arc is the after school program here at Kennedy. We bridge the opportunity gap by creating transformational learning opportunities that empower youth to realize their full potential. Some of our most popular classes are; Drivers-ed, Kennedy Fitness & Learning Center. We also have outdoor activities such as camping, kayaking, rock climbing and more everything we do it’s free, for more info come to SP12




Posted on April 1 ,2017 9:00 am.



Have you ever wanted to put your physical capabilities to the test? Every year arc is a part of the annual Teen Adventure Challenge a youth race that brings communities across Southern California together to inspire young people to step out of their comfort zones and explore new opportunities in the outdoors. This year the event took place on March 11, 2017 at Hansem Dam Park by the aquatic center. Kennedy sent four teams to compete against other schools from Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego. The Teams’ raced through a strategically designed wilderness course that included a series of adventure-based activities and team building challenges and gave students an opportunity to practice leadership and life skills in a safe and fun environment. The teams were made up of three students that made their way through each portion of the race: kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and a series of team building challenges. We were also able to take volunteers who assisted at each of the stations to ensure that each leg of the race went smoothly. All in all, the event was fun for all participants creating everlasting memories for each of our beloved cougars who gave 110%. Congratulations to the Fupa Boyz who took first place in the High school division in the teen adventure challenge. Your team brought energy, dedication, and passion to bring home the win, and your sportsmanship and teamwork make you true role models for all that participated.


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Posted on February 7 ,2017 5:44 pm.
Well Cougars, I hope you’re all ready for yet another year to fly by! Can you believe that we’re already in February?! Before you know it we’ll be wrapping up yet another year. With a new semester come new things to do with arc. We have our usual programs such as Kennedy Fitness, Culinary Arts and Tutoring. We’re also looking into adding new clubs such as a Peer Tutoring and an SAT Prep Course offered by Revolution Prep. In the month of February we will also be having our talent show auditions, our Talent show will be in March. If you are interested or know someone who has talents, make sure you tell them to sign up in the arc room. In the month of March we will participate in this year’s Teen adventure challenge, which will be hosted at Hansen Dam.  As always, if you ever have any questions about clubs or programs, the arc office is open during lunch in SP12 so feel free to stop on by.



Posted on January 13  ,2017 9:30 am.

Welcome back Cougars, to the start of a new year, a new semester, and a new you! I hope you had a fantastic winter break with the company of your loved ones. Now it’s time to get back to the routine.

I want to take some time to congratulate our Band & Cheer program on their respective completions in the month of December they were able to get 1st place. We are so proud of your hard work and determination you put in every day.

I am so excited to start a new semester with all of you. We have an ambitious agenda for 2017; we have our spring camp February 3-5 at Point Fermin, San Pedro. Kennedy will be able to take 6 students from our arc Leadership Council. On February we will also have our Talent Show auditions, as our Talent show will be the first week of March. For all Kennedy talented students make sure to save the date!

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our tutoring program every Monday thru Thursday from 3:00-4:30pm & Monday – Friday from 6:45-7:45am. Cougars don’t wait until the end, take advantage now!







Posted on December 5

On December 2nd, 2016 arc hosted our 1st Winter Frost Ping Pong Tournament. Overall we had a total of 40 active participants from all walks of life here at Kennedy High school. The entire tournament lasted a grueling two hours. Thanks to our partnership with Jane Addams Continuation School we were able to compete on three professional ping pong tables. Months before the tournament students practiced everyday possible to ensure that they would take home the gold. On the day of the tournament one match after another, we were down to two competitors Gio Maffei and George Abdelmalak.

With two very good athletes the match could have gone either way. Unfortunately there could only be one winner, that person proved that through hard work and persistence you can achieve the impossible it was Gio Maffei who took home the gold. Overall the Ping pong tournament tested the skills of our cougars and we had a blast throughout the day. This is something we will definitely do again in the spring. Make sure you’re ready for the next tournament cougars.



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Posted on October 11 , 2016 9:30 am.




On Tuesday, October 10th, arc was able to take 45 students to Loyola Marymount University. Students got a tour of the LMU campus and got to ask questions about admissions, financial aid and campus life. We were able to take 25 students of Mr. Lemos films class & get a special tour of the film program. Later on we received a general tour of the whole school, students were able to see where the athletic dept, animation, and library were. Once the tour finished, the students were then introduced as part of the Lion family and left motivated to pursue their education.




Posted on October 3, 2016 9:31 pm

Cougars! The Fall season is finally here! We can finally say goodbye the summer.  Awesome things happened in the month of September that deserve the spotlight. Our freshman tailgate turned out to be a huge successful. We had our second lunch event where we were able to provide poster, pins, and 5 captain America movies. On September 8th we had our back to school night where we got a change to talked to a lot new parents and tell them about the great thing that are coming up.

September also welcomed the start of our Driver’s Ed program. We had an overwhelming number of students sign up and fill the class past capacity on the first day! Students are excited to finally get started and get that driver’s license in their hands. We also welcomed our SAT, Dance class, Fashion design and Learning Center class.

Are you looking to get more involved in your school community? Do you want to have some meaningful activities to add to your college application? Then come by Room SP12 to get a schedule of clubs and activities you can join.



Posted on August  19, 2016 5:54 pm

Good job on finishing August strong! Even though it was a short month, Kennedy and arc did great things for all high school students to raise school spirit and let you know about all the opportunities we offer. We’ve been very busy at arc these past few months—this summer, we ran two credit recovery classes for a total of 40 students. Our 9th grade Summer Bridge transitional program with more than 180 students. And of course, we’ve also been making preparations for the new school year which has just begun! Kennedy students who participate in arc are part of an out-of-school movement to bridge the opportunity gap. This school year, arc will feature eleven original arc WOW events that will enrich students and promote social justice; participants will emerge as true leaders, giving back to their community while also having fun. In addition to developing students as community members, we also want students to find success as individuals. All our courses will focus on including Common Core standards and providing students with enriched quality programming that will help students develop skills for the real world. We hope to see both new and familiar faces as we head into the coming school year. Please keep an eye out for our next major event, the Freshman Tailgate which is a collaboration with Link crew & will be held on September 16th!

                                                                                                                                                                                         -David Montoya




We invite you to participate in this year’s Summer Bridge program to familiarize your child with Kennedy High School. There are 3 different 2 week time frames with an AM and PM session, for a total of 6 separate options to familiarize your child with the high school experience. The first session will be from June 20 to July 1; the second is from July 5 to July 15; and the third is from July 18 to July 29. Classes will be two and half hour long. The AM session will be from 9am to 11:30am and the PM session will be from 12pm to 2:30pm. This Bridge Program is sponsored by our after school Beyond the Bell partner, ARC. Space is limited and will be made available on a first come first served basis by session. If a session is full, you will need to make a secondary selection. If you have any further questions please contact the ARC Coordinator, David Montoya. His direct line is (818) 813-0784. También habla español.Limited 

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