I've been with ML King for two years. My overall score for this school is a 2. I have invested months in the classroom and volunteered for school activities b/c I wanted to know what goes on at this school and in my son's classroom. Sadly to say, majority of the students were on some kind of prescribed medication or they were dealing with a mental condition. I felt so sorry for the teacher and the remaining students. The teacher would have to stop every few min to say stop this or stop that. I have heard faculty and administration gossiping in front of the children. Where is the respect and the exemplified sophistification for the children? The teachers will call you for the most tidious things your child does. Come on THEY ARE CHILDREN!! We teach our child to raise his hand if another student is bothering him. Well, it turns out the teacher will ignore him and when things escalate our son is the one sent to the principal's office for defending him/herself. As far as PTA, what about a PTA internet site or weekend meetings. Maybe the PTA President could be consistent in sending out a PTA newsletter. Do your research before bringing your child to ML KING. Sincerely, moved forward:)
I am a student. This school is alright and has many fun events. There is too much playing though. They should prohibit dating and things like that. The teachers are gedo, and the teachers are lazy. The teachers won't do anything, and will not even try to help. They say the kids are being bad, but the teachers are really the ones being bad! Kids will had a bad influence, so I suggest this quick advice. DO NOT COME TO THIS SCHOOL. I will give 1 star for having fun events, then another for having SOME good teachers.
Summed up simply: TERRIBLE! I can't get anything sent home. No class work, hardly ever homework and can't even get a copy of the tests that he takes because they are all online. I have contacted the teachers, the principal and the school board, still nothing. It is sad that this school isn't able to equip the students with what they need to learn the concepts. It is even more frustrating that parents can't get a copy of tests or class work to help the children at home.
This school is not worth the time of day. My child has been attending for 3 years now and it seems to get worse ever year. His teachers do stupid things like stand a child outside in the cold if they misbehave and my son's teacher even kept him from using the restroom. Im not sure if the principal is even up to par because this is the 2nd time they have changed principals and i have seen no change as of yet. If i could afford to move that would be great but unfortunately im am stuck here and my son's attitude towards school has been affected because of it. Iwould not advise my worse enemy to attend this school...
Overall this is a good school. I think as with any school if they had more parental involvement the school would improve tremendously.
The quality of this school is poor at best but typical of Clayton county. My kids are doing well but are unchallenged and the curriculum is weak at best. The teachers are lazy and give them grades for subjects not even taught. My daughter says they don't do health but the online gradebook shows health scores of 100% and 95% but she assures me the teacher doesn't like doing health so makes up the scores. I just wish I could move to a better school district but can't afford it right now as we own our home and housing prices have tanked so there's no way to sell. I'm looking into some charter schools for next year.
This is the first year my daughter has attended school there and I must say she receives very good care. I personally am not part of the PTA but I stay in constant contact with her teacher as well as with the administration. If I have had a problem with anyone or anything it was addressed and corrected promptly. As of today I feel good about my child being there. But I do say I pray over her life and education everyday. That makes a difference.
I am disappointed in reading these comments from parents. I am a parent and i understand SOME of your concerns. HOWEVER, many parents talk about what the school is doing wrong- but my question is to you- have you joined the PTA? There is a lack of parental involvement at King Elementary and it takes more than just teachers and administrators to make changes. If you have concerns, the PTA is the best way to make your voice heard. If you want to see some things implimented in the school, joining the PTA and being involved is the best way to do this. The teachers need us to volunteer more in the classroom and help with functions.
My son has attended King Elementary for the past 3 years and this has to be one of the worst schools I've seen, or so I thought. I checked the surrounding schools for Clayton County and King is by far the best. Which doesn't state much. The teachers are negligent, unconcerned, and belligerent. I almost had an altercation with one teacher because of her rudeness. The best advice I have to offer is move away from Clayton County.
My daughter graduated from this school. And it was okay..I would have to agree with previous comments about the teachers, their focus was not so much on the kids..they were too busy gossiping, arguing in front of the children etc. Dr Matthews is an execellent principal but it takes far more than just the principal. She should take a deeper look into her staff. The teachers are young and it shows...
The counseling department at M.L.King and Social Worker are very helpful , friendly and knowledgeable. They made sure that my every need was met for my child and myfamily. Thank You'll
My daughter attends MLK, this is her second year which has been a nightmare. Her teacher has complained and wined about my daughter since the first week of school. At first I would be upset with my daughter and punish her for the complaints. But as time went by I began to realize it was not my daughter but the impatience of the teacher. Some people are just not cut out to be teachers, and we as parents need to do everything possible to have them removed from our school system.
This school need to focus more on education. I can't see kids being happy in the environment that I've seen them placed in. The teachers & staff members are rude, unconcerned & gossip too much about the wrong things. Education should be the main focus, but the kids have little support to help them when they need it most.
my son attend mlk I am very disappointed in the leadership at this school. We had a very tough year there were no communication from teacher to parents. This school has a lot to work on.
My son has attended mlk for 2 years. Dr. Matthews is a good principal but others on the administrative staff show no concern for the children. All children need attention in some small or large way. This is something that needs to be worked on at mlk and yes the afternoon care needs time set aside to help those that need help in subjects which they are having problems. A&l
My son is in a great school and the teacher is doing a wonderful job. I was thinking if this was the right decision to send by son to public school. All I can say is thank you MLK, my son has exceed my expectation in those few months. Parents have to remember also, we as parents have our part to in our child school life when if we want them to be successful. Thank to Mrs. K and Ms. V.
In the after school program all the children do is play, there is NO emphasis on academics and reviewing CRCT scores this is deplorable.
My daughter is attending her second year and i must say i gives kudos to her teacher Ms. Anderson last year. Unfortunatley I was dissappointed in the CRCT test. So much was put into preparing and the actual test was similiar to work done in kindergarten. I agree with a previous parent comments on after school programs for emphasis should be put towards helping with homework and assisting students how need it. I was also dissappointed in the PTA I joined and only remember attending one meeting. More organization is needed as well as teacher- parent involvement. This is a majority african-american school and I think education should be stressed more.
I understand the school is fairly new. But I'm totally turned off by the fees for every program and the short notice you get from teachers about programs. I feel parental concerns are not taken seriously especially regarding safety and disruptive students. There is very little communication regarding things such as your child going to the nurse. Instead of instilling in our children the importance of their education that they have to be responsible, they solicit donations for prizes for the children who score highest on the standardized tests, it's deplorable and sends the wrong message. You will pay for the afterschool program and your child will rarely get any help with homework or supervision. The children are sat in front of the TV to watch movies WITH NO EMPHASIS ON EDUCATION. Meanwhile the aides are reading magazines and not interacting with the children. I am thoroughly disappointed.
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