I love this school for so many reasons. First and most importantly, my son LOVES school! The Teachers he has had have given him the gift of LOVE for learning. What amazingly dedicated teachers! They go above and beyond for their students and school family. We also love Murdock for the incredibly strong parent involvement. You really can't find this type of support and involvement in any other school these days. The PTA at our school rocks! There is always something fun happening on campus that includes the whole family (movie & popcorn nights, Halloween Happenings, Science Night, Art Night, etc.). Daily, I see Moms, Dads, and Grandparents, on campus... helping with art, PE, reading with students, grading papers, volunteering their time for the students. It's a wonderful school family! You sense that family-feeling when you walk on campus. We also love this school because it has a Music Program. We feel very grateful that the PTA sees the importance of music in kids lives- and faithfully raises the funds to provide a great music teacher. What's not to love about Murdock?
We left a private school during the past recession to place our son in this school. We heard lots of wonderful things about this school, and since we live in the boundaries, we thought we would give it a try. I agree that the office staff are extremely rude. They NEVER smile and act like you are bothering them when you have to speak with them. The principal also lacks great leadership skills. What makes this school stand out is its excellent teachers that care about teaching their students. The other is the parent involvement; however, it makes some of us full-time employed parents feel guilty about not being able to readily pitch in. This school works for the average or exceptionally intelligent child. It was a terrible fit for our son who needs a little more attention and support. We have since returned to the private school, which is a better fit for our son. I was under the impression that Murdock has no problem dismissing the students that are not gifted so they can keep their test scores high. They focus a lot on maintaining high test scores.
I wrote my 1st review in '07 when we began here and I thought I'd write a new review now that this is our last year. First, we LOVE that there is a 6th grade on this campus. If we could stay longer, we would. Despite economic cut-backs district-wide, Murdock has kept its policy of providing the BEST education via it's caring teachers, support staff, and principal. The PTA is fabulous. What continues to make the difference and fill in the gaps is the amount of support from the parents. On any given day, you will see parents volunteering their time making copies, stuffing folders, laminating, doing errands, walking the halls, supervising the fields at recess...it truly all adds up and makes a difference. Thanks to all at Murdock for a wonderful 7 years; we have made great friends, learned lots and will truly miss you & wish you well!
Our daughter was in EAK (Early Admission Kindergarten) at Murdock. I was a teacher at a local private school, and my husband and I hadn't considered public school as an option. We thought we'd try it for EAK and LOVED it. To say it is an outstanding school is truly not enough, and we have decided to send both of our children to Murdock. Mrs. Tavolazzi was patient, knowledgeable, kind, organized, and truly provided the best educational introduction these little students could have hoped for (as well as us parents!) We have heard wonderful things about the kindergarten teachers as well as many other teachers throughout the school. They are very strong in their field, & due to the strong interest in teaching at Murdock, must have many years of experience in order to teach at this particular school. They are accessible to families, and the number of volunteers here is astounding. I always felt welcome to come and help in the classroom and in the school. It is considered the strongest in La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, and I have no doubt after our time here that it is a very special place for any child during their educational journey.
Murdock is top quality. Lots of parent involvement, rigorous curriculum, great PTA, and a wonderful before and after school daycare program. I'm glad it now has sixth grade on campus.
Murdock has amazing teachers, tons of parent involvement, and a caring principal. Best public school in La Mesa.
The teaching is wonderful my child is well above kids in other schools at the same grade. But the front staff is rude! and the pparking is a nightmare.
I love Murdock! We are all like one big family. On any given day there could be more volunteers on campus than there is staff. We all just CARE!!
There is an overall spirit of success at Murdock. Teachers, Staff, students, parents and other volunteers all work toward a common goal, "every child learning, every day!" Where other schools offer some extra programs, Murdock strives to offer many through its PTA, Accelerated Reader, Field Trips, Art Docents, PE Docents, Cultural Arts Assemblies, and lots of After School Clubs to name a few.
I love that volunteers can come in to help their chid(ren)'s teachers and be a part of the school community. The teachers really care and teach to the best of their abilities, even with diminishing resources (aides and other support staff). You can work with the pricipal and his staff to make sure your child gets the best education, and know they are doing what is best for your child.
Murdock's teachers, staff, students and parents are passionate about creating and maintaining an extraordinary public education experience. The creativity and dedication of staff and abundant parent and extended family volunteers is enabling our students to achieve their best potential as students and good citizens. Murdock consistently scores extremely high on standardized tests to rank as a ten-ten (i.e. top) school. There is so much care, thought and activities put into creating a truly awesome Murdock community!!!
We Love Murdock becuase its a cool school with awsome teachers and staff who provide excellent reguard for the development of each of its students.
Murdock is a great public school. Last year we scored 918 on our API. The year before that we were at 907. That score is the highest in LMSVSD school district and is among the highest is San Diego county. Our parents are very involved, and as of today we have 286 members.
Murdock is an awesome school with the best teacher & staff members and of course the parents. Murdock has recieved the California Distinguished School numerous times. We have an abundance of volunteers, which the teachers and staff truly appreciate. It's a great school no doubt, come by and check it out and see for yourself.
Murdocks great points experienced teachers, high-test scores and the large number of volunteers. Murdock teachers have been wonderful and push the students. My child s teacher has the attitude that children can learn anything as long as you expose them. Murdock encourages a parent-teacher partnership in educating our children. Remember high-test scores = a lot of work on both parts and this includes homework. Murdock s Accelerated Reading program begins in second grade and really requires a lot of reading from the children. Our child continues to enjoy reading, but note parents be prepared to work with your child at home.
I find it amusing that our HIGHLY CRITICAL review was somehow deleted. It lends credence that this site does not allow for honest opinions. Take it for what it's worth, but maybe this school has improved with a leadership change. GreatSchools, I am disappointed with you, and I encourage parents to go the schools themselves and talk to parents, not PTA or Principals.
I can not speak for Murdock elementary until the new school begins, however Mrs. Greene's pre-school program could be much better. There is an opportunity for each child to answer questions at the very least once a week.....my son got to answer a question once this entire semester. The program obviously favors children who will be entering Kindergarten the following year, but they need to work on building self-esteem and a love for learning for every child, not just the ones, that need to be prepped for Kindergarten. There were numerous times my child was not included in a class action of some type, when confronted the preschool teacher simply said and I quote 'you can find another preschool' this is not an adequate response to a parents concern....
There is NO better school than this one. The volunteers at the school are one thing of the things that make this school so great. the parents CARE, it is not just a drop and go school. Everyone is involved in making this OUR school. the environment really makes the kids more calm, more at ease. Drive by and check it out, I guarantee you'll be amazed.
I too transfered my son to Murdock based on the schools test scores. Our neighbor recomended the school to us along with Mrs. Greene's pre-school class (Great Program!!). Overall we have had a great experience. My older sons kindergarden year was a nightmare. I have to say that I'm glad it's over. He is now at the end of 1st grade and he has a great teacher. I can't say that he doesn't get into trouble, because he does, but it's dealt with in a possitive way. At times I think they are too nice, but everyone works together towards a common goal. I look forward to what next year will bring.
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