Please contact your student’s Vice Principal or Counselor for help with social, emotional, or academic issues. They will work as a team to put you in touch with resources to support your student.
There are three Learning Centers serving academic support needs at King Middle school, one for each grade level. Learning Center programs vary by grade level and the particular needs of students who require specialized academic instruction. The Learning Centers focus on helping students meet goals set as part of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) but also extend support to students without IEPs on a regular basis. Learning center programs include
- short- or long-term skills-based mini-classes
- small-group instruction to reinforce the basics in reading, writing, and math
- organizational support
- test proctoring for students who require modified assessment environment
- teacher-requested drop-in help with assignments
The Learning Center teachers, who are certificated special educators, follow their class from the 6th through the 8th grade to maintain continuity for the students and to maximize the efficiency of support models that may span more than one year.
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School Counseling Services
(information from and for more information about counseling, including profiles of the counselors, please visit the Counseling Department website)
King Middle School has a comprehensive counseling program available to all students and families. Our three grade level counselors are available to meet with students and families regarding academic, social and emotional concerns. Each counselor remains with their class for the three years at King. Additionally, they can serve as a liaison for ongoing academic or mental health services.
The mission of King Middle School’s school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social/emotional development of all students. School counselors are professional school advocates who provide support to maximize student potential and academic achievement. In partnership with other educators, parents or guardians, and the community, school counselors facilitate the support system to ensure all students at King Middle School have access to and are prepared with the knowledge and skills to contribute at the highest level as productive members of society.
For students who request ongoing counseling, we have school counseling interns available to meet individually and in groups for long term counseling with students. Some issues that students have sought support for in the past include academic achievement, peer issues, identity, divorce, loss, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, we have counselors and interns from Berkeley Mental Health available to provide crisis and long term counseling to students and families with Medi-Cal eligibility.
Please contact the counselor for your grade level for more information on any of our services.
Note: All BUSD middle schools have credentialed counselors. Counseling services available at middle schools include:
- Crisis intervention
- Assisting other school sites in crisis intervention
- Providing students individual and/or small group counseling
- Assisting students in developing interpersonal skills, improving responsibility and resolving conflicts
- Referring students to other school support services and community resources as needed
- Consultations with parents and staff as needed
- Facilitating Section 504 plans and related services for eligible students with disabilities
- Restorative practices including classroom circles, harm circles, and re-entry circles
- Activities to support positive school climate
- Substance use prevention education, counseling, and small groups
- Resources for pregnant, parenting, and lactating students
- Support for students dealing with trauma
- Support for homeless and foster youth
- Preparing students to transition to high school
Contact information is on the main Contacts page