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Murray High School

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Posted October 16, 2013

I went to Murray High as well as all my children. Four went on to BYU and 1 went to University of Utah. Some were able to get scholarships to help them through college. The great thing about Murray High is that the children all grow up together ---through the community sports programs and other things. The elementary schools feed into the 2 Junior High school and then they all go to the one high school. It enables the children and parents to know each other by the time they are in high school. There is a great sense of community and the kids are generally very nice and well behaved. Our family has had a great experience at Murray High. They all have good jobs now and are well adjusted, respectful kids just like those they went to school with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

As someone who has been attending Murray schools my entire life, I feel that I have an accurate knowledge of the ongoings of Murray High. MHS is a really small high school compared to others in the valley. It's a beautiful building and most of the teachers are fun, entertaining, and helpful in the classroom, which is a bonus for students AND parents. There is a wide arrangement of AP and Concurrent Enrollment classes offered. MHS is also very highly involved in performing arts and extra curricular activities. The administration was recently changed abiut two years ago and some think the school is still adjusting to this change. Overall, Murray is the safest and most well-rounded high school in the Salt Lake Valley and I recommend parents seriously consider it for their students.


Posted March 15, 2011

As a graduate of and parent of current student, I have a great respect for this school. Murray High School offers its students the means to accomplish more then just your standard education, they offer life skills and social development. Clubs, Athletics, Mentoring, Internships and community involvement enhance the overall experience. Not only are the students and parents fully involved, but the community as a whole. The ability to keep our schools outside the Mega-Districts has assured our kids an education by allowing funding to stay in our schools and go towards the needs of the children, staff and buildings. I would not want my children to attend another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2010

Murray High is a great school. There is a wide variety of classes, including AP and concurrent enrollment classes, and a decent amount of clubs. The student government has been very strong, but the administration is lacking and often leaves you running around in circles trying to get something done. The office staff is super helpful though. The majority of teachers are great and are very passionate about what they teach; however, you will definitely run into at least one teacher who is not on par with the rest of the staff. One big issue has been enforcement of policies, though. The dress code is not strictly enforced (except for wearing hats in school). The attendance and U policies are very strict, supposedly to encourage students to make a better effort to attend classes and not misbehave, but it mostly just frustrates students into transferring to a different school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2010

Great funding, facility and parental / PTA support. Wide range of faculty from mediocre to above average. The counseling department is wonderful. The administration is below average. Student body very cliquish, high pregnancy rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

The school is an amazing school. The city of Murray has remained independent of the rest of the valley, so has the school district. As a result of that it is free from the problems the other mega districts are facing. They can use the funding for their own students and not have to ship their money to other high schools like the other school districts do. Academically they offer a wide variety of courses. A full share of AP courses is complemented by a lot of concurrent enrollment classes where students earn college credit at the high school They also offer off campus opportunities for the students to take technical training classes. The administration is very caring and very involved. Parents are also highly involved in this school As a result of that there is not much problem at the school. No gang or drug problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2004

The School has just been remodled and rebuilt, so it's a very nice and new school. However, the faculty could use a little remodling, they have been going through many changes and this has forced them to take any administrator they can get. Other than that its a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 87% in 2013.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 86% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 40% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
26%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 40% in 2010.

2010

 
 
35%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
57%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 58% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 68% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 42% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
31%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 75% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
41%
Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 73% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 77%
Hispanic 14% 15%
Black 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5440 South State
Murray, UT 84107
Phone: (801) 264-7460

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