Points of pride
Kim Llorens began her teaching career in 1985. She joined UPREP Schools in 2005 as a kindergarten teacher when the Ellen Thompson Campus opened. In 2008, she was named the founding school director of UPREP's second elementary school, Mark Murray.
A Member of the Grand Valley State University Community
Location & Contact
No, Transportation is not Provided
Transportation is provided by the parents and families of our scholars. We do not have a school or district bus system.
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|Accepting New Students?||
Yes - Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
|Application Priorities||Siblings of Current Students|
Our enrollment application can be found on our website. Once the application is completed, a lottery is held to determine acceptance.
Academics & Activities
In ELA, we use Expeditionary Learning’s cross-curricular ELA modules. We use Orton Gillingham strategies to enhance phonics instruction. In math, we focus on building students' procedural, conceptual, and analytical understanding of concepts.
Our scholars engage in Mystery Science, a hands-on interactive science curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum, which is aligned to the Michigan Social Studies standards.
We offer after school enrichment classes. These have included dance, robotics, chess, basketball, cheerleading, running club, and art.
|Leadership and Mentoring|
We follow a rigorous curriculum. Our lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. We have identified the most essential standards at each grade level and in each subject area. Our teachers use these essential standards to create lessons and academic tasks to push our scholars toward mastery.
Is there a parent advisory council?No
School Safety Culture
Mark Murray Elementary School uses Restorative Practice as the foundation for our schools’ culture. The use of Restorative Practices has been shown to be a highly effective way to build and maintain a positive school culture that supports a safe, productive, and high performing learning community for students and adults in school settings. We recognize that a safe and civil environment within the school community is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards.