John F. Kennedy Program in America and California Exploration (PACE)
Grades 9-12

School Program

Program Information

Program in America and California Explorations (PACE) at John F. Kennedy High School is a University of California recognized honors program that offers students a four-year advanced academic program with an emphasis in English and History, including many Advanced Placement courses. PACE students have an advantage before they even begin their freshman year: PACE hosts a summer school program located at Sacramento State where students take two writing classes (Artistic and Academic Voice), a literature class and the district-required Geography and Contemporary Global Issues course. While many parents and students struggle with the choice between a small school that offers a more individualized and personal experience and a comprehensive high school that offers academic and extra-curricular variety, PACE students get the best of both worlds: PACE classes are grouped together in one part of the campus so that students benefit from a safe, close-knit environment, yet they also have access to competitive sports, fine arts, music and other programs that Kennedy High offers.

Application Requirements

  1. Specialty Program Application (Available 12/4/17 - 1/26/18)
  2. Submit a handwritten essay to Kennedy by 1/26/18 at 3:00pm Download PACE Essay Prompt
  3. Two Teacher Recommendations (one from your current ELA teacher and one from another current teacher). Recommendation requests will be submitted through the online application. 
  4. Transcripts for 7th Grade (all quarters) and 8th Grade (first quarter). This will be automatically sent to the program through the online application. 
  5. Standardized Test Scores This will be automatically sent to the program through the online application.