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​Fact Sheet - Murray High School

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Success for All

Murray High School facilitates intensive, experiential learning opportunities to provide academic and personal success for all students. In our caring community, quality learning takes place in a safe, respectful, non-coercive environment that meets the needs of diverse learners. Students may apply to attend Murray from any area of Albemarle County.

School Highlights

Murray High School takes great pride in its status as a Glasser Quality School. Quality Schools are built around William Glasser’s Choice Theory, which builds upon seven caring habits while working to minimize seven deadly habits. Through this model, students at Murray get to build upon their character as well as their academics.

A key highlight of a student’s experience at Murray is their integration into the community culture. Students choose to come to Murray, and upon their arrival, they begin to build strong, caring relationships with all of their teachers. Any social issues are resolved through teacher- or student-led mediation, through which students develop their skills at resolving problems.

All students are expected to be successful at Murray. Clear evidence of this philosophy can be seen through the mastery learning model that the school has in place. If a student has any type of academic struggles, the school community works to find a way to help that student become successful. Students are held to high levels of accountability, and no one is allowed to choose to not be actively engaged in their academic success.

Murray features an interdisciplinary English and U.S. Government class for 12th-grade students that is modeled after the college experience. Each week, students physically attend class on Monday and Friday, but work independently in a location of their choice Tuesday through Thursday. This model works to help students take ownership of their educational experience, while building the skills they need to be successful in the world after high school.

To further enhance the educational experience and broaden learning opportunities, Murray is developing new partnerships with community and national organizations this year. Some highlights include expanding access to music through a new partnership with a local non-profit, The Front Porch; being one of 20 schools to be selected to work with the MIT Edgerton Center and the Harvard Graduate School of Education on maker-centered learning resource development; and a humanities-focused semester project with the University of Virginia, in which college and high school students collaborate and grapple with some of life’s most compelling questions through Russian Literature.

Assessment Data

Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)


Facility Information

Built in 1959

30,915 square feet

7.1 acre site

1990: Murray High School moved to the Rose Hill site.

1992: Renovation and remodeling were conducted with a roof replacement.

1995: Gymnasium addition

2005: Renovations begun in 2003 transformed the facility into a more modern, efficiently operating building for high school students. The scope of work included general remodeling with a new heating/cooling system, replacement of all windows, including the Resource Center, and site work.

Murray High School shares its campus with the Enterprise Center and the Albemarle Resource Center (ARC).

2013: Enterprise Center/ARC renovation

2014: Locker and casework replacement (Rooms 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19)

2015: Community Public Charter School relocated to Murray High School Campus; stage area renovated to accommodate serving line for student meals and offices​​

2017: Fab Lab

2018: Renovations​

Murray High School serves Albemarle County Public Schools students identified through an admissions process.  ​​​​​​


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Principal History

Chad Ratliff

Ashby Kindler

Vicki Crews Miller

Harriet Morrison

Deborah Cooper

Rochelle Friedman

Student Demographics

​​(as of September 30, 2017)

Total Enrollment: 100

Male: 40.0%

Female: 60.0%

Black: 7.0%

Hispanic: 10.0%

White: 78.0%

English Learners: 1.0%

Disadvantaged: 25.0%

Students with Disabilities: 32.0%

Gifted: 5.8%

"Disadvantaged" students are those who receive free and reduced price meals under the federal program. "Students with Disabilities" are those identified for special education services, from speech pathology and learning disabilities to severe and profound disabilities.

Grade-Level Changes

Murray serves students in grades nine through twelve. From 1997-2000, Murray offered a small program that served eighth grade students.

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