"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

About Us

In 2002, the board of directors and executive director of MLK Community Center started the process of applying for a charter for a school that would follow Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of academic excellence and character development for all children including those growing up in poverty.  The founding group grew into a broadly representative collaboration among diverse people committed to Springfield and its children.  The board of trustees is an outgrowth of the founding group.  MLK Community Center (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services) continues to be a partner of our independent, public charter school.

In February, 2005, the Massachusetts Board of Education granted a charter to the Board of Trustees of Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence to operate an independent charter public school in Springfield.  MLK Charter School opened in September 2006 with 180 children in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades.  As of September 2009, we reached full enrollment under our charter and we now educate 360 K-5 children each year.  In September 2010 we moved to a beautiful renovated facility at 285 Dorset Street.

Currently in year 9, we at Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence are committed to becoming a high-performing urban elementary school closing the achievement gap. The board of trustees remains focused on the vision of our students becoming young people we are all proud of.  The parents and guardians strongly support the school and our mission.  The diverse and talented staff loves the children and challenges them to reach their full potential.  At MLK Charter School, the children feel secure, supported, and called upon to meet our academic and behavior expectations.  Together we are building our beloved community.