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Murray (the other public school)
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Murray (the other public school)

Murray is a high school located near down town Charlottesville, Virgina. You are required to apply in order to get in, but it it far better then the other pubic schools in the area (not to mention free). I'm a student at Murray and I think that for many it's a great middle ground between public school and un-schooling. We are based on a mastery learning system; That means that when ever a student does any work at all (paper, test, preject, anything at all) it has to be at an 80% or higher. This means that you can not slip though the cracks of school and float on with C's and D's. I think that really helps a lot of people. Also if you are not the conventional learning type then you can creat an alternat assinment to take the place of what ever was assined. In addition if you just have a lot of trouble with a course, you can creat a whole new crose for you to follow instead. There was a student a few years back that travled "cross-countery" and wrote papers about diffrent things he saw along the way; wrote an over veiw paper, and read two books (as required by the goverment) and it counted as an english credit. While at the school you are required to follow R.A.M.P.S. which stands for Respect, Attend, Mediate, participate, and share. So in other words you are required to treat everyone with respect. You have to attend as offten as you can (have to be within the goverment required nuber of sick days). If you have an issue with a teacher, or student you have to sit down and mediate with them. Also you have to participate in class and stay awake. And finally you have to share your telents with the people in the school. Within Murray you also have many freedoms most other schools don't have. We get 5 min. walks, which is where if you tired or can't focus on your work you can go for a 5 min. walka nd just walk around the halls. If a student is caught using a cell phone then they are asked to put it away...and thats it. You don't get sent any where if your in trouble, you have to deal with your problems rather then reciving a punishment and then pertending the problem went away. If you want to know more about the only Glasser Quality school in the U.S. please visit the link below.

the offical website for Murray.
http://schoolcenter.k12albemarle.org/ed ... ilid=23857


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05-31-2007 03:40 AM
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