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 7:30-7:55 AM. 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 – Black 10th – Tan 11th – Navy Blue 12th – Red
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.
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, 215-400-3500.
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:
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION:
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
Social Studies 4.00
Physical Ed. 1.00
World Languages 2.00
Electives * 4.00
* One of the electives must be math or science
We encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities such as:
Big Brothers, Big Sisters