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About This School

Murdock Elementary School is a public elementary school in La Mesa. The principal of Murdock Elementary School is John Ashley, whose e-mail is john.ashley@lmsvsd.k12.ca.us. 595 students go to Murdock Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Murdock Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 21% of the 595 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Murdock Elementary School is 20:1. Casa De Oro Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 56% 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 11%
Asian 3% 2%
Hispanic 28% 36%
Unspecified 19% 14%
Filipino 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 12303%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 52%
Limited English proficiency 9% 22%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I wrote my 1st review in '07 when we began here and I thought I'd write a new review now that this is our last year. First we LOVE that there is a 6th grade on this campus. If we could stay longer we would. Despite economic cut-backs district-wide Murdock has kept its policy of providing the BEST education via it's caring teachers support staff and principal. The PTA is fabulous. What continues to make the difference and fill in the gaps is the amount of support from the parents. On any given day you will see parents volunteering their time making copies stuffing folders laminating doing errands walking the halls supervising the fields at recess...it truly all adds up and makes a difference. Thanks to all at Murdock for a wonderful 7 years; we have made great friends learned lots and will truly miss you & wish you well!

  • (2 years ago)

    Our daughter was in EAK (Early Admission Kindergarten) at Murdock. I was a teacher at a local private school and my husband and I hadn't considered public school as an option. We thought we'd try it for EAK and LOVED it. To say it is an outstanding school is truly not enough and we have decided to send both of our children to Murdock. Mrs. Tavolazzi was patient knowledgeable kind organized and truly provided the best educational introduction these little students could have hoped for (as well as us parents!) We have heard wonderful things about the kindergarten teachers as well as many other teachers throughout the school. They are very strong in their field & due to the strong interest in teaching at Murdock must have many years of experience in order to teach at this particular school. They are accessible to families and the number of volunteers here is astounding. I always felt welcome to come and help in the classroom and in the school. It is considered the strongest in La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and I have no doubt after our time here that it is a very special place for any child during their educational journey.

  • (2 years ago)

    Murdock is top quality. Lots of parent involvement rigorous curriculum great PTA and a wonderful before and after school daycare program. I'm glad it now has sixth grade on campus.

  • (3 years ago)

    Murdock has amazing teachers tons of parent involvement and a caring principal. Best public school in La Mesa.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teaching is wonderful my child is well above kids in other schools at the same grade. But the front staff is rude! and the pparking is a nightmare.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love Murdock! We are all like one big family. On any given day there could be more volunteers on campus than there is staff. We all just CARE!!

  • (3 years ago)

    There is an overall spirit of success at Murdock. Teachers Staff students parents and other volunteers all work toward a common goal "every child learning every day!" Where other schools offer some extra programs Murdock strives to offer many through its PTA Accelerated Reader Field Trips Art Docents PE Docents Cultural Arts Assemblies and lots of After School Clubs to name a few.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love that volunteers can come in to help their chid(ren)'s teachers and be a part of the school community. The teachers really care and teach to the best of their abilities even with diminishing resources (aides and other support staff). You can work with the pricipal and his staff to make sure your child gets the best education and know they are doing what is best for your child.

  • (3 years ago)

    Murdock's teachers staff students and parents are passionate about creating and maintaining an extraordinary public education experience. The creativity and dedication of staff and abundant parent and extended family volunteers is enabling our students to achieve their best potential as students and good citizens. Murdock consistently scores extremely high on standardized tests to rank as a ten-ten (i.e. top) school. There is so much care thought and activities put into creating a truly awesome Murdock community!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    We Love Murdock becuase its a cool school with awsome teachers and staff who provide excellent reguard for the development of each of its students.

  • (3 years ago)

    Murdock is a great public school. Last year we scored 918 on our API. The year before that we were at 907. That score is the highest in LMSVSD school district and is among the highest is San Diego county. Our parents are very involved and as of today we have 286 members.

  • (3 years ago)

    Murdock is an awesome school with the best teacher & staff members and of course the parents. Murdock has recieved the California Distinguished School numerous times. We have an abundance of volunteers which the teachers and staff truly appreciate. It's a great school no doubt come by and check it out and see for yourself.

  • (3 years ago)

    Teachers staff and parents put the kids first!

  • (3 years ago)

    Murdocks great points experienced teachers high-test scores and the large number of volunteers. Murdock teachers have been wonderful and push the students. My child s teacher has the attitude that children can learn anything as long as you expose them. Murdock encourages a parent-teacher partnership in educating our children. Remember high-test scores = a lot of work on both parts and this includes homework. Murdock s Accelerated Reading program begins in second grade and really requires a lot of reading from the children. Our child continues to enjoy reading but note parents be prepared to work with your child at home.

  • (4 years ago)

    I find it amusing that our HIGHLY CRITICAL review was somehow deleted. It lends credence that this site does not allow for honest opinions. Take it for what it's worth but maybe this school has improved with a leadership change. GreatSchools I am disappointed with you and I encourage parents to go the schools themselves and talk to parents not PTA or Principals.

  • (5 years ago)

    I can not speak for Murdock elementary until the new school begins however Mrs. Greene's pre-school program could be much better. There is an opportunity for each child to answer questions at the very least once a week.....my son got to answer a question once this entire semester. The program obviously favors children who will be entering Kindergarten the following year but they need to work on building self-esteem and a love for learning for every child not just the ones that need to be prepped for Kindergarten. There were numerous times my child was not included in a class action of some type when confronted the preschool teacher simply said and I quote 'you can find another preschool' this is not an adequate response to a parents concern....

  • (5 years ago)

    There is NO better school than this one. The volunteers at the school are one thing of the things that make this school so great. the parents CARE it is not just a drop and go school. Everyone is involved in making this OUR school. the environment really makes the kids more calm more at ease. Drive by and check it out I guarantee you'll be amazed.

  • (5 years ago)

    I too transfered my son to Murdock based on the schools test scores. Our neighbor recomended the school to us along with Mrs. Greene's pre-school class (Great Program!!). Overall we have had a great experience. My older sons kindergarden year was a nightmare. I have to say that I'm glad it's over. He is now at the end of 1st grade and he has a great teacher. I can't say that he doesn't get into trouble because he does but it's dealt with in a possitive way. At times I think they are too nice but everyone works together towards a common goal. I look forward to what next year will bring.

  • (5 years ago)

    We really fought to get our son into Murdock based on its great reputation. It is a physically beautiful place but my son had nightmares about it ultimately. The new principal this year does not know how to handle kids who don't fit in the mold. My son had numerous problems in his kindergarten class and though he hadn't ever acted out aggressively before he had an aggressive incident nearly every day at this school. After many meetings and strategies that were tried half-heartedly we decided to find a new school in the district. He has been there for two weeks and has had no problems. No agresssion. No problems with his work so issues with the teacher no trouble. I don't think the issue was my son. I think it was this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Private school attention in a public school form. Going to Murdock was an excellent experience and truly enjoyable. I believe that my love for learning stemmed out of this elementary school and I can see that is also true of my classmates. At my high school graduation it seemed that all of the students going away to prestigious universities were the ones who went to Murdock -- it is a great foundation.

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