John F. Kennedy Middle School

A learning community of stars

A learning community of stars

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 5-8
  • Antioch Cluster
  • Not Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Welcome to John F. Kennedy Middle School, home of the stars! We take pride in providing an educational environment dedicated to academic excellence, respect and safety of every member of our community.

My educational philosophy is based on the notion that all students can learn. I also believe that teachers should use research-based techniques while making data-based decisions to increase student achievement. 

JFK Middle has a dedicated and passionate faculty, supportive parents and creative, energetic students. In our learning community, teachers, parents, stakeholders and administrators come together to inspire and nurture every student to become a college-bound, lifelong learner in a global society. Our goal is to develop the very real gifts and talents of all the students at JFK. 

As you explore our site, we hope that you find the information you need. If not, please feel free to contact us anytime. 


Contact Information

2087 Hobson Pike
Antioch, TN 37013 (map)


Contact Emails:
Interim Principal: Dr. Dorothy Gunn
Interim Assistant Principal: Mary Lou Del Rio
Assistant Principal: Todd Lark
Assistant Principal: Dr. Claire Jasper
Counselor: Diana Baumgardner
Counselor: Dr. Johnetta Mooreland
School Board Representative: Fran Bush




School Description

As a STEM school, John F. Kennedy Middle School places a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We practice blended learning, meaning students can be involved in choosing the pace at which they learn through various media. Our students are all offered before- and after-school tutoring, while our Encore program supports gifted students. Our 8th-grade students can earn high school credits in Spanish, Physical Science and Integrated Math.

We offer many exciting extracurricular opportunities. JFK student-athletes can choose from six TSSAA sports, including cheerleading/dance, track and field, and boys’ and girls’ soccer, to name a few. In addition, our students can enjoy activities like band, choir, foreign language clubs, creative writing or book club.

We pride ourselves on being an inviting school for students and their families. We practice restorative justice, a disciplinary mindset based on respect, responsibility, relationship-building and relationship-repairing, that focuses on mediation and agreement rather than punishment.

John F. Kennedy Middle School also has an active Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) and parent volunteer group. Information is provided at the beginning of each school year on how to become a member of our PTO and who to contact for questions. We offer multiple academic achievement ceremonies and parent luncheons throughout the year, and we hope to welcome you to one soon.


School Hours

8:55 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • 60 minutes for all core classes

  • 60 minutes for related arts courses

  • 45 minutes for Response to Intervention and Enrichment

  • 30 minutes for lunch

  • 20 minutes for daily activity period

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John F. Kennedy Middle School is one of our STEAM middle schools. At John F. Kennedy students use STEAM, science technology, engineering, arts and math as access points to the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration). This empowers our students to better understand how their skills fit into our complex world. Learn more about STEAM in MNPS here:


School Details & Links


Standard School Attire

Bottoms: Pants, shorts, Capri pants, skirts, skorts or jumpers in navy blue, black or any shade of khaki

Tops: Short or long sleeves and a collar (polo, dress-style with button or turtleneck) in solid colors; all shirts should be properly buttoned


  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA - Fun Company

  • Tutoring

  • English Language classes

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Anti-bullying training and/or clubs

  • Restorative Justice


  • Basketball

  • Boys' Soccer

  • Cheerleading / Dance

  • Football

  • Girls' Soccer

  • Girls' Volleyball

  • Track and Field

Extracurricular activities:

  • Art

  • Band

  • Beta Club

  • Book Club

  • Choir

  • Cheerleading

  • Creative Writing

  • Foreign Language Clubs

  • Intramurals

  • National Honor Society

  • Newspaper

  • Recycling

  • Robotics

  • Science Club

  • Student Government Association

  • Publix