Business of Sports School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Focus on business careers related to sports

The Downside

Spotty attendance; discipline concerns

Business of Sports School (BOSS) aims to expose kids to behind-the-scenes jobs in sports-related fields and to give them the business skills they need to succeed.

The school is not designed to train kids to be athletes. Rather, it gives them practical, useful skills to prepare them for service jobs in the sports industry.

Children get firsthand experience working with professionals in the sports industry. They take field trips to businesses in midtown Manhattan and visit organizations like the New York Road Runners, according to the school's website.

BOSS seniors graduate with a Regents diploma, plus a Career and Technical Endorsement (CTE) in Entrepreneurship. A CTE gives teens skills to work right out of high school if they choose.

Eleventh-grade students design their own companies; one created a hairstyling business, according to the school’s Facebook page.

A student said in a comment on InsideSchools that he learned how to create a résumé and “properly structure a cover letter,” as well as “interviewing skills and public speaking skills.”

Prior to founding BOSS in 2009, principal Joshua Solomon served as an assistant principal and co-founder of the respected East-West School of International Studies in Queens. His first career was as a banker, according to an interview in DNAinfo. He plays tennis and has run in four marathons

While the school’s mission is not to groom athletes, there are several sports teams, including basketball, track, soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball. The school has attracted more girls over the years, but the majority of students are boys.

BOSS is housed on the fourth floor of Midtown’s imposing High School of Graphic Communication Arts building, which also houses the Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology.

BOSS students enter the shared campus (and pass through its metal detectors) with students from the other schools, but they have their academic classes on their own corridor, where team pennants give a sporting feel.

A few downsides: Most students enter BOSS performing well below grade level, according to the yearly plan, and many miss more than 18 days of school. Students come from all five boroughs, and they must travel by subway anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, it says in the plan.

Fewer than half the teachers say order and discipline is maintained on NYC school surveys, and just over half the teaching staff would recommend the school to other families.

The school offers several Advanced Placement classes, however only one-fifth of the students are ready for college when they graduate, according to the results of a test created by City University of New York. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: One-quarter of the students have special needs. There are team-teaching classes. Several teachers work with children, as needed, inside and outside of the classroom, according to the budget summary.

ADMISSIONS: Educational option: The school seeks a range of low, middle and high academic performers. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 2018)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
82%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
67%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
64%
Average daily attendance
 
84%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
53%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
90%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

447
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
85%
Students with disabilities
 
23%
Multilingual learners
 
8%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
53%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
90%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
42%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
32%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
71%
11.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
135
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
80%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
8%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
8%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
26%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
14%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
45%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
60%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
73%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by 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

Business of Sports School

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Statistics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Psychology, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

439 West 49th Street
Manhattan NY 10019

Trains: 1 Line, C Line, E Line to 50th St; 2 Line, 3 Line, 7 Line, A Line, S Line to Times Square-42nd St; B Line, D Line to 7th Ave; N Line, R Line, W Line to 49th St

Buses: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M34A-SBS, M42, M50, M57, M7, X1, X12, X14, X17J, X21, X22, X22A, X30, X31, X42, X7, X9


Contact

Principal: Joshua Solomon

Parent Coordinator: Janet Tejada

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Graphics Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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