Mission Statement

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Excellence provides students with a positive educational opportunity that will allow them to succeed academically, behaviorally, and socially to become responsible members of the larger community.

    Purpose

    • Provide an alternative program for middle and high school students whose conduct prevents them from succeeding in their regular school.

    • Provide an environment that is conducive to improving the behavior and attendance of students admitted to ML King Academy and assist them in experiencing academic success.

    • Provide a highly structured program that balances behavior modification with high academic standards.

About Our School

  • The alternative program at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy is an essential feature of the mission of the school district. Students find success in the smaller supportive setting. Students success is demonstrated through academic achievements, attitude, self-esteem, and self discipline. This success requires a higher level of support and the availability of a greater array of resources than the school of residence is able to provide.

     

    What Makes Our School Special

    Our highly trained staff looks at each student’s needs individually and works to find ways to make connections with kids and propel them to achieve. We offer a daytime program for students who are placed here because of behavior issues at other schools, a computer-based credit recovery program for middle school students who are more than two years behind, as well as night school component for students who work and would like to continue pursuing their high school diploma. The academy also has three satellite locations at community centers and churches. In addition, our e-school program helped more than 400 students last year by allowing them to take coursework online. The program at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy has garnered national awards twice: from the National Dropout Prevention Network and the International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention.

     

    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy is designed to address the individual academic, social/behavioral and physical and emotional needs of all students enrolled. A unique feature of the Academy is an intervention model that utilizes Case Management and Multidisciplinary Teams comprising social workers, teachers, counselors, parents, students and community professional who combine their efforts to work more holistically with students.

    The program's duration for each student ranges from 3 - 18 months, depending on the need of the individual student. An extensive follow-up process to assist students and schools in the students' transition back to the regular school environment is another unique feature of the Academy. Parental involvement is an additional critical component of the program. Parents will be encouraged to participate in the initial meeting and throughout their child's enrollment in the academy. The Academy is a committed and dedicated group of individuals who are concerned and care about working with the students that need an alternative educational setting.

     

    Program Strengths

    • Classroom and computer based instruction
    • High quality, engaging, and supportive instruction
    • A structured approach to discipline and behavior management
    • Clearly identified student outcomes
    • Family, community, and agency involvement
    • Quality professional development
    • Continuous assessment of the program and students
    • District level support

     

    Keys to Success

    • Low student to teacher ratio
    • Strong support from the counselors & social workers
    • Qualified & dedicated staff
    • High academic goals that are individualized for students
    • Positive reinforcement of students
    • A consistent discipline system
    • A curriculum that is aligned with Kentucky's core content and program of studies
    • A curriculum that is aligned to the same high standards as the regular curriculum
    • A focus for students that includes social skills, life skills, and self-discipline
    • The use of Thematic units

    Discipline

    • Clear and consistent rules posted in the classrooms
    • Predictable, consistent consequences
    • Direct teaching of rules with practice
    • Multiple levels of support for demonstrating the correct behavior
    • Consistent, corrective feedback for behavior infractions

    Referral

    Schools may refer students to the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy through school teams (Student Assistance Teams, Admissions Release Committee) made up of principals, counseling staff, teachers, and others. School teams are held accountable to present measurable data and evidence of intervention strategies applied over a period of time. Schools must demonstrate substantial efforts to help the student be successful in the regular school setting before a referral can be requested.