Programs For Students:

Co-Curricular Programs

EBCE (Academic Internship)

Gifted and Talented

Governor's School for the Arts

Governor's Scholars Program

Pre-Engineering Program


Talent Search

Upward Bound Program

Lexington Sister Cities Exchange Program


Alternate Programs:


Bluegrass Challenge Academy

The Bluegrass Challenge Academy trains and mentors selected at-risk youth to become contributing members of society. The program Models Eight Core Components in a quasi-military environment during a 22-week residential and one-year follow up program.  "Quasi-Military" - a program that resembles military training such as attention to detail, respect, self-discipline, and chain of command.  Acceptance is not based on income and there are no fees.  Upon completion of the program, an educational stipend may be available.

GED Program

Students who have dropped out of high school can earn their GED , a high school equivalency program.  This can assist adults in increasing their wage potential, job opportunities, or allow students to further their education.  For additional information, call the GED Connection at 1-800-538-4433.  There is also a GED program offered through Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

JCPS eSchool Program

MLK offers the JCPS eSchool Program to students who need to earn initial credits outside of their high school, to make up credits, or finish their high school diploma outside of their high school day.  Students complete the course work via the internet, then report to MLK to take the final exam for the course.  There is a fee for each 1/2 credit per semester.  There are reduced fees for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch.  Interested students should see their counselor for eligibility criteria, available courses, and an application.

Job Corps - Frenchburg

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people explore a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a  job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age, Job Corps provides the basic skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.  For more information on this program, click the link above.

Lexington Day Treatment

The Lexington Day Treatment Center has four components: counseling, academics, family counseling, and parent education groups. The Center provides counseling services and an alternative academic program for youths, 12-18 years of age, who are experiencing difficulties at home, at school and/or those who are involved with the court system.  The program is in session year-round and follows the Fayette County School System calendar during the Fall and Spring semesters.   For more information, contact (859) 246-4370.

MLK Academy Night Program

The Martin Luther King Jr. Academy night program is a computer based credit recovery program for students who have dropped out or are in danger of dropping out of school and only have a few credits to earn in order to graduate.  Students who have at least 10 credits and a qualifying reading score on their MAP testing could be eligible.  See your counselor for more information.  Visit:

Opportunity Middle College

Opportunity Middle College is a partnership between our school district and Bluegrass Community & Technical College that gives juniors and seniors a chance to take college classes while earning their high school diplomas. The application process begins during the sophomore year. This program is open to underserved youth, including low-income and first-generation college students. Students who are selected and participate in OMC will graduate with their peers at their high school graduation ceremony.  Students also will be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities that are held at their high school including sports, clubs, student organizations, prom, etc.  Applications are available from your high school counselor.  Applications should be returned to your counselor by March 1st.

The Learning Center

The goal of The Learning Center is to address those students who just do not fit in a traditional high school.  TLC is a project based learning environment where students will use real world applications.  Transportation is provided to and from school, and the school hours are 9am to 4:10pm.  TLC is a voluntary program and applications can be picked up from your counselor.  Each school can nominate up to five students who they believe can benefit from this program.  A committee then reviews the applications and determines placement based on need and suitability.


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  • Author: Shaun Cook
  • Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2014