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Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic County
Atlantic City School District
Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Complex is a public school located in Atlantic City, New Jersey with 629 students in grades Pre-K-8.
Award winning STEM team at the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Regional Competition and recipient of Verizon Tech Grant.
Awarded the AtlantiCare Healthy Schools Grant for the installation of a community garden.
Participation in District Battle of the Books & SumDog County Math Competition as well as various school competitions.

For the fifth year in a row, the STEM students have received honors and awards at the Greater Philly SeaPerch Regional Competition, an underwater robotics competition sponsored by Temple & Drexel Universities and the U.S.Navy. District and School-based competitions in the Battle of the Books and School based competition in a Spelling Bee.

1700 Marmora Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Principal: Mrs. Jodi Burroughs
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White 2%
Black 70%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 22%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 4%
School size
Female 46.6%
Male 53.4%
Economically disadvantaged students 97%
Students with disabilities 16%
English learners 5%
Homeless students 3%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 10%
Kindergarten 9%
1st Grade 11%
2nd Grade 9%
3rd Grade 12%
4th Grade 8%
5th Grade 11%
6th Grade 9%
7th Grade 10%
8th Grade 10%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
of students

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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 4
Total incidents 5
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 22%
6 to 10 days 28%
11 to 15 days 19%
Over 15 days 27%
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English 90.0%
Spanish 8.6%
Other 1.4%
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Learn more about Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Complex.


It is the vision of the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. School Complex to develop lifelong learners who are productive members of society and are empowered to be change agents in our world. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment that fosters an equitable, inquiry based, student centered education to all children through the latest technological, academic and social initiatives. The school has a focus on the use of technology and STEM related activities.


Dr. King Complex implements a rigorous curriculum utilizing the whole school reform model, Literacy Collaborative. This model, researched and grounded in best practice, is dedicated to developing lifelong learners who thrive in the areas of English Language Arts and also crosses curricular lines to encompass science, mathematics and social studies. Math and Science are highlighted at the school through efforts in STEM and utilizing a Maker-space model for the deepening of inquiry-based learning.


Clubs at Dr. King include the NJHS, STEM club, Yearbook, Diamond Girls, Digital Design, Garden Club, Art Club, as well as groups focused on the other interests such as Visual and Performing Arts and Physical fitness activities for students and staff.


Through the use of Title and District funding, the students enjoy a before and after school program. These programs focus on academics as well as yoga and STEM. Younger students' reading progress is accelerated through the use of Leveled Literacy Intervention and upper grades through the use of thematic units. Clubs enhance the learning by teaching affective skills.


The staff at Dr. King Complex has embarked on the use of Professional Learning Communities and meets regularly for professional development opportunities in all of the content areas. With an emphasis on reading and writing in the content areas, teachers have implemented sound practices on research based writing. In this shared leadership culture, teachers lead and share best practices with staff members. An increased opportunity for vertical articulation has strengthened our climate.


Speech, Physical and Occupational therapy are available to students with disabilities as needed. Dr. King School has a growing number of students who are English Language Learners and their needs are met by our ESL instructors.


Dr. King Complex offers breakfast and lunch programs for all students, and a dinner program for students attending the after school program. The Garden Grant has a healthy school component, where healthy eating and lifestyles for families is encouraged.


Our Parent Action Council has been instrumental in assisting with the building of Student Activities Funding allowing students the privilege of trips. They have provided the vehicle for parent development workshops enabling parents to assist the children in their academic and social growth. Parents use Living Tree and the parent portal of PowerSchool to monitor student outcomes.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School Complex is a Pre-K through Grade 8 campus nestled in the Westside & Venice Park community, which is comprised of single family homes, and three apartment complexes, and is focused on the success and academic progression of all students. The school has a unique round structure and has three floors with a separate gymnasium and an olympic sized pool. We are a community based school that opens its doors to community groups and hosts a plethora of events.

School safety

Dr. King Complex participates in monthly fire drills and monthly emergency drills which include lockdowns, active shooter drills, evacuations, bomb threats and shelter in place drills. The seven (7) member school safety team is established and meets to ensure that the procedures for safety are in place.


Dr. King Complex students enjoy a variety of technological experiences. From TV production to the use of IPads and assistive technology, students have gained valuable experience and have been able to meet expectations. Online sites such as BrainPOP, Compass Learning, READ180 support student learning.

Early childhood

Dr. King Complex houses five (5) PK classes all of which engage in learning utilizing Creative Curriculum and Strategies Gold. Parents are supported by the Early Childhood department as well as by the school. There are multiple opportunities for parents to engage in activities with their children and with other parents at the school.


The staff at Dr. King School endeavors to develop independent learners who apply their skills and strategies to meet the demands of today's society. To support the students' efforts and provide a safety net ensuring success as its Response to Intervention, the school offers Reading Recovery, Leveled Literacy Instruction (LLI), as well as Scholastic's READ 180. The mathematics program follows a 5E model, which utilizes the math text as a resource. Using an 8-week benchmarking system, student growth and performance are measured and the data are used to inform instruction. The use of these assessments at the upper grade levels allows many students to be placed in accelerated programs such as Pre- Algebra along with the mathematics core. The PreK program utilizes Strategies Gold and boasts of a newly established PIRT team which addresses the needs and provides interventions of students as they transition into school. All students have access to technology through the use of Chromebooks, IPads, Kindles, and desktops. Our school leadership team is comprised of all stakeholders including representatives from the community. Safety is a key concern and our students have the security of knowing that the school is staffed with three safety officers. The enforcement of our uniform policy, levels the playing field. A school with in excess of 85% free and reduced lunch, our guidance counselor works to encourage compassion and acceptance of all, making this a school with high regard for others.

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