King K-8 School

  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 School exemplifies the true meaning of Dr. King’s dream. Students are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. We celebrate and teach a different character trait each month to help build students’ self-esteem. To achieve academic success, we must first teach responsibility and productivity. Students are taught to serve the school and the community for the common good.  

    What makes our school special

    • Academically rigorous classwork and a focus on serving the individual learning needs of students to increase academic achievement
    • Lead by our core values of perseverance, responsibility, integrity, discovery and empathy, we encourage students to take P.R.I.D.E. in themselves and their community
    • The King is an emerging Community School which offers support and wrap-around services for students, their families and the community at large
    • Monthly Resource Fairs the first Friday of every month invite families to have their needs met all in one place (groceries, casework, financial check-ups, clothing, and more)
    • Bright and colorful murals painted by our partners at City Year make our front pathway, auditorium, library, computer lab, and cafeteria welcoming to our students and their families
    • Before and after-school programs are available to engage students in the school community beyond the bell
    • Classes in computers, visual arts, dance, performing arts, and physical education

    Special academic programs

    • ABA classrooms for K0-1st grade students
    • Inclusion classrooms K2-5th grade
    • NAEYC Accredited early childhood programs 
    • Generations Inc. offers literacy support for 1st-3rd grade students
    • City Year Corps Members offer tutoring in math and literacy for 3rd-8th grade students

    After school programs in our building

    • Boston Scores Soccer
    • Boks (Before School)
    • Double Dutch
    • Strong Women, Strong Girls
    • YMCA After-School
    • Imajine That
    • 3 Point Basketball and Dance
    • Robotics Club
    • Adventure Club
    • And more!


  • Principal
    Grace Coleman-Burnes
    Family Coordinator
    Rochelle Woodard

    77 Lawrence Ave.
    Dorchester, MA 02121

    Phone: 617-635-8212
    Fax: 617-635-9356

    School Hours
    8:30am - 3pm
    Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 1:10 p.m.

    Grades: K0-8