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    Students must be 5 years old by August 31 to enter school. If your child turns 5 after August 31, they are not eligible for kindergarten until the following year.

    School boundaries, even for new schools, are set well in advance of each new school year. All of the attendance area maps are available at the district office. The Murphy School district offers parents the opportunity to express their preference for any district school. Students can request open enrollment to any school in the district provided space is available. Parents registering their children at a school other than their home school will be responsible for transportation. Principals at each school will accept open enrollment requests based upon capacity as determined by current enrollment and an anticipated growth margin. To determine home school, refer to the attendance area maps or call the District Office at 602-353-5004

    Registrations can be completed at your home school starting in August. Parents will need to furnish the following information for all students:

    • A birth certificate or a certified copy
    • An immunization record
    • Proof of residency (utility bill, rent receipt, lease agreement, escrow doc., etc.)
    • Legal guardian or custody papers, if applicable
    • Official withdrawal form from the previously attended school (grades 1st - 8th)

    State law specifies that a local governing board may provide transportation for students to and from school. Murphy School District policy provides that students eligible for busing are those whose place of residence is:

    • Kindergarten - outside one-half mile
    • Grades 1-6 -    outside one mile
    • Grades 7-8 -    outside one and one-half miles

    Please contact the district Transportation Office 602-353-5085 if you have questions regarding eligibility of your student for busing. Information regarding bus routes and times are available in each school office.

    Each Murphy School District campus is tailored to meet the needs of the student population and the community. Thus, programs differ among schools across the district. To get a basic outline of the programs and services offered at your neighborhood school, please view the school websites – there you will find information on athletic offerings, academic courses and after-school programs.

    For the 2017-2018 school year, the first day of class is Monday, August 7, 2017. Academic Calendars are approved several years in advance and try to take into consideration holidays, added school days and other factors to best accommodate our students and community. Attendance for every day of school is very important – the first 40 and 100 days, however, are of special importance because of the impact on funding from the state.

    Each campus has slightly different start and stop times based on the age of students and needs established by the transportation department. From year to year, these times may change slightly. Please contact your school office.



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