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Welcome to Kennedy Elementary School!

Kennedy Elementary, originally named “The Big Butte School”, was built in 1958. In 1963 the school name was changed to the JF Kennedy Elementary School. At the dedication ceremony, Senator Mike Mansfield presented to Principal “Oakie” O’Connor, the flag that flew at half-mast over the White House during the funeral of President Kennedy.

As with each school that comprises the Butte School District, the students at Kennedy enjoy great teachers who hold all students to the highest standards of learning. All students are challenged to meet or exceed the current standards of learning with the deeply embedded belief that all students can become life-long learners when given the building blocks for laying a solid foundation. The students, faculty, and parents are sources of encouragement and guidance for the accomplishments of their students scholastically, as well as in extracurricular activities.

Kennedy Elementary School is a treasured institution within the Butte Community, as it is the last elementary school left on the “hill”.

Quick Facts

Principal: Ron Ricketts
Grade Level: k-6
Enrollment Count: 292
School Hours:
K-2: 8:20 - 2:00
3-6:  8:20 - 3:00

Attraction/Focus: A highly developed volunteer force of over 200 parents, and members of the community who work together to bring first class education to the children of Kennedy school.

Average Class Size: 15:1

Teaching Staff: Approximately 71% of faculty members have advanced degrees.

Support Services:

  • Speech/Language Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist

Computer/Technology: 100% of all classrooms are networked and have access to high speed internet. 100% of teachers have email and voice messaging accounts. Smartboard in each classroom.

Networked Computer Ratio:
Student Ratio: 4:1