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Academic Opportunities for Kennedy students

The Kennedy School goal is to provide all students with the academic, social, and emotional experiences to learn and practice the knowledge and skills necessary for future success. Students are taught by a committed, motivated, highly qualified staff using research-based instructional methods and assessments to provide appropriate learning experiences. Students also have access to after school programs like Drama, Chorus, Math League, and National History Day.

Some of the Learning Opportunities Offered at the Kennedy School 

  • K–8  Second Step social-emotional curriculum 
  • K–8  Extended library / media center hours for independent reading, research, and class work 
  • 6–8  Middle grades students regularly compete in regional, statewide, and national History Day competitions
  • Everybody Wins! Metro Boston pairs students with volunteers who read with them 
  • PK–8 MakerSpace for hands-on learning by all Kennedy School students
  • 3 Ginny Smithers Poll at the Kennedy School, open to the public before and after school hours, features a Learn to Swim physical education program for all Somerville 3rd graders 
  • 1–6 SEEK (Social and Educational Enrichment at Kennedy) for students with behavior needs 
  • PK–8 SKIP (Specialized Kennedy Intensive Program) for students with physical and cognitive needs 
  • 6–8 Middle grades Learning Support classrooms and Resource Room classroom support 
  • K–8 Onsite speech therapists and ESL support 
  • Buddies program that pairs middle grades students with younger students for a variety of activities
  • K–3 Highly successful BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) morning program offered 2–3 times / week provides structured physical activity and nutrition in education, followed by a healthy school breakfast. 
  • K–8 Rich menu of afterschool programs including Drama, Chorus, Computer Technology and Math League