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King Martin Luther High School

Public | 9-12 | 1087 students

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4 stars

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2012:
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Posted August 5, 2013

I am a student at King High school, and I must say it is not full of violence, but of course it's gonna have a fight or two. I had a choice to leave King but I said no I want to go back, I been there since I was in the 9th grade and I will be a Junior this September I couldn't leave the school that I know and I grew to love. No it's not the best school, and so what ! People think they know my school because they heard this they heard that , yeah king was a mess along time ago, but I think it's fine and that it is safe. King is a beautiful school, it makes me feels like home when I walk down the halls looking at the beautiful morals. King Has Loving, Caring teachers who wants to educate us. Some of my favorite teachers got laid off and I am not happy about that but I know I will meet new teachers in September that I will grow to love . I just wanted to let people know that my school isn't bad it's a good normal school that need a little push and support!


Posted September 8, 2009

Well, what can I say about MLK H.S.? Unfortunately, I can't really say too much. I'm a former teacher here, and to put it bluntly.. I fear for the vast majority of the students here. The class sizes were FAR too big given the discipline problems of the students. On average, my classes were like a war zone. I was consistently cursed at on a daily basis. I would consider teaching here similar to being a prison guard at a maximum security prison. Out of the approximately 150 students I had, I would say I had honestly about 8-10 students that truly cared and wanted to learn on a consistent daily basis. The rest of the poor lost souls that I had I truly fear for. If they think that they can act like they do in school outside in real life when they graduate, then they are simply doomed.
—Submitted by a teacher


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
18%

2009

 
 
6%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

153 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
15%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
2%

2011

 
 
2%

2010

 
 
0%

2009

 
 
1%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
42%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students14%
Female14%
Male14%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students16%
Female19%
Male13%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students2%
Female2%
Male2%
Black2%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged2%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students31%
Female39%
Male21%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 97% 15%
Hispanic 1% 8%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 71%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Wagner/AB Day Middle Schools
Leeds/Pastorius Middle Schools
Roosevelt Middle School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 48% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 32% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 4% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 6% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Community College of Philadelp
Temple University
Chaney University
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • State Robotics Award Winners (2013)
  • State DECA Champions (2013)
  • HOSA State winners (2013)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Marching band
  • Step team
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • William C. Wade, Ed.S.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (215) 276-5844

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • STEM
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Music
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • French
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • Health Related Technology
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Institute for Restorative Practices
  • Dunkin Doughnuts
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • DECA
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • JROTC
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
  • Weekly information sessions
More from this school
  • Please stop by our "Coffee with the Principal" every Wednesday from 9:30am -10:30am.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
600
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
675
Students typically come from these schools
Wagner/AB Day Middle Schools
Leeds/Pastorius Middle Schools
Roosevelt Middle School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Community College of Philadelp
Temple University
Chaney University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 48%
4 year college - 32%
Military - 4%
Vocational - 10%
Workforce - 6%
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6100 Stenton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19138
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Phone: (215) 276-5253

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