Murray Hill Academy

Grades 9-12
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Location

111 East 33rd Street
Manhattan NY 10016
Midtown (District 2)
Trains: 4, 5, 7, S to Grand Central- 42nd St; 6 to 33rd St; B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, W to 34th St-Herald Square
Buses: M1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M4, M42, M5, M55, M7, M9, Q32

Contact

Phone
212-696-0195
Principal
Anita Manninen Felix
Parent Coordinator
Maria Maldonado

What’s Special

School welcomes both traditional and transfer students.

The Downside

Low parent involvement. Limited course offerings.

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 youre on a successful path, Manninen-Felix said.

The other half of the schools population are students who chose Murray Hill as 8th graders, often attracted by the small schools 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 wont 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 buildings 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.

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)

About the students

Enrollment
315
Asian
5.7%
Black
31.1%
Hispanic
54.3%
White
6.4%
Other
2.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
5%
Male
49%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Norman Thomas Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
54%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
79%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
61%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
83%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
29%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
66%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
93%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
86%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 0 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
74%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
50%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
72%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
1%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
19%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
81%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
97%
90% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Murray Hill Academy
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

80% of students are admitted through the high school admissions process as 8th graders, and another 20% 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. We also welcome and admit on grade level 10th grade students to our Murray Hill Academy learning community.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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NYC Department of Education: School Finder

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