Martin Luther King, Jr High School

Basic Information

Address: 3991 Snapfinger Road
County: Dekalb
School District: Dekalb County School System
Phone Number: 678-874-5402
Fax Number: 678-874-5410
Diploma Coordinator: Frances Dale
School Type: Public
Programme: DP

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Additional Information

IB Region: North America
IB School Code: 2137
IB Authorization: 2004
Founded: 22001
Ages/Grades: 14-18/9-12
School Setting:

A pleasant green and inviting campus to make studying and student life an enjoyable experience. Martin Luther King , Jr. High School is located in a suburban area of Atlanta, Georgia . The school was built in 2001 on 131.08 acres of land with a square footage of 186,272 designed to house 69 classrooms.

School Size: 1828
School Schedule: 8:00 A.M-3:20P.M.
School days in Calendar Year: 180
School Size: 1828
Classroom Size: 25-30
Student/Teacher Ratio: 30:1

Career Technology, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Science , Special Education, English, World Languages, Math, Physical Education, ROTC

IB Candidates: 24
IB Classes Offered: Group 1: Language A1 (English HL)
Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Industry Certified Career Technology Program in the areas of Business Education

School Championships:

MLK is one of five High Schools that received a Small Learning Communities
Grant to implement Small Learning Communities.

MLK is one of ten High Schools that are participating in the DeKalb County Ninth Grade Redesign Iniative

The Marching Lions has received Superior Rating at the District Band Festival for eight consecutive years.

The Marching Lions participated in the 2008 Cotton Bowl Parade.

MLK is the only High School Band to ever perform at the Field Band Foundation National Championship in South Africa.

MLK was featured as a COOL SCHOOL by Channel 46. The show featured: the IB and AP programs, band, orchestra, dance, chorus , JROTC, the engineering program and the various clubs at MLK High School.

The GAMA Club placed first in state in several categories during the state convention.

• The MLK Drama team won the Region 2-AAAAA championship in the One-Act Play Competition in 2006.

The 2007 Football Team went undefeated during the regular season and were Region 2AAAAA Champions and finished with a 12 –1 making it to quarterfinals of the state play- offs.

The 2008 Football Team was Region – Runner-up and qualified for the State – Play- offs with a 8-2 record

MLK has qualified for the State Football Play- Offs for seven consecutive years.

MLK set a State Record, with most wins by a High School in their first six years of existence

The Boy Basketball Team reached the Final Four in both 2005 and 2007.

The Baseball Team has qualified for the State Play – offs for seven consecutive years.

The Engineering Program at MLK is one of six programs in the DeKalb County School System to be selected as a Project Lead the Way site for the 2008-2009 school year.

MLK had five students to receive the Ronald Simon Family Foundation Scholarship
which provide college assistance for high school students.

The Class of 2008 received over 6 million dollars in scholarships.

The Counseling Department was recognized by the America School Counselors Association ( ASCA) as a Model RAMP Program. It is the only High School in the state of Georgia to achieve this honor.

MLK recognizes Academic Excellence with an Honors Program every nine weeks in the following areas: A-B Honor Roll; Principal's List- All A's 95 Club - All Grades 95 or Higher.

School Clubs:

ML King Organizations

Marching Band
Sponsor: Travis Kimber

Art Club
Sponsor: Mark Jones

Sponsor: Kanisa Hayes-Williams

Chess Club/Team

Sponsor: Vernon Jones

Sponsor: Stacey Smith

Drama Club
Sponsor: Mrs Morgan

Elite Ladies of MLK
Sponsors: Febra Clark

Environmental Club

Sponsors: Terra Smiley and Sonya Crum

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Sponsor: Diana Byrd

Sponsor: Derek Willis

Literary Magazine
Sponsor: Katherine Woods

Men of Distinction
Sponsor: Mark Jones

National Honor Society
Sponsor: Katherine Woods

Sponsor: Erma Davis

School Newspaper
Sponsor: Sabrina Chalmers

Spanish Club
Sponsor: Sandra Latimer

Student Government
Sponsor:Mrs. Robbi Brown

Sponsor: Mark Jones


Sophomore Class

Junior Class
Sponsors: Mrs Rudolph

Senior Class
Sponsor: LaTonya Richards/Bernice Marion

Sponsors: Febra Clark
Tracey Harper

Sponsor: Mitch Ferguson

Spanish Honor Society
Sponsors: Senora Velazquez and Senora Hoskins

Admissions Requirements:

Admission Criteria
Rising 11th Grade Students IB DP Entry Requirement:
Minimum core 3.2 average at end of 10th grade
Completion of advanced/accelerated core curriculum in the 9th and 10th grades
Completion of three years of French, Spanish, or German by the end of 10th grade
Two favorable teacher recommendations from ninth or tenth grade core subjects
Completion of the IB DP application student packet with parent/guardian approval
A hand-written, 250-word essay on interest in IB
Interview with the IB Committee of the school

Mission Statement:

MLK and IB Missions
The mission of Martin Luther King JR. High School is to prepare students for service, excellence and lifelong learning.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Education is a shared responsibility among students, educators, support staff, and the community at large.

A safe and comfortable environment promotes student learning.

Fair and consistent discipline is necessary to maintain an orderly learning environment.

Students learn in a variety of ways and should be provided different instructional approaches to support their learning.

Students should have varied opportunities to demonstrate their understanding, knowledge and skills.

Student preparation for lifelong learning depends on their ability to use and adapt to technological advances.

School History:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. High School opened in August, 2001The Martin Luther King, Jr. High School opened in August of 2001, as the newest high school in the DeKalb School system. This beautiful facility is home to grades 9-12. The Martin Luther King, Jr., High School is named for one of the greatest men in American history, and our mission embodies the vision of Dr. King, and promotes excellence in academics, leadership development, community service and character development.

Programs and Services:

Martin Luther King, Jr. High School is an International Baccalaureate World School, it is one of the is one of three International Baccalaureate World Schools in Dekalb County. The International Baccalaureate Program, a two year academic program for juniors and seniors is the most rigorous level of instruction that a student can receive at the high school level.

MLK has several Advanced Placement (AP) class offerings.

MLK is a Small Learning Communities (SLC) site. SLC ‘s divide the school into Smaller Learning Communities and provide career pathways choices for students to choose to from.
Parently, MLK has three SLC’s; The Freshman Academy , Career Tech Academy and the Fine Arts Academy.

The Freshman Academy houses the Ninth Grade Students in a separate part of the building while providing support and programs that allow for a successful and smooth transition into High School.
Summer Bridge Program for Rising Ninth Grade Students. The Summer Bridge is a week long program designed to help rising ninth grade students make the transition to High School

The Fine Arts Program provides a variety of opportunities for students in the areas of: Band, Orchestra, Dance, Piano

Media Center lends laptops to students to complete their school projects. This is currently the only such program of its kind in the DeKalb School System.

Industry Certified Career Technology Program in the areas of Business Education

Nationally Recognized Navy Junior ROTC Program with over 200 Participants

Mentoring Program in which each student is assigned an adult in the building as a mentor.

MLK has 16 Governors honors finalist for 2008-2009 school year.