Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School

Nationally Recognized    for Academic Achievement

Nationally Recognized

for Academic Achievement

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 7-12
  • Pearl Cohn Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Does not offer bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Angela McShepard-Ray, Ed. D.   Principal

Angela McShepard-Ray, Ed. D.

Welcome to MLK! It is an honor and a privilege to serve this community, and I am enthusiastic about being the principal of this top-ranked, academically rigorous school.

Students are required to work hard academically when taking on the challenge of becoming a MLK student. Our middle-school teachers strive to help their students prepare a strong academic foundation to be successful in the 9th through 12th grades. At the high-school level, MLK offers rigorous honors and Advanced Placement courses.

I invite you to see for yourself what makes MLK one of Nashville's most impressive schools. 


Contact Information

613 17th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203 (map)


Executive Principal: Angela McShepard-Ray, Ed. D.
Asst. Principal (7th and 8th grade), Athletic Director: Marquis Churchwell, M. Ed.
Asst. Principal and Athletic Principal (9th and 10th grade): Nathan Waddell, M. ED.
Asst. Principal (11th and 12th grade): Nancy Hunter, Ed. S.
School Counselors:
Tandra Freeman, M. Ed., M. S.
Sarah Laos, M. Ed., LPC–MHSP
Jenny Nichols, B.A., M.S.
Ursula Reed, M. S.
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs


Head Middle Magnet Prep has a pathway to MLK at the end of a student’s 6th grade and 8th grade year if the student meets MLK’s academic requirements; Rose Park Middle has a pathway to MLK at the end of a student’s 8th grade year if the student meets MLK’s academic requirements.

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School Description

The mission of Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School is to provide a rigorous and respectful academic environment emphasizing science and mathematics that prepares all students for successful post-secondary study and a productive, purposeful life. Founded in 1986, ours is the only school within MNPS that houses grades 7 through 12. And in 2014, we were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School, a distinction for high academic achievement that was awarded to just 340 schools across the country. 

In middle school, our students select from five world languages (Latin, German, French, Spanish or Chinese) and take Physical Science, which is a high-school credit course. They also take a math readiness exam to determine math placement. High-school students can select from more than 25 honors and Advanced Placement classes. Seniors are encouraged to take Senior Capstone, a course that requires 40 hours of volunteer work within the community.

MLK boasts a 100-percent graduation rate, and the majority of our students attend a four-year college or university. We do have some students who take advantage of Tennessee Promise and attend a community college with the plans of attending a four-year college or university. 

MLK’s student population is ethnically and socially diverse, with MLK students representing over 70 different countries of origins, with 54 languages spoken at home. Parents love the diversity of the school, which helps students from different backgrounds develop different perspectives.

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School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


A Typical Day at School

  • MLK has a seven-period day. Each class is 50 minutes.

  • Students are registered for six classes with a study hall period.

  • Tutoring is provided after school.

Now is the time to invest in your child’s future!

12.2 Million. Twelve point two million is the amount of scholarships awarded to the class of 2016. What an incredible feat for a public school. We need to thank all of the hard working students, teachers, school staff and parents who made the 12.2 a reality.

12.2 Million. What did it take to get to this scholarship amount for the class of 2016? It took the investment of all to achieve; commitment, hard work, access to resources and financial support.

12.2 Million: a minimum expectation for scholarships. What will it take to raise the scholarship bar this year and in the years to come?

It takes your investment to make 12.2 happen. The time for us to step up and financially support our school is now. Now is the time to invest in your child.

MLK is committed to educating our children. We need to commit to MLK by supporting the school through our financial commitment today. 

Now is the time to invest in your child’s future. To make your financial commitment to your child’s future go to:


School Details & Links


MLK has a Dress Code that is communicated with parents each school year.



  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • Bowling

  • Boys' Soccer

  • Cheerleading / Dance

  • Cross Country

  • Girls' Soccer

  • Girls' Softball

  • Girls' Volleyball

  • Golf

  • Wrestling

  • Tennis

  • Track and Field

Extracurricular activities:

  • Anime Club

  • Art

  • Band

  • Beta Club

  • Cheerleading

  • Creative Writing

  • Debate/Speech

  • Drama

  • Foreign Language Clubs

  • Key Club

  • Music Makes Us

  • Newspaper

  • Quiz Bowl

  • Robotics

  • Recycling

  • Student Government Association

  • Yearbook

  • YMCA Latino Achievers

  • YMCA Black Achievers

  • Fisk University

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Meharry Medical College - Dental School

  • Tennessee State University- Engineering Department and the Department of

  • Agriculture

  • St. Thomas Midtown