Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

Building a Community of Learners

4906 NE 6thPortland, OR 97211Ph 503-916-6456Fx 503-916-2647

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  • Donors Choose for 5th Grade

    Business Savvy at BizTown

    My students need to attend Junior Achievement's BizTown simulation field trip.

    My Students

    I teach fifth grade at a culturally diverse PK-8 school in the center of Portland. Our school is built on a strong history of community. We are an international baccalaureate (IB) school with a Mandarin dual-language immersion program. We also have a unique partnership with local artists and Portland State University that houses a contemporary art museum within our school with an unusual pairing between early education and internationally renowned artists and their work.

    Fifth grade is such a pivotal year for students, and I am honored to be their teacher.

    We are establishing a solid, inclusive classroom community of learners. It is amazing to see my students' growth (as learners and people in general) as they navigate their last elementary school year.

    My Project

    Participating in Junior Achievement's BizTown is a life-changing, real world experience for students. Aligned to social studies standards, 5th graders will learn about financial literacy, economics and community, and work readiness skills. Students participate in in-class lessons, including applying to and interviewing for jobs and practicing writing checks and balancing a checkbook. Then students will spend an entire day in a simulation city where they are in charge of the daily operations of all of their businesses, including managing their time for cashing their paychecks, taking their breaks (including lunch), and making personal purchases.

    BizTown is a realistic, hands-on experience that is like no other.

    As amazing as it is, it also is pretty spendy for each individual student (AND TOTALLY WORTH IT). I would like to take that financial burden off of my students' families, so they can focus on learning these life skills and enjoying this opportunity.
  • Welcome to MLK Jr.'s New Website!

    Check out these information links to find out what is happening at MLK Jr. and around the district!


  • Welcome to Martin Luther King Jr. School!  We are a school with a strong history and a bright future.  Our PK-5th grade students represent the future of this great city and we are proud to have many local partners supporting us.  As an International Baccalaureate authorized school, we seek to provide inquiry based, conceptual learning for our students.  Integrated arts is also at the heart of our work. These experiences serve to bring the content alive!  Please visit the Integrated Arts page for more information about our partners.  Finally, we are a Mandarin Immersion school, providing Mandarin language instruction in a 50/50 model.  We are partnered with the Albina Head Start program where many of our students receive Mandarin instruction during their Pre-K experience.


    Our Mission:

    Martin Luther King, Jr. School believes in the unlimited potential of everyone in our diverse community.  We believe that a caring well-balanced student will be motivated to become a global citizen who is inspired to take action.




    Jill Sage




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