Arts and Technology

The goal of Arts and Technology is to encourage a lifetime of involvement and learning through the Practical, Fine and Performing Arts. Within the Arts and Technology department, you can find the courses such as Business classes, Art classes, Technology Education, Music, Family and Consumer Science (FACS) and Career Education.

John F. Kennedy High School’s Arts and Technology department celebrates the diversity of skills in our teachers, which allows us to offer a wide variety of courses. Due to our multiple areas of specialty, students at Kennedy can take advantage of a well rounded fine arts and/or practical arts education.

Our program infuses a study of arts and humanities and acknowledges the interconnectedness among disciplines of learning and promotes an understanding of human values through the humanities and human expression through the arts. This approach will foster decision-making, passion for learning, and character development. It will invite open-mindedness, risk-taking, and individual creative expression. All students will be encouraged to explore and develop their unique talents and to appreciate the talents of others.

The courses we offer range from Accounting to Band, Ceramics, Child Development, Cooperative Work Experience and On the Job Training, Digital Art, Drawing, Entrepreneurship, Foundations of Technology, Guitar, International Cultures and Cuisine, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Painting, Photography, Piano, Pre-engineering, Printmaking, Sculpture, Software Applications, and Studio Art and more...


  • Art

    Kennedy High School’s Art Program is aligned with national and state Art Education standards to provide students with the tools to enhance their creative expression and produce images that satisfy their heightened expectations. Students also develop the ability to consider various points of view, problem solve, think creatively, and persevere in a task. Many of our Studio and Advanced Photography students earn AP credit.

    ÞOne credit in Fine Arts, (selected courses in Art, Dance, Drama/Theatre, and Music) must be earned to satisfy the diploma requirement in the state of Maryland.  

  • Business Education

    Software Applications is designed to prepare students with the skills required to use computer software for course work in high school and beyond. Accounting focuses on the management of financial operations within an organization, while Entrepreneurship focuses on the structure of the business itself.

  • CWE

    CWE/OJT provides consumer and career training, while integrating classroom learning with site experiences. Students develop workplace competencies, compile a career portfolio, and explore aspects of particular industries, while participating in authentic supervised learning in their area of interest.

    Family and Consumer Sciences

    • Child Development students work with children in a variety of settings. They plan lessons, teach, observe, and study three and four year-olds in the child development laboratory. The Interns work under teacher supervision with children and adults one or more periods a day at a field site.
    • International Cultures and Cuisine students focus on their own eating experiences as they gain basic cooking skills through the selection and preparation of healthy foods from their own and other cultures. They plan, prepare, and taste dishes from around the world.
  • Internship

    A student internship is a paid or non-paid, career-focused experience during which students become directly involved in the workplace. This experience provides an opportunity for a student to apply the skills obtained in school to real work situations and to learn additional skills. An internship will also help students to define career goals.

    Intern activities include research, report preparation, client interaction, office management and more. Interns learn how teams interact, that communication is critical in the workplace and that there is something to be learned in every experience. Interns gain knowledge about budget, personnel administration, client service, and project management and evaluation.

  • Music

    The beginning band, guitar, and piano classes introduce students to the elementary rudiments of music. The advanced ensembles are performance based and provide the framework for the study of music reading, understanding, and appreciation. These upper level courses furnish a strong emphasis on musicianship and instrumental techniques.

  • Technology Education

    Technology Education students are involved in problem-solving and decision-making activities, as they develop their ability to consider various points of view, work as a member of a team, and persevere in a task. They will develop skills involving the application of math and science concepts, as they relate to current technological practices, while solving problems representing real-world situations.

    ÞOne credit in Technology Education must be earned to satisfy the diploma requirement in the state of Maryland.