Accreditations and Affiliations


Accreditations and Affiliations

At John F Kennedy, The American School of Queretaro, we encourage all students to be the best possible version of themselves. We want to accompany all our students on their personal journey to help them do this, and to therefore achieve the extraordinary. Our commitment to their character development, academic excellence and the nurturing of their social, emotional, and physical needs is demonstrated by the wide range of organizations that we are accredited by.

  • Cognia, formerly AdvancED
  • Mexican Secretary of Education (SEP)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Association of American Schools in Mexico (ASOMEX)
  • The Association of American Schools of Central America Colombia-Caribbean and Mexico (Tri-Association)
  • The Inter-Regional Center for Curriculum and Materials Development (IRC).



JFK has been accredited since 1964 by Cognia, formerly AdvancED. Cognia creates the world's largest education community, educating a network with more than 25 million students, that guides us in diagnosing challenges and implementing improvements. Accreditation is important to us as it permits our graduates to receive a US Diploma for their studies, offering a wide range of opportunities and possible scholarships for their studies at college and universities around the world. It is also important because it reflects our proud tradition of commitment to excellence and to the process of continuous improvement. Every five years the school welcomes a thorough and complete external review by Cognia that ensures our standards of excellence are maintained.

International Baccalaureate

JFK currently offers all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years, Diploma) for all students from kinder through to high school. Only 19 schools in Mexico are accredited to offer all 3 of these programs. These programs are important to us because IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education. Through these programs we aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world.


The John F. Kennedy School is also accredited by the Ministry of Education (SEP). The main purpose of this organization is to create the ideal conditions that allow a quality education for Mexican citizens, and our accreditation means that all graduating students also receive a Mexican National Diploma.



JFK is a charter (founding) member of ASOMEX (Association of American Schools of Mexico), which is a group of schools committed to offering an American-style, bi-lingual educational experience. Through this association, our students are offered excellent sports, cultural and academic tournaments and competitions across a national network. Member schools work together in the spirit of sharing ideas, programs, information and experience. We work together to resolve challenges that face us all, and offer professional development and networking opportunities for staff.



In a similar structure, we are also active members of the Tri-Association (the association of American schools in Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and Columbia). In Queretaro we are also active members and participants of ACPQ (Association of Private Schools of Queretaro).

Child Protection Certificate 



Student abuse, neglect, and bullying are serious concerns in schools and are obstacles to education and development. The John F Kennedy School believes it has a roles in society to protect its students and educate its staff and community to the dangers that children face. Our school is fully certified through the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


Through our Child Protection Policies and procedures, the trained and certified Child Protection Team and staff work to keep our school safe for all students.

JFK also belongs to a number of other organizations that provide opportunities for educational growth, collaboration, and professional development.

  • Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)
  • Independent School Management (ISM)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • National Association Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
  • Academy of International School Heads (AISH)
  • Escuela Sustentable de Querétaro
  • ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
  • ALAS (Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad)
  • ASIS INTERNATIONAL(American Society For Industrial Security)
  • PDA (Positive Discipline Association)

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Digital Presentation PYP

Digital Presentation MYP

Digital Presentation Diploma