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Edward R Murrow High School

1600 Ave L, Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 258-9283

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 4014 students 20 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


Regents Exams (RE)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English language arts, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics and several foreign languages. The results for English language arts, math, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics, global history and geography, and US history and government are displayed in GreatSchools profiles. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • New York City Geographic District #21 average
  • New York state average

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About this school

Edward R Murrow High School is a public high school in New York. The principal of Edward R Murrow High School is MR. ALLEN BARGE and can be contacted at 4,014 students go to Edward R Murrow High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 10% of the Edward R Murrow High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 4,014 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Edward R Murrow High School is 20:1. Shulamith School for Girls is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 31% 31%
Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 25%
Asian 25% %
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 22%
Hispanic 18% 22%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 70%
Limited English proficiency 10% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My daughter is graduating from the school tomorrow actually and I am sad to see her go. the only complaint I have is with the college advisor ms. Monaco. She tried to convince my daughter to apply to the university of Bridgeport. You would have thought she was getting commission to try to make students applied to that college. I forbade my daughter to apply to that college. Instead she was excepted to Howard University in Washington D.C. She has no faith that the students of Edward R Morrow can accomplish more than they know. I would suggest that Miss Monico be replaced so the school can run smoother. In any case A few months back I called to speak to the interim principal mr. Barge about something not actually expecting his secretary to put him on the phone. But to my surprise she did and he was very kind helpful and accommodating. Most of the teachers are great especially Ms. Johnson who is the head of the gospel choir which my daughter was a part of. Will miss the school dearly and so will my daughter!

  • (11 months ago)

    my daughter attends this school and its been a source of joy watching her maturation.She sings in the gospel choral and i am extremely happy and proud to view her performing at Ithaca College and other venues.Her scholastic standard has grown leaps and bounds.I am proud to tell anyone my daughter attends Edward R.Murrow.

  • (1 year ago)

    i was a student at this school did not like this school at all. transferred out after school after 2nd yr

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is great. I love the teachers and this is a large school that you would enjoy if you get used to the confusing room numbers. We have an excellent staff team and concentrated areas of studies that students can be involved in (eg. business music art theater).

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school. Have many classes that keep my child interested. A lot of clubs and events going on for seniors. Chocolate selling to help pay for senior dues is good thing too.

  • (1 year ago)

    Edward R. Murrow H.S. remains as special a place as it was when I was a student here. Our dedicated and loyal staff includes seasoned educators new educators and many other alumni. Our student centered learning environment gives students the opportunity to take part in their own learning and prepare for college. We offer a variety of courses and our screened theater art and music programs continue to produce talented and successful graduates. In addition we have an incredibly tolerant and acceptant learning environment which helps students discover their interests as they learn to make their way in the world. It's a wonderful place and I'd recommend it without hesitation.

  • (1 year ago)

    To be honest I find many of these reviews to be misleading as to the Murrow that operates today in comparison to what murrow once was. Murrow was created on the idea of an independent work environment. You had to be a motivated student. The hallways were relaxed with students hanging out there were no bells there was four cycles which you received a report card for. They had interesting classes which drew students attention (I.E. I know someone who graduated class of 92 that took calligraphy and AP human geography) Now murrow is a jail cell. It has lost everything that made it individual from other city schools. The deans patrol the hallways like its a penitentiary center and suspension rates are apparently at an all time high. Any elective class that I opted to take was cut (AP Psych regular psych Ap human geo etc) As a senior who has seen murrow transform from a comfortable work environment to this monstrosity of a school I can say that few if any changes have been for the better. Yes changes have occurred because of the increasingly strict DOE however the way in which Murrow has interpreted these new rules has only caused a less than satisfactory school environment.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a member of the 1st 4-year graduating class I am proud to call E.R. Murrow my academic home. The teachers have always practised a hands-on approach to learning and the curriculum was very challenging. Murrow teaches students how to think critically; define their own morality and fosters a sense of community obligation. The founding Principal was compassionate and involved in his students academic and personal lives. Without him I know of several former students who would not have made it myself included.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is excellent for self-motivators and/or artists. The music and theater program is incredible. Even if you are not in these programs you are guaranteed to enjoy the talents of the school in the plays concerts and SING performances. I attended in the late 90's and got a lot out of the self-sufficiency of the school. There are no bells to signal the end of periods and students are free to roam the halls throughout the day. The idea of the school is to prepare students for college and eliminate hand-holding. It was a great experience for me.

  • (3 years ago)

    Outstanding school. A great place to learn. Diverse community Abundance of course selections. A Fantastic Music and theater program. Best High School in New York City!

  • (4 years ago)

    over all i think this is a excellent school. happy to be involved with the activity.Thank You

  • (4 years ago)

    I only have one serious complaint about this great school The Math department. There is an apparent shortage of English speaking Math teachers in the over crowded (34 students) for advanced freshman Geometry. Engrade computer system is no substitute for teaching skills nor is it an adequate compensation for poor communication. I shared my student's frustration in being unable to understand his teacher and was informed a week before the cycle ended that he was failing. One session with a private tutor brought his test grade up to 80 demonstrating that there was a serious disconnect in the classroom. My complaints to the department chair were met with contentious debate and with indifference from the principle. The new chancellor needs to know that NYC public school students deserve teachers that can speak English with proficiency are effective educators and are accountable for results.. This is a serious impediment to academic success fin any math related.

  • (4 years ago)

    Edward R Murrow is one of the best public schools in Brooklyn. The student population is extremely diverse. The focus is definitely on the student and catering to each student individually. One side effect of the freedom given in choosing the classes and schedule is that it is the responsibility of the student and their parents to choose the appropriate difficulty level of the coursework. Almost every possible AP course is offered. In addition there are independent study courses called MILEs.

  • (5 years ago)

    I graduated here in 2005 and it wasn't until I finished college that I appreciated the wealth of knowledge that I gained from this school. It made me well rounded as a person and the independent set up allowed me to transition into college easier.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's diversity and kindness brings better people of the future.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school really helped my daughter grow as a person. I think she spent more time there than at home because there was always something to participate in.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have enthusiastic teachers awesome hallwayas friendly students and a unique learning experience. Murrow is the defnition of alternative education. We really need the funding though. Some of the pages in French textebook are glued together '(

  • (5 years ago)

    it is a really calm atmosphere i love the skool

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter attends this school and is doing pretty well. Her teachers are great and shows intrest in their students.

  • (5 years ago)

    The diversity of ER Murrow is amazing. Kids WANT to go to school because of the relaxed learning environment. I wish I was a kid again!

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