Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers

411 PEARL STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10038 Map
Phone: (212) 964-9610
Website: Click here
Admissions: educational option
Principal: NAIMA COOK
Neighborhood: Lower Manhattan
District:2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: ANTHONIO ORRIDGE
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Science & Math
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: M103, M15, M22, M5, M9

What's special:

Hands-on business experience

The downside:

Discipline is still a problem

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

SEPTEMBER 2012 UPDATE: Principal Andrea Lewis left the school after the 2011-2012 school year. Named as interim acting principal was Lottie Almonte, the founding principal of the Performing Arts and Technology High School, a small school in the Thomas Jefferson High School building. After leaving PATH in 2009, Almonte worked for a network that supports schools.

2011 REVIEW: Located near City Hall behind police headquarters, Murry Bergtraum offers business and marketing courses as well as hands-on experience in a school store. The school has significant discipline problems and many students arrive with poor academic skills. It’s overcrowded, with 400 students more than it was designed to serve. Attendance is below average, and many students drop out.

Still, Murry Bergtraum attracts students from all five boroughs. “We are exposed to a range of cultures and backgrounds that a lot of the schools don’t offer,” said a 10th grader from Staten Island. It offers a range of Advanced Placement classes. The top 10 percent of the junior class goes to College Summit at Amherst College, then returns to teach others what they’ve learned.

Although the school landed on the city’s list of “Impact” or violent schools in 2009, a new principal, Andrea Lewis, has taken strong steps to bring order and to improve communication with students. Lewis, who became executive principal in fall 2010 after serving as principal of Acorn Community High School, convened a Principal Advisory Committee to give students a voice in decision making. The committee helped design a uniform of khaki or grey slacks/skirt, white shirt, and navy or burgundy sweater or blazer that students were required to wear beginning in fall 2011.

Lewis has worked to change the school culture and raise academic expectations: she created a Leadership Academy for older students who were behind in their studies, put in place a program for struggling readers called Read 180, and set up a Boys Academy to support college-bound male minority students with average grades–a group often overlooked because they are neither honors students nor at risk of failing.

While some students resist Lewis’s no excuses approach to discipline, others say she is on the right track. “I think everything the principal is doing now we really needed,” a 12th grader told us.

Following a fight in December 2010 that sent one student to the hospital, Lewis limited bathroom passes, a move that resulted in student unrest. “It was a few 9th grade students and they were all in the auditorium within 20 minutes,” commented Lewis. She created the Principal’s Advisory Committee in response to that incident.

In a Virtual Enterprise class, students form their own business (a travel magazine and insurance company) that they trade with other virtual student-developed companies worldwide. Students gain retail experience in a school store (in partnership with Estee Lauder and the Fashion Institute of Technology).

There is no music program. Foreign languages are limited to Spanish and Chinese. Students complete 50 hours of an internship annually from 10th-12th grade to gain real world skills. There are also a number of extracurricular activities and PSAL sports teams, including a noteworthy girls’ basketball team.

The college office is bright and clean with a row of computers for student use. Students may take college-level courses from teachers who have been trained at Syracuse University. Most graduates go to college; the most popular are CUNY or SUNY schools followed by private schools like Syracuse, St. Bonaventure and Ithaca College.

Special education: In addition to ICT and self-contained classes, the school accommodates wheelchairs in regular classrooms and provides aides for deaf and hearing-impaired students. An adaptive physical education class and physical/occupational therapy room are available for handicapped students.

Admissions: Educational option. In 2010, most of the 8th graders admitted had scored Level 1 and 2 on standardized tests. (Aryn Bloodworth, June 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Murry Bergtraum Educational Campus

Number of Students 1466

Average Daily Attendance 78%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
44%

Hispanic

  
42%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
71%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
12%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

44% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

26% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

63% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

21% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

60% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

51% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

71% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

62% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

3% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

69% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

16% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

9%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

20%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

10%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

18% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

418
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

54%

SAT math scores

452
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

67% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

27% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

31% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

66% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

75% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Syracuse University Project Advance Academy

Screened

Students will focus on math and science, and will work with university faculty to develop research skills. Students will be considered for summer college programs at several universities, including Syracuse University. Academy students will be mentored by consultants from Deloitte Consulting, one of our corporate partners, in their four-year technology/college readiness initiative. Please note that all students will be in uniform.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

The Ninth Grade Academy

Ed. Opt.

Program features Town Hall meetings and goal setting sessions where students develop strategies to meet success and transition into one of the three Small Learning Communities (Emerging Technologies Institute, The Institute of Justice, Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies) in tenth grade.

Academics

AP COURCES: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Alumni Mentoring Program, Conflict Resolution, Explorers Post 521, Fresh Start Mentoring for 9th graders, Honor Society for Young Men of Color, Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team, Math Team, Mock Trial Moot Court Competition, National Honor Society, Principal's Council, Senior Council, Student Government, Virtual Enterprise Competition

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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