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R J Murray Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 760 students

 

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Posted September 25, 2011

my child went there for 3 years and is succeeding with honors in advanced studies in high school. best decision ever to send her to murray!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

I am glad that there is a school like R J Murray Middle here in St. Johns County. The Gifted faculty is wonderful and I couldn't imagine my son going anywhere else. He is in the 6th grade this year and making his way through the transition. I am very impressed with the SJCCA program as well. No wonder this school is an 'A' school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

dedicated staff working with special children.....support staff and adminstration are wonderful


Posted April 26, 2008

i am in seventh greade at murray middle school i only have one down fall about this school the guidance system it lacks organization and GUIDANCE!! at that but over all this scool is OK it offers great electives. And the teachers go out of their way to help the students i would recomend this school to anybody that is ART savy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2007

I'm not a parent but a student that went there for three years. I'm going to high school in august. I love Murray!!! I think it is the best middle school in the district.. the teachers pay a lot of attention to their kids. They have quite a bit of after school activities that will keep you or your kids busy. Parents are pretty much involved. They send newsletters home to keep you updated on things that are going on..... I will miss this school a lot.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2006

Our son has just completed his first year at Murray. He is in the Checkpoint/gifted program. He has enjoyed his year with the GIFTED teachers. As a parent we are so thankful for the opportunity to be part of such an innovative program. Our son has learned through emersion. Making castles,science fair, catapults, i movies, to name just a few..... The teachers are all first rate and know their jobs. Thank you for the forward looking attitude to provide all children with the education that they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

Our son was in the Gifted program 2002-2005. There were 4 teachers on the hall. Two of the teachers are very experienced and good at what they do. One is new and shows promise except that he is influenced by another. The last does not seem to want to be a teacher at all. He called my son names, lost homework, and consistently displayed a cavalier attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2005

Both of our daughters attend Murray Middle School. We moved here to Florida 2 and a half years ago. Our first choice was to select a different school that is not in our district. We met with the Assistant Principal at that time (who is now the Principal). We were impressed with all that she showed us. But as our daughters have attended there, we have experienced a great disappointment in the teaching skills there as well as some of the rules. One rule we are particularly against is the 'silent lunch' rule. If too many children are talking and the volume grows loud, all of the children in the cafeteria at that time are punished with 'silent lunch'. We feel this is a bit rash. The other rule we find odd is the children are not allowed to use the restroom until 10 minutes after class begins.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

181 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 42%
Black 23% 23%
Hispanic 6% 29%
Asian 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%58%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Tom Schwarm
Fax number
  • (904) 547-8475

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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150 N Holmes Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Phone: (904) 547-8470

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