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.

Dress Code

Clothing and accessories with slogans, symbols, or displays about or suggestive of drugs, alcohol, sex, obscenities, gangs, or which prove to be a disturbing influence shall not be allowed.
Sunglasses will not be allowed to be worn in the building.
Hoods will not be allowed to be worn in the building.
In keeping with the educational purpose of the school, students are expected to dress themselves appropriately and to remain focused, not on what others are wearing, but on what is to be learned. Administration will have full discretion to determine appropriateness and any corrective measure needed. Students will be offered opportunity to adjust clothing that is out of keeping with reasonable norms.
Students are expected to follow classroom policies accordingly.

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