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Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet is a National Blue Ribbon School

Nationally ranked and recognized Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School is one of just five schools in Tennessee to be named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the fourth time in six years that a Metro school has earned this great honor. MLK was selected as an “Exemplary High Performing School” for its students’ high academic achievements in the 2013-14 school year, including a 96% success rate and 100% graduation rate.

“Our students are held to the highest of standards,” said MLK principal Dr. Angela Carr, “and this award is a well-deserved recognition of the hard work our teachers, students and parents give each and every day. They have earned this honor, and we will wear it proudly at MLK. This is something we have always known, and we are excited to have it made official.”

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement during a live Internet broadcast earlier today.

"These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments," Secretary Duncan said. "National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student."

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools in one of two categories:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among the highest performing schools in the state as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among the highest performing schools in the state in closing achievement gaps between subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.

The criteria for selection were even tougher this year, with a stronger focus put on subgroup performance and graduation rates.

“MLK is one of the best schools in the country – period,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “Dr. Carr and the faculty at MLK are to be commended for helping students reach their full potential every day. With the coming renovation and expansion at MLK, we expect it to continue bringing out the very best in Nashville students for years to come.”