Murphy School Vision

At John B. Murphy School, we create a positive learning environment that educates the whole child. We work collaboratively to ensure that all students learn to their fullest potential in all areas, with enhanced attention to the Fine Arts. Murphy students will learn to be productive members of the community and will contribute to the broader society.

At Murphy School Children Experience...

  • A child-centered environment led by a dedicated staff of professionals devoted to providing the highest quality environment for children.
  • Responsive Classroom & Developmental Designs social approach to learning with respect
  • University partnerships: Erikson Institute, National Louis University, NEIU, UIC, Indiana University
  • Small group work with individualized instruction tailored to student needs
  • Literacy approaches aligned to the Common Core State Standards
  • English speaking listening proficiency goals aligned to WIDA
  • Everyday Mathematics/Connected Mathematics Project aligned to CCSS
  • Hands-on science inquiry based experiences aligned to NGSS goals
  • A Library Media Center, I-pads, Computer Lab, laptop carts integrating technology
  • Fine Arts: Music, Visual Arts, Creative Drama, Dance and Movement, instrumental instruction - guitar, fiddle, keyboard, recorder, Orff instruments, kiln and Arts partnerships: Old Town School of Music, Ravinia Festival, House of Blues
  • Healthy Schools Initiatives: daily Chicago Run, Girls in the Game, Sports – softball, basketball, soccer, running, Gardening & Nutrition
  • After school programs including: flamenco dancing, film club, yearbook, reading and math fun, book & cook, gaming, fitness club, guitar , piano, floor hockey.
  • Monthly "Community Sing" celebrates shared vocals, performance and children
Report Card Pickup & Student Led Conferences –  April 19th (12-3pm & 4-6:30pm) | SPRING TALENT SHOW has been moved to Friday, April 28th


CPS High School Application Codes Coming This Week

Beginning this week, 7th grade families will receive the first critical piece of high school application material when we deliver Activation Codes (previously called PINs) to schools. These Activation Codes will be used to create your GoCPS high school application accounts and access your student’s high school program eligibility information in August 2017. This will give you as much as a two month early start on the application process!

Activation Codes will be delivered to school counselors between June 8 and June 14, and they will be distributed to students to bring home. Delivery date ranges for Activation Code letters are estimated based on the schedule of the CPS Warehouse and actual delivery dates will vary by school. Please save this Activation Code in an easy-to-find location until August.

In the meantime, make sure to visit and subscribe to the site today! By subscribing, you will receive notices and reminders when key functions of the application process are opened to the public, including a notice in August 2017 to use your Activation Code to create your GoCPS account.

If you have additional questions, please contact Chicago Public Schools at:

CPS Office of Access & Enrollment
773-553-2060 |
42 W. Madison St. | Chicago, IL 60602

"A New Era" – A Documentary of John B. Murphy's 2017 Basketball Season

Irving Park YMCA at Murphy School


YMCA School Age programs ensure children are given a unique mix of activities that focus on character development, academic readiness, fitness and healthy living.

Additional Program Highlights:
  • Homework assistance and additional academic support
  • Physical activity daily
  • Ability to use the amazing facility at Murphy school
  • Science and Technology Activities
  • Creative Arts Programming
  • Financial aid accepted—we will help you qualify!
  • Healthy Snacks Provided
Flexible enrollment options:
-3, 4 or 5 day a week options

For more information, contact Michael Monis at 773.326.2603 or

Click here to download copy of flyer

Go Math!

Click here to visit Go Math! website

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Schoola Clothing Drive

Murphy Elementary School is partnering with Schoola ( to raise funds for our school. Schoola collects pre-loved women's and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds back to Murphy Elementary School to help fund programs for our kids. Click on the image above to view our school’s tracking page where you can: request a postage paid donation bag to send in more clothing that benefits our school, view our fundraising progress, or shop for quality pre-loved clothing from top brands.

Schoola ? Gently used kids clothes & St Clare School fundraiser

Free Homework Help

Chicago Public Library is proud to offer in-person and online homework help across the city at every CPL branch.

Visit a Homework Helper at your neighborhood branch or work with a live online tutor through Brainfuse. Online homework help is available in English and Spanish and can be accessed from home with a library card.

All services are free!

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FREE Websites For Learning

Murphy Parents/Guardians,

Using technology engages your child and helps them practice many of the skills we learn in class. You will find below a list of FREE websites that you can use at home to help your child! If you don’t have access to Internet or a computer at home, you can visit these sites at a local library as well. LINK

Murphy School Calendar