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About This School

King, John R. Academic and Performing Arts Academy is a public middle school in Detroit. The principal of King, John R. Academic and Performing Arts Academy is Ms. Vivian Hughes-Norde and can be contacted at vivian.hughes-norde@detroitk12.org. 874 students attend King, John R. Academic and Performing Arts Academy and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 82% of the 874 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at King, John R. Academic and Performing Arts Academy is 18:1. Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 99% 88%
Hispanic 0.3% 8%
Asian 0.1% %
White, non-Hispanic 0.1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 77%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    greatest school ever i learn something new everyday i love this school to death forever!!!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is great! I enjoy being a part of such a wonderful team of professionals and leadership. Our school goal is set daily to provide strategies reinforcement and determination to reach that academic mark of greatness.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a performing art school but they have band music. How can you be a performing art school if you do not have band. The school is getting over crowded with students. It is getting to the point where there is to many kids in a class room. I'm afraid my kids might miss out on their education if I let them stay there.

  • (1 year ago)

    i am a student at John R.King and I love it. Angelic Chorale(the schools top choir) directed by Mrs. Anderson recently came from performing at Carnegie Hall in New York. We had so much fun. This year will be my last year and i hope we see many more talented faces!

  • (4 years ago)

    Best Detroit Public school their principle does not play!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is an excellent school it brings out the best in children.

  • (6 years ago)

    This was a challenging school and Ill never forget my 6th grade teachers who helped me along the way so I could succeed.

  • (6 years ago)

    At first I wasnt to excited about sending my daughter to a detroit public school as this being her first time attending school. But I love my daugthers teacher Mrs. Walker she is the best and I wouldn't trade her for the world. I'm have to say that there are some good Detroit public schools still out there just keep looking and give them a try. My daugther will be in first grade next year and I will continue to send her there until we move or she can't go there any more...

  • (7 years ago)

    The principal has done a 360 degree turn around with this school. When my oldest son (who's now 17) attended the school it was literally off the hook. When I would volunteer in the classrooms the teachers would spend 15 to 30 minutes (no lie) getting the students quite. I always questioned why his reading was so poor & found it was because phonics were not being taught. Now my 7 & 8 yr old attend and they are just blossoming. I am so pleased with what Mrs. Hughes-Norde has done. They use a SRA reading model and they've gotten a handle on classroom behaviour. When I walk into the school it's quite.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy. Their academic programs give the children the skills they need to prepare them for the next level. The music and art activities gives them a chance to expose their talents. The parent level makes me feel like my kids are safe and in good hands.

  • (7 years ago)

    I personally think the school is a great academic learning environment. The teacher give great attention to each students need.They have agreat music dance and choir activities. I didn't want to take my middle school age child out. If they went up to eighth grade my child would still be there. It's an overall great elementary school to send your child to.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have two children who attend John R. King and I can say that they have a great time learning and being challenged with academic as well as extra-curricular activities. Mrs. Hughes is an excellent principal who goes out of her way on many occasions to ensure the children's well-being. Mrs. Smith the communities-in-schools director goes above and beyond to help the students and parents have great experiences in learning and the arts. Mrs. Stokes has implemented the UAW after-school programs which enhance the children's interest in several areas from science to rollerblading! Mrs. Jackson a parent who leads the LSCO also helps to give parents a heads up on what's going on in our district and what we can do to help. All in all the teacher's offer much of themselves everyday and the staff is like family for my children. My kids love John R. King! Anjela Moore

  • (8 years ago)

    As a parent of 3 J.R. King Academic and Peforming Arts Academy students I am very pleased with the education I feel my children are receiving at this school. The skillman foundation has named this school as a good school and they are working to become a geat school. They have a wonderful principal in Ms. Hughes and Mrs. Stokes is moving the school forward with her initiation of the UAW program and Afterschool programs. The school deserves more recognition for the attention placed on education and arts. They have wonderful motivated teachers from the pre-school and up. This year the school has even added a 6th grade curriculum. I feel proud to say my children attend this school and that it is a Detroit Public School. I think with continued effort by the parents students and staff this school will excel beyond our wildest dreams. Go J. R. King!

  • (8 years ago)

    As a community activist I have been invited to the Christmas concerts and the Career Day events for four years. J R King is a jewel. The principal insists on top notch staff for her students. Whenever I have visited the students greeted me at the door then guided me to the appropriate room rather than vaguely point out where I should go. The performances of the students are first rate. If I had children and wanted the next best thing to private school I'd pick J R King Elementary School.

  • (9 years ago)

    John R. King is really increasing in their arts program! They have a very faithful music teacher who really gives her all to making sure the kids are using all of their potential! Mrs. Anderson is a great motivator and has really impacted many children's lives! I wish other teachers had love for the children like she does. I have learned a lot from her myself and I am training to be a future teacher!

  • (9 years ago)

    John R King school is an excellent school. They are very parent teacher student focused. They take time out for the parents and encourage them to be involved. They care about the students individually and as a whole. I feel like my daughter is safe going to this school because they protect her well being and they are very secure. They have lots of extracurricular programs that the children will enjoy. They also take pride in their uniform. My husband and I would recommended this school to anyone.

  • (10 years ago)

    John R. King is a wonderful elementary school. My daughter has really excelled in her course work. John R. King also has many extra curricular activities to keep the children interested in school.

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