Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Summary:

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy is an elementary school in Salinas, California, serving 581 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school is part of the Alisal Union School District, which has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy consistently ranks in the bottom 10-15% of California elementary schools, with a 1-star rating. The school's performance on standardized tests is significantly below the district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, only 20.88% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 27.51% for the Alisal Union district and 46.66% for the state of California. The school also has a high chronic absenteeism rate, rising from 7.3% in 2017-2018 to 20.7% in 2022-2023, which is notably higher than the state average.

When comparing Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy to other nearby schools within the Alisal Union district, it becomes evident that the school's academic performance is consistently among the lowest. For instance, Virginia Rocca Barton Elementary, which is less than a mile away, outperforms Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy across all grade levels and subject areas, with significantly higher proficiency rates. Similarly, Alisal Community School, also within the Alisal Union district, demonstrates stronger academic outcomes compared to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy.


Detail:

Public K-6

 925 N. Sanborn Rd.
       Salinas, CA  93905-1308


(831) 796-3916

District: Alisal Union

SchoolDigger Rank:
5139th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $4,171 Help


Students who attend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy usually attend:

Middle:    El Sausal Middle
High:    Alisal High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.2 Help
Number of students:  581

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
98.8%
Two or more races:
0.9%
White:
0.3%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  96% Help


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Compare Details Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy ranks worse than 87.6% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 9th among 12 ranked elementary schools in the Alisal Union School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 17.14. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (98.8%), two or more races (0.9%), White (0.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 96% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy is 24.2. 8 elementary schools in the Alisal Union School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy employs 24 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy is $4,171. 8 elementary schools in the Alisal Union School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy 5139th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy in the ranking list.)

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Alisal Union:

SchoolDigger ranks Alisal Union 1322nd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

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Rank History for all students at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 9.95 4672nd 4809 2.8%
2005 16.46 4215th 4822 12.6%
2006 9.96 4634th 4818 3.8%
2007 9.59 4934th 5113 3.5%
2008 7.76 5013th 5113 2.0%
2009 3.51 5171st 5193 0.4%
2010 3.56 5293rd 5314 0.4%
2011 7.74 5284th 5377 1.7%
2012 15.48 4933rd 5390 8.5%
2013 17.86 4874th 5530 11.9%
2015 16.79 4926th 5611 12.2%
2016 16.39 4921st 5614 12.3%
2017 18.26 4843rd 5692 14.9%
2018 14.30 5152nd 5662 9.0%
2019 21.74 4647th 5789 19.7%
2022 20.09 4844th 5883 17.7%
2023 17.14 5120th 5848 12.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.09 1120th 3246 65.5%
2019 50.51 1223rd 3275 62.7%
2022 48.27 1297th 3311 60.8%
2023 41.18 1727th 3240 46.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.95 4499th 5084 11.5%
2019 32.13 3710th 5173 28.3%
2022 29.90 3850th 5264 26.9%
2023 23.70 4386th 5355 18.1%
See the entire list of Best California Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Migrant students at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 25.77 54th 68 20.6%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 33.57 252nd 356 29.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.74 4927th 5413 9.0%
2019 18.48 4750th 5492 13.5%
2022 20.73 4650th 5635 17.5%
2023 18.84 4790th 5595 14.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.02 4893rd 5431 9.9%
2019 26.13 4091st 5510 25.8%
2022 21.02 4619th 5663 18.4%
2023 16.77 4991st 5627 11.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.65 4274th 4830 11.5%
2019 30.58 3653rd 4963 26.4%
2022 27.94 3878th 5084 23.7%
2023 23.07 4236th 5079 16.6%
See the entire list of Best California Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy Test Scores
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by a parent
Sunday, March 7, 2010

Open Quote School has a disadvantaged population and teachers work very hard to instill good work and study ethics for being good students. My step-daughter attended the summer school program and it was an excellent learning experience for her. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 4 1 5 462 4 n/a n/a 0 476
2003 4 1 5 462 4 n/a n/a 0 476
2004 3 1 1 492 1 n/a n/a 0 498
2005 1 0 2 509 0 n/a n/a 0 512
2006 1 0 0 548 0 n/a n/a 0 549
2007 1 0 2 511 0 n/a n/a 0 514
2008 n/a 2 2 487 n/a n/a n/a 0 491
2009 0 4 3 515 0 0 0 0 522
2010 0 1 1 511 1 0 0 0 514
2011 22 1 0 420 3 0 0 0 446
2012 17 1 0 420 3 0 0 0 441
2013 1 0 0 508 0 0 5 0 514
2014 0 3 0 581 0 0 8 0 592
2015 3 0 0 560 0 0 0 0 563
2016 3 0 0 565 0 0 0 0 568
2017 4 0 0 589 0 0 5 0 598
2018 4 0 0 602 0 0 6 0 612
2019 4 0 0 610 1 0 8 0 623
2020 6 0 0 592 0 0 8 0 606
2021 3 0 0 570 0 0 6 0 579
2022 2 0 0 597 0 0 4 0 603
2023 2 0 0 574 0 0 5 0 581

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 476 16.0 29.8 87.8
2003 476 16.0 29.8 87.8
2004 498 18.0 27.7 89
2005 512 17.0 30.1 87.9
2006 549 22.0 25.0 82
2007 514 18.5 27.8 87.5
2008 491 20.5 24.0 99.4
2009 522 19.0 23.7 0
2010 514 18.0 28.5 95.1
2011 446 n/a n/a 99.3
2012 441 14.0 31.5 n/a
2013 514 17.0 30.2 92.6
2014 592 20.0 29.6 73.8
2015 563 20.0 28.1 94.3
2016 568 21.0 27.0 96.1
2017 598 22.0 27.1 90.1
2018 612 23.0 26.6 90
2019 623 24.0 25.9 90.2
2020 606 n/a n/a 87.3
2021 579 22.0 26.3 97.4
2022 603 24.0 25.1 98.7
2023 581 24.0 24.2 96

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 476 16.0 29.8 87.8
2003 476 16.0 29.8 87.8
2004 498 18.0 27.7 89
2005 512 17.0 30.1 87.9
2006 549 22.0 25.0 82
2007 514 18.5 27.8 87.5
2008 491 20.5 24.0 99.4
2009 522 19.0 23.7 0
2010 514 18.0 28.5 95.1
2011 446 n/a n/a 99.3
2012 441 14.0 31.5 n/a
2013 514 17.0 30.2 92.6
2014 592 20.0 29.6 73.8
2015 563 20.0 28.1 94.3
2016 568 21.0 27.0 96.1
2017 598 22.0 27.1 90.1
2018 612 23.0 26.6 90
2019 623 24.0 25.9 90.2
2020 606 n/a n/a 87.3
2021 579 22.0 26.3 97.4
2022 603 24.0 25.1 98.7
2023 581 24.0 24.2 96

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201484.0%0.0%0.0%16.0%90.0%94.0%99.0%88.0%87.0%
201586.0%0.0%0.0%14.0%87.0%92.0%95.0%87.0%87.0%
201698.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%98.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201798.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202096.0%0.0%4.1%97.3%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $4,171

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 4647th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5120th of 5848 Elementary schools
 7.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy)22.77.6
 15.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alisal Union)30.722.7
 8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy)51.134.2
 17%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Alisal Union)40.426.7
 13.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy)20.919.8
 1.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alisal Union)36.622
 14.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy)1412.9
 1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Alisal Union)28.914.6
 14.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy)39.323.7
 15.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alisal Union)37.629.7
 7.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy)23.810
 13.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Alisal Union)22.914.6
 8.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy)16.79
 7.7%
   5th Grade Science (Alisal Union)13.214.2
 1%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy)34.731.3
 3.4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alisal Union)40.835.3
 5.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy)10.414.8
 4.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Alisal Union)22.219
 3.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students623581
 6.7%
African American00
American Indian10
 100%
Asian00
Hispanic610574
 5.9%
Pacific Islander00
White42
 50%
Two or More Races85
 37.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients90.2%96%
 5.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy

Students who attend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy usually go on to attend:

Middle : El Sausal Middle
High : Alisal High

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy ranks in the bottom 12.4% of California elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 581 students attended Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy.

Students at Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy are 99% Hispanic.


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