Award Year: 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

3800 Waldenwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI, 48105-3007

(734) 994-1940

Ms. Mary Cooper, Principal at time of Nomination

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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All students will reach their maximum potential as life-long learners in a stimulating, positive and safe environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 38%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 47%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 16%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Across grade level buddies love learning together.

Across grade level buddies love learning together.

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School calls themselves the "King Dream-Keepers"; keeping the dream alive every day. The school follows Lifelong Guidelines and life skills, which provide a common language to support high expectations for learning, and sets the stage for a safe and learner-friendly environment. These skills are taught and reinforced daily during Responsive School’s Morning Meetings and teachable moments.

The school enjoys a diversity of 31 different spoken languages and is comprised of 46% Asian, 35% Caucasian, and 19% of a mixture of several other cultural groups. International Night and other traditions showcase this diversity through collective stories and is an expression of the roots and values of the school community as global citizens. The tradition of respect honors the school’s namesake Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His philosophy that all people count, all people matter - permeates the daily lives of staff and students.

Together with the active support of the PTO, education focuses on the whole child, offering interventions or challenge opportunities to support learning in and out of the classroom. These collaborative projects inspire all learners to develop their 21st century skills.

King school passionately advocates differentiating curriculum and working collaboratively in Data Teams to analyze what each grade level needs to do to teach, reteach, and reinforce academically rigorous school-wide goals. Systematic examination of student growth determines which students are gaining because of our identified efforts and which students are not. Personalized learning plans are set to keep the dream alive for all students.