John F Kennedy High School PACE


Students will be selected into the PACE program based on an Eligibility Index.  It is recommended an applicant have a 3.00 or above GPA at time of application and 7th grade CAASPP scores of or above 2550 in English Language Arts and math.  Each applicant is ranked based on the following:

  • The GPA is turned into a three-digit number by moving the decimal point over two places (for example a 3.5 becomes 350).
  • 7th grade CAASPP scores are averaged and divided by 5, a perfect score being 552.
  • The essay is scored on a 4 point rubric in the areas of Content, Mechanics, and Language Usage.A perfect score for an essay is 12 x 10 or 120.
  • The GPA and CAASPP score is added to the essay score for a total perfect score of 1072.
  • The top 60% of scores are admitted. (provided there are no red flags revealed in behavior, attendance, or recommendations)
  • The remaining 40% of applicants are evaluated on the basis of recommendations, extra-curriculars, behavior and attendance.
  • If a student believes a paper representation does not reflect his or her true self, and a better impression can be made in person, a personal interview can be requested by calling the PACE office and making an appointment.


Complete application packets must be received (not postmarked) at JFK by 3:30pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the waiting pool.



All PACE applicants are required to complete an application packet.  However, it is not necessary for students to open enroll for PACE if they live in the JFK attendance area.  For students who do not live in the JFK attendance area, the open enrollment process must also be followed. 


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