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Kinder students admiring the MLK Mural

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It's time to register for infant care, toddler and preschool programs, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten. Enrollment for grades 1st - 12th will occur later this spring when online enrollment becomes available.

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Welcome to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School of the Arts.

In 2015, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary joined the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts program - Turnaround Arts. Turnaround Arts brings arts education resources into priority schools as a strategic tool for targeting larger school challenges and opportunities. Since then, King has rebranded to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School of the Arts or MLK SOA. The new vision for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School of the Arts is to empower students to cultivate a passion for learning through the arts. Students engage in the Artist Profile which leads students to think as Artists who are Proud, Creative, Inquisitive, Caring, and Open-Minded. 
Our school is dedicated to ensuring equitable access to the arts through daily classroom arts integration into the core curriculum as well as a positive behavior approach centered on mindfulness and restorative justice practices.
Every student at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School of the Arts creates with a Visual Arts Specialist and Music Specialist every week. Additionally, each student utilizes visual and performing arts in the classroom to create an engaging, effective, and fun learning experience for all. The site prioritizes first instruction and couples that work with targeted acceleration, which allows for equitable differentiation per student needs. Along with academic practice, the site emphasizes social-emotional learning in the classroom and provides targeted support by the Mental Health Therapist, Family Services Specialist, and School Psychologist. 

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