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Mural of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Alternative Middle School

School code number: 710
Grade level: 6-8
Hours: Friday, early release time 1:15 p.m.

350 Girard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94134
Neighborhood: Excelsior
Phone: 415-330-1500
Fax: 415-468-7295
Principal: Michael Essien

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Discover This School

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School enrolls students from neighborhoods throughout San Francisco. The diverse and multicultural atmosphere of the school attracts students from all racial/ethnic groups. All students receive equitable access. We focus on a curriculum that is meaningful and relevant, valuing relationships between staff and students, students and their peers, and the student-community.

Our focus for all students is the demonstration of scholarship, sportsmanship, mentorship, leadership, and entrepreneurship. The basic philosophy of the school is to cooperate, participate, communicate, work, and learn together in order to produce a harmonious, productive, pluralistic society of lifelong learners. Our mission is to ensure that all students realize their potential in academic, creative, physical, and social endeavors. We accomplish this through the combined efforts of our students, families, staff, school district, and community.

This school is fed by:

Hillcrest ES, Malcolm X ES, Taylor ES

School Tours

Please call 415-330-1500 to make an appointment.


SFUSD dress code is followed, uniform is optional (black pants and a white shirt)

School Meals

  • Lunch
  • Afterschool supper

Afterschool programs

ExCEL/YMCA Beacon Program

Special Education Programs

  • Mild/moderate

Student Support Programs

  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

Arts Enrichment

  • Dance
  • Visual arts
  • Other
Visual Arts, Dance, and a variety of Arts classes available as an enrichment class. Additionally, we have an art teacher who supports the Arts in the Core classes.

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Project-based learning
  • Other