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  • Virginia L Murray Elementary School9

    Charlottesville, VA | Albemarle County


    February 8, 2015

    We are very happy with this school and highly recommend it. Some things could be better organized and there is room for improvement, but overall it is a highly engaging environment. This is partly due to the small size (everybody knows each other), but the staff is also just really outstanding.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 15, 2014

    Wonderful, loving, caring and challenging~this is Murray Elementary. The best school in Albemarle County. The teachers know every child and care about them. If you can send your child to this school, DO IT!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 5, 2013

    Murray has exceeded our expectations in many ways already, though we're just a year in. Classes are small, cohesive, intimate, and the teachers are strong and caring. There are many ways to get involved and many parents really do. That the office staff knows EVERY child by name, and greets them each morning when they hop off the bus is really special ... Mrs. King is among the kindest, most energetic and positive forces for that. There is a real adherence academically to the SOL tests, of course, but there seems to be room for art and music each week, and Mrs. Johnson the art teacher is a HUGE favorite, with many fun assignments for the kids, as is Mrs. Corradino, the wonderful music teacher. A small school for elementary schoolers to feel like they really belong is a wonderful way to begin academic life. We are proud and happy to be part of the mix.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 24, 2012

    Murray is a gem in the Albemarle County School system. It has excellent, caring teachers and principal, involved parents and and works hard to craft solutions to the inevitable issues that arise from the underfunded and somewhat problematic Albemarle County School system (SOL-driven curriculum, lack of foreign languages until late middle school, overcrowded classrooms, overworked teachers). Parents coming from high-achieving districts should be aware that it is very easy to get an "A" at Murray because the standards in the County schools are fairly low because of some under-performing schools and you may want to supplement your child's education outside of school. That being said, Murray does everything within its power to meet the needs of all the kids, sometimes within the context of very crowded classrooms (26-27 in a class). However, Murray is a wonderful small-school community where every staff member knows your children and does everything possible to make it the best experience within the constraints of the larger Albemarle County School system.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 12, 2011

    Murray is amazing. We moved to C'ville when our daughter was going into second grade. Naturally, she was trepidatious about the move, but by the middle of the year she was saying, "It's too bad I wasn't born in Virginia, because I had to miss Kindergarten and first grade at Murray!" The school is a perfect size for an elementary school--about 45 students per grade--and every member of the staff knows every student by face and name within the first weeks of the year. The teachers operate as grade-level "teams" of two and coordinate all of the academics seamlessly. Students seem to be well met at all levels of preparation and ability, even though the county keeps support staff down to pretty bare bones. Front office staff are warm and loving and the children clearly feel trusting and well taken-care-of. Parent involvement is also impressive. There is a lot of "teaching to testing," but that is life for kids these days unless you're going to opt out of mainstream education--they need to be prepared to focus on and succeed at standardized testing, and Murray definitely helps them to do that. I cannot imagine a better elementary experience for my children.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 16, 2009

    You can't beat Murray Elementary! We love having our kids here and think the teachers and the staff are wonderful! The principal is super! He is committed to making sure all kids learn and he is actively involved in every aspect of the school! What a wonderful place to have your kids start school!

    Submitted by a parent

    May 13, 2009

    I am a new parent to the Murray community and have to say that I have been extremely impressed with the quality and expertise of both the teaching staff and administration. We have had wonderful teachers for our kids and the principal has been very supportive of our needs. He seems to have good interactions with the kids and makes everyone feel welcome! We love Murray!

    Submitted by a parent

    April 23, 2009

    We were ready to send out kids to a private school in the area but once going to Murray, you realize this is as close to a private school you will EVER find in a public school. EVERY teacher knows your childs' name, the bus driver knows your child and it is a wonderful school. Can not say enough. We have been there for 3 years and couldn't be happier.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 21, 2007

    I'm in my last year of middle school now but looking back on after talking to other kids who went to area middle schools, Murray was the best. The school is small so you know everyone. The teachers are great and many times we slipped up and called them Mom or Dad. The afterschool programs are great too and the whole school enviroment makes it actually fun, relaxed and enjoyable.

    May 9, 2006

    This is an excellent small school in Albemarle County with caring teachers.

    Submitted by a parent

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