School Details

Murphy Elementary School

3539 West Grace Street, Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 534-5223
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 558 students 19 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

45%
42%
55%
49%
45%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
51%
60%
55%
46%
59%
78%
74%
81%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
50%
59%
34%
44%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
52%
60%
59%
49%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
53%
59%
57%
52%
59%
82%
73%
79%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
54%
59%
60%
53%
60%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Murphy Elementary School is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of Murphy Elementary School is Christine D Zelenka. 558 students attend Murphy Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Multiracial. 33% of the Murphy Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 84% of the 558 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 83% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Murphy Elementary School is 19:1. Marshall Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 80% 41%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 2% %
White, non-Hispanic 13% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 47%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83% 73%
Limited English proficiency 33% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 84% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The parents teachers and administration at Murphy are caring thoughtful people who genuinely work together to make the school an amazing part of our community and a wonderful school for our neighborhood children. Anyone looking to raise kids in Chicago should seriously consider Murphy.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our family is blessed to be a part of John B Murphy School. Our children thrive emotionally socially and academically by being a part of this school. They are truly a diamond in the ruff tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood. I love the way they constantly reach out to the community and parents and offer free classes on a variety of subjects to the students entire family. Every staff member cares deeply about the children and their families and go beyond the call of duty for anyone. We love that Murphy School is a Fine Arts Magnet Cluster school! Our children have been exposed to so many awesome events field trips and experiences that the average child will never see in their lifetime. Most importantly I am comforted when I see the principal vice principal and volunteer parents standing on the sidewalks and around the school before and after school with their watchful eyes. Everyone works together to make sure there's a safe environment for the children and let's face it - that's a big concern today. The only negative thing about this school is that it only goes to 8th grade. Go Owls!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is our local school. I transferred my sons in grade 5 and 2 several years ago away from believe it or not an unresponsive magnet school. I made the best decision of my life by going with my local John B. Murphy for both. They have now completed their elementary years and both tested into Taft Academic Centers for 7th and 8th grade. The teachers really see and teach the whole child nurturing their talents while addressing challenges. These teachers know and love their students. This is a student centered environment. I have other family living with us now leaving the suburban system and we would only trust Murphy teachers to care for them. The principal and vice principal are the tops.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two kids in Murphy school and they are the best. Principal and asst. principal are so involved with the kids. I have never seen the principals so involved in all the kids life like at Murphy. I might have to leave because of I'm not in the school district but I'm trying to fight it because the school is excellent. I also love that there is a diversity in race and I think that is very important.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Murphy for 3 years now and I absolutely love it. It truly stands by it's motto of "Caring Community". The principle and assistant know everyone by name and the families are very involved. It was the fine arts curriculum that interested me the most but it's the family atmosphere that keeps us there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Murphy School is a top notch school with incredible teachers who have helped to encourage our children to acheive great heights in academics as well as pushing their artistic envelope. I went to Murphy as a child and one thing that still rings true today is it's ability to confront advercity and to find creative solutions with the help and support of it's community. If we were to use social media outlets like Facebook as a measure of how much of a lasting impression Murphy has left on its Alumni it could easily be seen how Murphy can be considered one of the best.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son went to Murphy from kindergarden through the 6th grade. He had such a well rounded education at Murphy. And even performed at Ravinia on the Xylophone! He learned to play the guitar a little too! The Arts program cannot be beat! The three R's were also at the top of the list. He did have some problem with reading - the nightmare of any parent. And he got all the help I could ask for at that school. I loved every teacher that he had. The security person the office people the food servers even the maintenance crew are wonderful. And the heads of the school are so dedicated to educating the children! My son left Murphy on the honor roll a science fair winner and a wonderful citizen.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have two children in Murphy. The school is great. My one child is now in the 6th grade and will have to leave Muphy as it only goes to the 6th grade. My fear is i will not find another school as good as Murphy. The teachers there are the best. Both of my children are honor students I know its because of the way the school works with each childs needs with there after school programs. All i can say is thank you to the staff at Murphy for being there for the Children.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school. My daughter had the honor and privilege of attending this school from k-mid 3rd grade. The teachers are excellent and eager to teach. The principal is beyond what one expects a principal to be she has a big heart open door policy you speak to her she listens with her heart. But one of things I most admired about her is that makes a point to address each child by name. She is a hand on principal she's out there in morning to greet she out at recess she out as well to farewell to them at the end of the day. This is a big extended family type of school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is in 1st grade and went to full day K she love going to school and loves to learn. I feel we have been really lucky with the quality of teachers so far. All the teachers seem to really care. The Principal (Dr. Nelson) is excellent with the kids and greets them (by name) each morning and says goodbye each day. I hope grades 2 - 6 are as enjoyable for my daughter.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am so pleased to have my children in a loving caring neighborhood school in the city of Chicago! My children have gone from the Murphy education to some of the best high schools in the city. I attribute this to the high quality of staff and administration and complete openness to parental involvement. Of course the extracurricular activities are what my children are most excited about!

  • (8 years ago)

    Murphy school is great. My son like to go there.He loves art and since and he really does this at school and learn about this.However be careful with teachers some of them are great some -not really.Principal is an example of wonderful leader.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son has been at Murphy school for three years now. Test scores aside we have been extremely happy with the school. The administration and teachers are both excellent and top notch. I really like the curriculums they use and the school bends over backwards in terms of reaching out to students and their families. As a smaller school it is a real find. The school has a well developed music art and drama program (its a fine arts magnet). It also has gym and recess. Older grades have baseball/softball teams. It is the cleanest school I've ever been in and everyone gets along. Teacher turnover is very low which says a lot about the school to me. As a parent there is plenty of encouragement/opportunity to be involved if one is so inclined.

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