Beyond the Numbers

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Three-Year Progression

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary Three-year Progression
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School lies at the heart of the West End Community, and we believe that our community is the strength of our school. Our vision is to provide a nurturing and challenging school environment where students can maximize their INTELLIGENCE, CHARACTER, and PERSEVERANCE with a variety of educational opportunities and experiences. Last year, we saw a dramatic increase in foundational reading, moving the percentage of kindergarten students reading proficiently from students from 53% to 78%, in addition to increases in first-grade reading proficiency as well. Each year we continue to see growth in all areas. Our principal continues to lead by example by setting high expectations for all faculty, staff, students, and parents. This has shown to be a key to revamping the culture of the entire school community as we continue our rise to becoming the best in the state!

  • Strengths

    • We are  in the middle of our third full year in our brand new facility. We look forward to seeing continued growth and excitement within our building.

    • We are the proud recipients of a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, which will allow us to provide extended day and summer intervention and enrichment activities for our students.

    • Our Book Buddy Reading Partnership with the Tuscaloosa Rotary is in its third year. We serve kindergarten, first grade and second grade students in alignment with our district’s RB3 initiative and our own school reading goals. The Rotary recently contributed $25,000 in support of foundational reading at MLK.

    • Our Adopt-A-School Partners at BF Goodrich have made a $3000 donation of STEM kits to start a PreK through 5th grade STEM library at MLK.

  • Opportunities

    We are working with our parents and partners to:

    • Increase our student attendance from 96 % to at least 98% by the end of the school year.

    • Increase reading growth and proficiency across all grade levels. 

    • Use STEM and Project-Based Learning as a cornerstone for math and science instruction.

2019 Report Card Grade

  • C