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

Educational Philosophy

MLK Charter School students will achieve academic excellence, be prepared for engaged citizenship, and strive to create beloved community.   The life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are fundamental to the school’s culture. We address such concepts as individual responsibility, respect for human dignity, and equal opportunity. From kindergarten through 5th grade, the children will develop their character through our pervasive school culture including the literature-based Dr. King curriculum, its community-service-learning component, the monthly Dr. King values, and our frequently articulated goal of building a beloved community. MLK Charter School responds to the many needs of the children with an individualized, rigorous program of academic and social-emotional learning. As Dr. King wrote, “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” 

MLK Charter School will achieve its academic learning goal of excellence in scholarship through a schedule that includes intensive daily periods of both English language arts (reading, writing, and oral) and mathematics. The curriculum also includes social studies and a hands-on science program. Music, art, computer skills, and fitness instruction flow from our desire to motivate all students and provide a well-rounded education. Students will devote part of the afternoon to special studies consolidating learning in English language arts and mathematics and building competence through artistic and other endeavors

Dr. King Values

We believe that character development is an integral part of achieving academic excellence.

Each month the school focuses on one of the Dr. King values: 
 
September – Respect
October – Cooperation
November – Responsibility
December – Learning
January – Social Justice
February – Service
March – Perseverance
April – Honesty
May – Beloved Community
June – Beloved Community
 
Drawing on multicultural literature of a variety of genres, community service-learning, and Dr. King’s life and writings, students will deepen their understanding of the Dr. King values through discussion, projects, and presentations.