Welcome to King Elementary

King Mission Statement
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School

    6910 Defoe Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80911

    719-391-3455   719-391-3456

    Tricia Bentley, Principal

    Linda Donelson, Assistant Principal



    Dear Families,

    Welcome to M.L. King Jr. Project Based Learning Elementary School!  We are committed to providing the best possible education to the children of this community. King Elementary is full of outstanding staff members that are dedicated to providing a quality education for every child, in every classroom, every day.  This year, we are continuing our journey into project based and personalized learning for all students K-5.  We are excited to create an environment that will turn our students into “thinkers.”



    We will remain steadfast in research based practices to ensure all students learn to read, write and demonstrate the math skills necessary to apply them to our projects. Our new approach will allow students to be engaged, collaborative, and hands-on with real world projects and connections to careers. Student curiosity is used to develop excitement around solving problems through collaboration and choice.



    It is King Elementary's priority to not only meet students’ academic needs, but also provide supports for students’ social and emotional growth. We are committed to teaching them foundational skills to succeed in life:

    • Habits of success help students to learn and grow
    • Meaningful teacher student relationships are fostered
    • Sense of community where the students, parents, and school work together



    King will continue to offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and clubs that offer leadership opportunities, environmental stewardship, knowledge and appreciation of the arts, athletic intramural sports, coding and robotics technology, and so much more!

    King Elementary believes in developing well rounded and socially confident students. We look forward to your involvement in all aspects of King!


    2019-2020 school year

    August 13 - Classroom rosters posted at 4pm (front door)

    August 14 – Meet the Teacher & Open House: 4th grade & new 5th graders 3:30pm (Intro to PBL), 4-4:30 3rd-5th in classrooms,       4:30-5:00 ALL GRADES have ice cream in the gym, 5-6:00 Kdg-2nd grades in classrooms.

                August 15 – First day for students 1st – 5th grade


                August 15 – First day for students in Kindergarten with last names A-L- They will not attend on the 16th

    August 16- First day for students in Kindergarten with last names M-Z- They will not attend on the 15th

    August 19 – All kinder students will attend

    Kinder parents, please plan on bringing your child on their designated first day as well as coming to school at 3:00  to receive information from your child’s teacher to better inform you of our procedures, expectations, and bussing system.

    We look forward to meeting you in August!


    Mrs. Tricia Bentley, Principal



  • "Home of the Cougars"

    6910 Defoe Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80911

    Principal: Tricia Bentley
    Assistant Principal: Linda Donelson

    Office Hours 7:45-4:15
    Breakfast 8:20-8:40
    Student Hours 8:40-3:20
    (719) 391- 3455
    FAX: (719) 391-9324