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Business of Sports School

Grades: 9-12
439 West 49th Street
Manhattan NY
Phone: 212-246-2183

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)


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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

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

Business of Sports School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


Language Courses


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


Hell's Kitchen (District 2)
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


Joshua Solomon
Parent Coordinator
Janet Tejada

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Graphics Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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