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Martin Murphy Middle School

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Posted February 15, 2012

I go to this school and its great! Im in 8th grade and we have a new principle that's doing a lot of good things to our school! Going to get better every year now!


Posted May 23, 2010

i went to murphy. dont go to this school. worst school ever. more gangs/violence than anything. fights, drugs , and other threats. i was her half the school year, then transferred because of lack of academic standards. i was at a 1.7 and now at an 4.0 GPA


Posted March 28, 2010

I will be leaving Murphy after this school year, and I hate the fact that I am overly excited to. The teachers are very good, no teachers come to mind when I think of how many aren't as good. The students here, are quite extreme. Either, extremely uninterested, or overly interested. Only a small percentage of the student body is actually interested. The principal, though, really needs to realize that she is the principal at a middle school. Kids won't listen. Kids rebel. And she doesn't understand the fact that she can't be unflexible. Middle school is all about being open minded and flexible with the student body. The principal just is not willing to bend her ideas so that both sides are somewhat happy. I believe adults that work with middle school kids have to be understanding. Which, the teachers grasp that fact. But some people don't.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2010

It's a shame that a disgruntled few get such a high profile place to offer their biased vent. I've found that the teachers and administration at Murphy bend over backwards for their kids. I've also found them to be very fair with the tough love needed to raise young teens and I appreciate their help. I too have run into the problem of them not delivering messages, but once they pointed out the policy in the student rules and they explained the math of running personal messages to 700 kids, it made sense. My reason was urgent to me, but not really an emergency.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

The administration is so horrible at this school. We have left messages at the school that have went unanswered. The office staff seems very reluctant to help relay messages to students. I've experienced this first-hand, and have also met other parents with the same experience. We do like the resource teachers here, and some of the teachers have been really good. We love the teacherease.com that most of the teachers seem to be using, so that parents have a clear idea of the day-today progress of their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

I called in to get a message to my son because I unexpectedly had to leave home (Morgan Hill) and go in to San Jose, so I wouldn't be home, and needed him to not get on the bus - so I could pick him up - I was informed that they do not take messages. Safety of children is not priority. I have left a message for the principal - no return call. Basically, from my experience the office does not return phone calls. Teachers: Some good, and some not so great. Last year my son was getting A's in Science, and this year, 1st trimester, an 'F' so far!!?? He says he doesn't understand the teacher. Zero communication from the school on this also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2009

I am a parent at Martin Murphy. There are some terrific teachers there who make a difference. As for their communication and administration, I have had several disappointing experiences. In addition to this, their phone system has no personal touches and is annoying to navigate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2008

I'm a student of Martin Murphy Middle School , and i just graduated from my 8th grade and I think that this school is good in a great many aspects but even lacks in various ways too. But on the whole it's a good school to me it means a lot because this school actually gave me so much. Thanks Murphy!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2008

i am an 8th grader at martin murphy and i am currently going tro graduate this school.Martin Murphy is i guess an ok school.Our lunch are ok but can be healthier and also our teachers are ok but need to actually wanna make school fun.Some kids hate school or drop out because of our school suspending people for stupid stuff but in the long run were does that leave them? well that is why i rate Martin Murohy Middle School a 2 star school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2008

I see a decline in overall school and class organization with the change of top leadership. I see more gang activity and a lack of overall sense of academic accomplishment, motivation. I wish there was a way to get the economic-disadvanted overall accomplishment, study, parental support increased....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2007

There are some teachers with good classroom management and very good and clear curriculum and lesson plans (mostly the veteran teachers) and others with terrible classroom management (mostly the newer teachers). Afterschool sports and activities vary in their quality, depending on which teacher has stepped up to be the leader. I do feel that my child is safe at school and with help and support from her family will do well and succeed here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2007

The teachers would not respond to emails or phone calls and neither did the Principal and Vice-Principal. We ultimately had to talk to the Director of Education, he was very helpful. But, even with his intervention we never got anything from the staff of Martin Murphy. I would not give the staff a passing grade in communication and helpfulness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

I went to this school for half of my 7th grade year (Im in 8th grade now) because I moved to another state. When I went to Martin Murphy Middle School, to me the school was ok... they do not have lockers so it can be tough to carry around all your books at times and there is trash everywhere. Teachers there are a hit or miss. Also another thing that is kinda bad is the lunch line... there is 3 lines but almost everyone gets school lunch so the waiting line is huge! Also they mainly have pizza and soup and burritos and to me even as a teen would of liked to have a healthier choices for food.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2006

Music program is ok, not exceptional. Sports programs are available.
—Submitted by a former student


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API score

786

Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
72%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
25%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
64%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
16%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students72%
Females78%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian74%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented75%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students66%
Females74%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant education64%
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state56%

Math

All Students47%
Females49%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asian68%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate52%
Parent education - declined to state35%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students13%
Females11%
Males15%
African American15%
Asian9%
Filipino27%
Hispanic or Latino7%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)22%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability14%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only14%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented29%
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
Parent education - high school graduate2%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)13%
Parent education - college graduate25%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate30%
Parent education - declined to state0%

English Language Arts

All Students50%
Females51%
Males48%
African American53%
Asian70%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate63%
Parent education - declined to state30%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students11%
Females11%
Males10%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino10%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability10%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only11%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students58%
Females49%
Males67%
African American47%
Asian67%
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate66%
Parent education - declined to state57%

Science

All Students76%
Females70%
Males81%
African American60%
Asian95%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability68%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate87%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 47%
White 29%
Asian 16%
Black 3%
Two or more races 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/AN/A
English language learners 11%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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