Academics

Did you know that for the last two years, Kennedy has been named the best high school in Iowa by U.S. News and World Report?

In the spring of 201 4, Kennedy High School was named the best high school in Iowa by U.S. News and World Report, #2 in Iowa by the Washing ton Post and #2 by the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa. Kennedy has been o port of these evaluative lists tor nearly every year they have been published.

Kennedy is simply one of the best high schools in America!

• U.S. News and World Report is well known for their "Best" lists. Ranking criteria is based on a complicated formula that Includes standardized test scores. The success of underprivileged students on those tests, and the success of students in AP courses. For 2014, Kennedy is ranked as the # 1 high school in Iowa! As well, Kennedy is also among the top 725 high schools in the notion.

• Jay Matthews of the Washing ton Post ranks the most challenging high schools based on the AP index which is the ratio of AP exams taken to the number of graduates in the class. Kennedy was ranked #2 in Iowa for 2014 and was ranked 413th in the nation.

•The University of Iowa's Belin Blank Center ranks Iowa high schools annually and Kennedy continues to rank in the top two among public high schools. Our school has been in the top five every year the list has been published.

Beyond national lists, Kennedy is on the top locally, too. Our students have the highest scores in the district on the Iowa Assessments given in the spring of the year. Our students take the most AP exams and earn the highest average scores proportionately of any school in Iowa. And to top it off, our ACT scores are the best in the district!