by S. Purdom
Murray Independent School District Recognized as a 2017 Best School in America by Niche!
Murray, Ky., August 24------Murray Independent School District has been recognized as a 2017 Best School in America by Niche! MISD is ranked number three out of 168 K-12 Kentucky public school districts. While MISD follows closely behind number one Fort Thomas and number two Beechwood, MISD is among the elite eight independent school districts represented in the top ten.
When viewing the top spot MISD took at third place, each respective MISD school garnered their own top placements. Murray High School ranked number 10, (out of 233). Murray Middle Schools ranked number 2 (out of 307) middle schools. Murray Elementary School is the sixth top elementary school among Kentucky’s 706 elementary schools.
Coy Samons, MISD superintendent, was elated as this news comes a few months into his new role as superintendent. “It is always a pleasure to have the excellent work of staff, students, parents and board of education validated by outside sources.”
Niche is the largest website for researching public and private K-12 schools. Every month, millions of families use Niche rankings, reviews, and data to choose the right schools for their children. Niche has the most comprehensive data available on U.S. schools and neighborhoods. Niche is constantly updating and connecting millions of data points to produce new rankings and insights. Over 100 million reviews and poll responses along with transparent statistics and comparable grades to help you find the right school or neighborhood.
Niche utilizes eight categories to pull data and calculate the rankings: Academics, Culture and Diversity, Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience, Teachers, Clubs and Activities, Health and Safety, Resources, Facilities, and Sports.
Sixty percent of the data collected is based on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents.
A review on the Niche website indicated the exceptional findings inside the MISD, are apparent. “I like that the district is very academically driven. With top spots in the state, Murray is one of the most expecting schools when it comes to academics. A close second is a tie between the band and sports. Grades come first, but a good basketball game or band show come in a close second. Students participating in any varsity sport and band will spend countless ours perfecting their skills.”
Another review quote indicated that the overall experience at MES has been wonderful academic and social experience. “I have found MES to be such a nurturing school for my son. He has blossomed academically and socially. The teachers are top-notch and some of the best out there. The administration is transparent, welcoming and always deals with issues quickly and fairly. I enjoy volunteering at the school and the opportunities for parents to get involved are abundant with a strong volunteer program and PTO, and the school encourages and fosters parent involvement. My child is happy here and loves going to school here. We are proud Murray Tigers!”
In 2016, the Murray Independent School District ranked number 1 per the Kentucky Performance Rating of Academic Performance (KDE), while 400 plus state-approved individuals logged more than 25,000 each year, as well as an active school-business partnership program, which actively nurtures the MISD daily guidance to its students.
Each year since 1996, 43 National Merit Finalists have graduated from the MISD. MHS is the only Kentucky high school recognized by ACT with its first College and Career Readiness Award, and as an ACT third place finalist in the nation’s high schools for College and Career Readiness. MISD was the first Kentucky district to receive AdvanceED Accreditation under new standards.
A Murray Middle school parent volunteer expressed the campus-wide MISD contagious spirit reflected at MMS. “Murray Middle School’s foundation is built on the importance of relationships. Students and families are valued as educational partners, who work together to achieve primary goals to grow students as productive citizens in today’s world. Achieving this wouldn’t be possible without a common goal set forth, to prepare students for the best opportunity for a successful future.”
More detailed information is available at niche.com/k12/rankings .