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.
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!
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' .
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Mr has many fine teachers, students, and families that make this school truly special. Poor teacher support.A great school overall, though.
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!
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.
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.
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