M. L. King, Jr. Elementary

KCPS-Neighborhood • K-6

Our Mission

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School is an exciting, positive community of lifelong learners engaged in an accountable, respectful, and nurturing environment to foster academic success.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available

Points of Pride

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School is fortunate to have veteran classroom teachers who have a passion for serving K-6 scholars.
Our commitment to increase student achievement and to engage every learner, every day is evident in our practice.
We welcome the voice and support of parents and community stakeholders as we work to change the narrative of Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School.

M. L. King, Jr. Elementary

4848 Woodland Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
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Website: http://www.kcpublicschools.org/Domain/26
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M. L. King, Jr. Elementary

School Details

Year Established: 2010
Total Enrollment: 444
School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood
School Hours: 8:20 am - 3:20 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

    Arts Programs

    • Band
    • Instrumental Music
    • Visual Arts
    • Vocal Music

    Sports Programs

    • Basketball (Boys)
    • Basketball (Girls)
    • Soccer (Boys)
    • Soccer (Girls)
    • Track and Field (Boys)
    • Track and Field (Girls)
    • Volleyball (Girls)

    Clubs & Activities

    • Chess Club
    • Journalism/Newspaper
    • Math Team
    • Robotics
    • Student Government

    Social Services

    • School Breakfast
    • School Counselor
    • School Lunch
    • School Nurse

    Family Engagement

    • Evening Family Events
    • Parent Communication App
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Application Details

    Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

    Enrollment Open: Ongoing. More information is available here.
    Kindergarten Cutoff: August 31
    Residence: Students live within King's boundaries in the Central Zone in the KCPS boundaries.

    How to Apply

    Enroll online on the KCPS website.

    Submit applications online or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at schools.

    Enroll at ML King, Jr.
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    Enrollment Requirements

    • Completed application
    • Birth Certificate
    • Current Immunization Record or Religious Exemption Statement
    • Most recent report card/transcript (not required for kindergarten applicants)

    Public schools also require:

    • Proof of Address (also called “Proof of Residency”)
    • Parent or guardian photo ID

    Standardized Test Results


    * Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.


    * Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.

    Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

    Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

    In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

    Attendance Rate 90/90


    Schools strive to have at least 90% of their students achieve a 90% attendance rate because kids learn best when they’re in school.

    In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

    Third Grade Reading Scores


    Third grade is the important time when kids switch from learning to read to reading to learn and is an important benchmark for a student’s educational development.

    In 2019, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.7%, source

    Student Growth

    English Language Arts


    This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in English Language Arts.

    There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).



    This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in Mathematics.

    There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

    Alkesha Donahue, Parent

    My name is Alkesha Donahue. I have two students at King Elementary. The Kansas City school district switched my Kindergartner to King Elementary. At the time I was not happy with the idea. Once I attended a parent teacher conference, I was very pleased. The teacher he had was very involved. He was anxious to learn and was willing to teach his brother what he had learned at school for the day.

    At the end of the school year my children attended summer school. I was informed by their father that he had found teachers that the boys could really benefit from. After meeting with their teachers, I was very impressed. It makes a difference when you have teachers involved in your children’s learning. The teachers showed that they cared about their students and their education.

    I am pleased with the curriculum at King elementary. I like the fact that the teachers keep me informed of my child’s progress before there’s a conference with the parents. I am constantly blown away by the learning technique that is used to keep the children engaged in learning. I have noticed that a lot has changed since I was in school. I was introduced to the computer my 9th grade year of high school. Today they are introduced by the first grade. I was introduced to Algebra my 9th year and by first grade they are introduced. The kindergartners will already know how to spell, read, and write before first grade. The effort the teachers put into my children’s education it shows. They are excited about learning and they constantly want to learn more. As a parent it makes me very pleased.

    Some of the things I like most at King Elementary is that I am always greeted with a smile. The school smells fresh and clean. I love to look at the walls to see the work of the children on display. The boys and I would read quotes or look at pictures and I ask them to explain what is meant by the quotes or the pictures.

    I have been blessed to have summer school and the LINC before and after-school care program offered. Because of these programs I am not stressed out about childcare. The workers are very involved with the student’s education as well. They provide them with worksheets to complete while in the program along with making sure that the homework is complete majority of the time. As a parent I double check the homework and we review what was taught that day at school. It makes things so much easier after a day at work.

    I can honestly say that I am pleased with King Elementary.