Every child will feel safe and welcome as they develop as a compassionate person and inquisitive learner. All children will be celebrated for their individuality and will be prepared to contribute positively to our school and the world.
We are a diverse and progressive school whereby every student and their families are known, valued and respected. We collaborate to meet the needs of the whole-child through:
- Being fully inclusive.
- Committing to an equitable education.
- Implementing responsive classroom and embedding whole child principles.
- Dedicating instructional time for SEL to empower growth mindset, perseverance, empathy, compassion, and inclusion.
- Designing a professional learning structure where teachers and staff can collaborate across grades and content areas to develop a variety of differentiated instructional practices.
- Celebrating student learning in meaningful and a variety of ways.
- Welcoming parents and the community to be part of the learning and working with students to cultivate our school culture and values.
Colors: Blue and Gold
Mascot: The Mustang
- Academic excellence
- Cultural diversity
- The uniqueness of each child
- An authentic style of teaching and learning
- Mutual kindness and respect
- On-going faculty development
- Open communications among administrators, teachers, parents, and children
|Homeroom Classroom Teachers||34|
|Classroom & General Aides||7|
|Resource Teachers (Art, Library, Music, PE)||5|
|Special Education Inclusion Teachers||4|
|ELL (English Language Learners) Teachers||5|
The cultural and ethnic diversity of our community greatly enriches the Murch experience. Students and faculty come from more than 30 different countries.
In July, 2018, Murch moved into a renovated state-of-the art facility, which includes the following:
- playground for 1st-5th grade
- separate pre-K/K playground
- full sized gymnasium with stage
- dedicated cafeteria space
- updated media center/library
- green roofs and green technologies
- small group work rooms
- common areas at each grade level
- National Safe Routes to School Oberstar Award (2009)
- U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School (2007)
Did you know?
Ben W. Murch, the school's namesake, was a prominent local educator and served as supervising principal of the public schools in Northwest DC from 1916 until his death in 1927.
The Murch HSA began as the Grant Road Portables Home and School Association. Their first meeting was in October 1928 and the agenda included the effort to replace trailers with a new school.