John F. Kennedy is a K-5 building that was built in 1987 with additions in 1997-1998 and 2007-2008. Our school has an enrollment of over 600 students and 80-plus staff. JFK is a RISE site for the west side of Sioux Falls and with over thirty special needs students served in this program. Their needs are met on an individual basis by self-contained classrooms, adaptive art, music and PE classes, as well as integration into regular classes. Students at JFK continually score above the District average on standardized tests in Reading, Math and Writing.

Data Information

Achieving our mission, to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world, hinges on our ability to continually improve the effectiveness of our schools. Multiple factors impact student achievement and serve as indicators of effective schools. This Data Profile Directory is prepared to provide parents, educators, and the community with a data profile of various school effectiveness indicators. The directory should be used as one source of data for identifying a school's present status, assessing overall student progress, and planning for continual school improvement.


Each year the South Dakota Department of Education (SD DOE) releases a report card showing the performance of schools across the state. The report card includes information about academic achievement, student attendance for grades K-8, the graduation rate for high schools, and professional staff qualifications. These criteria are used to determine the school’s performance index or SPI.

Although the federal and state governments require building and district-level accountability measures, the District closely monitors the individual progress of each student to ensure that each student is being prepared to succeed in a changing world. By reviewing their student’s quarterly report cards, attending Parent-Teacher Conferences in the fall and spring, and contacting teachers with questions or concerns parents will have the best picture of how their children are progressing.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state assessments were not administered, and therefore data for student performance, student progress, and school environment are not available for the 2019-2020 school year.

Based upon South Dakota's waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the overall score was not calculated for schools for the 2019-2020 report cards, and the school support status is based upon school performance results from the 2018-2019 academic year.


All schools in the District are submitting their School Improvement Plan to the Board for approval prior to submitting them to the State. The Plans, developed by a team of parents, community members, and staff, serve as a roadmap for future planning and professional development and measure student achievement.

Each school has a building leadership team that meets regularly throughout the year to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan. Building leadership teams divide the larger plan into smaller segments with the following focuses: staff roles, goals, meetings summary, data processes, priorities and strategies, and the professional development plan.

This document guides the work in order to meet the District’s mission, priority statements from the Strategic Plan, and the achievement goals set by the South Dakota Department of Education.


Fall Enrollment


Welcome to John F. Kennedy

Patty Vincent, Principal
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Hello JFK Families!

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! The staff at JFK are very excited students will be back face-to-face. Lots of planning has been taking place so students and staff may return safely. We look forward to getting to know each individual student helping each student grow in knowledge and have success to develop to their fullest capacity. We are eager to work together with parents in a team approach to keep everyone healthy and safe. We cannot wait to see our students!

Principal Vincent