About Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School

Kennedy Catholic Preparatory High School has maintained a visible presence in Catholic education for over 50 years. Our school sits on a sprawling 64-acre campus in the bucolic town of Somers, NY, and stands as both a geographic and socioeconomic microcosm of the 48 New York State school districts (plus Connecticut) represented in our student population of 680 students. 

Founded in 1966 as the successor to St. Mary’s High School in Katonah, Kennedy Catholic has continued to serve the educational needs of young men and women seeking a Christian, faith-driven academic setting in northern Westchester.

As a four-year college preparatory school enriched and enlivened by its Catholic identity, Kennedy helps form and deliver well educated, compassionate, articulate students to the world. Diocesan priests, deacons, sisters and lay men and women constitute the well-rounded faculty and staff of the Kennedy Catholic community.

Academic Program

Accredited by both the New York State Board of Regents and the State University of New York, Kennedy Prep maintains college preparatory standards across its rigorous, diversified curriculums. Ninth grade admission is granted based on performance on the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS). Transfer students are evaluated on the basis of academic performance and personal interviews.

Curriculum

All students are required to complete four years of theology, English, social studies, science, mathematics, physical education and three years of foreign language studies. In addition, students are required to complete one year of art or music studies, one year of PSAT studies, one semester of health education, and a semester of advanced writing. All students must also successfully pass 8 NYS Regents Subject Exams and a Level 3 Foreign Language Regents Exams in order to achieve an Advanced Regents Diploma.

Graduation Requirements

Subject Area Credits
Theology
4
English
4
Social Studies
4
Mathematics
4
Science
4
Foreign Language
3
Fine Arts
1
Health
.5
PSAT
1
Physical Education
4

By the Numbers – Class of 2021:

  • Advanced NYS Regents Diplomas w/ Honors: 23
  • Advanced NYS Regents Diplomas: 143
  • National Merit Finalists: 1
  • Members of National Arts Honors Society: 23
  • Signed Letters of Intent to Play in the NCAA: 9
  • Mean SAT Scores: Math – 579
  • Reading/Writing – 592

Enrollment 2021-2022 Year

9th Grade: 144 Students

10th Grade: 165 Students

11th Grade: 176 Students

12th Grade: 145 Students

Father Mark Vaillancourt​

President/Principal
914-232-5061 ext. 103
[email protected]

Deacon Alfred Impallomeni

Vice Principal of
Faculty & Student Affairs
914-232-5061 ext. 131
[email protected]

Stephen Schmidt

Vice Principal of Academic Affairs
914-232-5061 ext. 104
[email protected]

Dominick Tassone

Director of Athletics
914-232-5061 ext. 117
[email protected]

Kyle MacDonald

Director of College Placement
914-232-5061 ext. 138
[email protected]

College Representative Visits:

College admissions counselors are always welcome to meet with both counselors and students at John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School. Admission counselors can go to counselorcommunity.com to sign up for an in-person or virtual visit.

Enrollment 2021-2022 Year

9th Grade: 144 Students

10th Grade: 165 Students

11th Grade: 176 Students

12th Grade: 145 Students

Honors & Advanced Placement Courses

Admittance to accelerated academic classes is selective and based on academic success, placement exams, and teacher recommendations. Kennedy Prep offers 10 honors classes and 15 Advanced Placement (AP) classes in the following subjects:

Biology  |  Calculus |  Chemistry  |  Computer Science  |  English Language and Composition  |  English Literature and Composition  |  Environmental Science  |  Latin  |  Macroeconomics  |  Physics  |  Psychology  |  Spanish  |  Statistics  |  U.S. Government  |  U.S. History

Dual Enrollment Courses

Kennedy juniors and seniors with minimum averages of 85% and SAT scores above 1000 may enroll. Students may take up to 12 credits per semester through partnerships with the following schools:

  • St. John’s University
  • Iona College
  • SUNY Albany
  • Pace University Lubin School of Business

Athletics at Kennedy Prep:

  • 34 teams with 19 varsity sports
  • Member of CHSAA and NYCHSFL
    Varsity football
  • Spanning 2008-2020, KCHS
    student-athletes and coaches have
    earned 39 championships

The Arts at Kennedy Prep:

  • Member of the NYS School of Music Association (NYSSMA)
  • String Ensemble affiliation with Westchester/Putnam Youth Orchestra
  • Art Studio affiliated with Katonah Museum of Arts, The Garrison Art Center SITE and the Greenwich Youth Film Festival

Course Offering

Department

9th

10th

11th

12th

Theology

Theology I

Theology II

Theology III

Theology IV

Math

Geometry

Algebra I

H Algebra II

Algebra II

H Geometry

Geometry

H/DE Pre-Calculus

Pre-Calculus

H Algebra II

Algebra II

AP Calculus AB

AP Statistics

H/DE Pre-Calculus

Pre-Calculus

Science

AP Biology

H Biology

Biology

H Chemistry

Chemistry

AP Physics

Physics

Earth Science

Environmental Studies

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science

AP Chemistry

Applied Physics

English

English 9

H English 9

English 10

H English 10

English 11

AP English Language

DE College Writing

College & Career Seminar

English 12

AP/DE English Literature

Advanced Writing

Social Studies

H Global Studies I

Global Studies I

H Global Studies II

Global Studies II

AP U.S. History

U.S. History & Government

AP U.S. Government

AP Macroeconomics

AP Psychology

Government & Economics

LOTE

Spanish II

Spanish I


Italian II

Italian I


Latin I

H Spanish III

Spanish III

Spanish II


Italian III

Italian II


Latin II

AP/DE Spanish

H Spanish III

Spanish III


Italian III


DE Latin III

AP/DE Spanish

Spanish IV


Italian IV


AP/DE Latin IV

Other

Art Appreciation

Music Theory

Theatre/Acting

Studio Art I

Chorus

Band

String Ensemble

Physical

Education

Studio Art II

Chorus

Band

String Ensenble

Physical Education

DE Business 101

Advanced Visual Arts

Chorus

Band

String Ensemble

Physical Education

Health

AP Computer Science

DE Business 101

DE Business Law

DE business Management

Advanced Visual Arts

Chorus

Band

String Ensemble

3D Computer Modeling

Physical Education

AP – Advanced Placement | DE – Dual Enrollment | H – Honors

Assessments and Grading

Grading System: Report cards are issued four quarters per year and the passing grade is 65%. Final grades represent a culmination of four marking periods (20% each) and two semester exams (10% each). A student’s overall GPA is derived from all courses except physical education.

Courses are weighted as follows:

(1.00) All Elective Courses (Art and Music)

(1.02) All Courses not otherwise indicated

(1.04) All Honors Courses

(1.06) All Advanced Placement Courses

GPA Conversion Chart
A = 90% – 100%
B = 80% – 89%
C = 70% – 79%
D = 65% – 69%
F = 64% and below
4.0 Scale Percentile Grade
3.9 – 4.0
97 – 100
3.75 – 3.89
93 – 96
3.5 – 3.74
90 – 92
3.25 – 3.49
87 – 89
3.0 – 3.24
3.0 – 3.24
2.75 – 2.99
80 – 82
2.5 – 2.74
77 – 79
2.25 – 2.49
79 – 76
2.0 – 2.24
70 – 72

Class of 2021 Enrollment

A
Adelphi University
Auburn University

B
Baylor University
Boston College

C
Central Connecticut State University
Clemson University (2)
Coastal Carolina University
College of the Holy Cross
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
CUNY Staten Island

D
Drexel University

E
Elon University
Emerson College

F
Fairfield University (2)
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical
Florida Atlantic University
Fordham University
Franciscan University of Steubenville

G
Georgetown University
Georgia Polytechnic Institute

H-I
Indiana University – Bloomington (3)
Iona College (8)
Ithaca College

J
John Carroll University
Johnson and Wales University

K-L
Loyola University – Maryland (2)
Loyola University – New Orleans

M
Manhattan College (2)
Manhattanville College (2)
Marist College (2)
Mercy College (2)
Miami University – Oxford
Michigan State University (2)
Mount Holyoke College

N
New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
Northeastern University (5)
Nova Southeastern University

O
Ohio State University (3)

P
Pace University (5)
Pennsylvania State University (2)
Point Park University
Post University (2)

Q
Quinnipiac University (3)

R
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology (2)
Roger Williams University

S
Sacred Heart University (7)
Salisbury University
Siena College (2)
Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
St. Anselm College
St. John’s University (6)
St. Joseph’s University
Stonehill College
SUNY Albany
SUNY Binghamton
SUNY Buffalo (6)
SUNY Cortlandt
SUNY Dutchess Community College
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Oneonta
SUNY Oneonta
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Plattsburg
SUNY Plattsburgh
SUNY Stony Brook University (2)
SUNY Ulster Community College
SUNY Westchester Community College (5)
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University (3)

T
Temple University
The University of Tampa
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Tulane University of Louisiana

U
United States Naval Academy
University of California – Davis
University of California – Irvine (2)
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Georgia
University of Kentucky
University of Maine
University of Miami
University of Mississippi
University of North Carolina – Wilmington
University of Pittsburgh (2)
University of Scranton (2)
University of South Carolina – Columbia (2)
University of Sydney
University of Tampa (2)
Utica College

V
Vassar College
Virginia Polytechnic Institute

W
Wells College
Western Connecticut State University (3)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2)

Y
York College of Pennsylvania