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Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers

411 Pearl Street
Manhattan NY 10038
Phone: 212-964-9610

Our Insights

What’s Special

Industry internships; students make take Syracuse University courses

The Downside

Low graduation rate; building has few windows

The Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers was founded to expose students to the business and finance industries through coursework and extra curricular activities. For years the school has struggled with low graduation rates and poor attendance, and in the past decade its student population has declined from roughly 2500 students to under 300.

The school's SUPA (the Syracuse University Project Advance Academy) program offers qualifying students advanced work and the opportunity to graduate with up to 30 college credits by taking courses certified by Syracuse University, Advanced Placement classes and courses at Borough of Manhattan or LaGuardia Community Colleges.

Additional partnerships with accounting, consulting and other firms provide students with mentoring, tutoring and internships. Through a program with The Financial Women’s Association, some girls are matched with a mentor from the business sector to get support with academics and exposure to career options.

Students take visual arts and learn Spanish. College Now classes at local CUNY schools are open to all qualifying students.

Naima Cook, a former special education teacher at Bronx Lab, took over as principal in August 2014.

Students interested in law can join the moot court or mock trial teams. Student government, gay-straight alliance, robotics and music club are among the selection of clubs and after-school activities.

Murry Bergtraum is housed in a fortress-like brick building with few windows, adjacent to NYPD headquarters. It shares the facilities with three other small high schools: Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management, which opened in 2013, Manhattan Early College for Advertising and the Urban Assembly Maker Academy.

There are building-wide PSAL teams.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are self-contained and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes, as well as adaptive physical education. An onsite program run by District 75 integrates hearing-impaired students into Murry Bergtraum’s classes.

ADMISSIONS: Admission to the 9th-grade academy is open to all. The Blazer Early College Prep Academy takes students based on the "educational option" formula that seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, November 2018)  

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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

The Ninth Grade Academy
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

Well-rounded liberal arts curriculum and opportunities to prepare students for post-secondary options.

The Blazer Early College Preparatory Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students will focus on a liberal arts program with an emphasis on math and science and will work towards earning college-level courses through Advance Placement and Syracuse University Project Advance coursework.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Biology, AP United States History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Chinatown (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line, E Line to Park Place; 2 Line, 3 Line, A Line, C Line to Fulton St; 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line, J Line, Z Line to Chambers St; N Line, Q Line to Canal St; R Line, W Line to City Hall
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M55, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X4, X42, X5, X8


Joyell Simmons
Parent Coordinator
Shakeara Knowlin

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Murry Bergtraum Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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