School Details

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

1290 Ivey Ranch Road, Oceanside, CA 92057
(760) 967-1122
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1477 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oceanside Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oceanside Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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96%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oceanside Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is a public middle school in Oceanside. The principal of Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is Bob Rowe and can be contacted at browe@oside.us. 1,477 students go to Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Filipino. 11% of the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 48% of the 1,477 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is 22:1. Pacific View Charter School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 8%
Asian 9% 2%
Filipino 5% 3%
Hispanic 46% 53%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 29%
Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% 20994%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Unspecified 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48% 53%
Limited English proficiency 11% 25%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This school has severe bullying issues. I was bullied by these eighth graders who didn't really know much. The kids there were really mean and didn't care about you. This is a really horrible school for children. I would recommend Vista Magnet Middle School. The kids are nice and so are the teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was severely bullied at this school 6th-8th grade. Don't send your kids here unless you want them to get hurt while school staff idly does nothing about it even when it's reported. They'll just give 'em a slap on the wrist with detention. The teachers are only there for a paycheck not to educate. Wish I had gone to Jefferson.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school sucks it may be better than jefferson but acctually... at mlk you will not get friends unless ur hot. at jefferson theres a gang but any person will be happy to be ur friend there 0 so this school sucks

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a 8th grader here at LK. This school is a regular middle school. Not perfect but not horrible. So far people complain about the disipline at this school. As a student I realize that (becaues of budgit cuts throughout Cali') teachers are getting pink slips making classes big with more kids.( up to 35) So one teacher can't control that many kids while teaching them. Think of your own kid(s) times 25. Do you think you could keep up. They do have a detention plan and it is strict. This school is safe and well managed. There is a lot of parent volinteer opertunites. Some electives are Leadership Art Band Orchristra Chours Avid Yearbook and more. The teachers are nice and try to personally bond with each student that walks through their door. Lunch is O.K. They plan opptions for everyone. There is also a student store were you can buy school supplies snacks and other things throughout the year. There are no lockers but PE has lockers for evry student to but there pe clothes and shoes in. The PE gym is high tech. It looks like a real gym. I personally recomend MLK for any student.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is good. But I see that the reviews for this school have stopped ever since Bob Rowe(previous principal) left the school. I wasn't at this school when he was there but is it really worse? My only bad comment is that some of the teachers don't look like they are trying to really teach the students. Just get good scores and get it over with. -Submitted by 7th grade student.

  • (3 years ago)

    Fantastic group of teachers. The administration is the best in the district. We will miss Bob Rowe but he has done a wonderful job making this the best middle school in Oceanside.

  • (4 years ago)

    So relieved that this school is in Oceanside! Principal Rowe and the staff have created an uplifting and challenging academic environment for the students. Test scores are going up up! The atmosphere is upbeat and impressive every time I'm there. Its a melting pot of kids and that has been great proof that its the administration the students and the parents that make a great school! Keep up the good work MLK!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teaching staff at King Middle School is outstanding.

  • (4 years ago)

    So far so good with the teachers my son was shuffled around because the classes were over crowded but thats okay. The security however is another thing they need to lay off of the poor attitudes.

  • (4 years ago)

    What a great school! My son has excelled in academic and social interactions. They highly welcome parent involvement. Mr. Rowe and his staff are nothing short of awesome! My family will miss them when my son goes off to high school next year.

  • (4 years ago)

    MLKing and the Oceanside School District is poorly managed and top heavy with highly paid administrators. The middle schools received the highest level of staff cuts and class sizes will now average 40 to a classroom. The school board cut aide time and gave out hundreds of pink slips. Don't be fooled by online reveiws. The district has now cut all bussing for all students except special needs. This district is going down hill fast.

  • (4 years ago)

    MLK is a fantastic school. Principal Rowe and his staff have done a great job in bringing up grades as well as test scores. All kids get a double block of English and those weak in Math get double blocked also. Students have to maintain above a 2.0 GPA or go to Saturday school. It is harder to fail at MLK than to succeed. Most certainly the support system is there to ensure kids are doing what they are supposed to. Parents can check on their kid's grades and homework daily through the school loop system. Annette Tucker

  • (4 years ago)

    I love mlk!!!!! It is the best school in California!!!! I love all the teachers and i love mr. rowe the principle. He is dedicated to our school and he belives in working hard and playing hard!!! I LOVE MLK!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son went to school at MLK his first year of jr. high but I had to pull him out early due to bullying issues. Administrators failed to work with us instead chose to ignore the problem. We are much happier at Jefferson. The staff there is fantastic proactive instead of covering up problems.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are thrilled with the choice to send our kids to MLK! Lincoln was an option but we could not ignore all the negative feedback so we chose MLK. Principal Rowe is outstanding and such a motivating factor. The teachers are upbeat engaging and fair. So refreshing to see it be 'cool' to be an excellent student. MLK is a school to be very proud of!

  • (5 years ago)

    I go to this school and it is a great school. I say its a great school because my grades have been doing better than my elementary school grade! That's why I think this is a great school.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school rocks! its a really fun place ro learn and the teachers are great... Mr. Rowe the principal is the best... he truley devotes his pride and love to our school! GO MLK LIONS!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is my 3rd year at Martin Luther KIng Jr. Middle School and i have just 1 word to describe it phenomenal! I was assigned to go to Jefferson Middle School but my mother switched me last minute. I came into 6th grade not knowing anyone but the atmostphere and all of the teachers amd students helped me ajust perfectly! There are so many things about KING MS that I love. If I had to pick one thing it would be that care and dedication that ALL of the teachers have. To them your not just another student they bond with you and by the end of the year you feel like they made a differnce in your life and they think that you made a difference in theirs. Thank you Mr.Rowe and the teachers that have definatly changed the way I feel about school!

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm very happy with the discipline and leadership that Mr. Rowe is providing for the King students.

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal and teachers are wonderful. My daughter now does her homework without me nagging because she doesn't want to go to detention. Mr Rowe is just what this school (and every school for that matter) needs. He makes sure everyone follows the rules or faces the consequences. The kids like and respect him. He really enforces his 'work hard play hard' motto.

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