Edward R. Murrow High School

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1600 AVENUE L
BROOKLYN NY 11230 Map
Phone: (718) 258-9283
Website: Click here
Admissions: educational option/audition
Wheelchair accessible
selective
Principal: Allen Barge
Neighborhood: Midwood
District: 21
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: ROSALIND DE INNOCENTIIS

Buses: B11, B49, B6, B68, B9

What's special:

Wide variety of courses, open periods to socialize

The downside:

Shared field and no PSAL sports

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Edward R. Murrow High School has shifted from the free-spirited progressive institution it was founded as in 1974 to an environment of “structured freedom,” treating students as young adults but allowing fewer free periods for 9th and 10th graders and providing spaces and activities for students to organize their free time. A student center, opened in 2010, gives students a place to work, keeping many out of the halls. A fitness room offers student-led Zumba and yoga.

Most students use the time during open periods, called bands, to review, work on group projects, or catch up on gossip. Only seniors are allowed to linger in the hall. Principal Anthony Lodico joked with students socializing in the hallways, though he did not hesitate to ask for IDs or to request that they remove hats. “One of the biggest challenges is to keep all things that makes Murrow so special and unique with tightening things up to keep students from falling through the cracks,” explained Lodico.

[In 2012 Lodico became superintendent of a network of schools. Allen Barge, a history teacher at the school for 15 years, became acting principal in September 2012.]

The school still uses an alternative grading system of “excellent,” “good,” “satisfactory,” and “no credit” as opposed to traditional letter grades, and classes were rich with student discussion.  One lesson on the Apartheid in South Africa related it to the 2010 World Cup and student opportunities in NYC. The rich variety of courses offered include Virtual Enterprise, a student-led business that trades with other schools world-wide, and Advanced Placement—many students score 3’s on the exams.

Classes in Murrow's seven gyms range from martial arts to yoga, and a newly updated television production room hosts film and broadcasting classes. Environmental science classes and afterschool clubs make use of the school’s greenhouse, and the planetarium, one of only a few left in city high schools, is used by astronomy and Regents science classes.

In addition to the amazing resources for students, the teacher resource center stays full of teachers preparing for class and collaborating on their off-periods.

Murrow serves a wide variety of students from those with color-streaked hair to fashion-conscious trend-setters. Seniors may sign up to share a locker. Students get involved in summer internships and participate in Intel science programs, school newspaper and the several theatrical performances—theater students make costumes and stage sets in class. The 50-plus clubs and activities include drama, music, dance, National Honor Society and Intel Science, but there are no PSAL sports teams and the school’s field is used by Midwood High School.

Graduating students go on to CUNY and SUNY schools in addition to more selective universities and ivy leagues like Brown, Cornell, and Harvard.

Special education: Murrow offers special-needs children a rich, diverse learning environment. The school is wheelchair accessible and serves blind and hearing-impaired students. On-site physical and occupational therapy and adaptive physical education help meet the needs of physically challenged students. The school offers ELL/ESL classes and push-in classroom support for non-native English speakers in addition to bilingual Spanish and Chinese, though classes are in English with bilingual teachers to help ELLs.

Admissions:  Educational Option for the general communication arts program. Students who live in the school’s zone or score in the top 2 percent on standardized middle-school tests are guaranteed admission if they list Murrow first on the application. Top-scorers are automatically entered into the honors MStar program. Other highly selective programs are open to Brooklyn residents and require an audition or special application in November, including the Art Institute, Music Institute and the Studio Theater Program. (Aryn Bloodworth, May 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 4021

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
27%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
20%

White

  
29%

Free Lunch

  
52%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
9%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.10 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

31 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

97% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

79% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

91% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

19% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

78% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

82% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

81% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

35% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

85% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

6% 12% 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?

23%

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

35%

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

42%

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?

51% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

474
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

77%

SAT math scores

509
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% 75% 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?

50% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. For Audition Programs only: Open to Brooklyn students or residents
  2. For K57A only: a. Priority to residents in Brooklyn Area A (beginning at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and LIRR to Avenue P to Coney Island Avenue, to Avenue K, to East 16th Street, to Avenue J, to East 15th Street to LIRR, to point of origin) b. Then to residents in Brooklyn Area B c. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  3. For K57B only: Open only to students whose home language is Chinese (Mandarin)
  4. For K57C only: Open only to students whose home language is Spanish

Source: High school directory

Bilingual Spanish Communication Arts

Screened: Language

Same program as listed above but taught in Bilingual Spanish.

Bilingual Chinese (Mandarin) Communication Arts

Screened: Language

Same program as listed above but taught in Bilingual Chinese (Mandarin).

Instrumental Music

Audition

A discipline-based music education that includes large ensemble, small ensemble, solo performance training, musicianship and electives that will fulfill the Music Institute certificate.

Vocal Music

Audition

A discipline-based music education that includes large ensemble, small ensemble, solo performance training, musicianship and electives that will fulfill the Music Institute certificate requirements.

Fine and Visual Arts

Audition

A discipline-based art education that includes drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic design portfolio development, printmaking, photography, architecture, fashion and art history.

Communication Arts

Ed. Opt.

Advanced Placement and research classes in all major curriculum areas in preparation for college and careers.

Studio Theatre

Audition

A sequential course of study focusing on acting, scene study, dramatic literature, playwriting, and performance.

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Economics: Macro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Government and Politics: United States, Human Geography, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: "The Magnet" Literary Magazine, "The Network" Newspaper, Anime, ASPIRA, Big Brother Big Sister, Holiday Concert, Chess Team, Council for Unity, Debate Team, Directors’ and Playwright's Workshop, Girls Learn International, Guitar Fest, Intel Science Talent Search, Italian-American Association, Key Club, Leadership Council, Math Team, Mecca, Mock Trial, Moot Court, Murrow Cares (Charity Drives), Murrow Speakers' Bureau, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution, Photography and Digital Art, Poets’ Corner, SING, Student Alliance, Technical Theatre (Stage Crew), Two Dramatic Productions, Two Musical Productions, Virtual Enterprise, Vocal Fest, Vocal Tech, We The People, Winter and Spring Concerts, Yearbook. Students can choose to join over 50 different clubs and organizations.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Volleyball

Other schools sports: We offer a variety of after-school recreational and athletic activities, e.g. Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Soccer, Volleyball, Weight Training

Source: High school directory

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