Murdock Elementary School

Summary:

Murdock Elementary School is a highly-rated public elementary school in Marietta, Georgia, serving 902 students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. As part of the Cobb County School District, which is ranked 52 out of 201 districts in Georgia, Murdock consistently ranks among the top 15-28 elementary schools in the state.

Murdock Elementary's students demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, with proficiency rates significantly higher than the Cobb County and Georgia state averages across all grade levels and subject areas tested. The school's diverse student population, with a racial makeup that includes 58.2% White, 6.1% African American, 9.76% Hispanic, 19.29% Asian, and 5.99% two or more races, is higher than many of the nearby schools like East Side Elementary School and Kincaid Elementary School. Additionally, Murdock has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 5.68% to 7.76%, suggesting a higher socioeconomic status of the student population compared to the surrounding schools.

Murdock Elementary's exceptional performance is further highlighted by its consistent level of per-student spending, ranging from $8,278 to $9,455 per student, and a relatively low student-to-teacher ratio of around 14.6-14.8 students per teacher. This stable funding and staffing, combined with the school's commitment to equity and inclusive practices, contribute to its ability to maintain high academic achievement across all racial groups, making it a standout example of educational excellence in the Cobb County School District.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 2320 Murdock Rd
       Marietta, GA  30062


(770) 509-5071

District: Cobb County

SchoolDigger Rank:
28th of 1,243 Georgia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,455 Help


Students who attend Murdock Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Dodgen Middle School
High:    Pope High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.6 Help
Number of students:  902

Racial breakdown:

White:
58.2%
Asian:
19.3%
Hispanic:
9.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  7.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Murdock Elementary School ranks better than 97.7% of elementary schools in Georgia. It also ranks 5th among 64 ranked elementary schools in the Cobb County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.75. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (58.2%), Asian (19.3%), Hispanic (9.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 7.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Murdock Elementary School is 14.6. 63 elementary schools in the Cobb County School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Murdock Elementary School is $9,455. 60 elementary schools in the Cobb County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Murdock Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Cobb County:

SchoolDigger ranks Cobb County 52nd of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Murdock Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 90.60 14th 1101 98.7%
2007 90.91 19th 1125 98.3%
2008 90.44 33rd 1134 97.1%
2009 91.75 15th 1133 98.7%
2010 90.84 11th 1183 99.1%
2011 88.64 31st 1212 97.4%
2012 86.83 49th 1201 95.9%
2013 85.46 69th 1225 94.4%
2014 86.66 33rd 1231 97.3%
2015 96.92 38th 1240 96.9%
2016 97.49 29th 1233 97.6%
2017 98.26 21st 1205 98.3%
2018 97.70 21st 1209 98.3%
2019 98.06 15th 1234 98.8%
2021 97.73 28th 1214 97.7%
2022 98.42 23rd 1244 98.2%
2023 97.75 28th 1242 97.7%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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All ratings (Avg rating: 4.6)
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by a parent
Friday, August 30, 2019

Open Quote I sent two sons to Murdock Elementary. The curriculum was appropriately rigorous.The teachers were, at the very least, solid, and several were excellent. The principal is very hands on. Overall, both of my boys had a great experience at Murdock and recall their time there with great fondness. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, January 29, 2018

Open Quote Excellent School Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, November 24, 2014

Open Quote Not a great experience with the teacher. (2013-14 school year) Spoke to the Principal about it and she assured me that she would speak to the teacher. I called 10 days later and she said "oh I thought I would wait until the end of the year." It was March...so I guess the rest of the year doesn't matter to a 9 year old (straight A student, by the way.)
Very disappointed. PS Principal was new that year, we'll see how the school ranking plummets in a few. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, July 25, 2014

Open Quote Our daughter is in 1st grade at Murdock and so far, our experience has been great! Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Open Quote It's my son's second year at this school and he is doing great! There's a nice balance between the kids I think..The staff is friendly and nice. Can't wait for my younger son to start as well! Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, September 19, 2011

Open Quote Both of our daughters attend Murdock. We are very pleased with our teachers, and the school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Murdock Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1165 1165
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 952 952
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 953 953
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 887 887
1994 785 54 20 6 1 n/a n/a 0 866
1995 743 57 37 8 0 n/a n/a 0 845
1996 743 57 37 8 0 n/a n/a 0 845
1997 710 50 29 11 0 n/a n/a 0 800
1998 699 46 31 13 1 n/a n/a 0 790
1999 697 44 48 16 3 n/a n/a 0 808
2000 714 40 44 20 4 n/a n/a 0 822
2001 714 48 46 21 1 n/a n/a 0 830
2002 668 45 56 15 3 n/a n/a 0 787
2003 668 45 56 15 3 n/a n/a 0 787
2004 692 54 62 17 3 n/a n/a 0 828
2005 637 47 64 24 2 n/a n/a 36 810
2006 617 61 68 33 3 n/a n/a 39 821
2007 627 43 71 33 3 n/a n/a 40 817
2008 630 39 73 39 2 n/a n/a 40 823
2009 651 38 87 39 3 n/a n/a 42 860
2010 643 55 90 49 9 1 0 0 847
2011 593 59 86 49 3 0 22 0 812
2012 597 60 102 37 2 0 20 0 818
2013 599 54 93 42 2 0 27 0 817
2014 602 49 109 57 2 0 34 0 853
2015 627 62 113 67 2 0 30 0 901
2016 637 59 124 96 4 0 29 0 949
2017 656 76 149 100 4 0 30 0 1015
2018 659 77 149 94 5 1 28 0 1013
2019 627 65 159 87 6 1 22 0 967
2020 627 62 180 81 6 1 30 0 987
2021 555 59 179 75 6 1 40 0 915
2022 572 56 173 78 4 1 51 0 935
2023 525 55 174 88 4 2 54 0 902

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 Murdock Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1165 59.0 19.7 0.4
1991 952 68.0 14.0 0.4
1992 953 55.0 17.3 0.6
1993 887 49.0 18.1 0.9
1994 866 53.3 16.2 1.8
1995 845 51.0 16.6 1.5
1996 845 51.0 16.6 1.5
1997 800 51.0 15.7 3.5
1998 790 51.3 15.4 3.8
1999 808 54.1 14.9 3.5
2000 822 51.0 16.1 2.8
2001 830 58.5 14.2 3.5
2002 787 51.2 15.4 3.4
2003 787 51.2 15.4 3.4
2004 828 55.2 15.0 6.8
2005 810 53.5 15.1 8.3
2006 821 54.1 15.2 10.4
2007 817 60.9 13.4 8.9
2008 823 63.0 13.1 6.6
2009 860 64.6 13.3 8.2
2010 847 67.1 12.6 9.4
2011 812 62.5 12.9 10.3
2012 818 56.5 14.4 10.1
2013 817 52.1 15.6 11.9
2014 853 54.9 15.5 10.1
2015 901 54.0 16.6 10.8
2016 949 58.0 16.3 10
2017 1015 61.0 16.6 9.3
2018 1013 60.5 16.7 9.4
2019 967 62.8 15.3 7.2
2020 987 59.5 16.5 6.1
2021 915 62.0 14.7 5.7
2022 935 63.1 14.8 n/a
2023 902 61.5 14.6 7.8

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 Murdock Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1165 59.0 19.7 0.4
1991 952 68.0 14.0 0.4
1992 953 55.0 17.3 0.6
1993 887 49.0 18.1 0.9
1994 866 53.3 16.2 1.8
1995 845 51.0 16.6 1.5
1996 845 51.0 16.6 1.5
1997 800 51.0 15.7 3.5
1998 790 51.3 15.4 3.8
1999 808 54.1 14.9 3.5
2000 822 51.0 16.1 2.8
2001 830 58.5 14.2 3.5
2002 787 51.2 15.4 3.4
2003 787 51.2 15.4 3.4
2004 828 55.2 15.0 6.8
2005 810 53.5 15.1 8.3
2006 821 54.1 15.2 10.4
2007 817 60.9 13.4 8.9
2008 823 63.0 13.1 6.6
2009 860 64.6 13.3 8.2
2010 847 67.1 12.6 9.4
2011 812 62.5 12.9 10.3
2012 818 56.5 14.4 10.1
2013 817 52.1 15.6 11.9
2014 853 54.9 15.5 10.1
2015 901 54.0 16.6 10.8
2016 949 58.0 16.3 10
2017 1015 61.0 16.6 9.3
2018 1013 60.5 16.7 9.4
2019 967 62.8 15.3 7.2
2020 987 59.5 16.5 6.1
2021 915 62.0 14.7 5.7
2022 935 63.1 14.8 n/a
2023 902 61.5 14.6 7.8

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Murdock Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $226 (2.7%) $8,053 (97.3%) $8,278
2018 $233 (2.6%) $8,686 (97.4%) $8,919
2019 $195 (2.1%) $9,260 (97.9%) $9,455

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Murdock Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 15th of 1234 Elementary schoolsRanks 28th of 1242 Elementary schools
 1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Murdock Elementary School)76.883.1
 6.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Cobb County)48.547.2
 1.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4238.6
 3.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Murdock Elementary School)87.286.1
 1.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Cobb County)58.150.4
 7.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Georgia)5245.6
 6.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Murdock Elementary School)84.979.8
 5.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Cobb County)50.846.3
 4.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4236.1
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Murdock Elementary School)91.182.7
 8.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Cobb County)57.452.8
 4.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4945.7
 3.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Murdock Elementary School)84.878.8
 6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Cobb County)54.951
 3.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4541.6
 3.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Murdock Elementary School)84.271.5
 12.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Cobb County)47.244.2
 3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4137.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Science (Murdock Elementary School)81.670.9
 10.7%
   5th Grade Science (Cobb County)4744.1
 2.9%
   5th Grade Science (Georgia)4340
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students967902
 6.7%
African American6555
 15.4%
American Indian64
 33.3%
Asian159174
 9.4%
Hispanic8788
 1.1%
Pacific Islander12
 100%
White627525
 16.3%
Two or More Races2254
 145.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients7.2%7.8%
 0.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Murdock Elementary School

Yes! Murdock Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 28th of 1243 Georgia elementary schools.

Students at Murdock Elementary School are 58% White, 19% Asian, 10% Hispanic, 6% African American, 6% Two or more races.

Students who attend Murdock Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Dodgen Middle School
High : Pope High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 902 students attended Murdock Elementary School.


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