I regret that I transferred my daughter to this school. There are major discipline issues here!
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.
THEY DO NOT HAVE SAFE CROSSINGS MISSING STOP SIGNS AND BUS PARKING IS ALLOWED OVER CROSS WALKS
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.
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!!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
I love Murray because Ms. Lawson and Mr. Hoang challenge my son! Thank you for being caring teachers!
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.
Murray Language Academy has excellent administrators, teachers and staff, and fosters a dynamic learning environment with a strong parent support base.
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