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Murphy Candler Elementary School

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Posted September 17, 2011

My son attended this school for two years in a row, 2nd and 3rd grade. I completely agree with the other parent when he/she that the school is over crowded and the teachers are over worked. My son had some problems with comprehension, and the teacher assured me at the beginning of the school year that she could help him with them. Come January, the same problems she said she could help him with, turned out to be problems that she put him out of her class for. My sons class had 26 students in it, in which only 5 were girls. I must say the way that the school handles children who need extra help is a disgrace. If the child does not perform to their expectations, than he/she is deemed as a child with behavioral issues. There is no in between at Murphy Candler.Out of the two years my soon was at that school I met with the school counselor several times to obtain information on outside help, and to get a copy of the curriculum. The counselor was never helpful, and she never followed up with any of the things she said she would do. Pulling my son out of that school was the best thing I've done. If your child needs extra help, for your child's sake, please explore some other options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

When my child was transferred to this school in 2007, her grades dropped drastically. At first I started to blame the school. After close evaluation, I realized that my daughter was depressed. She was missing her friends. I stayed involved with her education and teachers and proud to say she received a trophy for Academic Honor Roll all year round this year. She is a Girl Scout and a SafetyPatrol at Murphy Candler. While there are areas for improvement, I want to express my satisfaction in my child's education. Parents need to hold their children accountable and responsible for their success and not blame the school system for areas it has no control over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2009

I like it, is good, but i think they need sport team activities for kids 'baseball, basketball,volleyball, soccer'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

This school is extremely over crowded. It shows in the attitude of the teachers. They are overworked, and the children are not challenged. There is no organization in anything. Everyone seems to be running around in circles, doing absolutely nothing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2006

Love Murphey Candler 110%. I can see an improvement. Keep working hard guys. I love to see team work pay off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2006

My son will be starting his third year at Murphey Candler and I have been very satisfied with the school. His teachers have been very knowledgeable and consistent. I am thankful for the extra curricula and social activities that are made available for the students and parents as well. Now, lets work on the after-school program. I don't want to pick my child up at 6:30 and he still has two hours worth of homework to complete.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

Murphey Candler has the great potential to be an awesome school and assess to the community where it stands. The principal is nice but her niceness can also become her down fall. She needs to crack down on her staff. From the front to the back. I am writing this tip because I feel this school can be placed on the map as one of the greatest schools in the 2000 century. Thanks
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 24, 2006

It saddens me to have to write this letter. Dr.Crawford Lewis's blue print for a premier Dekalb is based on 8 important pieces. This school fails miserably at 3 out of 8 of these pieces. Customer service, Unity,and Accountablity. I have been to the school on numerous occasions and found their customer service skills to be terrible. I have gone into the front office and not been addresed,beeen misguided, and spoken to in a rude and incaring manner. The school is in dire need of help in these areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

I feel as though the school does not put the children education first I transfer my daughter to this school from a out of state school and the school did not provide me with no information at all as far as the work and expectations that they will like to see from the children at the very last minute I was told about the crct testing and that the need to pass this test to go to the fourth grade and I had to really work with my daughter to get her where she needed to be in a small period of time I'm never aware of test dates or what the test is going to be on until after she receives her test which is a F.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

I am pleased with the overall education my daughter receives. The staff is warm and friendly. As far as instruction, you are able to go to any class on the same grade level and each teacher will be teaching the same thing. Homework is a given and know the students in the lower grades are bringing home books for homework instead of work sheets. The school offers chorus, Step Team, Georgraphy Bowl, Tutiorials in preparation for CRCT, Gifted Classes, Art and a Book Club(Page Turners) for grades 2-5. The After School program is great. The students are offered Cheerleading,variety of sports,and dance instruction as well as Homework assistance. I feel that we need more parent participation throughout the school. PTA meetings are only attended by the parents of the grade level that performs that night.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

'I have two sons at Murphy Candler. I m am for the most part pleased with the education my children are receiving. I do have some issues but no one school is perfect. I think that if we separate out the tares that this would be a great school.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2005

My daughters attend the school and my first grader has all B. when tested outside the school she was below her grade level. That has upset me. She having a hard time reading and understading vowels and blends .The after school program has fell off children are coming home with homework not finished and say they ask for help. Is it a money thing or just babysitting the children need help if you cant read you will not understand math word problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2005

I find that this school is not one of the best in Dekalb County. The principal is not cut out for leadership. She is not a people person, and this reflects on her falculty. The school has a lot of young teachers that do not have the maturity or experience to educate our kids. My child has adhd and it seems that he is not learning. I feel that I do my part at home, but I feel that this school is not able to meet the needs of any child. I have came across some good teachers that conduct themselves in a professional manner. There are a few that are qualified and more than capable, but they are few and far between. Today we cannot afford to allow nothing but the best to educate our children, considering the pressures of grade to grade testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

64 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

64 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

64 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

86 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

86 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

87 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
53%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia 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
Black 95% 37%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
White 0% 44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • recognized as a Georgia Pay-for-Performance School (2003)
  • Top school in March of Dimes Walk (2004)
  • Title I School Recognition for making AYP (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:20 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Yolanda Turner
Fax number
  • (678) 676-9110

Programs

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Businesses in our community have partnered with our school to help us continue excellence in education. we have a constant williness from our parents when it comes to volunteerism.
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  • We at MCE have an open door policy where you can meet and greet our principal at any time. The warm atomosphere of the staff will make you feel right at home.
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6775 S Goddard Rd
Lithonia, GA 30038
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