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Virginia L Murray Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 257 students

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Posted May 15, 2014

Wonderful, loving, caring and challenging~this is Murray Elementary. The best school in Albemarle County. The teachers know every child and care about them. If you can send your child to this school, DO IT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

Murray has exceeded our expectations in many ways already, though we're just a year in. Classes are small, cohesive, intimate, and the teachers are strong and caring. There are many ways to get involved and many parents really do. That the office staff knows EVERY child by name, and greets them each morning when they hop off the bus is really special ... Mrs. King is among the kindest, most energetic and positive forces for that. There is a real adherence academically to the SOL tests, of course, but there seems to be room for art and music each week, and Mrs. Johnson the art teacher is a HUGE favorite, with many fun assignments for the kids, as is Mrs. Corradino, the wonderful music teacher. A small school for elementary schoolers to feel like they really belong is a wonderful way to begin academic life. We are proud and happy to be part of the mix.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2012

Murray is a gem in the Albemarle County School system. It has excellent, caring teachers and principal, involved parents and and works hard to craft solutions to the inevitable issues that arise from the underfunded and somewhat problematic Albemarle County School system (SOL-driven curriculum, lack of foreign languages until late middle school, overcrowded classrooms, overworked teachers). Parents coming from high-achieving districts should be aware that it is very easy to get an "A" at Murray because the standards in the County schools are fairly low because of some under-performing schools and you may want to supplement your child's education outside of school. That being said, Murray does everything within its power to meet the needs of all the kids, sometimes within the context of very crowded classrooms (26-27 in a class). However, Murray is a wonderful small-school community where every staff member knows your children and does everything possible to make it the best experience within the constraints of the larger Albemarle County School system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

Murray is amazing. We moved to C'ville when our daughter was going into second grade. Naturally, she was trepidatious about the move, but by the middle of the year she was saying, "It's too bad I wasn't born in Virginia, because I had to miss Kindergarten and first grade at Murray!" The school is a perfect size for an elementary school--about 45 students per grade--and every member of the staff knows every student by face and name within the first weeks of the year. The teachers operate as grade-level "teams" of two and coordinate all of the academics seamlessly. Students seem to be well met at all levels of preparation and ability, even though the county keeps support staff down to pretty bare bones. Front office staff are warm and loving and the children clearly feel trusting and well taken-care-of. Parent involvement is also impressive. There is a lot of "teaching to testing," but that is life for kids these days unless you're going to opt out of mainstream education--they need to be prepared to focus on and succeed at standardized testing, and Murray definitely helps them to do that. I cannot imagine a better elementary experience for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

You can't beat Murray Elementary! We love having our kids here and think the teachers and the staff are wonderful! The principal is super! He is committed to making sure all kids learn and he is actively involved in every aspect of the school! What a wonderful place to have your kids start school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

I am a new parent to the Murray community and have to say that I have been extremely impressed with the quality and expertise of both the teaching staff and administration. We have had wonderful teachers for our kids and the principal has been very supportive of our needs. He seems to have good interactions with the kids and makes everyone feel welcome! We love Murray!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

We were ready to send out kids to a private school in the area but once going to Murray, you realize this is as close to a private school you will EVER find in a public school. EVERY teacher knows your childs' name, the bus driver knows your child and it is a wonderful school. Can not say enough. We have been there for 3 years and couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

I'm in my last year of middle school now but looking back on after talking to other kids who went to area middle schools, Murray was the best. The school is small so you know everyone. The teachers are great and many times we slipped up and called them Mom or Dad. The afterschool programs are great too and the whole school enviroment makes it actually fun, relaxed and enjoyable.


Posted May 9, 2006

This is an excellent small school in Albemarle County with caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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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: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students93%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students69%
Female students78%
Male students59%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students84%
Female students79%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students92%
Female students91%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

English: Writing

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

Science

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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3251 Morgantown Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: (434) 977-4599

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