Despite it's problems Murray provided both my kids with an excellent education and they were well-prepared for honors classes in high school. My last just left Murray this Spring. There are a lot of current complaints about Murray (about discipline) and a lot of "white flight" with parents pulling their kids out for private or charter schools but Murray is actually quite a good school. It was a few years ago and it still is now. The teachers are surprisingly good. I was amazed at how good my kids' history language and English teachers were. Murray kids do great at the state science and history fairs. Lots of participation in extra-curricular activities. It's about as good as you can get in an urban middle school. Yes there are some discipline issues but that's something that they are working on with a discipline committee etc. My kids felt safe at all times.
Murray Middle School is a public middle school in Saint Paul. The principal of Murray Middle School is Stacey Theien-Collins. 760 children attend Murray Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 63% of the 760 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Murray Middle School is 18:1. Nets is one of the nearest middle schools.
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Teachers don't really care about you and most teacher doesn't really bother with kids who are being bullied. Lots of kids and teachers are very disrespectful. I see MANY kids skipping class almost everyday and they have MANY cameras yet don't talk with them.
Murray is an awful school. It was terrible with the previous administration and continues to be terrible with the new administration. Students lack respect for adults and peers and are not held accountable for their actions. I have honestly never seen anything like it. The classes are clearly segregated. I honestly do not understand how SPPS gets away with this type of blatant disregard for student success. My child has been bullied stolen from and treated unfairly by administration- even told I was being dramatic when asked that bullying be addressed. Teachers rarely if ever return emails and calls. Several teachers wait until grades are due to post them on the portal and then students lack time to correct their grades. Also classwork and homework only count for 10% of students grades. Children are taught that they don't have to do the work- just test and retest until they "pass". This school for lack of a better word- SUCKS. My advice to any parent considering or zoned for this school is to apply to charters and magnets and pray chant meditate etc. that your child/children are accepted.
Murray Middle School has been one of the worst school experiences I've had. Hundreds of emails to staff and teachers. We are going charter next year at AFSA.
Murray used to be a very good school. Our first child had two excellent years here--classes were academically first rate and the social atmosphere was positive. Since the new Principal and staff have come the school has declined. Our second child is very frustrated by the constant disciplinary problems which teachers are faced with. Students who are disrespectful to students and teachers are called down to the office for only a few minutes only to come back to the class and continue their behavior. The teachers spend more time trying to gain control of their class than actually teaching. This Principal will not punish or discipline these types of students and it is affecting the students who are there to learn. In this last year whenever I stop by the school during the day students are roaming and running in the halls. The language and tone of voice is often completely inappropriate. No one in the office seems to be in control or even cares that these students are not in class. They are not allowed to scold them and consequently the environment feels like these types of students are actually running the school. Sad to see that the teachers are not supported.
The new principle is fantastic. My daughter is a 6th grader - in the first class of 6th graders to be added to Murray. The roll out was a bit of a logistical mess for the first week but the kids all seemed happy. It got sorted out. My daughter is thriving here. She loves math for the first time in years! The science program is also excellent. Fabulous teachers in both! Lots of opportunities for gifted and talents as well as tons of remedial and tutoring support. Great (and free) after school programming. I was disappointed by the lack of a health curriculum but the principle was extremely responsive to my concerns. She already had a health curriculum in the works with some 'emergency' classes to take place in homeroom this year. From other parents it seems that bullying and fighting have been a problem in the past. I'm not sure how they managed it but it does not seem to be a problem now. I wanted to send my child to a school that is racially and economically diverse excellent academically and public. It doesn't seem like that should be so hard but apparently it is. I feel Murray is doing all these things well. Both my daughter and I are very happy with it.
This school is excellent and helped imporve many childens knowledge expand and all the teachers are fantastic
Test scores years running significantly below state average! While scores do not speak to great building or neighborhood it does reflect insufficient and inconsistent resources/academic support for students there ages 12-14. Bullying sometimes as carry over from the elementary school(s) is not really addressed and therefore a very consistent problem/complaint for many! I'd say if your child is at standard and above is appropriately independent or self directed can disregard the static and stay centered and un-jaded over a long-time and if parents can be/are super involved daily in the school and their children (to what some might even say a micromanagement level) you will fare better. It's going to be what you can make it outside of some very real drawbacks. It could be a much much better gem of the neighborhood especially with so many other school choices now.
Murray is a great school for my son. He is an 8th Grader there and loved 7th grade so much. He is signing up for baseball and is in all challenge courses except for mathematics. This school is just right for him.