School Details

Murray Avenue School

250 Murray Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 220-3700
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 722 students 16 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

62%
59%
32%
79%
73%
42%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes. In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to mee
  • This school in 2014
  • Mamaroneck Union Free School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
62%
33%
77%
71%
43%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes. In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to mee
  • This school in 2014
  • Mamaroneck Union Free School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
63%
30%
86%
73%
40%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes. In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to mee
  • This school in 2014
  • Mamaroneck Union Free School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Murray Avenue School is a public elementary school in Larchmont. The principal of Murray Avenue School is PRINCIPAL - MS. JENNIFER MONACO and can be contacted at jmonaco@mamkschools.org. 722 students go to Murray Avenue School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the Murray Avenue School students are "limited in English proficiency." 0% of the 722 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Murray Avenue School is 16:1. Henry Barnard School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 75%
Hispanic 4% 17%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0% 7%
Limited English proficiency 2% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    I have had 3 children go through Murray -- with one currently there. It is a fantastic school. The facilities are great -- wonderful auditorium two gyms big and wonderful library fully equipped music room. But the heart of the school is the teachers. Principal Monaco has done a great job of hiring in the past 10 years. The new teachers and even the teachers who have been here longer than that are truly dedicated smart creative and dynamic. We feel so lucky to have landed in this neighborhood with this school and wouldn't change a thing. In fact I wouldn't move until all of my kids are through Murray!

  • (4 months ago)

    I cannot say enough good things about this school. My kid has attended since K they are now in 2nd G. The teachers are great. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable - there's no one 'type' but what unities the ones I have experienced is that they are truly excellent at what they do. They seem to really take the time to get to know each kid as an individual and what makes them tick and to support and/or stretch them where appropriate. I definitely don't feel it's a 'one size fits all' approach. Parent/teacher comms encouraged and there's lots of opportunities to participate in the classroom too. I have found the class sizes to be V.G. Last year my child was in a class of 18 with 1 teacher and 1 assistant - both full time. This year my child is in a class of 24 with two teachers and one assistant - again all 3 are full time.The specialist teachers for music arts the library and PE are great and add a lot to the kids' development. They also offer a lot of added value activities for the kids to get involved with. The after-school clubs for example are excellent and hugely diverse - everything from fashion design to musical theatre to chess to lego to computer game making!

  • (1 year ago)

    My Grandson goes to Murray Avenue School.....I love the school the smell of the hallways the friendliness the smiling and great teachers. I love those "good mornings" and those "see ya tomorrow" or even "see you at the game" cheers.... Murray Avenue has a special flair a special atmosphere you know it is a special school....that is why my grandson looks forward to going to Murray Avenue each day and why I love visiting his classroom and watching all the other kids. Wish I could go to Murray Avenue just for one whole day and pretend all over again....!

  • (2 years ago)

    Regarding Sep.8th 2012 review it is bit more than we expected but 24 is not "huge" (Pre-K in Manhattan was 20 or so) and it is not old facility nor lack of technology. By the way our life is surrounded by Technology. We are happy with school and it was right decision for our kids (took them away from being top 0.5% student game at age 4). Think about overall quality and community value for your kids. "For what you pay to live here..." it is not that much and it's all about choice....

  • (2 years ago)

    Class size is huge - 24 kids in kindergarten. Big dissapointment given the tremendous reviews. Teachers are great but stretched too thin. Very old facilities and lack of technology. For what you pay to live here I would expect more.

  • (2 years ago)

    My four children attended Murray Avenue Elementary School and it was a fantastic experience for all of them. The school did an excellent job adapting for my four kid's very different academic needs. The teachers were caring dedicated and available. The curriculum was broad and did not just "teach to the test"...all four have now entered the Hommocks Middle School where they are continuing to thrive. I highly recommend Murray Avenue School for it's education sense of community and overall experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    I went through Murray Ave from 3rd thru 6th grade back in the early 1960s and loved every moment I was there. I thoroughly concur with all those parents who have seen the value in the school teachers and administration. My 6th grade teacher (back then Murray went up thru 6th) Mr. Kurak so inspired me that I never forgot him and became a teacher for 30 years. Although I feel I was never as good as he was I attempted to replicate all that he instilled in me and tried to make learning fun and enjoyable. I only wish I could have let him know how much an affect he had on me and I'm sure many others. I went back after 45 years away in 2009 and toured the school and couldn't believe how much it had not changed so all you parents are seeing pretty much what I saw with some obvious upgrades and improvements in technology. I am now retired and still love seeing how well Murray Avenue is doing. May this school and staff continue to do well and inspire her students for years to come. A male student from the class of 1964.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter had the most amazing kindergarten year here. The teachers are wonderful the environment is nurturing and the principal is terrific. I have been happier here than I have been with any of the many schools we have paid for (both in NYC and preschools out here.) The teacher really knew my kid--how she learned what her strengths were how to reach her. I was amazed at their level of understanding.

  • (5 years ago)

    To the posting made by a parent dated (August 14 2008) I totally disagree with them. I moved to this district 24 years ago to give my kids a better education. Both of my children went through Murray Hommocks and Mama. H. S. They were both nurtured by wonderful teachers and very loving aides that got out of their way to see that they were happy in and out of class. One thing we both agree is that the aides are underpaid especially with the kind of work that they do. I highly recommend this school to any family that is looking for a nurturing academic school for their child. To the posting Sept. 19 2006 I would not pay too much attention. As I said this is an excellent school with a very dedicated teaching staff. The disciplinary issues are addressed and the school psychologist and speech patologist are excellent.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm at my last year at Murray and its a fantastic school! All the teachers are great and really help you understand. 1 out of 10? 10!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 2 daughters. One has gone completely through Murray Avenue and the other is halfway through. They have had a fantastic experience at Murray. The teachers they have had are innovative and they have really made learning come alive. Drawbacks -The school has a lot of kids and while the class sizes are very good-usually between 19-23 kids the playgrounds are overcrowded at recess the aides are underpaid and under qualified and this sometimes results in a potentially dangerous situation. Still I highly recommend this wonderful school! There is a great feeling of community within the school and a very involved parent body.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is our first year at Murray Avenue. The support system that has been available for our child is not to be believed. Since our son has some special needs but does not qualify for 'special ed' we have been concerned about what types of support would be available. His teacher has been fantastic paying particular attention to learning styles that work for him while consulting with her peers (in a formal process they have at the school!) to come up with other ideas as to what might work. The school psychologist while quite busy was familiar with him and had read all revelent materials as was evidenced in our conversations (she had highlighted and made notes on the pages). Very well prepared! Great School!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    We were disappointed with Murray's inability to foresee and divert disciplinary issues. All attempts to curtail 'bullies' are re-active. Psychologist and speech pathologist were overwhelmed. Teachers were impotent to addressing problem kids. Half of Murray kids that live on my street have tutors to supplement what they're not learning in class. Dissappointing after paying such high taxes and moving here based on school rep. Specials are excellent. So are field trips and PTA.

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