Award Year: 2016

Kennedy Junior High School

2929 Green Trails Drive
Lisle, IL, 60532-6262

(630) 420-3220

Mr. Brian Valek, Principal at time of Nomination

Naperville Community Unit School District #203

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Our Mission is to educate students to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, quality producers and community contributors.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 55%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 33%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
KJHS students engaged in a rich discussion in 7th grade science.

KJHS students engaged in a rich discussion in 7th grade science.

Kennedy has previously been a National Blue Ribbon School recipient in 2002 and 2008. Each recognition has helped to foster a culture in excellence in all we do. In addition to excelling in the classroom, we also have significant success in athletics, the arts, and philanthropic efforts through which our students have given back to their community through service and acquisition of resources for those in need. All of these successes are the result of the rich diversity of learners we influence in our school community.

Since our inception, Kennedy has served students with diverse learning needs. We have provided for students with physical disabilities, communication disorders, and emotional health issues as well as students greatly accelerated in comparison to their peers. These variances represent the diverse environment experienced by our students and provides the opportunity to engage with others across a variety of life experiences, backgrounds, and abilities.

The growth of diversity in our school has contributed greatly to our students' worldview, as students come from many cultures and maintain familial ties to countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Many of our students have benefited from the opportunity to travel across the world and they bring these experiences back to the classroom. Discussions are often enriched by students' firsthand experience with other cultures, languages, customs, and norms and the unique perspectives provided by a variety of religions.

No two Kennedy students are alike, but they are united by their passion for learning and belonging to our community.