Murwood Elementary

Summary:

Murwood Elementary is a public elementary school in Walnut Creek, California, serving 377 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school consistently ranks in the top 10-15% of California elementary schools, with strong academic performance that exceeds the Walnut Creek Elementary School District and the state of California.

Murwood Elementary's standout metrics include 68.78% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy and 71.05% proficient or better in Mathematics on the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The school performs particularly well for its White and Special Education student subgroups, ranking in the top 10-15% of California elementary schools. Its Hispanic and Low Socioeconomic Status student subgroups also rank in the top 25-30% of the state. However, Murwood has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 4.3% in 2018-2019 to 13.8% in 2022-2023.

Compared to other schools in the Walnut Creek Elementary School District, such as Buena Vista Elementary and Walnut Heights Elementary, Murwood performs well. But it lags behind some higher-performing schools in neighboring districts, like Walnut Acres Elementary and Burton Valley Elementary, which rank in the top 1-5% of California elementary schools. This may be due to Murwood's slightly higher student-teacher ratio of 22.1, compared to the nearby schools in the district.


Detail:

Public K-5

 2050 Vanderslice Ave.
       Walnut Creek, CA  94596-5923


(925) 943-2462

District: Walnut Creek Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
643rd of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,197 Help


Students who attend Murwood Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Walnut Creek Intermediate
High:    Las Lomas High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.1 Help
Number of students:  377

Racial breakdown:

White:
53.6%
Hispanic:
17.2%
Asian:
13.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  17.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Murwood Elementary ranks better than 89% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 5th among 6 ranked elementary schools in the Walnut Creek Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.96. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Murwood Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (53.6%), Hispanic (17.2%), Asian (13.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 17.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Walnut Creek Elementary School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Murwood Elementary is 22.1, which is the 2nd best among 6 elementary schools in the Walnut Creek Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Murwood Elementary is $7,197, which is the 3rd highest among 6 elementary schools in the Walnut Creek Elementary School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Murwood Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Murwood Elementary 643rd of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Murwood Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Walnut Creek Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Walnut Creek Elementary 96th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Murwood Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Murwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 93.29 314th 4809 93.5%
2005 87.72 606th 4822 87.4%
2006 89.12 528th 4818 89.0%
2007 93.91 294th 5113 94.2%
2008 92.04 368th 5113 92.8%
2009 81.79 902nd 5193 82.6%
2010 86.60 654th 5314 87.7%
2011 81.03 942nd 5377 82.5%
2012 79.61 1049th 5390 80.5%
2013 80.74 1012th 5530 81.7%
2015 90.97 566th 5611 89.9%
2016 92.13 493rd 5614 91.2%
2017 90.35 621st 5692 89.1%
2018 84.63 911th 5662 83.9%
2019 81.91 1077th 5789 81.4%
2022 86.56 875th 5883 85.1%
2023 90.96 636th 5848 89.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Murwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 83.71 256th 2416 89.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Murwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.20 2537th 5084 50.1%
2019 51.28 2317th 5173 55.2%
2023 68.20 1312th 5355 75.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Murwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.70 1207th 5413 77.7%
2019 80.61 1042nd 5492 81.0%
2022 82.53 987th 5635 82.5%
2023 84.29 915th 5595 83.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Murwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.78 640th 5431 88.2%
2019 80.89 1029th 5510 81.3%
2022 87.03 779th 5663 86.2%
2023 92.85 428th 5627 92.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Murwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 79.77 743rd 5084 85.4%
2023 77.25 860th 5079 83.1%
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Rank History for White students at Murwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.44 735th 2737 73.1%
2019 78.73 506th 2834 82.1%
2022 74.60 636th 2726 76.7%
2023 83.67 288th 2659 89.2%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Murwood Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 414 6 22 10 6 n/a n/a 0 458
1989 427 8 15 14 7 n/a n/a 0 471
1990 252 0 19 13 5 n/a n/a 0 289
1991 289 6 19 22 4 n/a n/a 0 340
1992 283 9 22 31 3 n/a n/a 0 348
1993 288 15 23 31 4 n/a n/a 0 361
1994 289 2 22 29 7 n/a n/a 0 349
1995 278 7 25 37 7 n/a n/a 0 354
1996 278 7 25 37 7 n/a n/a 0 354
1997 295 8 41 33 5 n/a n/a 0 382
1998 303 14 44 28 3 n/a n/a 0 392
1999 298 14 59 23 3 n/a n/a 8 405
2000 277 11 60 36 2 n/a n/a 8 394
2001 316 5 50 35 3 n/a n/a 4 413
2002 307 6 66 49 0 n/a n/a 3 431
2003 307 6 66 49 0 n/a n/a 3 431
2004 297 8 51 50 0 n/a n/a 7 413
2005 286 9 60 38 0 n/a n/a 14 407
2006 286 6 72 41 1 n/a n/a 19 425
2007 259 10 72 45 1 n/a n/a 20 407
2008 239 9 61 44 1 n/a n/a 0 354
2009 228 4 59 59 0 1 51 0 402
2010 223 11 65 75 5 1 42 0 422
2011 230 11 81 78 5 3 10 0 418
2012 235 14 86 71 2 1 24 0 433
2013 218 9 76 64 3 1 21 0 392
2014 231 12 62 74 1 0 22 0 402
2015 233 12 75 63 1 0 31 0 415
2016 226 6 66 48 0 1 32 0 379
2017 208 7 72 50 0 0 35 0 372
2018 221 9 58 55 0 0 36 0 379
2019 214 11 50 59 0 0 32 0 366
2020 215 10 55 60 0 0 39 0 379
2021 203 7 50 55 1 1 50 0 367
2022 191 10 47 56 1 0 51 0 356
2023 202 10 51 65 0 2 47 0 377

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Murwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 458 17.5 26.1 n/a
1989 471 19.5 24.1 n/a
1990 289 14.0 20.6 n/a
1991 340 15.0 22.6 n/a
1992 348 15.2 22.8 8.6
1993 361 14.7 24.6 11.6
1994 349 15.0 23.3 9.2
1995 354 16.0 22.1 11.3
1996 354 16.0 22.1 11.3
1997 382 20.0 19.1 14.7
1998 392 21.0 18.7 13.8
1999 405 22.0 18.4 9.1
2000 394 21.0 18.8 9.1
2001 413 22.0 18.8 9.5
2002 431 21.8 19.8 9.8
2003 431 21.8 19.8 9.8
2004 413 21.8 18.9 12.8
2005 407 20.5 19.9 13.2
2006 425 22.5 18.9 12.3
2007 407 22.0 18.5 14
2008 354 22.4 15.8 12.1
2009 402 21.0 17.9 14.7
2010 422 20.9 20.1 17.3
2011 418 n/a n/a 19.1
2012 433 20.4 21.2 n/a
2013 392 18.3 21.3 12.2
2014 402 19.0 21.1 16.4
2015 415 20.0 20.7 18.3
2016 379 16.0 23.6 15
2017 372 18.1 20.4 14.8
2018 379 18.1 20.8 22.7
2019 366 16.8 21.7 20.2
2020 379 n/a n/a 20.6
2021 367 17.0 21.5 15.5
2022 356 16.0 22.2 17.7
2023 377 17.0 22.1 17.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Murwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 458 17.5 26.1 n/a
1989 471 19.5 24.1 n/a
1990 289 14.0 20.6 n/a
1991 340 15.0 22.6 n/a
1992 348 15.2 22.8 8.6
1993 361 14.7 24.6 11.6
1994 349 15.0 23.3 9.2
1995 354 16.0 22.1 11.3
1996 354 16.0 22.1 11.3
1997 382 20.0 19.1 14.7
1998 392 21.0 18.7 13.8
1999 405 22.0 18.4 9.1
2000 394 21.0 18.8 9.1
2001 413 22.0 18.8 9.5
2002 431 21.8 19.8 9.8
2003 431 21.8 19.8 9.8
2004 413 21.8 18.9 12.8
2005 407 20.5 19.9 13.2
2006 425 22.5 18.9 12.3
2007 407 22.0 18.5 14
2008 354 22.4 15.8 12.1
2009 402 21.0 17.9 14.7
2010 422 20.9 20.1 17.3
2011 418 n/a n/a 19.1
2012 433 20.4 21.2 n/a
2013 392 18.3 21.3 12.2
2014 402 19.0 21.1 16.4
2015 415 20.0 20.7 18.3
2016 379 16.0 23.6 15
2017 372 18.1 20.4 14.8
2018 379 18.1 20.8 22.7
2019 366 16.8 21.7 20.2
2020 379 n/a n/a 20.6
2021 367 17.0 21.5 15.5
2022 356 16.0 22.2 17.7
2023 377 17.0 22.1 17.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Murwood Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201292.0%5.0%0.0%3.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%92.0%92.0%
201396.0%2.0%2.0%0.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%
201491.0%9.0%0.0%0.0%91.0%91.0%91.0%91.0%91.0%
201589.0%10.0%0.0%1.0%89.0%90.0%90.0%89.0%89.0%
201696.0%3.0%0.0%1.0%96.0%96.0%97.0%96.0%96.0%
2017≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
201994.0%0.0%5.0%95.0%97.0%≥98.0%97.0%94.0%
202097.3%0.0%2.7%97.3%
202195.6%1.5%0.0%97.1%97.1%95.6%97.1%
202291.8%1.4%1.4%95.9%97.3%91.8%95.9%93.2%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Murwood Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,197

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Murwood Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1077th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 636th of 5848 Elementary schools
 7.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Murwood Elementary)62.871.3
 8.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Walnut Creek Elementary)7268.2
 3.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Murwood Elementary)74.577.5
 3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Walnut Creek Elementary)76.177.1
 1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Murwood Elementary)55.269.1
 13.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Walnut Creek Elementary)72.476
 3.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Murwood Elementary)58.669.1
 10.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Walnut Creek Elementary)75.477.4
 2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Murwood Elementary)71.464.8
 6.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Walnut Creek Elementary)74.476.3
 1.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Murwood Elementary)69.663.6
 6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Walnut Creek Elementary)6870.5
 2.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Murwood Elementary)55.461.8
 6.5%
   5th Grade Science (Walnut Creek Elementary)5764
 7%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students366377
 3%
African American1110
 9.1%
American Indian00
Asian5051
 2%
Hispanic5965
 10.2%
Pacific Islander02
White214202
 5.6%
Two or More Races3247
 46.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients20.2%17.8%
 2.4%


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Students who attend Murwood Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Walnut Creek Intermediate
High : Las Lomas High

Students at Murwood Elementary are 54% White, 17% Hispanic, 14% Asian, 12% Two or more races, 3% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 377 students attended Murwood Elementary.

Murwood Elementary ranks 643rd of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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