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.
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.
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.
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.
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