College Readiness Coordinators/Counselors:

  • Jessica Seifert:  Grades  7 and 8
    720 424 0482
  • Sebrinia Welch: Grades 6 and 9
    720 424 0465
  • Hap Legg: Grades 10 – 12;  Last names A – L
    720 424 0501
  • Jody Wickers: Grades 10 – 12;  Last names M – Z
    720 424 0450
  • Shanee Noble- Goodwill
    • Job Shadows, Resume building, student employment
    • 720-424-0447
  • Esmeralda Rodriguez- Denver Scholarship Foundation College Advisor
    • College Applications, Financial Aid, Scholarship Assistance,
    • 720.424.0496

12th Grade and Graduation Information
2019-2020 School Year

Graduation Ceremony-University of Denver, Ritchie Center, Magness Arena
2240 Buchtel Boulevard (map enclosed)
Denver, CO  80210

May 26, 2020-  Rehearsal- 5 PM Ceremony 7 PM
What to bring:
– It is ok to bring flowers, family, friends, and fun!
Please do not bring balloons or noise makers – the university has
requested this, and we want to respect this relationship and be able to
continue using this venue in the coming years.
-up to 15 guests per student
-no tickets required
Parking in lots C and lot 108N-$7 per car (map enclosed)
Student attire– graduation robe over own clothing.
-comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in
-dark colored pants or skirt, and shoes looks best – they will show beneath the graduation robe.

Graduation Rehearsal #1- May 22, 2020-  7:30 am
 -Seniors participate in mandatory rehearsal, then can pick-up their caps
& gowns, receive honor cords as appropriate, have fun with “most
likely” voting results, walk through school as a farewell.

Cap & Gown Photos-November -date TBA; 10-2 @MLK
-one loaner cap & gown available for photos
-arrange w/photographer for photo pick-up

Senior Photos- for graduation ceremony -Monday April 6th 2020
Senior photos to be included in the slide show on jumbo screens, during
graduation ceremony.
-if a photo is not submitted by this date, the student’s school photos will
be used

Cap & Gown ordering -Deadline: December 15, 2019
-Cap & gown package will be shipped to DMLK
-required for participation in graduation ceremony-no exceptions

Senior Parent Exit Meeting-April, 2020 (Date to be announced later)
semester 2 large group meeting for all parents and guardians of 12th grade students.
-required in order for your student to participate in the graduation ceremony

Seniors Last School day- May 15, 2020
Deadline for any school work seniors must do to complete their school year and graduate

Senior Checklist Completion – May 15, 2020
-Completion of all requirements in this document will permit your student to participate int he graduation
-this includes parent events.  Please see the Senior Checklist!

Senior Checkout Day-May 20, 2020
-Seniors must have completed ALL tasks to check-out of school
-there will be no additional days or opportunities

Senior Defenses-  April 2020
-Each senior presents his or her portfolio, to prove readiness to graduate.
-Parent/Guardian participation is required for your student to pass
his/her Defense.
Students cannot participate in the graduation ceremony without 
passing this event.

Seal of Biliteracy-Language Test Week of January 14, 2020
Students who have applied for the Seal of Biliteracy, AND for students
who have not but wish to try to earn the Seal of Biliteracy-will all have
a language test in January.-Next steps after that test will be communicated
solely via email.

Communications-All School Year
How can you and your student get information about graduation
-Parent/Guardian Information nights (September, April) mandatory for
your student to participate in graduation ceremony
-Student emails:  Your student receives frequent emails about many
12th grade topics.  Please check-in with them.
-Graduation information letter (this letter)
DMLK website-home page–large Graduation button
-Senior class meetings with counselors- Once per month
-Individual student meetings with counselor–each semester
-Graduation coordinator:  Jody Wickers: or 720 424 0450





The counselors at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College believe…

  • All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program.
  • All students’ cultural and personal needs and learning styles will be considered in the planning & implementation of the school counseling program.
  • All students will have access to a Master’s level school counselor driven program.

The counselors at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College believe their comprehensive school counseling program will…..

  • Be data driven.
  • Be based on specific goals and developmental student competencies.
  • Be planned and coordinated by the school counseling team and collaborated with administration, other school personnel, parents, and community members.
  • Utilize community resources for program delivery.
  • Actively monitor student achievement.
  • Be reviewed annually by the district counseling team in cooperation with the school counseling team and administrators.

The counselors at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College believe the Counseling Department will….

  • Consider how student achievement has increased as a result of what counselors do.
  • Abide by professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association National Standards.

The mission of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, culturally responsive, developmental and preventative counseling program that supports all students through a caring and enriching environment and encourages them to succeed academically, socially, personally, and vocationally today, tomorrow and in the future as defined by the American School Counselor Association national Standards through:

  • A dedication to the mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College, which is “to graduate students who are GREAT LEADERS, GREAT THINKERS, AND GREAT COMMUNICATORS.”
  • A commitment to being a data driven counseling department based on our 2012-2013 Counseling Department Goals
  • A commitment to all student graduating with a completed Personal Education Plan, succinct and relevant to their post-secondary goals.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College counseling department is dedicated to student support in the following areas…. post-secondary support through:

  • Assisting with college applications and advisement
  • Supporting FAFSA completion
  • Individual career and vocational advisement
  • Informing students of programs available to support post-secondary success, such as concurrent enrollment,collaborating with Goodwill and DSF

Academic support through:

  • Individual and small groups to support and facilitate academic growth
  • Keeping students on track to graduate
  • Providing opportunities to learn study skills
  • Transcript evaluation to assess credits and graduation requirements

Career support through:

  • Administering interest inventories and making relevant connections to careers
  • Assisting with resume writing
  • Personal career planning

Personal/Social support through:

  • Supporting and assisting with conflict resolutions
  • Providing crisis intervention
  • Facilitating interpersonal and support groups based on needs of students
  • Support students dealing with issues of grief and loss
Concurrent Enrollment
Download: Concurrent Enrollment Agreement Form Download: Concurrent Enrollment Registration Form

Concurrent enrollment is a program offered to MLK Jr. Early College Juniors and Seniors where Denver Public Schools will pay for students to take two college courses each semester.

Things to consider:

  • Most college courses are 3 credits each. If your student took full advantage of this opportunity, students could potentially earn 24 college credits by the time they graduate! (24 credits usually equals one full year of college!!)
  • At the Community College of Aurora, one credit is worth about $147.42. If your student took full advantage of this opportunity (24 college credits), students could save at least $3,528 at CCA, and more at a state college/university.
  • If a student earns at least 12 college credits by the end of their senior year with a GPA of 2.0, students could potentially be eligible for a program called ASCENT, which would give your student a full year of college at a participating community college paid for by Denver Public Schools.

For more information, please contact the College Readiness Coordinators in the Future Center.

Denver Scholarship Foundation

Denver Scholarship FoundationContact Information

Esmeralda Rodriguez, email
College Advisor
Denver Scholarship Foundation, located in the Future Center, website


To stay connected with senior dates and events, click here

  • Esmeralda Rodriguez is your go-to person through the entire college application process throughout the entire school year and will help you with ANYTHING regarding the college process. Including:
    • Requesting official transcripts
    • College/scholarship applications
    • College/scholarship research
    • And much more!
  • ACT Exam Dates 2019-2020 TBD: (To register go to you didn’t do well on the last ACT exam or would like to retake the exam, the next test date is September 13.
  • Contact Esmeralda Rodriguez for details and possible ACT fee waivers.NOTE: Students can only use two ACT fee waivers. After the ACT website will reject them and require payment via a check or credit card. So make sure you’re prepared for the exam!
  • What Should You Be Doing in August
    • Start researching colleges and keep a list of those you’re interested in.
    • Start working on your college essays.
    • Think of 2-3 teachers, coaches, and/or community members who would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you.
    • When school starts, complete a letter of recommendation request form (you can get one from the Future Center) and submit it to your teacher(s).
    • Think of activities that you can join this year
    • Find volunteering opportunities. Keep track of how many hours you volunteer. Whether you have a 2.0 or a 4.0 GPA most scholarship committees (and colleges) want students who are involved!
Graduation Requirements

Download the HS Requirements  English”   “Download the HS Requirements Spanish”

Martin Luther King Jr., Early College follows the graduation requirements of Denver Public Schools, which include:

  • Students need 240 credits to graduate:
  • Students must complete at least 60 credits a year to advance to the next grade level
  • Each class is 5 credits per a semester, except for Student Assistant (only 2.5 credits)
  • Breakdown of requirements:
  • 40 credits (4 years) of English
  • 40 credits (4 years) of Math
  • 30 credits (3 years) of Social Studies
  • 30 credits (3 years) of Science
  • 10 credits (1 year) of PE
  • 10 credits (1 year) of a Fine Art
  • 80 credits of elective coursework

While foreign language is not a graduation requirement, MLK Jr., Early College highly recommends students to complete 2-3 years (20-30 credits) of a language, as foreign language is an admissions requirement for most 4-year colleges and universities.
For more information: Denver Public Schools High School Graduation Requirements PDF

In addition to graduation, MLK Jr. Early College expects every student to be accepted to at least one college/university. To achieve this, we recommend students to seriously consider the Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR). See below.

Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR)
Subject Minimum College Preparation State Universities and Other Selective College Requirements Highly SelectiveCollege Recommendations
 English (with an emphasis on reading & writing) 4 years 4 years 4 years
Math 3 years includingalgebra, geometryand advanced algebra 4 years, includingalgebra, geometry, and advanced algebra 4 years, includingalgebra, geometry, and advancedalgebra
Social Studies 2-3 years, including1 year of U.S. Historyand 1-2 years from othersocial sciences 2-3 years, including 1year of U. S. History and 1-2 years  fromother social sciences 2-3 years including 1 year of U.S. Historyand 1-2 years from other social sciences
Science 2 years of labscience: BiologyChemistry, orPhysics 2-3 years of labscience: BiologyChemistry, or Physics 2 years of labscience: BiologyChemistry, orPhysics
Foreign Language 2 years of the sameforeign language 2-4 years of the sameforeign language 4 years of the sameforeign language




NavianceNaviance provides the following services to students and parents:

Engage Students

  • Help students establish meaningful post-secondary goals
  • Connect current and future coursework (4-year plan) with post-secondary goals
  • College research and exploration activities to foster individualized and relevant planning.
  • Providing resources and activities to prepare students for the world of work

Increase Rigor

  • Encourage students to pursue more rigorous coursework by combining academic data with information about student college and career interests.

Engage Parents

  • Increase communication with parents around important decisions such as course planning, college admissions and post-secondary planning.
  • Parents are more than welcomed to link their email with their students Naviance account so that they are better informed with what Future Center Events are being held.

Improve Communication

  • Provide more support, encouragement and guidance to students with a variety of communication tools that help students stay motivated.

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AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVIDAVID is a National and International program designed to level the playing field for all students to achieve academic success. AVID is a school-wide initiative, not a school within a school. AVID is designed to influence the culture of the entire school. The mission of AVID is ensure that all students complete a college preparatory path in which they will succeed in the most rigorous curriculum, enter the mainstream activities of the school, increase their enrollment in a 2-4 year college, and become responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

The mission of AVID is ensure that all students complete a college preparatory path in which they will succeed in the most rigorous curriculum, enter the mainstream activities of the school, increase their enrollment in a 2-4 year college, and become responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College is a nationally certified AVID school. We are moving into our 3rd year of school-wide AVID implementation encompassing the middle and high school. Rigorous AVID teaching strategies are utilized in every classroom, including a paradigm called WICR (pronounced “wicker”). WICR is writing to learn, emphasis on inquiry, a collaborative approach, and critical reading strategies. AVID at Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College is rooted in all aspects of the “MLK WAY,” which emphasizes High Expectations, No Excuses, and the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.

MetroStateUniversityIn addition to one-on-one tutoring with teachers during their hours of availability, the Early College has a tutoring partnership with Metropolitan College of Denver. Metro tutors are available to assist all students with any content area on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:00-4:30 in the Community Room.