From the Principal


Marie Murphy School in Wilmette utilizes philosophical characteristics of both a middle school and a junior high school to help recognize our high expectations. We strongly believe in our mission: to ensure that every student is challenged and engaged in the learning process to the fullest extent possible, thus supporting the district’s mission of, “Maximizing the Unique Potential of Each Student.”

Marie Murphy is equipped with a outstanding facility to meet the needs of our approximately 270 adolescents. The student body is a microcosm of the world-at-large, with over 20 different nationalities being represented. Our diversity yields enriching exchanges, wide ranging student talents, and richly textured classroom discussions. Our students develop a worldview that is compassionate and well-informed. They are presented with opportunities to participate in outreach projects that benefit local, state, national, and international service organizations. Simply put, our school community takes great pride in learning to make a difference in the lives of others.

Collaborative teacher teams, who author curriculum, engage in best practices in instruction, and monitor student wellbeing are at the heart of our Marie Murphy's success. Each grade level has its own master schedule and is centered around a core academic course of study that includes English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Each core academic class is one-hour in duration. The daily schedule is balanced with daily classes of  physical education, world languages, and allied arts (art, creative writing, music, and theatre), which are conducted in forty minute periods.

The goal in every classroom is to promote growth and achievement for all students. We accomplish this endeavor through the promotion of student inquiry, both academically and socially. Technology is woven into classroom instruction to create unique opportunities collaborate with peers. Every student is assigned their own laptop or iPad to help create transformative educational experiences.

Our students consistently earn accolades for their outstanding performances on national, state, and local academic assessments. Additionally, recognition for excellence in interscholastic sports, clubs, Science Olympiad, and fine arts performances and competitions occur regularly. A culture of growth and achievement permeates all we do. 

As you read through our site, we hope you find the experience to be informative and instructive. We also are interested in your reactions or insights, whether pertaining to our web site, or to specific programs in our school. These may be shared by emailing me at

We appreciate your visit today.

Matthew J. Palcer

Marie Murphy School
2921 Illinois Road
Wilmette, IL 60091