Keystone Testing: May 14-21, 2024

Parents, please be advised that Keystone testing is scheduled from May 14 through May 21, 2024.  Click here to download the special student testing schedules which will be in effect.  The senior schedule can be downloaded here.

Dear Students, Parents, and Families,

We are thrilled to announce a new safety policy for parent visits to our office, effective March 5, 2024. The new policy aims to enhance safety and streamline the visit process for everyone involved.

Under this new policy, parents must schedule appointments for visits to our office. Upon arrival, they must wait in the designated area near the Haines Street door. An MLK staff member will retrieve the documents from the main office to ensure the visit proceeds smoothly.

Once the documents are obtained, staff members will escort families to our community meeting room to meet with MLK staff member(s). This new process will help reduce unacceptable activity and provide a safer environment for all stakeholders.

Please note that there are no early dismissals after 1:45 PM as we prepare for dismissal.

This new policy will create a more organized and efficient process, improving our school community’s customer service. Thank you for your cooperation and support in implementing this new safety policy. We look forward to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all.


In service to children,

MLK Administration Team

Dear Class of 2024 Parents,

We are delighted to announce that digital payments are now accepted for senior activities. To initiate the payment process, please register at It is mandatory to complete the registration before any payment can be accepted.  Here is a list of senior activities along with the corresponding prices:
Diploma Cover
Class T-Shirt

  • All-Inclusive Package: $135

Additional Senior Activities:

  • Senior Trip (Destination and cost to be announced)
  • Senior Class Picnic: $65 (based on behaviors, attendance, and grades)
  • Senior Prom: $157 (single) | $209 (double) (based on behaviors, attendance, and grades); Theme: MET GALA

Kindly stay tuned for the announcement of the Senior Trip destination and cost.
We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to celebrating these memorable moments with the Class of 2024.

Best regards,
Dr. Crawford
12th Grade Assistant Principal

Parent input is vital for student success.  Please be sure to click here and take a moment to complete the parent engagement survey.  We look forward to reading your responses.

Welcome back!  The 2023-2024 academic term is gearing up.  Learn all of the vital information to ensure your success by downloading the Welcome presentation slide deck.

Parent involvement is a critical component of your child’s education.  Please click here to complete the parent involvement survey so we may become more responsive to your needs.  We look forward to reading your responses.


The school day begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 2:34 PM. Upon arrival, students will enter the building at our entrance on Stenton Avenue near the gym.  Breakfast is served (grab & go) daily from 7:30-7:55 AM. Your child should come prepared in uniform, with supplies, and on time.

Main Office Hours of Operation
Registration, Transcripts, Change of Address – 9 am-11 am
Early Dismissals – 11 am-2:00 pm
Reinstatements – 2:00pm

Get information on School Immunization Clinics


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 – Tan                  10th – Navy Blue                               11th – Red                              12th – Black

Student/Family Handbook

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.

Bell Schedule

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 SEPTA Fare Card. If a student loses their Fare Card, there is a $25 fee to replace it; we are provided an exact number of Fare Cards for qualified students.

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.

School Safety

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 that remains 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, 215-400-3500.

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

School District of Philadelphia Academic Calendar


Martin Luther King’s Monthly Calendar


Registering New Students

When a pupil applies for admission to any school, it becomes the responsibility of the school to complete enrollment if he/she resides within the boundary lines, or immediately secure accurate information as to where the pupil should enroll.  Accordingly, such students who wish to return to school must be permitted to enroll or re-enroll in regular daytime classes.

For more information, you can also visit the District’s Office of Student Enrollment and Placement:


Grade 9th To 10th ……….. 5 Credits
Grade 10th To 11th ……….. 11 Credits
Grade 11th To 12th ……….. 17.5 Credits
Grade 12th To graduate 23.5 Credits

English 4.00
Mathematics 3.00
Science 3.00
Social Studies 4.00
Health 0.50
Physical Ed. 1.00
Arts/Humanities 2.00
World Languages 2.00
Electives * 4.00

* One of the electives must be math or science

TOTAL 23.50

Extracurricular Activities
We encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities such as:

Drum Line
Student Government
Gear Up
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Boys/Girls Basketball