Our School

School Description

The mission of Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School is to provide a rigorous and respectful academic environment emphasizing science and mathematics that prepares all students for successful post-secondary study and a productive, purposeful life. Founded in 1986, ours is the only school within MNPS that houses grades 7 through 12. And in 2014, we were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School, a distinction for high academic achievement that was awarded to just 340 schools across the country.

In middle school, our students select from five world languages (Latin, German, French, Spanish or Chinese) and take Physical Science, which is a high-school credit course. They also take a math readiness exam to determine math placement. High-school students can select from more than 25 honors and Advanced Placement classes.

MLK boasts a 100-percent graduation rate, and the majority of our students attend a four-year college or university. We do have some students who take advantage of Tennessee Promise and attend a community college with the plans of attending a four-year college or university.

MLK's student population is ethnically and socially diverse.  Parents love the diversity of the school, which helps students from different backgrounds develop different perspectives.

School Hours

8a.m. to 3p.m.

School Cluster

Use the online zone map to learn more about our school cluster.

Board Member

District 5