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Martin Luther King Junior Magnet- Pearl High School

Public | 7-12 | 1175 students

 

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Posted September 15, 2013

We feel very fortunate that our daughter is able to attend MLK. She has had an outstanding experience so far. It's very pleasing that there's a school that is challenging for exceptional students. Meeting every need of these high achieving students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

Both my son's graduated 2013 and 2006. This is a wonderful school. Both did very well. The teachers and principle are the best. They were well prepared for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

I.ve done my studing on the school and to me it is offering a lot and students are pleased to be attended there. So hopefully my daughter will be attened this environment of happiest this fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2012

Great academics, wonderful extra curricular activities. Parental involvement could be better, but a really great school for bright students. Great leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

i am going to this school and i am thoughoughly impressed with its staff and sense of entilement they have for their school... Cant wait to go to MLK!


Posted April 17, 2011

Outstanding students and teachers. The students are so kind and dedicated at this school that they barely even notice that the building is crumbling around them. There is tremendous camaraderie at this school among the students and the teachers. However, there is very little support from the administration at MLK. Students have to be in charge of their eduction because the administration is not capable of advising the students. The college counsellor is wonderful, but she receives very little support from the administration. The students and parents need more support before the kids reach their Junior year of high school in order to prepare for college application. MLK is an inner city school that consistently out-performs most other high schools in the country, and it's remarkable because they have so little support from their administration and their community. Nashville should be proud of these students who continue to strive for the top, are accepted into the nation's top schools, and earn fabulous scholarships for college. Come on Nashville: Let's support this school and these amazing students and teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2011

MLK is a very unusual system for educating your children. The children are expected to working at least two grades above their age and totally self sufficiently in terms of getting assignments and getting the work done and preparing for tests. The kids at each grade level are treated like they are in college and the pressure is enormous. If your child does not have the self discipline to function this way or the maturity to behave in that environment with that level of freedom then think twice before sending them there. Be aware that keeping up the school standards is a top priority not assisting with your child's individual needs for successful adaptation into this culture. If you child was not in the feeder magnet for this school be aware that success is absolutely impossible unless they hit the ground running and are already for college at 12 years old.


Posted October 19, 2010

MLK Magnet is a wonderful academic magnet school that is one of the most diverse (socio-economically and ethnic-wise) schools in the Davidson County, TN, system. Wonderful administration and teachers, and students who set the bar high for their peers. My son graduated from this school and has gone on to UT-Knoxville with great success and my daughter is a junior at this school. The parent support for this school is great; however, the older, historic school building / facilities are in dire need of attention and this would be a great boost to the wonderful learning that goes on there to be able to attend to some of the physical needs of the school with these funds!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

Great school, great preparation for college, and great teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

It has been an inspiration for my Grandson in his goal to excel as an engineer. 5 shout outs for Nashville's Martin Luther King Junior Magnet-Pearl High School


Posted September 23, 2010

Great teachers and administration!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

What great teachers, what dedicated and hardworking students! What an incredibly inflexible, hypocritical administration! I currently attend MLK, and I can say that I've been both inspired and uplifted by the supportive student body and encouraging teachers. The former consists of the brightest kids in the state, the latter a rare combination of tact and passion for teaching to others their respective subjects. The administration, however, would care less about ensuring their students' success - statistics are all we are to them. Made a mistake? Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Don't have bootstraps? Oh well! You won't find any compassion in those who supposedly "lead" the school - they're behind you during the good times, but couldn't desert faster when the bad times roll around. Is MLK worth it? Yes. But could it be improved? Absolutely.


Posted April 21, 2010

I am a sophomore currently attending this school. This is a great school- it focuses greatly on getting students to college for a bright future. The teachers are great and the school is very diverse. Most people who go there cares about their grades.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2009

I am a student at MLK and this is my first year there. I absolutely love it. The teachers are fabulous,the students are welcoming, i just feel so at home. I encourage anybody and evrybody to try to get in if they can.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2009

Students are blessed to have a very challenging curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

I am a parent of 2 high school students. My girls started MLK in 7th grade. I recommend this school because of their high quality caring, expectation, and for looking out for children individually. Thank-you to all the staff at MLK.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

This one of the best if not the best school in the Metro Davidson School District. Well thought out plan to lead young men and young ladies to the next level of their education. My son is an all 'A' student there, thank you MLK


Posted June 15, 2006

I graduated in 2005. This school is well known for quality, and it helped me get into great schools. The counselors care about the students so much that they are willing to do almost anything to get students into the schools they want. Extracurricular activites are encouraged and it has more sports provided than any other school in the system. The neighborhood is not great, but it is normally safe during school hours. I am very glad that I went here.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 8, 2004

I graduated from MLK in 2003 and would have to say that this school prepared me to the highest extreme for college. The intense course work gave me the work ethic needed to becoming successful at my university. The schools makes it possible for students to take AP courses which allows them to then use these credits for college. The teachers help motivate an already vibrant student body, one that is filled with bright students yearning to being successful in life. This school also does a marvelous job in opening its sudents' minds to the world around them. The diversity found within the student body is an amazing feature. The school's diversity helps break down political boundaries that divide so many people in this world today. Instead, students are able to work more closely together with people of all different backgrounds.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2003

My child attended MLK from 7 to 12, having just graduated. Without a doubt she received a superb education comparable to any private school in Nashville. My son went to one of the best private boys schools MBA and my dauthers education was by far better. She graduated with 8 AP courses -receiving college credit in four. I have watched her peers grow up to be remarkable young people thanks in part to a staff that truly cares about the kids and the kids know it. This is not a pretty school - lacking many of the fancy extra's that other schools may have, but what it may lack in some areas are more than made up for in superior teaching, coursework and level of pride each student has for the school and respect for each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

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96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

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n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students92%
African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students91%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students89%
African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students95%
African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
97%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
88%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
99%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%
U.S. History

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra II

All Students94%
African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students90%
African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 67%
Black 39% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 2%
Hispanic 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school students enter from all MNPS schools thru lottery
From Head Middle with academic scores-7th thru 9th
From Rose Park-9th grade only-with academic scores
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • #23 in US News and World Report (2007)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:40
School end time
  • 2:50
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Schunn Turner

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
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Students typically come from these schools
students enter from all MNPS schools thru lottery
From Head Middle with academic scores-7th thru 9th
From Rose Park-9th grade only-with academic scores

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613 17th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37203
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