We really fought to get our son into Murdock based on its great reputation. It is a physically beautiful place, but my son had nightmares about it ultimately. The new principal this year does not know how to handle kids who don't fit in the mold. My son had numerous problems in his kindergarten class, and though he hadn't ever acted out aggressively before, he had an aggressive incident nearly every day at this school. After many meetings and strategies that were tried half-heartedly, we decided to find a new school in the district. He has been there for two weeks and has had no problems. No agresssion. No problems with his work, so issues with the teacher, no trouble. I don't think the issue was my son. I think it was this school.
Private school attention, in a public school form. Going to Murdock was an excellent experience and truly enjoyable. I believe that my love for learning stemmed out of this elementary school, and I can see that is also true of my classmates. At my high school graduation, it seemed that all of the students going away to prestigious universities were the ones who went to Murdock -- it is a great foundation.
I general I like Murdock Elem. My daughters all have or currently go to this school. Most years the teachers my children have had were great. However this past school year I was not to impressed with some of the teaching methods. Hopefully next year will be better. It is nice for the parents who have the time to volunteer, but I feel that those of us who do not have the time due to work, are not looked at the same way. In general my kids really like Murdock, which is great. I just wish the teachers would try to be more involved with the parents who are not able to be at the school as a volunteer. Academics for the young children are great.As they get older though, they can easily slide under the radar. Need more math help programs also.
Murdock is a great school with a wonderful, caring, experienced staff. The parent involvement is tremendous- which allows the teachers to do what they do best-- teach. Having parents help with daily tasks is a win/ win situation for all. As a parent, it's wonderful to be able to observe your own child amongst his/her own peers. Thank you to our Principal, Mrs. Sardina, for providing the tools to allow our children to grow and learn in such a postive environment. We are very proud to be a part of the Mustang team. -Karen
Murdock is an amazing place where children flourish! The academic program is rigorous and enriching with outstanding teachers and incredible learning experiences. An amazing level of parent involvement allows for many special programs including an active PTA and extensive after school club offerings ranging from chess to Spanish to dance to karate to gardening! My children love their school and are excited about learning. What more could a parent want?
Decent school, but higher average class sizes allows for kids to fly under radar.
The parent involvement at Murdock creates a family environment of people who care about the kids as if they were their own. Where the state funding has effected other schools, Murdock PTA has built in programs to replace what we may have lost... such as Art Docent programs and Reading programs that are so important to our childrens success! I am so grateful for Murdock and what it has done for my son! The teachers are well educated and do their very best because they love the kids!
- Quality of academic programs is excellent. - There is a wide variety of musical, art sports and other extracurricular activities. - Level of parent involvement is incredible
This school has it all, a kind/caring principal, outstanding teachers and staff. Great programs to motivate and assist students to be all they can be. The after school clubs offer a variety of 'classes' to suit almost any taste. The parental involvement is the envy of most other schools around, they actually have to turn-down parents who want to volunteer. In other words, a super school. My boys have both loved this school for all of the above reasons. Keep up the great work Murdock
This is a great environment for children whose parents are able to volunteer 1-2 times a week. There is lots of opportunities for parents to be actively involved and contribute to their childs education. There tends to be some favoritism at times though with those children versus the children who's parents are unable to volunteer for whatever the reason. The quality if academics is average and very accelerated, due to high district and state standards. Extracurricular activites are limited to a extensive after school club program. There is opportunities for parents to lead and teach a club. Music, arts and sports is not stressed as much as reading and writing, (of course) but their could be more opportunity for the younger grades to get involved with music and drama.
I am a new kindergarten parent at Murdock Elementary. Their staff is really nice and helpful. Their new principal is amazingly loving with each student, always positive and interested in each child as a person. The other parents are all so great - the PTA parents do everything they can to allow everyone to get involved and give back to the school in any way possible to make it the best environment for their kids to learn and grow to their highest abilities. We were disgussing private for safety and program issues, then I found Murdock - everything I wanted for my son is here. I highly encourage any parent to come and see for themselves!
Great Librarian! Involved parents. Safe Playground. Murdock Mustangs are proud.
Great shcool and great well discipline kids. The teaching staff bring out the best in your children and challenge them at every stage. I have never seen parent involvement at such an intensely high level. Truely amazing. The best elementary school in the district. Great variety of after school activities (golf, photo, guitar, karate, hula, spanish academy, etc.) My child has been to 3 good schools in this district but Murdock is amazing!
Murdock Elementary is an amazing school. My son has been going there now for two years and he about to start third grade. He's excited to get back and I think that says a lot. His teachers have been incredible. They're available, they care about your child, and they see their potential. I would love to be able to comment more on the principal, or on how problems were solved; but we have not had any to report. One of my favorite things about this school is the reading incentive program. I have seen it work up close and how it has benefited children other than my own. Another notable quality about Murdock is the high output of parent volunteers. I have to say that the parents involved make school an enjoyable event...even for me.
Murdock is the tops! Teachers, staff, and parents all working together towards the same common goals! Our son has had the extreme pleasure of having Ms. Carrera this year in third grade, and all we can say is wow! What a teacher, what an inspiration, educate the whole child, what a concept. We are so pleased to be a part of the Murdock community, and that is what it is, parents and teachers helping each other. Thanks Murdock!
Murdock is simply the best. The overall atmosphere generated by Prinicpal and Staff, as well as the many involved parents produce a positive learning environment for the students. Rather than focus wholly on 'academics', the Staff is open to allowing the active PTA to provide additional music, art, and cultural additions to the student experience. As a result, the graduating students are well rounded and ready to proceed in nearly all environments. A big component of success for Murdock is the large contingent of parent volunteers who visit classrooms daily and help perform some of the routine tasks, thereby freeing the teachers to focus on teaching (what a concept!). Thank you to all the Murdock Staff and all the Murdock Parents for the wonderful experience my child has had at Murdock.
Words cannot describe the awesome atmosphere that the teachers and staff create for the students. As a parent, I'm proud to have my child attend such a great school. My child has had nothing but very positive experiences.
My sons have had an excellent experience at Murdock. Mrs. Belzman is an outstanding kindergarten teacher, full of love for the children and patience abounding, as well as skills in what she does...Ms. McKay helps the third graders grow beyond expectations, and is an expert in technology. I'm thankful my children are able to attend this school.
Another awesome scholl year has come and gone. Thanks to all of the Murdock staff and volunteers to make 2002/2003 a great success. Special thanks to Mrs. Munoz for being such a great teacher to my child and so supportive even outside of the classroom!
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