About Us

Located in far northeast Denver, the nationally-acclaimed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College serves college-bound students in grades six through twelve. Benefiting from a rigorous, college prep curriculum, a strong school culture, zealous support from staff, a variety of learning opportunities, including Project-Based Learning, student portfolios, and internships, DMLK students are well-prepared for their post-secondary plans and beyond.

Our school is proud to offer students the opportunity to graduate high school with an Associate’s Degree or certification TUITION FREE while earning their high school diploma through concurrent enrollment.* DMLK also offers the “CareerConnect” program which accelerates students toward creating early career experience through community connections. It introduces students to career specific opportunities through field trips, mentor programs, internships, career training classes and even job placements.

The Early College has been granted Innovation Status, which means that it is more closely governed by the school leadership team, which is called the School Governance Board. Additionally, the school has more control over its internal budget than typical District schools.


Travel east on I-70. Exit on Pena Boulevard (to DIA). Take the first exit off Pena Boulevard, onto Green Valley Ranch Blvd. Turn right (east) and travel through the Tower Road intersection. Pass through another stoplight at Argonne. Look for Flanders near the end of a long white picket fence and turn right (south). As soon as you turn onto Flanders, you will see the Early College! What you see is the back of our building. Please drive around to the front on 46th Avenue. Parking is available in the first lot for visitors.

**Visitors need to enter through the front door using the intercom.

School Profile

Students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College come from a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The student body is comprised of the following ethnicities:
American Indian- 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander- 2%
African American- 25%
Hispanic- 67%
Caucasian- 3%
Other- 1%

To celebrate the diversity at the Early College, various clubs and resources are available to support all students regardless of their races, religions, sexual identity, gender.

Our Mission

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our early college community offers rigorous and meaningful education while empowering our students to become agents of change in our community and global society.

The MLK Way
“Actions match the words, especially when no one is watching.”


Be on time, ready to work when your teacher starts class
Be where you are supposed to be
During class use your listening and studying skills
Maintain your focus in class


Recognize what others need
Don’t disturb others while working
Be cordial and positive
Show respect to all school personnel


Follow adult instructions when given as intended the first time asked
Use school appropriate language
Take pride in your school
Learn purposely
Own your success and learn from your failures


Mean what you say
Conduct yourself in a polite manner at all times
Keep in mind that other people are around you
Take care of your property and school property


Push yourself to the next level
Strive for the highest expectations
Education is the first priority
If you don’t like something, change it
Complete all assignments to the best of your ability and turn them in on time
Help yourself and others to the privilege of education
Demonstrate truthful and good behavior

Why Choose MLK?

The Early College offers a comprehensive educational program for 6th through 12th grade students. The program includes:

  • Smaller class model improving the student’s one-on-one time with their instructor
  • Fully-aligned rigorous curricula from middle school through high school to prepare students for post-secondary education
  • School-wide AVID strategies to ensure students understand the relevance of their coursework and aspire toward a two-year, four-year or technical college
  • Highly motivated and qualified teachers who care deeply about student success
  • Intervention classes to support students who may need extra help to become academically proficient, after school tutoring hours are also available
  • Uniforms required to maintain a solid academic environment and help students feel motivated and focused
  • After-school clubs, activities, athletics and classes to engage students and connect them to the school
  • Educational technology throughout the building to instruct students in 21st-century skills
  • Off-campus field trips to metro-area colleges and academic competitions to give students a chance to challenge themselves
  • Supportive and informative counseling to assist families with everything from college and scholarship applications to specific family needs
  • Students who choose the Early College’s high school should have the ability and motivation to successfully complete a college-prep curriculum.
  • The Early College is part of the Far Northeast Enrollment Zone. Interested families should familiarize themselves with the zone’s enrollment policies. Call 720-423-3493 for more information.

MLK TRANSFER Application Packet