J. F. Kennedy Elementary School

The John F. Kennedy School is an Innovation School that aspires to prepare its students to meet the high demands of 21st century standards. We expect our students to be sociable, creative thinkers, skilled problem solvers, effective communicators, and technology versed. They will be active, confident, disciplined, respectful, kind and honest — they will be the best they can be! 

The John F. Kennedy School will develop a holistic approach to learning with thinking embedded in the Engineering Design Process (EDP), STEM incorporated into the curriculum, and integrated content. With this educational approach, students will become flexible and creative thinkers who persevere with any challenge presented before them.
The John F. Kennedy community includes a dedicated staff, supportive families, and motivated students. Our curriculum supports strong literacy and math skills. We seek to establish continuous integration of three core components: quality instruction, data driven decision making, and deep partnerships with families and community agencies to ensure that students receive the time, quality instruction and social-emotional support needed to achieve proficiency.
  • Focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math): we use the engineering design process to model problem solving and flexible thinking through all content areas in all classrooms K1-5.
  • Participation in robotics competitions and engineering challenges
  • Partnership with Wentworth Institute of Technology supporting our STEM focus with technology, student interns, professional development, field trips and materials.
  • Olin College of Engineering student interns in classrooms 
  • NAEYC certified early childhood program
  • Safe, nurturing, child-centered environment with outstanding staff
  • Smartboards in all classrooms to allow teachers to record their instruction and post the material for review by students at a later time
  • Open Circle, a social and emotional learning program.
  • Implementing the Welcoming Schools Approach, a comprehensive LGBT-inclusive approach to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools for all students and their families
  • Full-time instructors in science, math, computer, and physical education
  • Physical education and wellness activities for all students
  • Dance once a week for grades 4 and 5
  • Programs focusing on increasing the amount and quality of our students’ reading
  • Student teachers from Boston College and Wheelock College and internsSpacious gymnasium and auditorium
  • * K-8 Pathway: J. F. Kennedy 5th graders are guaranteed assignment to grade 6 at the Curley K-8 Upper School.

Special academic programs:

• Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) for English Language learners

Our partners:

• Boston College City Connects, Boston Police/Area E13, Martha Eliot Health Center, City Year, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Bird Street Community Center, Lesley University, Simmons College, ReadBoston, Wheelock College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Olin College of Engineering, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium

Before and after school programs in our building:

• After school: grades 1-2, homework help, recreation; America SCORES soccer and writing for grades 3-5; dance for grades 4 and  5; City Year for grades 3-5; American Learners for grades 1-2. Other seasonal activities in science, robotics and sewing

Waleska Landing-Rivera

7 Bolster Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
United States

Phone: 617-635-8127
Fax: 617-635-8130

School Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Early Dismissal, day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 1:00 p.m.

Grades: K1-5
Level: Elementary
School Type: Regular