colors are green and gold.

General Information

Administration Learn more about the administrative team and its responsibilities.
Bell Schedule View the complete list of bell schedules for Kennedy.

Cluster Info

View information about the schools that comprise the Downcounty Consortium.

Course Bulletin

View a listing of courses offered to MCPS high school students.

Educational Foundation

View information about the foundation that provides additional funding for the school.

Enrolling in the DCC

Learn the procedure for enrolling your child in school.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn the answers to some common inquiries about the school, choice process, and more.

Graduation Requirements

View the requirements for obtaining a diploma from MCPS.


Read a brief history of the school, including its mission and belief statements.

Important Info/Resources

View important fundraising information.

MCPS Calendar

View and download the MCPS calendar for the school year.

Programs at Kennedy

Learn more about the comprehensive programs available to students.

School Calendar

Access the Kennedy school calendar to view important upcoming events.

School Overview

Read a brief overview of Kennedy's population provided by MCPS.

Student Emergency Information Forms

Download and complete student emergency information forms.

School Improvement Plan

Download the 2016 School Improvement Plan.


Learn more about how to volunteer at Kennedy.