Dear King HS Family...
It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2016-17 school year. A special greeting to the incoming 9th grade Class of 2020! It is a tremendous honor for me to serve as the principal of the Promise Academy @ Martin Luther King High School, and I look forward to building on our past 44 years of success.
Our partnership is critical to the success of our scholars. If there are any issues that you feel are not being addressed by the school, please do not hesitate to contact us. Open lines of communication are essential to ensure we work together in the best interest of the students.
Our work revolves around our mission statement. Please take a moment to review the Martin Luther King HS Mission statement: The teachers, administrators, and staff of The Promise Academy at Martin Luther King High School, in collaboration with parents, guardians, community members and others, are committed to ensuring that all MLK students are respected for who they are and are empowered to grow both academically and personally. We are a student-centered school where everything we do is directly aligned with student success. We absolutely believe in the worth, intelligence, special gifts and dignity of each and every student. We passionately and with a sense of urgency are devoted to constantly creating and maintaining a safe, orderly and secure environment where high levels of teaching and learning occur and where our students understand that they are royal scholars whom we expect to represent the great legacy of Dr. King.
“One Community, One School, One Focus…Student Success!”
As we prepare for another successful year, it is critical that your child starts the year off on the right foot. Please allow the remainder of this letter to provide you with some essential information to help us set up an excellent academic year.
Main Office Hours of Operation
Registration, Transcripts, Change of Address – 9am-11am
Early Dismissals – 11am-2:30pm
Reinstatements – 8:30-11am and 1:30-3pm
Schools are CLOSED on the following dates:
April 10-13, 2017 Spring Recess
April 14, 2017 Good Friday
May 16, 2017 Pennsylvania Primary Election Day
May 29, 2017 Memorial Day
March 3, 2017 ACCESS Testing Closes
March 6 - 8, 2017 Interim Reports
March 6 and 31, 2017 PD Half Day (3 Hour Early Dismissal)
April 3 - May 12, 2017 PSSA Assessments (Math, ELA, and Science) and Make-up Days
The school day begins at 8:00AM and ends at 3:04PM. Upon arrival, 9th grade students will enter the building at our entrance on Stenton Avenue & Haines Street. Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 will enter through the front of the building on Stenton Avenue. The student cafeteria is accessible from either entry; breakfast is served daily from 7:45-8:00AM. Your child should come prepared in uniform, with supplies, and on time.
Uniform shirts are available for purchase before school begins in the main office. All uniform shirts cost $10. Student uniform colors by Grade/Academy are as follows:
9th – Navy 10th – Red 11th – Black 12th – Tan
Students will receive a MLK HS Student/Family Handbook which includes the School District of Philadelphia’s Code of Student Conduct. Please review this carefully with your child as it includes essential information about school policies and procedures that will support your child on the path to success.
Please review our Student/Family handbook for more information about the bell schedule and graduation requirements.
All students who live more than 1.5 or more miles from King HS will receive a free weekly transpass. If a student loses the transpass, we will not replace it; we are provided an exact number of transpass for qualified students. School District staff members are working diligently to ensure we are able to distribute transpasses on Wednesday, September 7. Still, please plan accordingly with extra tokens to ensure your child is able to travel to and from school during the first 2 weeks.
Additionally, please speak with your child about the most direct, timely, and safe transportation route to and from school. Please assist us by reviewing and reinforcing the use of the safe corridor route, which all students are directed to use to and from King HS. We advise new students to practice this route prior to school beginning; we continue to advise that all students travel with a friend or fellow student who resides in your community as an extra measure of safety.
Students are expected to come prepared to school every day. Students will receive individual course supplies in each class on the first day of school.
We strive to keep our school a safe place for all of our students and staff. If you wish to report any suspicious activity or credible information in or around our school, please call the school. You may also contact the District’s hotline 215-299-SAFE, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Food and Beverage Policy
All eating and drinking must be confined to the cafeteria. Students will not be permitted to bring food and beverages into the building before or after school with the exception of a bagged lunch which remain in the student’s backpack or locker. Additionally, we prohibit gum chewing on school property.
As a means to support the well-being and success of our students, we provide a nutritious and complete breakfast and lunch. The School District of Philadelphia revised its policy, and now all students will receive a free breakfast and lunch. Families are no longer required to complete a form to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
Cell Phone Policy
For your child’s safety, we recognize that many students require cell phones for their travel to and from school. However, cell phones may become a distraction to our learning environment or become damaged or lost if not secured during the school day. We, therefore, require students to turn their phones off and use school technology for classes during the school day; we reserve the right to confiscate a phone, which can only be retrieved by a parent after school hours. Please see our handbook for more information. If you need to contact your child during the school day, please call our main office, 215-276-5253.
School Advisory Council
In early September, you will receive additional information about the initiation of our School Advisory Council to increase the amount of parent and community input on school governance. If you are interested in supporting the school in this way, please be on the lookout for notices.
Thank you for enrolling your child at King HS. We appreciate your confidence in our school and the School District of Philadelphia.
Keisha Q. Wilkins | Principal