Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Business classes

The Downside

Below average attendance

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 schools 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 Regents 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)

About the students

Enrollment
641
Asian
6.6%
Black
22.9%
Hispanic
66.0%
White
3.3%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
9%
Male
44%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
148%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
52%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
53%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
43%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
51%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
72%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
57%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
60%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
65%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Dance

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
39%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
43%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
49%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
65%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
17%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
13%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
54%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
50%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
57%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
72%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
75%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
80%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
53%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Int'l Marketing, Computer Applications, Foreign Trade & Virtual Enterprise
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Analysis of business structures such as International Marketing, Computer Applications, Foreign Trade, and Virtual Enterprise.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Table Tennis

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Location

120 West 46th Street
Manhattan NY 10036
Midtown (District 2)
Trains: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, S to Times Square-42nd St; 4, 5, 6 to Grand Central - 42nd St; 7 to 42nd St-Bryant Park; B, D, F, M to 47-50th Sts Rockefeller Center; N, Q, R to 49th St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BM5, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M104, M11, M2, M20, M3, M34A-SBS, M4, M42, M5, M50, M7, Q32, QM1, QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM2, QM20, QM21, QM24, QM3, QM4, QM5, QM6, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X17J, X2, X21, X22, X22A, X27, X28, X30, X31, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9

Contact

Phone
212-391-0041
Principal
Edward Demeo
Parent Coordinator
Edward Demeo

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