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Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID)

The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is geared toward students that are first-generation college-bound students that have the desire to pursue higher education after high school .

Learn more on the APS AVID webpage.

Contact Information

  • Brandon Huber

    Phone: ext. 23810


DRAMA 1 – 6th Grade

Drama 1 is a semester class for 6th graders. It introduces skills necessary to be successful in middle school. Drama 1 students read and write simple scripts using informational text, as well as practicing strategies to be a good public speaker. Reader’s Theatre and drama games teach students to focus and develop trust with their peers.

DRAMA 2 – 7th /8th Grade

Drama 2 is taught in two-semester classes offered to 7th and 8th graders. Through our program students develop skills, such as public speaking and advocating for themselves, to help them become successful in life. Drama 2 students participate in the George Nason Festival, attend plays in the community, participate in workshops and present plays for Kennedy and our community.

Orchestra / Choir

Students are expected to practice daily and turn in practice records every Monday. Also, this is a performing elective- students are expected to attend all evening performances.

Computer Literacy

Our vision is to provide all students with the means and opportunity to reach their potential through the use of technology as a tool for lifelong learning.


KMS has five classes of combined 7th and 8th grade Visual Arts this year; students are in the class in the fall or in the spring.  We make all kinds of art--drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and kinetic art. Students will be able to enter art in the Scholastics Art Competition starting in February, and selected works will be shown in the APS sponsored art shows throughout the year.

Contact Information

  • Amy Harrison

    Phone: ext. 23822

Middle School Leadership Program

Major Ted “Tedbo” Hartenstein, USAF (Ret), Mr. Dominic Perales (Substitute and After-School Program Co-Instructor)

Leadership is an in-person class promoting concepts and values like Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do, Respect for all, Accountability and Personal Responsibility. Much of the class concerns life skills and preparation for success in High School and etiquette for situations like job interviews and formal events. In-person participation is important because the class operates as a leadership laboratory, and depends on personal interaction. The Leadership program has several competitions against the other middle schools in the program every semester. Attendance at competitions is optional but encouraged. All competitions are held on Saturdays. All students are issued a Leadership T-shirt and a student handbook.

Grades are based on participation, and quizzes, projects and assignments. The Kennedy program is influenced by the US Air Force and Civil Air Patrol, but cooperates with Navy JROTC at Manzano High School.

Activities may include:

  • Color Guard and Drill (Team uniform is the Leadership T-shirt and Khaki pants)
  • Archery
  • First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, and Wilderness Survival Training
  • Physical fitness challenges
  • STEM Projects may include:
    • Remote-control Airplanes and Drones
    • Underwater robotics
    • Model Rocketry
  • Opportunity to join Civil Air Patrol
    • USAF Auxiliary with a youth program, emphasis on aerospace and emergency services activities
  • Summer camp programs also available

Other Electives

  • Band
  • Guitar