School Details

Murchison Middle School

3700 North Hills Drive, Austin, TX 78731
(512) 414-3254
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1413 students 16 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

86%
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86%
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71%

TX00194

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87%
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87%
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TX00194

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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
81%
84%
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75%
77%
93%
81%
84%
88%
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63%

TX00194

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  • This school in 2013
  • Austin Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
81%
78%

TX00194

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  • This school in 2013
  • Austin Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Murchison Middle School is a public middle school in Austin. The principal of Murchison Middle School is SAMMI HARRISON, who can be contacted at sharriso@austinisd.org. 1,413 students attend Murchison Middle School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 7% of the Murchison Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 17% of the 1,413 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 28% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Murchison Middle School is 16:1. Austin Jewish Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 50% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 8%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 31% 60%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.08%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.006%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 61%
Limited English proficiency 7% 27%
Economically disadvantaged 17% 61%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    @disgruntled parent. I completely understand your situation with bad teacher aides or special education programs that you feel are inadequate. I would suggest talking with an administrator about this we have a great administrative team who will listen attentively to your concerns and do whatever they CAN do about it. With regard to your comments on the teachers. While it may be said that SOME teachers are not up to date on their websites/email communication there is no need to throw ALL teachers under the proverbial bus. Just as in life there are some good and some bad. Making broad generalizations are dangerous. Murchison has some VERY dedicated and nurturing teachers who have very current websites and who respond to parents quickly. I am one of them. In the 3 years your child was here did they NEVER have a good quality teacher? I would seriously doubt that claim. Murchison offers 5 languages we are an IB world school we offer advanced classes AVID program and we have MANY great teachers and administrators. As one who has worked here for a long time I would not lying to say it is ONE OF THE BEST middle schools in Austin.

  • (7 months ago)

    Teachers don't care one bit about students. Your child has a disability? GOOD LUCK!!! They offer almost pander programs and teachers aides that will be on call to help your student. They are not attentive nor do they advise but rather sit in the room checking their phone. Teachers will say "Email me anytime I am quick to respond!" Days later zero communication. ZERO. Good luck figuring out what homework there is when it is due etc. as the info on the school website is never updated and you must wait till grades are entered 2 weeks later to see what projects haven't been completed. AHHH just enough time to get a students grade way past failing! Very clever! Also good luck figuring out how to login to check the grades as they give the information to do so to the students and not the parents. *plays sad trombone here* This school is poorly managed with all sorts of broken systems in place and I am sure the teachers are a reflection of that. You should run -- not walk -- to another school where teachers don't just go through the motions but make an effort to teach and not leave your child behind.

  • (9 months ago)

    There are many diverse activities at the school for everyone. The school was a little behind in technology but its picked up quite a bit this last year. 2013/2014 was the first year of the Robotics Program and the team went to the World Championships. The kids have the opportunity to get a great education in a public setting. In the 3 years that my child was there it went through some growing pains but in the end came out better.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has lot of cursing and bullying going on.The school management is bad and overreacts most of the time and fabricates to put blames on others and is there to please the parents only.Most students have no respect for teachers and most get away because the school management doesn't care and will do anything to get the school going.had a very bad experience in Murchison middle school.

  • (2 years ago)

    WELL I GO TO THE SCHOOL AND GET BULLIED EVERY DAY THERE ARE TONS OF FIGHTS CURSING AND MANY OTHER THINGS. DONT GO TO THIS SCHOOL. YOUR KID WILL COME HOME EVERYDAY CRYING BEGGING TO SWITCH SCHOOLS

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is in 6th grade at MMS this year and thriving. Two of her 4 core classes are Advanced level and she comes home several times a week talking about how much she LOVES school and exceited about learning. She raves about her math class! It hels that she's always liked school even when she struggled with some learning delays but this year is exceptional thanks to excellent teachers. She tried to get into the Kealing Magnet School program but now we're so glad that didn't work out. A best friend did and is losing her love of learning under the constant deluge of heavy homework loads. My daughter is learning just as fast and her hunger to learn is being expanded at MMS. I'm very pleased with the school so far.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school was a terrible experience for me. NEVER enroll in such an atrocity of micromanagement and disiplinary corruption such as this military state of a school. The special education program there goes out of its way to single the student out as autistic or challenged; by having a teacher follow the student to every single class. They believe in punishment over education and will send you to In School Suspension for anything from dropping a pencil to talking to your friends. If you value yourself as a person your children and their future STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. It is a horrifying and traumatic experience and the utmost inane system of management I have ever dealt with in my life. As a high-schooler I realize how much of what they did was never a necessity nor was it actually teaching anybody anything. Listen this school is the breeding ground for bullying and intolerance. Don't believe what they say about "no place for hate" we were forced to sign those things in eighth grade just to win the title. Get away from this abomonation and just pick a different school. Do not torture your children with such an environment spare them the pain spare them the agony...

  • (2 years ago)

    I m not sure if the definition of 'Advisory' has changed over the years I (perhaps mistakenly) thought it was created to encourage social connections through the creation of a small group that meets throughout the year. To me this seems important esp. for a school with a large student population. It would be easy to feel lost in the crowd. It would be simple to say let s just focus only on academics. Students at this age have a strong desire to fit-in and want to feel that they belong (not just tolerated.) I would support the idea of continuing to encourage a campus climate that reflects the world not just our neighborhood closest friends or even demographics in advanced classes. As suggested by the parent below I don t think the idea of separating 'at risk' students from others in Advisory would be the best idea. If given the chance I think all students can benefit from getting to someone that they may not have otherwise gotten the chance to relate to. I think MMS does a great job considering its current challenges (budget testing crowded spaces). I personally would consider MMS one of the best middle schools in the city.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our only experience in a public middle school; our other sons went to a private middle school. Overall the work load has been less in comparison but I think our child got a good education. He took the "advanced" classes and has done well. Things that should change are all the "mini-tests" given. This takes so much time away from instruction/discussion time. Also advisory is 40 minutes of the week and it just benefits a few. I'd rather see an "elective period" for "high risk" students instead of subjecting all students to advisory twice a week. Strengths Principal. I have had several encounters with her and am please with the outcomes. She is not driven by donations and looks after the best interest of the students most times. Teachers they have always responded to my e-mails and my son's teachers do enjoy their jobs and students. Weaknesses bully policy interpretation. My son (and am learning of many other boys) was suspended in the 6th grade for pushing a friend of his who fell into another kid. I thought this was an overreaction by the vice principal. Counselors replace them. I haven't found any value; use their salaries on more teachers.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent teachers lead by strong principal leadership this school was a reference to my daughter and my niece. Congratulations and thank you.

  • (3 years ago)

    Not good school for someone has a disablility. constant bullying by peers and too many students. Very very unhappy experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child goes to this school and it is a very safe and highly educated school. This school has great teachers and focuses on education and IB. Murchison has many choices from music such as orchestra to lots of different languages like spanish french german and chinese. This is a school you should you enroll your students in.

  • (5 years ago)

    Murchison emphasizes a broad education for students through its International Baccalaureate program. My grandchild lives with me and she is delighted with her new sixth grade school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Im a student at murchison and i moved here in 6th grade in the middle of march and i got used to the teachers and they sound like they dont care cause of some parents say that there child is failing from the teachers not careing well they do care!im a 7thgrader and i was failing math badly so it wasnt that my teacher didnt cared i didnt care so i asked my teacher for help i stayed after school for tutoring and i got help and scored the grade i wanted in math and im passing math and its easier for me! cause i didnt care the students have to ask there teachers questions the teachers dont wanna help if you dont want help at all so i love murchison i made great friends and have great friends any one would be lucky to go here and i am lucky! and if your thinking about comeing here then you should! ]]

  • (6 years ago)

    Very dedicated teachers who are interested in whether the children learn. The International Baccalaureate program is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in a liberal arts education from an early age and the elective courses are as excellent as the required courses. Because of the size & diversity of the population there are occasional disciplinary issues (e.g. fights) that arise but overall the administration does a good job preventing these issues through policy decisions (dress code etc.) and discipline after the fact.

  • (6 years ago)

    MMS is great for accelerated students. MMS is NOT great for Special Ed students. Teachers don't go the extra mile for the 20 or so Spec. Ed students who need extra help. We had a great elementary! Now we have gone straight to sharks in college even though we just finished 6th. There is NO transition from caring elem. to 7 8 or even 9th. Teachers cannot put one student on an individual level they treat one as all - They don't understand learning disabilities at all!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is in 8th grade and in special education and found out in 6th grade he is autistic. Most the time the teachers have worked with me on modifing my son's work and have done well in helping him most the time. My son does not go to the tutoring after school because it is so overloaded with kids that he does not get the extra help he needs with homework. In general the school is good.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers at MMS place importance first and foremost on student learning. Test scores are emphasized by district/state/federal officials and yes some MMS programs are driven by that pressure. Don't think for a second that teachers are happy about that! But via the IB program and other innovative teaching strategies MMS faculty works very hard to elevate student achievement learning and global responsibility beyond test scores. Parents sometimes struggle with the fact that this is secondary school and especially at the 7th-8th grade levels teachers cannot call home every time a student misses an assignment. We offer many ways for parents to support student learning teacher web sites student agendas after-school tutorials and homework center and accessibility via email to name a few. This is my 10th year teaching at Murchison. It is a great school and I am proud to to teach here.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 kids at MMS. One in all advanced accelerated classes and one in all academic classes . Both ends of the spectrum yet both are failing classes. Teachers don't communicate when the kids aren't turning in work. They are too busy preparing for the next class when they should be noticing who is turning in work and who isn't. I found out my student didn't turn in a project 4 weeks after the fact and another project 2 weeks late. I have to initiate all contact with teachers each time. It's very frustrating to go from a wonderful Elem. school to this school. All they care about is TAKS scores and if your kid fails one the next year they aren't allowed an elective only punishment by mandatory remedial classes for the TAKS they missed the year before.

  • (7 years ago)

    Although Murchison has a fairly large student population my daughter has adjusted very well. We relocated from Maryland and I was concerned about her social and academic adjustment. Although I had a few concerns about the curriculum and some of her instructors after meeting and talking with the teachers in person and via phone and email my concerns were appropriately addressed.

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