Kennedy Academy

Summary:

Kennedy Academy is an elementary school in South Bend, Indiana, serving 520 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. It is part of the South Bend Community School Corp, which has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Kennedy Academy consistently outperforms the district and state in academic proficiency, with 48.1% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 20.01% for the district and 39.7-40.3% for the state. In Math, 43.25% of Kennedy Academy students were proficient, compared to 15.27% for the district and 41.1-53.1% for the state. The school also had strong performance in Science (51.46% proficient) and Social Studies (62.77% proficient). Kennedy Academy has a strong statewide ranking, placing in the top 25-30% of Indiana elementary schools, a significant improvement from its ranking in the 500s and 400s in the mid-2010s. Additionally, the school has relatively low chronic absenteeism rates at 12.6%, compared to much higher rates at nearby schools like Wilson Elementary (49.7%), McKinley Elementary (36.9%), and Muessel Elementary (66.0%).

The steady increase in per-student spending at Kennedy Academy, from $7,548 in 2018-2019 to $12,271 in 2021-2022, may have contributed to the school's improved academic performance and outcomes. This is higher than the spending at some nearby schools, such as Success Academy Primary School ($10,412 per student). Overall, Kennedy Academy stands out as a high-performing elementary school within the South Bend Community School Corp, providing a quality education to its diverse student population.


Detail:

Public K-5

 609 N Olive St
       South Bend, IN  46628


(574) 393-3100

District: South Bend Community School Corp

SchoolDigger Rank:
340th of 1,011 Indiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,271 Help


Students who attend Kennedy Academy usually attend:

Middle:    LaSalle Academy
High:    Rise Up Academy at Eggleston

Student/teacher ratio:  17.1 Help
Number of students:  520

Racial breakdown:

White:
35.2%
African American:
32.1%
Hispanic:
23.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  60.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Kennedy Academy ranks better than 66.4% of elementary schools in Indiana. It also ranks 2nd among 16 ranked elementary schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 66.58. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Kennedy Academy is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (35.2%), African American (32.1%), Hispanic (23.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 60.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Kennedy Academy is 17.1. 13 elementary schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Kennedy Academy is $12,271. 15 elementary schools in the South Bend Community School Corp District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Kennedy Academy was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

South Bend Community School Corp:

SchoolDigger ranks South Bend Community School Corp 307th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Kennedy Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 86.17 67th 959 93.0%
2006 92.23 22nd 961 97.7%
2007 96.59 1st 985 99.9%
2008 95.80 1st 996 99.9%
2009 94.42 11th 1003 98.9%
2010 92.42 9th 1009 99.1%
2011 86.42 53rd 1025 94.8%
2012 87.67 38th 1015 96.3%
2013 79.28 149th 1035 85.6%
2014 81.00 122nd 1036 88.2%
2015 63.08 404th 1040 61.2%
2016 69.23 315th 1046 69.9%
2017 54.85 532nd 1033 48.5%
2018 63.31 412th 1027 59.9%
2019 61.48 407th 1031 60.5%
2021 73.67 248th 1016 75.6%
2022 72.52 273rd 1020 73.2%
2023 66.58 341st 1016 66.4%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Kennedy Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 345 255 2 2 3 n/a n/a 0 607
1989 332 262 5 4 6 n/a n/a 0 609
1990 323 271 5 4 3 n/a n/a 0 606
1991 299 254 4 8 3 n/a n/a 0 568
1992 285 258 0 4 5 n/a n/a 0 552
1993 283 263 0 4 3 n/a n/a 0 553
1994 268 283 1 5 4 n/a n/a 0 561
1995 229 231 1 9 4 n/a n/a 0 474
1996 229 231 1 9 4 n/a n/a 0 474
1997 192 256 9 75 1 n/a n/a 2 535
1998 194 293 8 91 1 n/a n/a 1 588
1999 160 304 29 109 7 n/a n/a 0 609
2000 118 308 1 144 5 n/a n/a 0 576
2001 94 319 3 165 2 n/a n/a 0 583
2002 87 311 2 210 1 n/a n/a 0 611
2003 87 311 2 210 1 n/a n/a 0 611
2004 233 160 10 74 1 n/a n/a 0 478
2005 332 180 15 74 1 n/a n/a 0 602
2006 368 133 15 68 3 n/a n/a 0 587
2007 368 122 15 63 0 n/a n/a 61 629
2008 392 113 15 60 0 n/a n/a 68 648
2009 412 113 17 64 0 n/a n/a 66 672
2010 386 130 17 49 0 n/a n/a 72 654
2011 372 145 18 59 0 0 70 0 664
2012 350 134 14 73 0 0 65 0 636
2013 334 138 10 111 0 0 68 0 661
2014 283 175 10 146 1 0 60 0 675
2015 286 169 10 163 1 0 55 0 684
2016 274 164 11 170 2 0 53 0 674
2017 250 164 14 163 3 0 41 0 635
2018 257 172 8 157 2 2 44 0 642
2019 285 202 8 183 3 2 55 0 738
2020 255 181 5 168 3 0 63 0 675
2021 222 182 7 153 2 0 53 0 619
2022 210 174 4 135 1 0 46 0 570
2023 183 167 8 121 2 0 39 0 520

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Kennedy Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 607 35.3 17.1 36.4
1989 609 35.3 17.2 35
1990 606 34.7 17.4 26.2
1991 568 35.0 16.2 39.1
1992 552 n/a n/a 46
1993 553 26.5 20.9 52.3
1994 561 30.0 18.7 46.9
1995 474 26.5 17.9 54
1996 474 26.5 17.9 54
1997 535 30.2 17.7 64.4
1998 588 32.0 18.4 61.2
1999 609 34.5 17.7 76.5
2000 576 40.1 14.4 62.5
2001 583 42.4 13.8 69.1
2002 611 34.7 17.6 76.3
2003 611 34.7 17.6 76.3
2004 478 28.6 16.7 50.2
2005 602 35.5 17.0 43
2006 587 29.0 20.2 34.9
2007 629 n/a n/a 39.6
2008 648 32.2 20.1 37.1
2009 672 38.2 17.6 40.9
2010 654 33.5 19.4 44
2011 664 34.9 19.0 39.6
2012 636 34.7 18.3 39.6
2013 661 29.0 22.7 44.6
2014 675 32.0 21.0 52.9
2015 684 9.0 76.0 49.6
2016 674 24.0 28.0 51.5
2017 635 29.0 21.8 50.6
2018 642 28.0 22.9 54.2
2019 738 35.0 21.0 54.7
2020 675 31.0 21.7 49.8
2021 619 31.0 19.9 49.6
2022 570 33.5 17.0 46.5
2023 520 30.3 17.1 60.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Kennedy Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 607 35.3 17.1 36.4
1989 609 35.3 17.2 35
1990 606 34.7 17.4 26.2
1991 568 35.0 16.2 39.1
1992 552 n/a n/a 46
1993 553 26.5 20.9 52.3
1994 561 30.0 18.7 46.9
1995 474 26.5 17.9 54
1996 474 26.5 17.9 54
1997 535 30.2 17.7 64.4
1998 588 32.0 18.4 61.2
1999 609 34.5 17.7 76.5
2000 576 40.1 14.4 62.5
2001 583 42.4 13.8 69.1
2002 611 34.7 17.6 76.3
2003 611 34.7 17.6 76.3
2004 478 28.6 16.7 50.2
2005 602 35.5 17.0 43
2006 587 29.0 20.2 34.9
2007 629 n/a n/a 39.6
2008 648 32.2 20.1 37.1
2009 672 38.2 17.6 40.9
2010 654 33.5 19.4 44
2011 664 34.9 19.0 39.6
2012 636 34.7 18.3 39.6
2013 661 29.0 22.7 44.6
2014 675 32.0 21.0 52.9
2015 684 9.0 76.0 49.6
2016 674 24.0 28.0 51.5
2017 635 29.0 21.8 50.6
2018 642 28.0 22.9 54.2
2019 738 35.0 21.0 54.7
2020 675 31.0 21.7 49.8
2021 619 31.0 19.9 49.6
2022 570 33.5 17.0 46.5
2023 520 30.3 17.1 60.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Kennedy Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $384 (5.1%) $7,164 (94.9%) $7,548
2020 $425 (5.4%) $7,462 (94.6%) $7,887
2021 $936 (9.9%) $8,533 (90.1%) $9,469
2022 $2,642 (21.5%) $9,629 (78.5%) $12,271

Data source: Indiana Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Kennedy Academy

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 407th of 1031 Elementary schoolsRanks 341st of 1016 Elementary schools
 5.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kennedy Academy)54.841.3
 13.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Bend Community School Corp)2518.4
 6.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)46.339.7
 6.6%
3rd Grade Math (Kennedy Academy)70.645.7
 25%
   3rd Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)32.923.5
 9.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Indiana)58.753.1
 5.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Kennedy Academy)47.246.6
 0.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (South Bend Community School Corp)21.617.6
 4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)45.840.3
 5.5%
4th Grade Math (Kennedy Academy)57.646.6
 11%
   4th Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)25.318.7
 6.6%
   4th Grade Math (Indiana)5448.8
 5.2%
4th Grade Science (Kennedy Academy)54.451.5
 2.9%
   4th Grade Science (South Bend Community School Corp)20.516.5
 4%
   4th Grade Science (Indiana)46.337
 9.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Kennedy Academy)45.356.4
 11.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (South Bend Community School Corp)2018.9
 1.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.540.2
 7.3%
5th Grade Math (Kennedy Academy)40.337.2
 3.1%
   5th Grade Math (South Bend Community School Corp)19.514.6
 5%
   5th Grade Math (Indiana)47.841.1
 6.7%
5th Grade Social Studies (Kennedy Academy)53.362.8
 9.5%
   5th Grade Social Studies (South Bend Community School Corp)19.316.3
 3%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Indiana)4639.1
 6.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students738520
 29.5%
African American202167
 17.3%
American Indian32
 33.3%
Asian88
Hispanic183121
 33.9%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White285183
 35.8%
Two or More Races5539
 29.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients54.7%60.8%
 6%


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Students who attend Kennedy Academy usually go on to attend:

Middle : LaSalle Academy
High : Rise Up Academy at Eggleston

Kennedy Academy ranks 340th of 1011 Indiana elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 520 students attended Kennedy Academy.

Students at Kennedy Academy are 35% White, 32% African American, 23% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 2% Asian.


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