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Murray High provides an academically rigorous and innovative curriculum with personalized student learning environments that result in college, career, and community ready students. Murray has high standards and expectations for all students.

  • Students are challenged to learn in a collaborative environment.
  • Students demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills and strategies.
  • Students leverage technologies to enhance learning in meaningful ways
  • Students are expected to demonstrate academic proficiency or excellence through projects and portfolios as well as state (SOL) and national (ACT, SAT) assessments

English

The English curriculum at Murray High includes a multi-grade, thematic approach. Both the Albemarle County curriculum and the Virginia Standards of Learning are included in the curriculum that emphasizes the continuous development and improvement of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Courses are open to multi-grade levels, and students receive the appropriate level of English credit.

  • English 9
  • English 10
  • English 11*
  • English 12
  • English Literature & Composition, Advanced Placement

Mathematics

  • Study Skills Math/Algebra Lab — Preparation for Algebra I
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Algebra Functions, and Data Analysis (AFDA)
  • Algebra II/Trigonometry
  • Math Analysis
  • Calculus

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum is based on the Virginia Standards of Learning and incorporates project-based and inquiry-based instruction. The social studies courses at Murray High School may include but are not limited to the following:

  • World History II from 1500 to Present*
  • World Geography*
  • Virginia and U.S. History*
  • Virginia and U.S. Government


World Languages

The main purpose of studying a world language is to understand and communicate with peoples of different nationalities and ethnic groups and to appreciate their contributions to the development of our own nation and culture. The world languages offered at Murray consist of Spanish I, II, III, and IV.

Science

The science curriculum is based on the Virginia SOL’s and includes a project-based, inquiry-based approach. The science courses at Murray include but are not limited to the following:

  • Earth Science*
  • Biology*
  • Oceanography
  • Chemistry*
  • Physics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ecology


Health and Physical Education

Classes are scheduled by semester so that the health and the physical education components occur and are graded separately. Students may elect to complete their two required semesters of health and/or physical education in the same year.

  • Physical Education I-II (.5 credit each)
  • Health Education I (.5 credit)
  • Health Education II (.5 credit)
  • Weight Lifting I-IV
  • Advanced PE/Elective (offered based on student interests and needs.)
  • Fitness Instructor (1 credit)

Driver’s Education

  • Part I Classroom
  • Part II Behind-the-Wheel

Special Education Programs

The Special Education Program is provided for students who have been identified with a disability and found eligible for special education services. Assistance is provided using various levels of service including consultation/ monitor, collaboration, and resource classes.

  • Consultation/Monitor (Non-Credit)
  • Study/Organizational Skills (1 credit)

Additional Offerings to Fulfill Graduation Requirements

  • Freshman Seminar
  • Self-Directed Learning / Independent Study
  • Community-Based Learning (Internship) Program
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Virtual Courses
  • CATEC

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