Kenwood Academy aims to develop critical readers, writers, and thinkers, who will excel within competitive academic institutions, as well as the global marketplace.
Known as the Growth & Equity Cohort Model, our teachers design curricula that are differentiated to meet every student at his or her instructional level. The fundamental aim is to maximize student learning and prepare all students for a competitive collegiate environment. The model centers on academic literacy, argumentative writing & discourse, strong math and science skills.
Kenwood students have an opportunity to enroll in at least one or more of the 16 Advanced Placement (AP) Courses. They are also encouraged to participate in the dual enrollment program at Kenwood, the University of Chicago, and Community Colleges of Chicago. Students interested in career-specific programs can apply for admissions to the biomedical, robotics engineering, and digital media programs. Outside the core subjects, Kenwood students have access to an award-winning performing and fine arts program.
Kenwood Facts At a Glance
Kenwood Academy, a four-year high school with an Academic Center for gifted students that start in the 7th grade, has a total enrollment of 2,028 students. It is located on the south side of Chicago in the community of Hyde Park and serves students who live in the Kenwood/Hyde Park areas, as well as those from surrounding neighborhoods.
7 -12 Academic Center
Gifted students may enter Kenwood Academy through a special program after completion of 6th grade. This is a highly competitive program that attracts talented students from across the city. At entry, students take accelerated high school classes, including the option to enroll in courses at The University of Chicago.
The faculty consists of 100 teachers. 74% have earned an MA/MS degree, and 47% of these teachers have earned 30 or more hours beyond the MA/MS, and two are Ed.D’s. The typical teacher has been at Kenwood Academy for 5.6 years and has been in the profession for 8.2 years.
Kenwood Academy is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary schools. It has also been awarded full recognition status by the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Illinois.
Students at Kenwood represent a rich variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Approximately half of the school’s population resides in the Hyde Park Community. Other students come from across the city of Chicago through the Magnet Program. Total enrollment: Caucasian=4%, Afro-American=83%, Hispanic=5%, Asian=3 %, Multiracial/Other = 3%
Over 80 percent of the 2017 graduates continued on to a four-year institution. Other graduates entered the military or the workforce.
Beyond Curriculum Programs
Students facilitate over 40 school-sponsored organizations, ranging from academic and ethnic clubs to programs in student leadership, art, culture, and civic engagement. Students are also involved in traditional organizations, such as Student Council, newspaper, yearbook, debate, Mikva, and Model UN.
Kenwood offers interscholastic teams in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling.
Kenwood Honors and Awards
US News & World Report Best High Schools
Chicago Magazine Top 10 Public High Schools in Cook County
2016 National Grand Chorus Champion at the Orlando Performing Arts Music Fest
Featured in the Atlantic's Politics & Policy as an urban school model for increasing early college enrollment
The National Freshmen Success Institute (NFSI) identified Kenwood Academy High School as a successful learning example
Over $36 million in scholarships awarded to the most recent graduates
Kenwood Academy offers more than 110 courses. In four years, a current senior student is required to successfully complete 24 credits in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Language, Art, Music, Physical Education, and 5 elective units. In addition, students must complete/pass non-credit requirements: Advisory, Driver’s Education, Consumer Education, Public Law 195, and 40 hours of community service.
Grading and Class Rank
The Academic Grading Scale: A = 100-90 B = 89-80 C = 79-70 D =69-60 F = Below 59
Class rank and grade point average is computed at the end of every semester. Grades are weighted and students who enroll in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes receive extra grade points. Honors level courses are offered in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and advance level World Languages.
Advanced Placement Courses
English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, Statistics, Government & Politics: Comparative, World History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics B, Physics C: Mechanics, Chinese Language and Culture, Human Geography, Psychology, Studio Art: Drawing, Spanish Language, Studio Art: 2D Design, and Music Theory.
A Sample of Kenwood’s 110+ Courses
Orchestra, Jazz Band, Piano, Dance, Gender Studies, Dual Credit Math 140/141 African American Studies, Advanced Journalism, Photography, Film, Computer Science, Advanced Choir, Forensic Science, and Drama.
Karen Calloway, Principal
Patricia Stuber, Assistant Principal
Sherry Ball, Assistant Principal
Corey Morrision, Assistant Principal