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.
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!
Our parents are very supportive and involved. Our students are excited about learning.
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.
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!
Murray Language Acadamy is a great school. My child feels comfortable there and the people work together as a community.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Murray is an excellent school -- that cannot be denied. Because of the school's grade structure, I no longer recommend the school to anyone.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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