John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers has changed its name to John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School to reflect its mission of preparing young people for success in both the academic and professional worlds.
Kennedy Catholic has always sought to provide students with the highest level of education and the best opportunities for growth in mind, body and spirit. In the last decade, Kennedy has made strides in tailoring scholastic curriculum and community engagement to facilitate students’ success in competitive academic and professional environments.
The Kennedy education has always been preparatory because of its forward-looking nature. Students are offered a full slate of AP and college-accredited courses from St. John’s University, SUNY Albany, Iona College and the recently instituted Pace University business curriculum.
Each student receives college counseling from Kennedy Catholic’s guidance department, attends the school’s annual college fair and meets with representatives from these institutions. Programs such as STEM and VEX offer opportunities to students to explore and engage in the sciences. All students are immersed in the dynamic KCPS approach to learning.
In 2014, the school introduced the iPad Learning Program. The iPad has since become an instrumental tool for weaving classroom instruction with the latest technology and online resources. Every faculty member and student is equipped with educational systems such as Canvas Learning Management System and ExamSoft Online Assessment Platform.
The integration of lecture and online learning emulates collegiate instruction, providing students with the necessary skills to adapt and excel in a technology-laden world that is constantly advancing, and aids in the transition to a more independent structure of learning.
In his spring 2020 presentation, Father Mark Vaillancourt, the school president, summed up the benefits of the integration of in-person and online learning that is the hallmark of the Kennedy Preparatory education: “The iPad has taken the Kennedy classroom and extended it to the soccer field, the bleacher, the school bus, the train…The iPad is a classroom on your desk.”
The Class of 2020’s hard work, determination, and dedication earned them more than $54 million in college scholarships.