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Colorado Springs, CO
Students enrolled: 480

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6910 Defoe Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80911

(719) 391-3455
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August 05, 2014
It was my choice to enroll my son at King, even though it is "out of boundaries" for us because I went there and am familiar with the front office staff members. Unfortunately 2 years in, it is nothing but disappointment after disappointment. I have conversed with about 6 different teachers and I get the impression that all of them hate kids or are just burned out. They do a great job at making people feel like they are bad parents during parent-teacher conferences (I'm not the only one to say this!). The new inexperienced (seemingly uneducated) teacher assistants do all of the work while the actual teachers get paid to sit back. Despite what King's website states, no teachers actually post what our children are learning so we can work with them at home. The gym desperately needs air conditioning. During concerts/assemblies it gets super hot and stinks. The principal is nice, but very forgetful. Although the school bell rings at 3:19pm to let out students, my sons teacher would not release his class until 3:35pm which frustrated me. My biggest hope for this year is that my son's teacher actually loves kids and enjoys teaching. He deserves it.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
Great school. A little outdated but that is being fixed this summer. My kindergartner came in a month late and was welcomed with open arms. Her teacher always made us feel welcome with any questions or concerns that we may have had about how she was growing mentally. A little iffy with some of the students using inappropriate language. But other then that I really can't complain! Looking forward to sending her back for first grade and my son for kindergarten!

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2013
King Elementary went through many moderations every since my daughter started to attend the kidregarden there. I am very plesed with the work that has been done to establish classes for advanced children to accomodate to their needs. The principal is very cooperative and so are my daughter`s teachers. The school does not teach to test but they teach to high standards and provide children with great education. As a parent, my husband and I are very involved in our children`s education and do not limit it to the classromm setting only, but we also work with our kids at home. The school is a bit outdated however it provides everything children need to learn and grow. I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2013
My daughter goes to MLK and as a parent that is very involved I have to say this school is above standards. It may be old and a little outdated but the teachers provide all of the tools needed for children to be successful. There are Ipads in rooms and classes designed for students which excel and the other students which are provided additional learning oppertunities. Overall I am very pleased with this school and its faculty. One improvement could be better communication but that is a two way street where parents must be involved in order to give their child the best chance to succeed. By working together the Teacher, Faculty and Parents make this a great school that parallels any school district.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
This school needs a lot work. Need More teachers and teacher helpers more funding it old and outdated on all levels it's not secure the teacher are not creative and fun ways of learning ..burn out had lunch with my child one day were is the fresh fruit and vegetable ?? Low budget and I paid all year long for my child to come home starving I didn't believe it when told about the food in school til I had hit for myself...sad parents need to be more involved in their child School to see the quality of the services your child receive I suggest you go to another school I have drive a little further but it's worth in the end

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
This is my children's first year at king. All of them have been bullied! There have not been any consequences to those bullying. My kids have NEVER been in trouble at school, and we have always told them to go tell an adult. Sadly nothing has ever been some and we finally had to tell them to defend themselves. That set aside, their academics are appalling! They don't break into smaller groups for math and reading etc. like pretty much every other school does and kids suffer because of it. Some of the teachers are great, but they can't make up for the really bad ones.

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April 17, 2011
I've been very happy with my son's main teacher as he is on an IEP for autism. She really cares and we communicate often. She even created a book for him that we communicate through on a daily basis. He has really progressed this year and I'm looking forward to next year.

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October 22, 2007
Martin Luther King Jr. is on the right track! As a parent and teacher I thought carefully about what high school program would offer college prepartory classes, small teacher to student ratios, and the attention my daughter deserves. I am very happy with her experience thus far, she has visited three colleges already and she even enrolled herself into a scholarship information service! She is excited about her assignments and her vision of college is becoming clearer everyday. The CSAP scores from the freshman class were fourth for district ranking them above East High and just below Denver Science and Technology and School of the Arts. I am proud of this community school in the great neighborhood of Green Valley.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
King has many great qualities and the teachers are outstanding. My child attends King and the teachers pointed out right away that she was very advanced for her age and started working with her to keep her challenged. I really enjoy all the teachers, counselors, and administrative personnel, not only do they know you by face and will speak they also know your child, and that makes for a warm and friendly environment. Keep it up!!

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no rating April 11, 2007
While I believe King has many great qualities, to include some outstanding teachers and some really great folks in the special ed and related areas-I also feel that the school lacks some continuity in the leadership area. Our principal of 2 years was previously a counselor at King and seemed to do a great job. However after her transition into principal there have been some uphill battles which some have been over come and some have not. I am sure in time she will 'fit into' principal much better, but in the mean time I feel it has been unfair at times her handling of certain situations that could have been avoided and/or handled differently. At times it feels that there is no monitoring at the principal level be the administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
They have a New Computer lab. Choir, Band/Strings. Dare Program and many others. As far as the special eduacation dept. The teachers are outstanding! They are understanding, very patience. The rest of the staff is knowledgeable, caring and loving. They know how to get to the root of issues and work through them and make children excel! The PTO is one good place to start. Parents can volenteer in the classroom, outside the classroom. Its a great place to be. Staff members will put you to work. You can even eat lunch with your child(s). Throughout the year, they have fund raisers, Reading programs and much more.

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Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School
6910 Defoe Ave, Colorado Springs, CO  80911
(719) 391-3455
Last modified Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 11 reviews. Top