Academics

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS: One of the New York City Department of Education’s primary goals is ensuring that all students become able readers and writers. When literacy instruction is matched to students' unique strengths and needs, students learn to effectively communicate their ideas and show what they know. Students are expected to meet the New York State standards in ELA at each grade level. We follow the grade-level standards and core curriculum for reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Classroom libraries are the centerpiece of Balanced Literacy. These libraries allow teachers to organize instruction around authentic literature.

High school students become more sophisticated readers and writers while deepening their knowledge through the study and exploration of various themes in American and World Literature. Students meet graduation requirements by earning at least 8 English credits. High school students who score at least 65 on the ELA Regents exam fulfill the English requirement toward the Regents diploma.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: Murray Hill Academy has a Freestanding English as a Second Language (ESL) program to provide all language arts and subject matter instruction in English through the use of specific instructional strategies.

MATHEMATICS: The City’s mathematics program takes a balanced approach, focusing on what students need to know, and the processes and skills necessary to reason, solve problems, and think critically. We implement a citywide core curriculum in mathematics for 9th graders and 10th graders taking Algebra based on the state standards. To graduate from high school, students must earn at least 6 credits in mathematics. In order to receive a Regents diploma, they must score at least 65 on the Regents exam.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH: To graduate from high school, students must take at least 4 physical education credits over the course of a minimum of 7 semesters and 1 credit of health education. The physical education curriculum encourages students to be physically active, learn to make healthy decisions and develop a healthy life style, as well as experience traditional and non-traditional health-related fitness activities. The health curriculum includes age-appropriate lessons on injury prevention; mental and emotional health; nutrition; tobacco, alcohol and other drugs; family health and sexuality; and personal and consumer health.

SCIENCE: New York City’s science curriculum is based on the New York State Core Curriculum in Science. High school science involves mastery of content, knowledge of scientific procedures, and engagement with investigation and research. High schools offer four distinct Regents courses: Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics. Many schools also offer electives and Advanced Placement courses for students who want to pursue additional coursework, studies, and research. To graduate from high school, students must earn at least 6 science credits (including lab). To receive a Regents Diploma, students must score at least 65 on the Regents exam.

SOCIAL STUDIES: The City’s Social Studies program has as its foundation the New York State Social Studies Core Curriculum. Through explorations of history, geography, economics, government, and civics, students learn about the people, places, eras, and events near and far that shaped our world. When students enter high school they take on the demands of in-depth studies of American History, Global History, and Government.

To graduate from high school, students must earn at least 8 Social Studies credits (4 in Global History, 2 in American History, 1 in Economics, and 1 in Participation in Government). To fulfill the Social Studies requirements towards a Regents Diploma, they must score at least 65 on two Regents exams: Global History and Geography and U.S. History and Government.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Students with disabilities are being educated in the least restrictive environment. That means they are spending the majority of the school day alongside their non-disabled peers in an inclusive setting. The Special Education Services are detailed for parents in A Parent's Guide to Special Education for School-Age Children. These services include interventions and strategies in the general education environment for struggling students. Each student who is recommended for special education is evaluated at their school by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, which is comprised of school staff and a student’s parents.

ARTS: Murray Hill Academy’s goal is to provide all students a high-quality arts education. Students will discover the lifelong enjoyment and wonder inherent in dance, music, theater, and/or visual arts. They also will connect to arts institutions and organizations that exhibit and perform the arts.

ELECTIVE COURSES: Murray Hill Academy offers students elective courses based on interest and need. The courses support core curriculum and the development of 21st century skills.

WORLD LANGUAGES:
Foreign language instruction in New York City is guided by New York State standards and provides students the opportunity to develop communicative competency and a cultural understanding in at least one language other than English.