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16021 Janine Drive
Whittier, CA 90603

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(562) 789-2150
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4 stars
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May 17, 2014
This is a great school! The principal is very enthusiastic and does all possible to achieve a positive and safe learning environment. Class size is high but I'm not sure if that is a Murphy Ranch or East Whittier School District issue. We have had great experiences with all the teachers and my daughters love it there.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
We have been at Murphy Ranch since Kinder we just love the school. The principal is wonderful she really listens to parents works on making sure children feel safe. Teachers are caring and are always willing to help where they can. The PTA seems to work hand in hand with the principal. Lots of parent involvement . We had a choice between private school or public this school has a private school feel. The only negative is the Kinder play area seems a bit small for the amount of kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
Education is not bad, but the morale is low. My daughter came from a private school for preschool where it seemed like the teachers and staff were more genuine in caring about the students well-being and education. My daughter started kindergarten this school year at Murphy Ranch, and it has been nothing but problems. There was a little boy who was consistently picking on my daughter and pulling chairs from under her during class time; I suppose the teacher did what she could by moving him. Then I come to find out that a little girl in her class is bullying her on the playground during recess. After communicating my concerns to the teachers and staff, it seems they could care less about the well being of the children. They care more about high test scores. It's a shame that the elementary school is such a disappointment since we pay a lot for property taxes in order to live in a nicer neighborhood, Friendly Hills. Considering taking my child out and putting her back in private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
This is the year that may change this schools high test scores. This year all children kinder to 3rd grade will be in a 30:1 classroom!!!! I was disappointed to enroll my 5 year old to this school and find that he is crammed in a bungalow with 30 kids!!!!! One teacher cannot properly teach soooo many kids! In South Los Angeles, kinder to 3 rd grade are still 20:1. I might as well enroll my child into a school in LA. Also, don't let the high scores make your decision, visit the school first. You will see a yellow playground for childen to play in, only one slide and only two swings for 90 kinder kids to share during recess!!!!!! It is a very ugly playground and they cram 30 kids into a bungalow. Consider private school!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
We have 3 children who have attended and are attending Murphy Ranch these past six years. In the past, the Murphy Ranch set the standard for other elementary schools in the area, which in turn resulted in a friendly competition to be the best. Now, not only has Murphy Ranch continued to maintained great standardized test scores but other schools in the area are also on par. You can't go wrong with any of the schools in the East Whittier school district, that's why property values have been maintained and out of district permitees are up. Murphy Ranch has a caring Prinicpal and she is dedicated to wanting to do what is best for the student and teachers. Currently, she is spear heading efforts to make Smart boards available to her students for cutting edge advance instruction. The PTA at the school is very active and supports the efforts of the principal and teachers. Finally, there has been a transition in great teachers leaving to retirement, however, there there still is a balance of experienced 'Master' degreed teachers with newer advanced degreed teachers which in turn lends for a smooth transition reflective also of the surrounding community. Do not be misled by the 'haters' .

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
I just had to reply to the most recent posting. In my opinion the morale at the school has improved significantly in the past few years due to the caring commitment of our principal and the willingness of the staff to try new strategies. Despite the pressure of constantly needing to improve test scores while dealing with a dwindling budget, Murphy Ranch provides a positive atmosphere for working and learning.

- submitted by a teacher
April 01, 2012
Poor leadership, This school has clearly changed throughout all of my children's school years, there is no more enthusiasm, nor moral at this institution.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
Great school, great staff and great leadership. I wish some of these parents with negative comments could see the quality of other schools in the area compared to this one. This is the best elementary school in the district. My advice would be to never leave your child in a school you don t like. Especially one you are publicly trashing. This is a public school, you have an option to go to private or transfer out if you are unhappy. Some complaints are about the technology approved? Take a drive down Whittier Blvd. into Whittier more and visit some schools. I think maybe then you will feel blessed to have your child in Murphy Ranch.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
As local educator who does not work at the school and parent of an attending child, I see evidence that Murphy Ranch excels beyond many schools in the area. For example, I have observed many small group settings in classrooms demonstrating that teachers are differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students. In addition, I have observed great teacher and principal leadership where both are doing what ever it takes to make certain that each student reaches their highest potential. I think we all need to stop and consider the core values of what schools are all about--our kids getting what they need to be successful for their future. Our focus as parents should be about student success rather than attacking others. Every school has obstacles, and instead of being critical of one another, I think we should work together to create greatness for our children! Let's do what is right here!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
MR is a great school! The teachers, staff, PTA and students are all work together as a team. This school has such wonderful community values and the emphasis on the importance of education is a priority that I think is good to be instilled into my children. The PTA has been able to raise money which is all invested back into our children. We are very fortunate to have leading technology available to our children which will be an asset for the rest of their lives. We love Murphy Ranch!!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
Generally, this is a great school. Everyone seems to be doing their best inculding the principal, teachers and all the parents. I like the special enrichment program that school offers to the 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th graders. I just wish it was offering during the summer. A lot of kids are already having something to do on Saturday.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2009
I have been disappointed with how little some teachers communicate with parents here. I think the focus needs to be more balanced, not just on test scores. The teacher never called me to let me know important information regarding my child. I think this school needs to work on valuing and getting to know all parents since it is a team effort. Pretty disappointing for such a great community. However, I did feel that the principal was refreshing and seemed to know all the students.

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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 26, 2009
The pta is horrible. The children need more activities.

- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2008
I am a parent of a new MR student. I am really pleased with the instruction at the school. Of course, there is more to learn about the faculty and the principal and I will have to report as I become more familiar with them. However, with regards to the emergency packets, I am not sure that the blame is properly placed on the principal. My understanding is that the PTA is taking care of this by fundraising and donations from the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2008
Wow, I am really surprised to hear someone say that the principal is unapproachable. He has always been more than friendly when I have interacted with him. He knows my daughter, who is in Kinder, by name, and always says hi to me as well as my 3 year old if we happen to pass each other.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
I am a parent of one. I moved to the area so my child could attend this school. I would say it is worth it. I like everything about the school academically , but when it comes to activities for the kids I think they lack in that department but everything else makes up for that .

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September 17, 2008
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June 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2008
I am a parent of 2 children (and soon 3) who attend MR. I am very pleased with the school! The environment is great and I love the amount of students it has. You get the private school atmosphere without the tuition. In response to the review of the previous parent....you will not find an elementary school with a music and art program. I would hardly call the school 'mediocre'. Any complaints that I might have regarding the lack of programs has more to do with the State, rather than the district itself. I only hope that the new budget cuts don't affect our school too much.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
Murphy Ranch is the best public elementary in Whittier. Unfortunately, that says more about the rest of the schools in Whittier than it does Murphy Ranch. The school is nested in a very good and safe neighborhood. Most parents are very proud to send their kids there. The academics are average meaning MR will not compete with high academically minded elementary schools but is better than the other Whittier alternatives. The GATE program for gifted students is mediocre. There is little to no art and music instruction. Daily report slips often give the feel of a day care. Don t be surprised by bad language by older kids hanging the school property after hours. Murphy Ranch with all its warts still comes out ahead as having a wonderful student and parent population. Your child will make many friends at school in a decent environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2007
Mr has many fine teachers, students, and families that make this school truly special. Poor teacher support.A great school overall, though.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
I am impressed with the academic programs Murphy Ranch obides by.My children come from a private school and MR was up to par in fact above my expectations.The teachers are truely a gem as well as the principal and staff.I thought I had to pay for this kind of quality and as it turns out I don't.It's obvious the parents are very involved with the school and all its activities.I feel very privileged MR has accepted my children to educated them for their future.I am confident my children are in the right school.We intervieded other schools and non other compared to MR's caring,concern or motivation. Thank you Murphy Ranch for your excellence!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2005
My children started with ms. raymond in k she is amaziiiing. The parents are all very involved and demand to be heard. The principal is very short tempered with people and has outdated ideas. We neeeed afence around our school.. The only reason it is considered safe is because there are always parents on campus somewhere or another. great school, mediocre principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
This school is outstanding. The teachers are very friendly and work well with the children. I am very pleased. My son loves his teacher and is really looking forward to starting the new year.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
My daughter started her academic career at Murphy Ranch with Ms Raymond and her kindergarten class. I could not ask for a better environment for child. She learned a lot in a safe, clean and fun environment. If you live in the school district and have the opportunity to have your children attend Murphy Ranch, you should consider yourself lucky.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2005
My child goes to this school, and I, as a child attended this school. I loved it then and I love it even more now! For us this school is great!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
Good level of academic programs. Music is offered on limited basis. Limited extracurricular Some parents are very involved.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2004
This is an excellent school. I have a child in the Kidergarten class. Can't say enough, her teacher is wonderful and open to questions and comments which is most important. Ms. Raymond goes the extra mile and beyond. The principal is also great. Willing to listen and available. She is out there with the children and very involved and informed. A very down to earth and kind principal.

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September 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2004
This school is great the teachers really care for the children and the principal is very involved in the school. There is not any lack of communication between parents and teachers. The teachers are very concerned in their students progress.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
I enjoyed the teachers but really felt the leadership and office staff could use a readjustment on integrity, kindness and helpfulness.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
I have 2 children at MR (1st/5th). My 5th grader has been there since K. Many of the teachers are very dedicated and experienced. A few of them will actually cater to each child's academic level. The parent support in this school is incredible. You see parent volunteers at school everyday and the PTA steps in where the budget cuts fall short. The school is safe and well- equipped. The prinicpal does lack experience, but the teachers and parents more than compensate for this.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
All three of my children attend MR via Permit (2nd/3rd/4th). While the annual process creates a lot of uncertainty, their academic progress is undeniable. I'd like to see a before/after school program to help working parents, but most importantly to continue the mental and physical stimulation, and social interaction.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
Great school with high standards. Great staff that has experience and are kind. Principal is great but needs help managing the school.

- submitted by a parent
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Murphy Ranch Elementary School
16021 Janine Drive, Whittier, CA  90603
(562) 789-2150
Last modified Murphy Ranch Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Murphy Ranch Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top