About Murray Middle School

  • Murray Vision Statement

    Murray Middle School students are challenged and inspired to reach their full potential in preparation for success in high school and beyond.

    Murray Mission Statement:

    • Our students thrive in a safe, supportive, caring, fun, and diverse learning environment.
    • We set high expectations for academic achievement through rigorous coursework, standards-based instruction, and support programs.
    • We strive for continuous improvement through effective professional development.
    • We teach and model responsibility, respect, and integrity.
    • We support the academic, emotional, social, and physical development of each unique child.
    • We build and strengthen relationships among students, staff, families, and community.

    About Murray:

    Our school, originally in built in 1925, is a place where students in grades 6-8 can really take off. A focus on science and the environment is enhanced by a close partnership with Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. Murray produces the largest one-day science fair in Minnesota. Accelerated classes offer high school credit in science, geometry, and Spanish. Students can also develop interests and master skills with nearly 25 after-school classes in academics, arts, athletics and technology – all in a nurturing environment that understands middle school kids, easing their academic and life transitions.

    Murray offers a full range of academically rigorous coursework. The math program includes pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program. Our unique magnet science program offers advanced courses (Magnet I and II) with hands-on laboratory experiences in life, earth and physical science. Challenge-level courses in English and social studies prepare students for college preparatory coursework in high school; including International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), Quest, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options, and other accelerated programs.

    Murray also offers a full range of rigorous general education and elective classes. These include beginning, intermediate and advanced bands; orchestra, art, health, physical education, Spanish, ELL, cultural studies, journalism, mythology, creative writing and special education coursework.

    The school is located in the Saint Anthony Park community in Saint Paul, MN and enjoys a unique neighborhood setting where citizens are involved and interested in the school and its activities.

    Special Features:

    • MMS hosts Minnesota's largest middle school Science Fair and sends numerous students to regional and state science competitions.
    • Students also receive academic monitoring and mentoring during Foundations as well as participating in the St. Paul Reads Volumes reading initiative.
    • Special activities for students include: Yearbook, Honor Society, Wolf Ridge Environmental Leadership Retreat, Lego Robotics, History Day, Musical and Theater Production.

Murray At A Glance

    • Grade Levels: 6-8
    • Enrollment: 843
    • School Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

    Students Who Identify As:

    • American Indian 1.3%
    • Asian American 17%
    • African American 35.3%
    • Hispanic American 8.5%
    • Caucasian American 37.8%

    Students Who Qualify For:

    • Special Education 16.5%
    • Free and Reduced Lunch 58.5%
    • English Language Learning 14.7%

    2012 MCA II Student Proficiency:

    • Grade 7 reading test 47%
    • Grade 7 math test 49%
    • Grade 8 reading test 40%
    • Grade 8 math test 46%

Bell Schedule

  • Period 1:  8:30a.m. - 9:18a.m.
    Period 2:  9:22a.m. - 10:09a.m.
    Period 3:  10:13a.m. - 11:00a.m.
    Period 4:  11:04a.m. - 12:24p.m.
    Lunch 1 11:04-11:29 a.m.
    Lunch 2 11:32-11:57 a.m.
    Lunch 3 12:00-12:25 p.m.
    Period 5:  12:29p.m. - 1:17p.m.
    Period 6:  1:21p.m. - 2:08p.m.
    Period 7:  2:12p.m. - 3:00p.m.