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La Mesa, CA
Students enrolled: 766

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8305 El Paso Street
La Mesa, CA 91942

(619) 668-5865
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October 09, 2013
We moved our son to Murray Manor last year and have not regretted one day!! He has Asperger's Syndrome and was bullyed at his previous school. When we found Murray Manor it was literally a breath of fresh air. He now has "Autism Advocates" that help him socialize better on the playground, his teachers work with him, the facility listen to him at lunchtime when he's stressed and the Principal understands the need for a safe environment for all the children. The children that have formed this speical group to support my child should be commended along with their parents for being supportive at home and at school. With the state of our schools these days, it's so much harder for the teachers and facility. I wish we could spread Murray Manor's collective Team concept to all schools and create an environment of education to bring the next generation to it's highest potential...

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
My only complaint is the pick-up/drop-off process. The school did away w/their buses "as a way to promote healthy living," which is great if you live within a mile radius of the school. This is greatly inefficient for single car families & dual working parents who do not live in walking distance. The process itself is absolutely horrid & disorganized. Parking is basically nonexistent, there just isn't any but a small handful on school property which forces you to find parking on the street or in the parking lots of local businesses. I've even witnessed parents receiving tickets for parking in the wrong spots on school property. As you can imagine, parents are frantically rushing in & out w/their cars &/or aimlessly running in front of moving cars. It's gotten so awful that everyday I can bet I will get into a near car wreck or come close to hitting one of the many dozens of parents, w/children in tow, who don't use the crosswalk & rush out into the street, expecting car drivers to slam on their brakes for them. These are just a few of my qualms in regards to the issue. It's an absolute shame because it's a horrible accident waiting to happen that could be easily avoided.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
This is a G-R-E-A-T school, period. Ambitious but caring teachers, and office personnel. I hope we get someone as awesome as Mr. Magliato again for principal though... I laughed at somebody saying parents aren't involved enough.. I was always mad how much they are involved, makes me feel guilty as I work full time and can't be there all the time!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
I love Murray Manor! The teachers are great and the Principal is amazing! Parents and Faculty are very involved and you can tell! We have been going to MM for 3 years now and cant say anything bad. The PTA is awesome too!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2012
It's ok. It's cliquish. It's who you know. And I don't think they handle the mean kids adequately. But the test scores are high. And very few parents are involved really.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
i love the teachers most .they are great and so involve with the activities.want to see more.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2011
This is such an excellent school! There is great parent involvement,and the principal is amazing. The staff really cares about their school, and their students.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
If you want a great school with amazing parent involvement and a principal who is committed to excellence and quality education, then Murray Manor is for your child! The teachers are top notch and even during these troublesome times of budget cuts and HUGE class sizes, they continue to do the right thing and teach our kids to the best of their ability! I am amazed at how many awesome parents are willing to help out in the classrooms and fight to keep education thriving during this horrific budget slashing crisis that California is going through.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2010
My kids have been at Murray Manor since they started school and until last year (4th grade) we had a GREAT experience. Last year they increased class sizes to 36 kids in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. WHAT A DISASTER! The kids are LOST in a sea of bodies. The teachers try and they seem to care but their hands are tied. It is not their choice to have that many in class, but just today I had a parent tell me that the teacher does not even know his daughters name yet and we are 4 weeks into the school year. As a teacher myself I just have to say that California and La Mesa district in particular must bring back smaller class sizes! Our kids are just #'s and learning is being lost!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2010
Love the school, parent involvement is amazing! The teachers really care about the kids and they encourage and uplift the students. Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
i have 3 kids in this school, one 1 on 3rd gr. 4th gr, and 5th grade. my 5th grader is really having a tough time in his classroom and subject, he doesnt have any problem with classmate it his adjusting status, they enrolled in this school late, like last week of october last year. i feel like giving up bcz me either i cant understand his subject esp math. but i prayed for what should i do, me and his teacher talked and she let me go in his class for several times, just to monitor, just to sit there and watch some actions. and ive learned a lot, i put my kid into a tutor for 1 1/2 mos.he was slow and cant catch up,but now he can make it alone.&always outstanding, parents need to help their kids by getting involve in their kids life.helps a lot

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no rating April 27, 2010
My daughter attended the Murray Manor during our sabbatical stage in San Diego in 2007. We miss a lot this excelent school, special thanks to the best teacher, Miss Di de Carlo. All our love. MM, MM & AM

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
This is my daughter's 3rd year at this school and I am very dishearted by how the teachers have treated her. She does not fit into their 'mold' and have really bruised her self esteem. Now with only less than 2 months of school left I am told by her teacher that she is not doing well. I try communicating with her teachers and they seem to shun her. Give up on her beacuse she's not getting what they're teaching. If your child is the average normal kid that fits their mold than this would be the school for you. But if you're child is not, than don't bother putting her through hell. The teachers there do not care about your child if they are not fitting into their mold. They are not understanding of their situation nor do they have the patience to be kind

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December 15, 2009
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no rating December 10, 2009
I love Murray Manor. The principal is great and all the teachers my daughter has had from first grade to fifth have been amazing.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Jim Parker the Principal is an outstanding school leader and person. He works closely with his teachers, staff, students and parents to constantly improve the school. The teachers are wonderfully dedicated as is the support staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2009
My son's 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. M was the greatest he has had thus far. Great activities, great school.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
My children have been at Murray Manor for five years now, going on six and we are very pleased with our school. Being a single parent full time it was extremely important to me that we belonged to a safe,supportive school with high academic standards that are reflected in the classroom, staff and school events. They definitely meet this mark. We love the annual schoolwide dance performances each year, the jogathon, and overall caring and impressive parent involvement. The parents are all incredibly nice and the front office, teachers and principal are very welcoming. I would only subtract a half a star for the fact that, as with any school, some of the teachers (literally a few) can be harsh (as in strict), but the majority are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
We have had 3 children graduate from Murray Manor over the years, and just love this school, Mr. Parker the principal, all of the teachers and stafff. This is a warm loving school, well organized, and safe. Children who need exctra help really get it too. One of my kids was below 1st grade level in reading at the beginning of 1st grade and with the schools help was reading at 4th grade reading level by the end of the 1st grade. He also had an IEP and really got the extra special attention he needed. Great Great School. I would highly recommend to any parent. We were on an intra-district transfer so we could have our kids go to this school.

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May 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
My daughter loves her teacher and loves to go to school to learn!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2008
We have been at Murray Manor for five years now. We are very impressed with the parent participation at the school. Parents have encouraged PE and the Arts which seem to be lost at other schools due to focus on test scores being the driver at other schools. Murray Manor provides balanced education without sacrificing test scores as can be seen by the exemplary ratings. Like all schools, there are teachers that are creative, go the extra mile to make learning fun and then there are the others. So far we have been very pleased with the teachers and administration. Murray Manor is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 23, 2007
My daughter attended this school in the 4th grade and we loved it. The teachers and staff were caring and enthusiastic. It is a very family oriented school with lots of fun extracurricular activities. The after care program was affordable and the camp counselors were awesome. She received all the one on one attention she needed from her teacher and really thrived at this school. Unfortunately we were transferred to Texas and the school she is in now which is supposedly 'exemplary' pales in comparison. We miss Murray Manor dearly and would suggest this school for all children.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
Academic programs appear to be sound (test scores consistently high and higher than average for the socioeconomic area). Music is sparse though there are singing shows, art only by docents, current movement by some parents to increase p.e. but now only fun run once a week, afterschool programs are abundant but cost restrictive to many families. Parents are quite involved but a bit hard to forge friendships (personal opinion).

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
I have been at at Murray Manor for the past 7 years with my children. I have seen the best and worst of the school. Parents and children can be very cliquish and cruel to children and parents who do not fit into the Murray Manor mold. Being a working parent I can not always be at the school. It was better when we had the lottery system to choose teachers. Like all schools some teachers are superior and others are mediocre.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
The overall educational environment at Murray Manor is superior. The teachers, principal, volunteers and even the afterschool program staff make this the best environment for my child. I love the parent involvement and am blessed to be a part of my child's school environment and learning. Murray Manor makes sure to offer a wide variety of activities for after-school enrichment at very reasonable fees and chooses activities that the kids enjoy. I feel my child is getting the best elementary education available at Murray Manor.

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March 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
Lots of parent involvement. Nice neighborhood school. Some outstanding teachers and some I could pass on. This year our teacher is of the highest calliber. Wish the school had a stricter dress code. (or any dress code for that fact) Language unbecoming a child is tolerated by some families and overlooked by the yard duty staff. Yard duty needs to take a harder look at controlling bullies on the playground. Too often both the offender and victim are just told to apologize to each other and get on with it. The bullies need to be held accountable, sent to the principal, and parents called. The child being taunted ends up feeling guilty when they are told to shake hands and make up with another child who is clearly the aggressor.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
My daughter has been going to Murray Manor Elementary for almost two years, and my experience has been nothing short of pleasant. The teachers are role models and support ethical and moral education in addition to academics. The staff has been extremely dedicated to the health and welfare of my child at every level.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
My daughter just started Kindergarten this year so I'm not an expert but I personally think that this is a fantastic school! My daughter's teacher along with the others I've met are very, very involved with the kids and really great about the way that they interract with them. They have a very strictly followed curriculum and a staggered schedule so that when they are doing the important stuff (reading, writing, math) there aren't too many kids in the class at once. I see the principal as being very hands on.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
The quality of academics are great (depending on the teacher), there is no music program, they have after school art & lots of parent involvment. However some of the teachers and the way they instruct their students is questionable. The princible is approachable but passive when problem solving.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
My son has been at Murray Manor for a year. We love the school. There are tons of extracurricular activities available on campus. Extremely safe. Teachers are wonderful. My son's teacher has a parent volunteer for every day of the week, so there is a great amount of parent involvement. The staff is very helpful if you're new. You're not treated as an outsider, which I have experienced at other schools we've been to.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
This is an excellent elementary school with strong parental participation, creative, engaging teachers and a history of academic success on standardized tests.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2004
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Murray Manor Elementary School
8305 El Paso Street, La Mesa, CA  91942
(619) 668-5865
Last modified Murray Manor Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Murray Manor Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top