Murray Hill Academy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Focus on personal attention and technology

The Downside

Not many graduates are ready for college-level work

Murray Hill Academy offers a blend of online learning and face-to-face instruction designed to give each student an individual academic program.

High-achievers may take Advanced Placement classes, finish high school early, take college courses and have internships. Students who are behind in credits when they arrive can catch up, thanks to the trimester system which allows them to take more classes than they could in a traditional two-semester year. The school welcomes transfer students who make up about one-third of the student body.

Founded in 2010, the school earned the highest marks on the city’s 2018 Quality Review in all areas. “We’re a very tight, close-knit family,” says assistant principal Daniel Chu.

Roughly 20 out of 60 seniors do internships each year, such as at the American Museum of Natural History, Mercy College or Beth Israel Hospital, to name a few. Teens also interview for in-school internships, and go through a formal performance evaluation process like in a real job.

Classroom lessons are varied and engaging, says assistant principal Adam Ward. Children debate according to formal rules of discussion in Socratic Circles. They tackle multi-step equations in math based on real-world problems, such as how to calculate teacher salaries. Teens read in school every day, both books they choose, and assigned books.

The school has lots of support for students. The staff includes two social workers, a guidance counselor and a college and career counselor. An attendance teacher makes home visits. Teachers do weekly check-ins with students in their advisory groups, and become the point-person for those families. Bellevue Clinic provides mental health and other services on-site. “We’re great with one-on-one involvement with parents in our school,” says Ward.

Teachers encourage teens to apply to a wide range of colleges. “We’re very purposeful about encouraging kids to dream big as far as college goes,” Ward says. Past acceptances include Swarthmore, Fordham, George Washington University, George Mason and New York University.

While top students are admitted to top colleges, many graduates must take remedial classes at CUNY, not too surprising given the challenges of so many latecomers catching up on credits. If students are repeating classes or studying for Regents, they may stay after school to get help. What makes this program effective, says Chu, is that teachers work with teens in the subject area they teach. There is also a three-week summer Regent’s prep course in August.

The academy is one of several schools that share the Norman Thomas Educational Campus, a modern brick tower located south of Grand Central Terminal. Murray Hill shares the building’s three gyms and cafeteria and weight room but has its own classes on the eighth floor.

ADMISSIONS: Ninth and 10th graders apply through the educational option or “Ed Opt” admissions process designed to enroll students with a range of academic abilities. Transfer students must be 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. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interviews, May 2018)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
88%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
77%
Average daily attendance
 
82%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
48%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

266
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
80%
Students with disabilities
 
24%
Multilingual learners
 
2%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
93%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
9%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
10%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
90%
1.5
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
132
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
90%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
59%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
10%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
28%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
30%

Music

 
17%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
35%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
49%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
84%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
26%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Murray Hill Academy - Integrated Studies

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Multidisciplinary and personal approach to the design of a rigorous yet supportive educational program while maintaining a focus on college and professional goals. In the process of learning critical and analytical thinking skills in all disciplines, students develop their personal voice while working with others. Through the Integrated Studies curriculum, upon graduation students have a rich high school experience and the knowledge to form a map for an individual academic and career path.

Mathematics & Computer Science

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

A multi-year Computer Science track offers courses in Computer Science that challenge students to solve real world problems using analytical skills. They cover the basic principles of Computer Science, Web Programming, and Advanced Placement Computer Science classes that go deeper into Software Engineering. Through Computer Science course offerings, students will learn computational thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students' success in the real world will greatly depend on their ability to problem solve and utilize technology in their everyday lives. We offer Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, AP Statistics and AP Calculus. Students who take high-level math receive higher scores on the SAT (includes the "Passport to Advanced Math," that requires the manipulation of complex equations). Students who take high-level math courses are more likely to graduate from college and get higher salaries than their peers who did not take those classes.

College Humanities Specialization

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

An accelerated course of study in the Humanities to ensure students are not only college ready, but college capable. Freshman year - students begin in a problem-based English Explorations class, reading culturally relevant texts to develop their critical thinking around national and global issues. Sophomore year - they engage with Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition, analyzing informational texts by diverse authors (incl. Sherman Alexie & Michelle Alexander). Junior year - students hone their analytical skills in AP U.S. History, studying the turbulent history of the Americas while taking part in exploratory learning in Washington, DC and around NYC. Senior year - students take AP Literature and Composition, reading a balance of canonical and contemporary college level texts. They will be enrolled in College Now courses to get a jump-start in taking college classes.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science A, AP United States History

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

111 East 33rd Street
Manhattan NY 10016

Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, 7 Line, S Line to Grand Central-42nd St; 6 Line to 33rd St; B Line, D Line, F Line, M Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to 34th St

Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BM5, BxM1, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M34-SBS, M34A-SBS, M4, M42, M5, M55, M7, M9, Q32, QM1, QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM2, QM20, QM21, QM24, QM3, QM31, QM32, QM34, QM35, QM36, QM4, QM40, QM42, QM44, QM5, QM6, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X17J, X2, X21, X22, X22A, X27, X28, X30, X31, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9


Contact

Principal: Yvette Sy

Parent Coordinator: Yvette Prescott

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Norman Thomas Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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