Murray Hill Academy

111 EAST 33RD STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10016 Map
Phone: (212) 696-0195
Website: Click here
Admissions: Manhattan priority; transfer students
Principal: Anita Manninen Felix
Neighborhood: Midtown
District:2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Esther Shraga
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Transfer Alternative
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: M1, M101, M15, M2, M3, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M4, M42, M5, M7

What's special:

School welcomes both traditional and transfer students.

The downside:

Low parent involvement. Limited course offerings.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A hybrid school devoted to second chances, Murray Hill Academy promises personal attention in a close-knit environment in which traditional teaching coexists alongside high-tech online learning. About half the students began 9th grade at other high schools but transferred to Murray Hill in search of a better academic fit.

Principal Anita Manninen-Felix described her typical transfer as “a student who realizes, ‘I want to make a change. I messed up my first year.’ ” Ninth-graders can transfer to Murray Hill only if they earned fewer than eight credits at another high school. About 70 percent of Murray Hill students are older than their same-grade peers, and most are placed on a fast-track program designed to help them graduate on schedule. “In the end, the only thing that matters is whether you’re on a successful path,” Manninen-Felix said.

The other half of the school’s population are students who chose Murray Hill as 8th graders, often attracted by the small school’s focus on personal attention and technology. “We are a transfer school and a regular high school,” Manninen-Felix explained. “I want a school that helps everyone.” The young school is admittedly a work in progress (it won’t graduate its first class until 2014), and Manninen-Felix said she is struggling to get parents more involved.

Murray Hill opened in September 2010 and expects to grow each year until it has about 380 students. The academy is one of several schools that share the Norman Thomas High School building, a modern brick tower located south of Grand Central Terminal. (Norman Thomas graduated its last class in 2014.) Murray Hill shares the building’s gyms and cafeteria with other schools but has classes on its own floor, which is brightly decorated with collages, murals and displays of student work.

Manninen-Felix said the school seeks to provide “the best of online learning and the best of face-to-face instruction.” Students often study with MacBook laptops using the iLearnNYC online instruction series, and each student has at least one daily period of independent online study. Teachers are often young, and many are former NYC Teaching Fellows.

Art and drama classes are popular, even though Murray Hill doesn’t advertise itself as a school for artists. “I feel like we’re more artsy than the arts school I came from,” said theater teacher Eustacia Wilson, who formerly taught at Fordham High School for the Arts. When we visited in 2011, the teens shaping clay figures in art class appeared to be the most engaged and excited students in the school.

Special education: Students with IEPs are taught in ICT classes that feature two teachers, one of whom specializes in special education. Murray Hill also offers SETSS resources.

Admissions: The school accepts about 80 students each year. For 8th graders, priority is given to students who attend an information session. Students hoping to transfer to Murray Hill must be younger than 16 and have earned fewer than eight credits at another high school. Transfer students are accepted after an interview with school officials. (Skip Card, November 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Norman Thomas Educational Campus

Number of Students 305

Average Daily Attendance 81%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
37%

Hispanic

  
52%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
79%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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

19 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

66% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

93% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

90% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

96% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

55% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 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?

0%

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many -4 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

NA
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?

79% 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?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 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. Priority to Manhattan students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Murray Hill Academy

Limited Unscreened

Murray Hill Academy has a unique admissions model: 60% of students are admitted through the high school admissions process as 8th graders and another 40% of students are admitted as transfer students who are 15‐16 years of age, have fewer than 8 credits at the time of admission and have attended another high school for only one year.

Academics

AP COURSES: N/A

Online: Biology, Environmental Science, United States History, World History

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Support, Tutoring and Regents Preparation (STARS); Saturday Tutoring, Community Service with Street Soldiers, Dance, Step, Film, Green Team, Mentoring, Creative Writing, Year Book, MOUSE Squad/Tech Squad, Capoeira, National Honor Society, NYPD Youth Explorers, Opening Act Theater, Peer Mediation, School Newspaper "Paw Print", SOSA School Beautification, Student Government, Gamers Club

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Softball

Other schools sports: In our Physical Education classes all students get introduced to Badminton, Basketball, Fitness Center (Strength and Conditioning), Floor Hockey, Handball, Scooter Ball, Volleyball, Whiffleball. As we expand, we plan to offer additional PSAL and intramural sports.

Source: High school directory

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