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PK-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 532

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5335 South Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

(773) 535-0585
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April 10, 2014
My daughter recently transferred into the 6th grade. I have to agree their is a behavior problem at this school. The assistant principal and principal are never around to address any of your concerns. I worry about my daughter safe here. There are no after school problems the teachers or principal monitor the kids after they are dismissed. There is a lot of favoritism by the assistant principal my daughter is being challenged but the behaviors with students and attitudes of the some of the teachers are extremely questionable. I just praying she can make through the school the next 2 years. I hope fully I will see improvements.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
The Assistant principal at this school is the one that I see handling everything. She is a little to friendly with the staff and teachers so whenever you have a problem with one of them she does not say to much to them. There is nothing wrong with being friendly and nice to your staff but you have to let them know that you are not friends and are their superior. My experience with the school is the teachers don't like to call you. It takes them a while to email you and they are not to personable to the parents. Some of the staff are to worried about gossip between each other yet they are teaching the kids to be good students. You hear so many children cursing and talking about how they don't approve of their teachers. There are no afterschool programs and the programs that are offered you have to pay for. If some of these things were addressed this school would be so much better.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2013
I regret that I transferred my daughter to this school. There are major discipline issues here!

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2013
Overall, a very good school academically. The school curriculum is solid, the student population is diverse. This is a K-8 foreign language magnet CPS school located in Hyde Park. The teachers are knowledgeable and principal is good. For a CPS school standard, Murray is a good safe, academically sound, school. They offer many sports & activities for the kids. Murray test scores remain high. So far, all our graduates have been selected to attend the top public selective enrollment high schools, noble network schools and private catholic high schools. My son is in his final year here and all nine years, here have been positive.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2013
THEY DO NOT HAVE SAFE CROSSINGS MISSING STOP SIGNS AND BUS PARKING IS ALLOWED OVER CROSS WALKS

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2013
Murray Language Academy is one of the best schools for students in grades pre-k to 4th, and then it becomes very problematic. The principal has made some questionable choices for faculty in the upper levels and not provided adequate mentoring for new faculty. Very Very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
We have been at Murray from Kindergarten through 8th grade now. Murray is a wonderful family involved and family orientated school. Murray keeps you informed about everything going on in and out of the school. Murray has strived to offer the best education possible to ensure our kids are successful and prepared for onward movement. Like most schools, Murray has suffered due to budget constraints and has to cut back on educational tools and events. Although this is our last year at Murray, I would love to see such a dedicated school rewarded before we leave. "We are Murray and we are one!!"

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
I am so excited that my granddaughter is starting kindergarten here! i love the language emphasis, the great reputation, the diversity and that her teacher received her training from the University of Chicago.

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2012
Murray continues to improve. For starters, the 2011-12 ISAT composite rose from 88.9% to 90.2%, awarding the school a Level 1 rating of Excellence based on the current CPS Performance policy. (Much can be said constructively about the teaching community and its commitment to grow through improved instructional practices and curriculum improvements) Parent involvement has increased. 8th grade graduates were selected to CPS Selective high schools. (This was the first graduating class in 9 years) Murray was selected for a Jeep Commercial, showcasing its beautiful building. The school has received many capital improvements, including a technology infrastructure update. The World Language department has strong leadership. Misconducts have waned due to a new Behavior System of CHAMPS.

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2012
Congratulations to our kindergarten teacher and Murray Language Academy. Our kindergarten teacher was just awarded the Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching and it was personally presented to her by the Governor this morning. It is my understanding that the Governor had several schools to choose from, but chose Murray because of it's outstanding reputation in education. Kudos to the principal, your hard work and determination to keep excellent teachers at Murray has paid off! Perhaps the families that are moving on will be lucky enough to find schools with a Golden Apple recipient, 4 Golden Apple Nominees and 5 nationally board certified teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
It is imperative that the new LSC-2012-2014 hit the floor running to help get the school back to a great school and stop the decline in academic performance and discipline. Bringing back the upper grades was a mistake, but hopefully the new LSC can come up with strategies bring the school together. However, I will be transferring my children from the Murray at the end of the school year. The primary grade through 4th grade are strong, but after that much work needs to be done in the 5-8 area. I wish the newly elected council good luck and know they have much to do to get Murray back on track.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
I agree, discipline can be a problem at any school. As a parent you don't just give up on your child, you commit to continue to encourage, teach and believe the best about them. Murray does the same thing. Murray has a lot to offer. Excellent Parent Volunteers, great teachers, and lots of after school programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012
Murray has its good and bad, but overall, we are dissatisfied with our experiences there. Sure there is great parent participation and lots of after school activities but for its location the school has little diversity, many teachers are not challenging the students to grow academically (more homework would be good) but also there are LOTS of discipline problems. Kids are constantly fighting (perhaps not always very seriously) but still, kids cutting class, little development in gym class, etc. Credit to AP Ms. Royster. She does a great job of dealing with the discipline problems. Murray has lots of potential, but it's just where it could be yet.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2011
Unfortunately, due to the current leadership, Murray is now a Level 2 school. The principal is very hard to communicate with, and it often takes several days to contact him. There are several teachers who are below average and the principal does nothing about it. Several families have to pay for tutoring for their children because they don't learn the material at school. The school is in desperate need of new leadership. The principal has no knowledge of what good classroom instruction looks like, which is why the school isn't moving in a positive direction. This is the last year I will be subjecting my children to this foolishness.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
im a murray student.... i have been going there for a while now.... ever since kindergarden. it's a really good school. the teachers are great. Our school is like a big family, everyone is support of eachother, the older kids such as my self help out with the younger kids. We are also very welcoming to new comers..... and excited to get more every year. I love murray. Murray has built me to be very intelligent and a great leader. I am proud to say that when my class graduates from the 8th grade next year from murray, i will be able to say i have taken and passed pre-algebra and regular algebra. I Love Murray. Go wildcats .... p.s. we have lots of extra curriculum activaties. Allstar cheerleading, Pom Pom , basketball, yoga, math after school,track,etc :)

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2011
To my view the way i see parents involvement and my friends' recomendations about Murray language Academy, it is a great school also for my baby.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 01, 2009
Great teachers, staff and librarian!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
My son started PreK at Murray in September and we have only positive things to say about the school. I am impressed with the teaching staff, principle, library, art studio, and communication to parents. I'm thrilled that my son loves school and is part of the Murray community!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Great place for a child to become a productive young adult!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
I love Murray because Ms. Lawson and Mr. Hoang challenge my son! Thank you for being caring teachers!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
Murray is a community melting pot teaching kids the benefits of a multi-cultural environment. Parents are active and display an atmosphere of family and community.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
Murray Language Academy has excellent administrators, teachers and staff, and fosters a dynamic learning environment with a strong parent support base.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Murray is a great school with dedicated teachers and faculty, great kids, and involved parents. We are so proud to be a part of the Murray family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
The parent involvement is astounding! We have just begun 6 six programs including NASA robotics, violin, shakespeare, newspaper, math and science club, cheerleading . . . wait that is more than 6!!!! Go wild cats!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great teachers; Great students

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our parents are very supportive and involved. Our students are excited about learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Murray Language Academy is a great school. It is parent, student and teacher driven. You feel a part of the community. The students are eager to learn. The teachers provide a great learning environment. Parent's ideas are listend to and addressed. My son loves Murray.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Murray Language Academy is a wonderful school! There are no strangers there. Helpful, caring staff and teachers, the parents are incredible. The students are so tuned into learning. They're eager and capable. We're sooo lucky!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Murray Language Acadamy is a great school. My child feels comfortable there and the people work together as a community.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Murray is a semi-selective public school that is small and diverse. There are good resources, a wonderful library, art room, and shared gym with the Chicago park district. Parents appear to be interested and involved and I'm excited to spend the next seven years as a parent to a Murray student!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2009
Murray is a fantastic school thanks only to the great teachers and parent involvement. The teachers are dedicated and the parents give of themselves relentlessly. However, I have found the goal of the school's administration to be misguided. I thought the education of the children was primary, but soon learned that the PTO, principal, and LSC have an agenda of their own! Their agenda does not includethe best interest of the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2009
School has great potential; however, the new principal does not have the ability to lead this school forward. Indecisive and lacking in leadership. Many excellent teacher; however, there are too many who are allowed to get by, to the detriment of the students. Hopefully, the outstanding teachers will continue to somehow maintain the school's reputation. Administration is 'very' political and teaches to the 'test,' rather than to the student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2009
What makes Murray so successful are the children, their parents, and the community in which it resides. The administration is only concerned with the political aspects and not student learning and teacher professional development. Murray has the potential to be an awesome school and I hope it becomes a place that values all students, parents and stakeholders and not just those with PTO, LSC, CPS, or other political connections.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
My son has attended Murray since kindergarten (he's now in 3rd gr.). Since we began Murray, we have seen two principals and three APs. Clearly, there's a disconnect somewhere. What I love most about Murray are the children, parent involvement and the teachers. The Administration is a bit to be desired but all else is well. Clearly Murray is doing something right and the scores prove it. Great job!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2008
Murray may be a great school but my younger son was denied as an applicant to the preschool program and my older son has gone to murray since kindergarten... It puzzles my why they would split up 2 brothers so close in age!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 21, 2007
I currently have two children at Murray. Murray is a school that is going through many changes. I feel the school has not found stability. The school seems to be moving in a positive direction in terms of academics. (I feel the pressure every night to make sure my children have done their homework and to ensure that they're reading 30 minutes a day). But after being at murray for the past few years. I've become quite annoyed with the ever expanding classroom size. My oldest with 34 and my youngest 33. I don't understand how teachers are expected to cope, some without any assistants. I have come to realize that my children are just another number and that I shouldn't expect my son's individual needs to be met. I feel the school needs to focus on the emotional and individual needs of their students. Rather than their ISAT scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2007
Having gone through 3 principals (not including interims) since my older daughter first attended kindergarten here, Murray has had her ups and downs. Under the leadership of the current principal, normalcy has finally been restored in the last two years. Parental involvement is great. The teachers are a mixed bag. For the most part, I have only admiration toward the professionalism, patience and even-handedness exhibited by the lower grade teachers. I was very disappointed in some upper grade teachers, who were incompetent, lazy or lack of enthusiasm. Since Murray s grades only go up to the 6th, and it is becoming an open secret that the 5-6th grade teachers are not up to par, Murray is slowly loosing appeal to families that value education as a top priority. I would still recommend Murray to families with very young kids. However, Murray needs to re-vamp the upper grades to stop the stampede for exit.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 06, 2006
Murray is an excellent school -- that cannot be denied. Because of the school's grade structure, I no longer recommend the school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Murray has great programs that are not usually offered at other schools, elementary or High School. My child is taking music lessons in the mornings and participates in the academic after school program. After the after school program a well balanced meal is provided for each child. This year they hope to get ball room dancing. Murray Language Academy is a well rounded school. I would recommend this school to the parents who love to be involved. The teachers, principle and staff will make you and your child feel secure.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2005
I love school and I love that fact that my child is absorbing knowledge in a great atmosphere as Murray. The parental involvement has much improved and it shows in the classrooms and teachers. I like that fact that the students are challenged according to their individual academic needs, so every child is not put in a general category of learning... that's not how life works and it shouldn't be how our schools work. It certainly is not how Murray works. The teacher and student morale has skyrocketed in the last two years that my child has been here. I love school and so does my child , thank you to the principal, teachers , students and parent volunteers.

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October 05, 2005
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September 22, 2005
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September 15, 2005
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August 18, 2005
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August 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
I think Murray is a great school, especially for African American children. In most schools the children only learn about Black History during the month of February, but at Murray learning about Black culture is a top priority. The school also has great test scores and great teachers. The only thing is that the class sizes are pretty big (about 30 kids in a class).

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
I am responding to a prior reviewer, who I think is leaving a biased response. Both were very good friends of the prior principal, so it is understandable that at least one of them chose to follow the principal to another position. The prior principal and LSC dropped the 7th-8th grade program, and the lack of upper grades has caused many parents to consider pulling their children early to ensure placement in a quality middle school environment. Both of the LSC members who left had children in upper grades. One moved to another magnet and the other is in private school (both with 7th and 8th). The current LSC has voted to return the 7th-8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2005
as a 6th grade student at Murray, I must say that it is a great school. I will be very sad to move on to a new school. It has great teachers, ang gives oppurtunitys to excelling students. the only downfall is that our principal says 'wildcats' way to much. But I would reccomend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2004
Murray is going through some growing pains. It has always been an exceptional school because of its teachers. However, we have a new principal and last year one of the best fifth grade teachers I've ever seen quit. The gym teacher (another well respected veteran) quit last month. By the end of this year two veteran teachers (one an apple winner) plan to retire and two others are considering moving on. Another teacher feels she's being forced out. Two newly elected Local School Council members pulled their children out before school started. As a parent I am concerned about the loss of veteran teachers and long time parents. For Murray's sake I hope the change is good.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2004
As a Murray Language Academy alumnus, I definitely feel that prospective students and parents will be impressed with what this school has to offer. Given the small class sizes and the advanced level of curriculum offered, students are provided with an environment committed to fostering academic excellence. If you are a parent in search of an institution that will provide your child with unsurpassed curriculum, most often found at expensive private schools, Murray is an excellent place to start.

- submitted by a former student
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Murray Elementary Language Academy
5335 South Kenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL  60615
(773) 535-0585
Last modified Murray Elementary Language Academy is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Murray Elementary Language Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top