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ATE's Give Back Program

Consider a donation in your conference registration to our Annual Meeting Give Back Program which sponsors a school in our conference city or click the icon above to make a contribution.

With your generous support, ATE hopes to raise over $3,000.

Join us and help us meet our goal. Please consider a donation to support:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Anaheim, CA


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Complex

This year’s Give Back School for the 2020 Annual Meeting is the

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Anaheim, CA.  

                               Adolfo Herrera, Principal

The mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School is to create a culture of higher academic learning among all Kindergarten through Fifth grade scholars, their families, and surrounding communities by instilling in them an awareness and motivation towards obtaining a four year university degree. Recognizing that the school community inspires the highest level of academic commitment, scholars at King School are provided with a rigorous high quality instruction in order to meet and exceed the state standards in all the subject areas.  King Elementary staff prepares all scholars with the knowledge and skills required to be productive members of their community.

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At King, they are committed to preparing all scholars to be successful and responsible

global citizens who contribute and thrive in the 21st Century.

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary (King Elementary) is an inner-city urban school located in one of the most impoverished sections of Santa Ana, California. King Elementary student body is predominantly Hispanic, or Latino and all students receive free lunch as part of the district program called Provision II.  Our mascot is the Eagle as it represents the freedom that Dr. King fought so valiantly for. 

We are committed to preparing all scholars to be successful and responsible global citizens who contribute and thrive in the 21st Century.  Our School Mission is “To ensure scholar success, we will provide a rigorous and supportive academic experience that encourages all learners to meet high expectations. By providing a positive school climate, all scholars will develop the personal skills necessary to achieve academic and social goals, including nurturing high motivation, and social and emotional well-being.

Our school community is passionate about instilling an awareness and motivation toward obtaining a university degree.  To this end, King School is in its fourteenth-year implementation of its own unique University Starts Now “USN” program. The University Starts Now/No Excuses program instills high expectations and academic achievement in order to succeed in school and go to college. To further support these goals King school is in its first year of implementation of the AVID Elementary program to prepare scholars for college and career readiness. King Elementary believes that every student deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college.  Scholars, therefore, learn the history of their particular university. Scholars and staff participate in school-wide pep rallies, assemblies and develop chants and songs for their respective universities.  Scholars and staff develop a high sense of pride for their universities, thus transferring this pride to their studies, and increasing their academic performance. The University Starts Now/No Excuses program has enhanced the school culture to a heightened level.

All of the King School teachers are fully credentialed and highly qualified. Sixty percent of the teachers have their master’s degree and the average number of years of teaching experience is 20 years. King School provides two different instructional programs: Structured English Immersion and the Dual Language Academy.   Outside of the classroom our teachers and support staff support such activities at King such as the King School Garden, Latino Heritage Celebration, MLK Day, Black History Month performance assembly, Fall Festival Parade, Winter Performance and End of Year Promotion Ceremony.

The backbone of our outreach and family support is our FACE (Family Community and Engagement) program.  Through FACE, our Parents are highly encouraged to get involved in King Elementary School's learning community by attending our King Parent University, volunteering their time, attending school events, or sharing in the decision-making process.   We support our foster family community through McKinney-Vento providing parents with information about local community agencies, counseling centers, free medical clinics, and resource centers which many times provide free services for the families, such as free uniforms, backpacks and shoes. Classroom teachers and Administration encourage parents to participate in their child's education by attending monthly parent meetings, attending parent conferences sponsored by the district, by coming to Back-to-School Night, Open House, and attending a variety of parent education courses offered by the school. 

To instill the teachings of Dr. King our school personnel implement the PBIS positive school climate initiative. We want to create a positive school culture where all scholars are “Respectful, Responsible and Ready.”: We seek to maintain a school environment that is positive by providing regular recognition for positive behavior.  We seek to maintain a school environment that is safe where violent and disruptive behavior is not tolerated and all discipline is restorative and not punitive. We thank the Association of Teacher Educators for adopting our school an assisting us in all of our endeavors.


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