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Murray Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 798 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

This is an amazing school !! Dedicated teachers, staff, Administration is very positive .Wonderful Band & Chorus program. Overall a good school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

To be honest I wanted to go to Anderson but when I started to go to the school it really amazing are teacher are really determined to help us succeed in school they are very strict to keep people very organized and proper They have many after school programs and give good fitness they are really the school that cares about there students the most that is what I love the most


Posted September 13, 2011

So far Murray Middle has been great. Years ago I was put off by it's location, but that doesn't effect the quality of the school. There are lots of different avenues to have your children involved and excited about school. Children entering middle school are at the point of being independent academically, so the work the child and parents put in over the years is showing off. The teaches are excellent. I think administration strains to try and place everyone appropriately. The facility is clean, although, my daughter will only use one specific bathroom, she is put off by etched in words in other bathrooms she went to. Overall, I think administration is very much on top of any behavior issues; the teachers are great. Hey, every student isn't going to click with every teacher's personality. Administration is responsive. They have incentive trips, etc. Your child has to make their own friends, grades, etc. There is ample opportunity for extracurricula activies, and fun things, like dances. Your child is paramount is sculpting out his/her own experiences. If your child is involved and sets high goals for his/her grades, they will have an awesome experience here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2009

I would have to disagree with the post about the administration dealing with special education students. I have had a wonderful experience with the administration. Sometimes you get more with honey than vinegar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

This has to be the best experience I've had in all of my years, honestly it was better than my high school years! It's not in the best neighborhood, and people tend to think it's a 'ghetto school' but it's really a great school! I was very involved with band and had such a great time! I never had a bad teacher there, and I learned so much in just 3 years! The only complaint I have is that the dress code was a bit over the top, but otherwise it's a great school and I HIGHLY suggest it to any parent!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2008

awesome school! Been there and have graduated but it is really fun!Especially the 8th grade.Mr freddoso is the best teacher there!


Posted March 31, 2008

This is a bad school. The last two principles have had poor leaderships skills, the school is built in the middle of a ghetto, the school is not being kept clean, and many of the teachers do not do their jobs properly. There is no justice - the dean simply blames the people who come forward so they don't have to spend any time investigating. As a result, the innocent are punished as often as the guilty, and minor infractions are punished more heavily than repeated ones. Fights occur continually and the most commonly used word, second only to 'like', is too profane for me to repeat it to you. There are good teachers, like Mrs. Valella, who make their subjects interesting and entertaining. As a former student, I discourage elementary school students from coming here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2007

I attended Murray Middle last year and was 'content' there. From what I know there's to many teacher's that get off task and attempt to 'teach'. The dresscode last year(2006-2007) was good. Collared shirts and then the appropriate length and everything for shorts and skirts. For the most part the school is clean,the only people making it dirty are the students. Whether that's a physical attributive or a pyscological one is up to you.


Posted August 21, 2007

We are 5 stars all the way. An 'A' school for the past seven years straight, . A caring, wonderful staff of professionals. This year we got off to a positive start, niping problems before they had a chance to get started. The dress code is rigid, but it will help bring a more positive, business-like appearance to campus, and may be a reason to create a more positive attitude in some students, by correcting distractions in the learning environment. The improved attitude may lead some students to show an improved effort in learning and higher level of achievement. Please be positively involved, and supportive of our teaching.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 23, 2006

For my child Murray was very good, despite the bad rap it gets because of location. My child was given a very good education being in advanced classes. Communication between parents & administration was excellent although teacher to parent was just.... ok. I found if I wanted anything of importance addressed, I went straight to the asst. principle or principle. Each having different personalities you would go to the one you most clicked with. Parent volunteering is very limited from elementary.Murray is way strick on clothing what you cannot wear, especially girls. Its way too overkill and makes kids feel intimidated. Shorts to the knee, my daughter just didnt wear them, therefore No problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

My son has attended Murray's gifted program for all three years of middle school. The teachers have been very good overall. The gifted program at Murray gives the students an opportunity to keep the same core teachers for 3 years (can be a positive or negative). Mrs. Vallella is the language arts (reading and grammar for us old schoolers!) teacher and I have only the most wonderful, fabulous comments to make regarding her abilites, professionalism, compassion, FCAT preparation, organization, everything, can't say enough about her. However the math and science teachers through the 3 years have left a less than adequate impression. But to the good, this area has straightened itself out and the new science teacher for advanced and gifted is quite good. Overall the school itself is old but the teachers are good. Facility is less than adequate, school population is diverse, band is good, sports are severly underfunded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2004

I was a student a few years ago (no, I'm not a parent), and I was treated horribly by students there. There is no violence control, and at least one fight breaks out every day. The school is filthy. I never had a good day there, and the tension was killing me. The princaple a few years ago was asked to leave for his stupidity, not because he wanted to retire. This place is so over crowded that it makes me sick. Infact, this county makes me sick. Save yourself the trouble and move away.
—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 53% in 2014.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

284 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

195 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

235 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 47% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".
  • 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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
87%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 65%
Hispanic 20%
Black 9%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 155%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 27%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%68%61%
Master's degree 25%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 16%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MR. DOUG PETERSON
Fax number
  • (772) 219-1677
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4400 Southeast Murray Street
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