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Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School

Public | PK-3 & ungraded | 163 students


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Posted December 22, 2008

I am a volunteer at MLK school. The school has a few great teachers that are really concerned about the students learning and getting what they need to succeed. Teachers like, Mrs. Kohler, Mrs. Baldwin, Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Allen, Ms. Gilbert, Mr. Arrowsmith, Ms. Enoch, Ms. Brown, Mrs. Harris, and Ms. Hill really do care about the students. Sometimes they have to let the students know that they mean business and really want them to learn. I enjoy the school and feel parents can domore to make the school better.

Posted January 4, 2008

Some of the teachers need to learn how to communicate with the childern and to have patience also. The school does have good teachers.

Posted June 2, 2004

My gifted/adhd son was in LaTonya Jones' second grade class for the 03/04 school year, coming from another school for the gifted magnate program. The transition was at times excrutiating due to his special needs. Ms. Jones, Ms. Koba (asst. principal) and Ms. Roque (principal) were dedicated to finding positive solutions to accomodate those needs. The administrative staff as well as the school resource staff (Karen Eger, gifted consulting teacher, Jennifer Beatty, social worker, Tom Ruddy, school psychologist) are also incredibly supportive. Whether you run into an MLK teacher or custodian on campus or at Safeway, they will know you & your child, and they greet you in a friendly, professional manner. MLK may lack financial resources, it's beyond rich in the quality and commitment of their staff. I've been so pleased with my experience at MLK that my daughter will attend kindergarten at King under open enrollment for 04/05.
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Posted May 3, 2004

The faculty and administration at MLK Jr. as a general rule treats the students who attend there as future criminals. Though the school has funding for special teachers in Art, Music, PE and Library Sciences, the children are given very little opportunity for creative expression. The emphasis at MLK Jr. is in following each law to the letter. I saw a first grade boy who was reprimanded for not doing all the movements to a song that the class was singing in Music. Many teaching practices at this predominantly bilingual school are teacher and rule focused, instead of student and learning focused.
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Posted August 13, 2003

My son was in Ms. L. Jones' 2nd grade gifted class last year and she was great. When all of his friends were moved from the class due to test scores, my son tried to slack off so that he too would be moved with his friends. But being the smart teacher that she is, she realized what he was trying to do, and pushed him to work harder because she knew he belonged in her class and could do the work. She was a very informative teacher, with weekly emails & progress reports, as well as getting us as parents involved in the extra curricular activities that they were doing in class. I really wish there were more teachers like Ms. L. Jones.
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Posted April 14, 2003

Kindergarten teacher Mrs Goodrich is one of many bright spots on MLK faculty. I have been very impressed with the professionalism displayed at school and I would recommend it to anyone I talk to. Mlk all the way.

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The state average for Math was 69% in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.








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In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • This school did not receive a designation in 2010-2011.
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Underperforming".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 73% 43%
Black 20% 5%
White 3% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4615 S. 22nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
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