It is easy to tell that the previous parent was one of a child with ongoing behavior problems. I am a parent of 3 children who attend and have attended MURWOOD. The staff is very caring and fair. They make every effort to work with all students and their families. Occasionally there is a child whose behavior at school is not conducive to learning and/or keeping students safe. Thank you MURWOOD for referring these children somewhere where they can get the help they need and others can go to school feeling safe and able to learn. The MURWOOD staff gets 5 stars from our family!
The parents and teachers are gossipers. Supervision in the lunch room and playground is very poor. Kids don't have any manners and nobody teaches them. I've heard from one of the teacher's husband that Murwood tries to get rid of all challenging children by the time they need to enter 3d grade so the school has better reputation. The teachers are hysterical and lazy, they don't want to work on the classroom rules and the kids behavior. In stead of working with challenging kids they get them labeled and kid cannot succeed anymore, he is always bad. If you get disciplinary actions papers from the office ever day it means they've started it. Your child is a target! Even if your child wasn't the one who started the fight or conflict, the "bad kid" will be always in trouble!!! Save your children, don't send them to Murwood!!!
I love Murwood. Having taught in a few other districts I have a great perspective on why it is such a great school. Having such a diverse population is a bonus, as students get to meet kids who are from around the world. The principal is highly trained in curriculum and is guiding the staff towards best practices for all students with remediation for the struggling learners, and acceleration for the advanced learners. The parent community is so supportive of the staff and students and works hard to be a partner in education. My own children went here and even though they were very different learners, both got just what they needed to be successful at the middle school level. Great place to work, great place to be a student.
Murwood is a good school. Unfortunately since the new principal began 2 years ago, it has taken a turn for the worst. The principal seems very controlling and this is rubbing off on the staff. 90% of the teachers are very good at Murwood but it's is obvious that they are not happy under the new "leadership". The worry is this will drive away the good teachers. What Murwood has going for it is the outstanding parent involvement but even this is stifled by the principal. A lot of emphasis is placed on bringing below average students up to proficiency. So if your child is proficient or above, they tend to get ignored because that is not the principal's goal, which is unfortunate.
Our younger son started Kindergarten in Murwood Elementary School last year. His older brother also went to this school, then WCI, Las Lomas High and he is in college now. We cannot stop to be impressed about quality of education, range of activities including extracurricular activities and events arranged by PTA, personal attention and close communication with teachers and, above all, our kids happiness and desire to learn and to go back to school after summer. The after school and summer program at Keyspot is fantastic as well. We are so lucky and happy to be part of this community and to be able to have our kids go to public school like this.
Everyone from the teachers to the office staff is committed to helping kids suceed.
My children are attending Murwood and I know it is the perfect place for them. teachers are warm and friendly. The school through the efforts of the Walnut Creek Education Fund and the PTA cover all those things that are missing these days from public school. The parent involvement is almost overwhelming. Sometimes I feel like a crappy parent because all the moms I see seem like super moms volunteering and such. The after school center is fun, but very loud and messy. It seems to be the place that kids want to be. The after school programs put on by the PTA are great. reasonably priced.
My child has attended Murwood since Kindergarten and I have loved every minute. My child in my opinion is recieving the very best education possible. The teachers are diverse in their teaching style, the staff from the custodian to principal is approachable and friendly. The parents are enthusiastic and dedicated. the after school care facility Keyspot is great. I feel like the school is a home away from home.
The Walnut Creek School District is small with only 5 elementary schools & one middle school. This is part of the reason our school is so successful; Another is the quality & dedication of our excellent teachers & the high level of parent participation. Our PTA/parents raise funds to have extra-curricular activities, have including piano, hip-hop, drama, band, science, to name a few. We have Arrt, Physical Education & Science (and a Science Fair starting last year) for all kids. In Walnut Creek many kids participate in sports & the school grounds are available for baseball & soccer. Three years ago a Boy Scout Pack was started. Programs for speech & IEP are, of course available, but the professionals who work in these areas are dedicated & hard-working. Murwood is also a diverse school - with many ethnic groups & languages we are proud of. A 'Distinguished School'. A terrific school.
I had two daughters attend Murwood. For my first daughters teachers I would say that three teachers out of the six were well above average and the other three were well below average. For my second daughters teachers I would say two were well above average and the rest were well below our expectations. If I had a third child I would not be sending them to this school.
My child is only in Kindergarten this year, but I have to say that the teacher quality, overall beauty of the school, and parent involvement is amazing! I have to say that the PTA run auction that funds most of the PTA events was out of this world! But at Murwood that seems true. The afterschool program is fantastic! Keyspot is where my child wants to be, and I am so glad to have him there. Murwood gets two thumbs way up!
I am very impressed with the quality of staff and their dedication to the students. They participate in on-going enrichment activities. Parent involvement is excellent and makes everyone feel welcome and part of this special community. The PTA is very supportive!
This school is a fantastic well rounded school. The teachers are experienced and take an interest in the children. They also attend extended training on rotating and grouping children increasing academic performance for students at all levels. They also are beginning many extended family and after school student events. Although there is a couple of unapproachable cliques, overall everyone is welcoming and friendly. It has academics and diversity.
Murwood is an excellent school! It has a more diverse student population, both ethnically and economically, than the other WC schools and yet the school does an excellent job challenging students of every level. The faculty is responsive and friendly. My 2 children are thriving academically and socially. I wouldn't want them at any other elementary.
Murwood is an average public school with a ethnically diverse population. Parents are not particularly friendly. There are no innovative teaching methods or extraordinary teachers.
The school seems to be going downhill, with little supervision on playground, class, or lunchroom. Some teachers, some are truly terrible. My child is learning nothing this year, but had a good teacher last year. I'm hoping to make up for it by teaching at home after hours. Used to be highly rated, but I wouldn't choose it now.
My son completed all 6 grades at MW and I am totally satisfied. The teachers are enthusiastic and many have years of experience. Math and Language arts are strong (as evidenced by the high scores) and out of all the WC schools graduating to WCI, Murwood students fare well. Parent involvement is very strong and therefore the extra curricular programs are pleanty. There are art, PE, Science and Music teachers on staff thanks to community involvement ($). I am very satisfied. I particuularly like the cultural diversity (fair amount of immegrants from around the world) and the school's celebration of that.
My daughter has been in K-4 (in 4th now). We feel the quality of her teachers is excellent. Each teacher has given personal attention and has high expectations of the students. The extracurricular activites, funding by parents and the community through WCEF is great for the kids. Parent involvement is high in the school and throughout the community with sports activities,etc.
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