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Murphy K-8 School

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Posted February 6, 2014

The Richard Murphy use to be an excellent school! My son has been attending the school since he entered K2 and is now an 8th grade student at the school. I have to agree with a rating that someone gave the school on Google, the principal now walks around in high heels talking to the kids (some kids) any old kind of way. By experience I know she will call me saying we need to meet because my son this or that, to then have to come out and YES APOLOGIZE because she did not take the time to get a full story before she calls wanting to suspend a student. I have heard my son and a few friends complain about how she speaks to students, yelling in their faces. In regards to Teachers, I must say the majority that I have dealt with throughout the years have been really good, one here and there but overall teachers, location are good. You could walk in the office and the office staff are talking about their personal business and will not greet you and acknowledge you immediately, they finish their personal conversation before one will say, Can I help you?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

This school is IMPOSSIBLE to get into, especially if you live IN the actual neighborhood. Try to get a seat, but don't expect to get in... unless you live on the other side of Dorchester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

This school is great. My son goes there for the 6th grade and all of the teachers are really nice and caring. I would recommend this school to anyone wanting a new elementary school to go to. Go Murphy Thunder! :D
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2009

I love this school. My stepson's 5th Grade Teacher was so caring and encouraging. She even attended one of his theatre performances. I love the high expectations and the fact that teachers don't give up on their students even the ones with learning disabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

The teachers make that school awesome. They care so much about the students. But the other staff (principal and asst principal) don't care too much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

Daughter has Add...they provide no tutoring or assistance in any way!!! My sons school goes out of their way to accomodate, sadly the Murphy could care less!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

This school has a lot of students going to the three exam schools. Both of my daughters are now going to the Boston Latin School and they were in the Murphy from 4th grade to the 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2006

Principal not as involved as I hoped she would be. Not enough tutoring or assistance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

this school is awesome !!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2004

Wonderful school. A true gem of the Boston Public School system. Very dedicated teachers and administration. Smaller class sizes. Every year the parents and community get more involved with the school. We are very happy here!
—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.

About these ratings

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 57% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
49%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
40%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
35%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
27%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
4%

2010

 
 
7%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students47%
Female51%
Male43%
African American50%
Asian38%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners8%

Math

All Students71%
Female78%
Male63%
African American50%
Asian72%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners46%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students50%
Female61%
Male41%
African American31%
Asian61%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learners6%

Math

All Students47%
Female55%
Male40%
African American32%
Asian70%
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners5%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students67%
Female72%
Male63%
African American35%
Asian83%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I67%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students64%
Female65%
Male63%
African American26%
Asian81%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I64%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students38%
Female25%
Male53%
African American17%
Asian43%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students54%
Female65%
Male47%
African American39%
Asian61%
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners8%

Math

All Students70%
Female72%
Male69%
African American46%
Asian86%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I70%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners44%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students48%
Female57%
Male41%
African American58%
Asian53%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title I48%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners19%

Math

All Students36%
Female32%
Male39%
African American30%
Asian68%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners29%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Female68%
Male58%
African American56%
Asian52%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title I64%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners20%

Math

All Students35%
Female41%
Male28%
African American27%
Asian62%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Title I35%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners33%

Science

All Students11%
Female6%
Male16%
African American5%
Asian19%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
White6%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged13%
Title I11%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners7%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 29% 68%
Black 27% 8%
Asian 25% 6%
Hispanic 16% 15%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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