Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School

120 WEST 46 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10036 Map
Phone: (212) 391-0041
Website: Click here
Admissions: educational option
Principal: EDWARD DEMEO
Neighborhood: West Midtown
District:2
Grade range: 9-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: M1, M104, M11, M2, M20, M3, M34A-SBS, M4, M42, M5, M50, M7

What's special:

Business classes

The downside:

Below average attendance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Located near Times Square, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is one of a handful of high schools that offer business classes. The ideal JKO student, according to a teacher at the high school fair, is one who is “humble, willing to grow and take challenges.” Students at the fair said they feel supported through the college application process, but the school has struggled with a mediocre attendance rate and student performance over the years.

The school has two business themes: International Virtual Enterprise and Hospitality and Tourism. Students try each then choose one track. A student told us that they are required to take four business classes to graduate. In Virtual enterprise, students set up and run a mock business, trying all aspects of being an employee – human resources, accounting, product development, production, distribution, marketing, sales and etiquette. Edward Demeo has been principal since 2003.

Most students arrive with low skills. They seek out JKO for a variety of reasons. “My mom owns her own business,” said a senior at the high school fair. “Part of my family never went to college,” said a junior, “I want to go to college and support my family.”

Classrooms are locked after class starts and a number of misses or late entrances may result in suspension. The school’s high suspension rate has gradually decreased over the years.

The Roundabout Theater offers internships and workshops. But a teacher at the high school fair said only a small percentage of students do internships. Other partnerships include Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Junior Achievement and PENCIL. Students may take music or dance classes. In dance they learn a mix of styles such as Flamenco or merengue, resulting in an annual dance program. There are limited extracurricular activities including boys’ basketball, dance and various clubs.

For high achievers, the school offers advanced placement English, calculus AB, science, and European history. A.P. Spanish literature participants have done well on Regent’s exams. PM school is for students who need to catch up on credits.

Career Night, grade level dances, holiday dances and Big Brother/Big Sister Movie Night are fun whole-school events. They also hold community events such as Bollywood Night and the Annual Blood Drive.

College: The college office has a full-time counselor, who assists students with PSAT and SAT deadlines, College Now applications, resumes and internships. The school has three guidance counselors, but students at the fair said the “AVID teacher helps you even more.” AVID, or Advancement Via Independent Determination, is a program designed to prepare students in the “academic middle” for four-year colleges. Students said this teacher helps build vocabulary for the SAT, writes their recommendation and assists with the college essay. Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY schools and a few private schools. A recent graduate attends New York University.

Special education: Students with special needs learn in a integrated team teaching classroom where general and special education students are mixed with two teachers, one of whom is trained in special education. A self-contained classroom is also available. Related services include occupational therapy, speech and language, and counseling.

Admissions: Educational option serving a range of academic performers. (Lydie Raschka, September 2012, interviews at the high school fair)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 709

Average Daily Attendance 78%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
70%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

63% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

75% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

88% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

89% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

54% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

66% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

69% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

69% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

12% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

80% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

9% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

13%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

4%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

16%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

27% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

421
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

54%

SAT math scores

438
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

70% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

70% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

86% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

International Marketing, Computer Applications, Foreign Trade and Virtual Enterprise

Ed. Opt.

The focus of the program is analysis of business structures such as International Marketing, Computer Applications, Foreign Trade and Virtual Enterprise.

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Literature, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art Exhibitions, Community Service, Dance, Debate, Journalism, Math, Model UN, Musical Performances, National Honor Society (NHS), Peer Mediation, Peer Tutoring, Science Fair, Teen Awareness, Theatrical Performances, Upward Bound and REACH Program for Advanced Placement, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Basketball

Source: High school directory

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