School Details

Martin Luther King Junior Magnet- Pearl High School

613 17th Ave North, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 329-8400
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 1162 students 21 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

92%
39%
47%
91%
36%
47%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Davidson County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
27%
41%
89%
35%
47%
95%
43%
64%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Davidson County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
24%
42%
90%
26%
40%

Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. This year they introduced two new exams in algebra II and English III. Students must pass the algebra I, English II and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Davidson County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Martin Luther King Junior Magnet- Pearl High School is a public high school in Nashville. The principal of Martin Luther King Junior Magnet- Pearl High School is Dr. Schunn Turner and can be contacted at schunn.turner@mnps.org. 1,162 students go to Martin Luther King Junior Magnet- Pearl High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 24% of the 1,162 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Martin Luther King Junior Magnet- Pearl High School is 21:1. Lead Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 44% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 40% 48%
Hispanic 3% 15%
Asian 13% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% %
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 65%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We feel very fortunate that our daughter is able to attend MLK. She has had an outstanding experience so far. It's very pleasing that there's a school that is challenging for exceptional students. Meeting every need of these high achieving students!

  • (1 year ago)

    Both my son's graduated 2013 and 2006. This is a wonderful school. Both did very well. The teachers and principle are the best. They were well prepared for college.

  • (1 year ago)

    I.ve done my studing on the school and to me it is offering a lot and students are pleased to be attended there. So hopefully my daughter will be attened this environment of happiest this fall.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great academics wonderful extra curricular activities. Parental involvement could be better but a really great school for bright students. Great leadership.

  • (3 years ago)

    i am going to this school and i am thoughoughly impressed with its staff and sense of entilement they have for their school... Cant wait to go to MLK!

  • (3 years ago)

    Outstanding students and teachers. The students are so kind and dedicated at this school that they barely even notice that the building is crumbling around them. There is tremendous camaraderie at this school among the students and the teachers. However there is very little support from the administration at MLK. Students have to be in charge of their eduction because the administration is not capable of advising the students. The college counsellor is wonderful but she receives very little support from the administration. The students and parents need more support before the kids reach their Junior year of high school in order to prepare for college application. MLK is an inner city school that consistently out-performs most other high schools in the country and it's remarkable because they have so little support from their administration and their community. Nashville should be proud of these students who continue to strive for the top are accepted into the nation's top schools and earn fabulous scholarships for college. Come on Nashville Let's support this school and these amazing students and teachers!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    MLK is a very unusual system for educating your children. The children are expected to working at least two grades above their age and totally self sufficiently in terms of getting assignments and getting the work done and preparing for tests. The kids at each grade level are treated like they are in college and the pressure is enormous. If your child does not have the self discipline to function this way or the maturity to behave in that environment with that level of freedom then think twice before sending them there. Be aware that keeping up the school standards is a top priority not assisting with your child's individual needs for successful adaptation into this culture. If you child was not in the feeder magnet for this school be aware that success is absolutely impossible unless they hit the ground running and are already for college at 12 years old.

  • (4 years ago)

    MLK Magnet is a wonderful academic magnet school that is one of the most diverse (socio-economically and ethnic-wise) schools in the Davidson County TN system. Wonderful administration and teachers and students who set the bar high for their peers. My son graduated from this school and has gone on to UT-Knoxville with great success and my daughter is a junior at this school. The parent support for this school is great; however the older historic school building / facilities are in dire need of attention and this would be a great boost to the wonderful learning that goes on there to be able to attend to some of the physical needs of the school with these funds!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school great preparation for college and great teachers

  • (4 years ago)

    It has been an inspiration for my Grandson in his goal to excel as an engineer. 5 shout outs for Nashville's Martin Luther King Junior Magnet-Pearl High School

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers and administration!!

  • (4 years ago)

    What great teachers what dedicated and hardworking students! What an incredibly inflexible hypocritical administration! I currently attend MLK and I can say that I've been both inspired and uplifted by the supportive student body and encouraging teachers. The former consists of the brightest kids in the state the latter a rare combination of tact and passion for teaching to others their respective subjects. The administration however would care less about ensuring their students' success - statistics are all we are to them. Made a mistake? Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Don't have bootstraps? Oh well! You won't find any compassion in those who supposedly "lead" the school - they're behind you during the good times but couldn't desert faster when the bad times roll around. Is MLK worth it? Yes. But could it be improved? Absolutely.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a sophomore currently attending this school. This is a great school- it focuses greatly on getting students to college for a bright future. The teachers are great and the school is very diverse. Most people who go there cares about their grades.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student at MLK and this is my first year there. I absolutely love it. The teachers are fabulous the students are welcoming i just feel so at home. I encourage anybody and evrybody to try to get in if they can.

  • (5 years ago)

    Students are blessed to have a very challenging curriculum.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent of 2 high school students. My girls started MLK in 7th grade. I recommend this school because of their high quality caring expectation and for looking out for children individually. Thank-you to all the staff at MLK.

  • (5 years ago)

    This one of the best if not the best school in the Metro Davidson School District. Well thought out plan to lead young men and young ladies to the next level of their education. My son is an all 'A' student there thank you MLK

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated in 2005. This school is well known for quality and it helped me get into great schools. The counselors care about the students so much that they are willing to do almost anything to get students into the schools they want. Extracurricular activites are encouraged and it has more sports provided than any other school in the system. The neighborhood is not great but it is normally safe during school hours. I am very glad that I went here.

  • (10 years ago)

    I graduated from MLK in 2003 and would have to say that this school prepared me to the highest extreme for college. The intense course work gave me the work ethic needed to becoming successful at my university. The schools makes it possible for students to take AP courses which allows them to then use these credits for college. The teachers help motivate an already vibrant student body one that is filled with bright students yearning to being successful in life. This school also does a marvelous job in opening its sudents' minds to the world around them. The diversity found within the student body is an amazing feature. The school's diversity helps break down political boundaries that divide so many people in this world today. Instead students are able to work more closely together with people of all different backgrounds.

  • (11 years ago)

    My child attended MLK from 7 to 12 having just graduated. Without a doubt she received a superb education comparable to any private school in Nashville. My son went to one of the best private boys schools MBA and my dauthers education was by far better. She graduated with 8 AP courses -receiving college credit in four. I have watched her peers grow up to be remarkable young people thanks in part to a staff that truly cares about the kids and the kids know it. This is not a pretty school - lacking many of the fancy extra's that other schools may have but what it may lack in some areas are more than made up for in superior teaching coursework and level of pride each student has for the school and respect for each other.

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