Great school! My second grader reads at 4 grade level, gets all the support she needs, good teachers and administrators. They focus on behavior and discipline which I support. The only problem are kids that should be in special schools due to learning issues... But yet parents insist on having them in regularly schools and then complain about teachers not doing their job! *read previous post.....
I feel the staff lacks moral and ethical standards. I have been on a journey for 2.5 years and only now receiving an IEP with minimal services. Still not addressing his learning issues in depth, focusing more on his behaviors which have evolved due to the staffs lack of response. I have stated time and time again that my son has issues that were not being addressed and over and over again my concerns have been dismissed. Now, finally, the KT Murphy the staff is responding. But between endless "misstatements", and "misunderstandings" and constantly moving so slowly as to seem hardly to make any progress at all, it seems as though they are working against me. Srbi policies are recommendations and don't mean that they are obligated to follow through with the services. At what point is an educator held responsible for not doing their job? I am a mom, wife and banker. What I shouldn't be is an unpaid babysitter for the staff to make sure that they do their jobs competently. My son's well being and scholastic future is my number one priority. To be involved in this process with administrators and teaching professionals who seem not to share that focus is utterly disgusting.
KTM exceeded our expectations. Regarding the scores, understand that this is an urban school; we're not in a homogeneous suburb full of professionals. The fact that some children have disadvantages does not mean that your child will not thrive. There is a rich diversity here; both students and parents benefit -- many strands in a wonderful tapestry, evident at our PTO meetings and numerous family events (Movie Nights, Museum Night, etc). It is truly what American public education should be -- kids from diverse backgrounds learning together. Excellent curriculum and teaching. The school emphasizes community and social-emotional learning through the Responsive Classroom approach. Administration and staff are dedicated. They're responsive to parents and kind to the children. They are committed to enriching the learning environment. (The negative 2009 review was a different principal.). Enrichment opportunities exist. KTM excelled in the Odyssey of the Mind competition (3rd in CT), has a Lego team and chess club, etc. Test scores are improving, and children thrive. http://www.ktmurphy.org/Data/Sites/23/documents/data-2013.pdf
This is indeed a good school. The school uses a lof of online teaching aids by way of games that helps the kids to enjoy and learn. This do create eagerness in kids to learn and play. I have not been to other schools in the area to be able to see where KTM lacks but overall I can see a lot of activities for kids to remain engaged with the school.
KTM is a great school that shown remarkable improvements over the last 3-4 years! I checked the CMTs and they have out gained the pace of growth for other schools. Is there room for improvement? --Ofcourse, no one would deny that, even the hard working teachers and staff. As a parent who is involved and knows a bit about the system, they are doing great things at the school! This stuff about not following the curriculum appears to be misguided, given that the entire district does not have a set spelling test, yet they all embed this in the instruction. (I asked parents at other schools I know.) The drive, heart, and a spirit that is kid focused --permeates this historic building. I take pride in what we have begun to build here as a parent, and it's a shame there always someone that has some other motive. I contacted one of the reading volunteers from the JFF....they confirmed their feelings about the excitement and the great things they are seeing at KT. I know that the five teachers my two kids have had go over and beyond their call of duty. I Absolutely recommend this school.
This school puts the S in shameful. They do not follow the city curriculum from the BofE. I contacted my child's teacher because it seemed that the work load was a little lax, I asked for test scores, specifically spelling and vocabulary and the response was "we don't do that". What?!?!?!?!?!?!? I know this isn't true, so can only assume the teachers and or faculty are too lazy to follow curriculum. My child will not be attending KTM next year and is now behind, so because the school has failed he is forced to learn at home this summer. He's not assigned to summer school, but is not up to par for a 4th grader. Like a said, shameful! I see the teachers and other parents rah-rah over KTM, but after the experiecing the actual failings of this school, I honestly believe the stats are correct and this is one of the WORST schools in Stamford. A neighbor of mine also volunteers as a reading coach at KTM and does not want to go back because of quality, failure and disgrace of this school.
My son moved to KT murphy this year, I see lot of extra currucular activities here, my son enjoy go to school.
Don't let the ratings game fool you. The ratings don't even come close to measuring the intrinsic value of this school. The ratings are more a reflection of the number of children who come into the school speaking languages other than English as their first language. These are bright, well behaved kids who are being forced to take standardized tests to satisfy NCLB requirements and don't always do well on the exams. But this is not a true reflection on their talents or that of the administrative staff and teachers who are all very dedicated to this school. The bottom line message is - don't be afraid to give this school a chance. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
My children are the third generation attending KT Murphy School. It is what a neighborhood school should be. KTM is like a second family. The staff is amazing! My child had some learing challenges and they were addressed immediately. Wouldn't want my children in any other school to start of the foundation of their building block of education.
A fair warning to parents... this is a very 'tough' school. My daughter, who never had social problems of any kind before or since, spent one very long year at KT Murphy where she had problems with the other children on an almost daily basis. Virtually nothing effective was done to address the problems despite repeated attempts. Unprofessionalism abounds, from leadership to teachers, and most of all in the after care program. The problems were so extreme that I requested, and was granted, a transfer for her to another Stamford school where she has thrived. We recently had to move out of state and into another school where she also has no social problems whatsoever, nor did she at her school previous to KT Murphy. Yet, she came home in tears almost daily from KT Murphy. Enough said.
The numbers don't give justice to this school. My gifted child enjoys the diversity and community feel of his school. The teachers and administration really care.
In a word Brilliant, this school is everything I had hoped for for my first child, and am pleased to have my second son attend. I think the programs are outstanding, the Teachers are what make this school tick, they are the heart and soul of this school. The Teachers offer support to parents and students alike. The music program offers children a chance to learn and grow and has the greatest program teacher. (again I can not say enough about the teachers). It is my pleasure to say the parent involvement is the highest I have ever seen in all my years of attending teacher/parent meetings.
My children have been going to this school for 3 years and the teachers they have had so far are great. They are friendly and supportive of me and my children. We all communicate and work togeteher including the principal, the assistant principal, the guidance counselor and specialists who are all wonderful and supportive. There are after school electives once a week that run for about 6 weeks each 3 or 4 times a year. There are lots of cultural events throughout the school year that are both fun and educational. The school staff, children and parents are like a big family.
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