Rules of the Game
Be prepared and punctual. Come to school every day with your appropriate materials and assignments. Be on time to every class. Do not get a reputation for lateness. Your teachers and classmates spend a lot of time preparing for each class, and you have a lot to learn. Don’t miss any of it. If you are ever absent, your parents should call or email the Main Office that morning.
Act professional. Show respect for all. Act respectfully and responsibly both in the school building and outside. Represent the school and its professional mission at all times.
Act mature. No horseplay, fighting, yelling, or harassing. Our different backgrounds and opinions are our greatest strength as an institution and a community. Conflicts and misunderstandings are inevitable; resolve them peacefully.
Cooperate. For the smooth operation of the building, listen to any staff member when asked to do something, whether they are BOSS personnel or from another building organization. If you disagree with the instructions, cooperate with them right then and ask us about it later.
Safeguard property. Be responsible for your own personal property. Help others do this too by making sure they keep their things with them and organized. Never write on, mar, or mess up school equipment, books, or furniture. Keep our building and materials neat and clean.
Protect your good name. Keep the trust of those around you by holding yourself to high standards of integrity. Teachers and students will admire you for standing behind your word. If you get a reputation for lying or cheating, it’s hard for people to trust your word in the future. Never, ever cheat or plagiarize. Learn how to acknowledge people or sources who help you with your work.
Dress appropriately. You know what that means. Look nice, and if you have questions, check out “Dress” in this Handbook or ask school staff. Also, remember, building rules prohibit hats and headgear.
Focus on school. Never bring anything in the building that distracts from our educational mission. That includes all illegal items, including any sharp implements, weapons, drugs, and alcohol. Items prohibited by the Department of Education, such as cell phones, iPods, and other electronics must also be left at home. BOSS is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
Communicate. Keep your parents and guardians in the loop about what’s going on at school, and deliver notices and news you have been given promptly. Teach them how to use the BOSS website and Pupil Path.
Seize the opportunity. Take full advantage of the extraordinary opportunity you have in attending BOSS and dedicate yourself to attaining the highest level of achievement possible.
Ninth grade focuses on developing a foundation of academic and organizational skills necessary for success with both classes and Regents exams. Students start the English Language Arts, Foreign Language (Spanish), and Global History sequences and takeCommon Core Algebra and Living Environment courses that conclude with Regents Exams, as well as a Health and Physical Education classes. 9th grade students also complete a second math class, Transition to Algebra, to form a strong foundation for a four-year Math sequence. College Support focuses on starting the iMentor mentoring program and meeting with peer leaders.
Tenth grade lays the groundwork for deeper exposure to the business world in 11th and 12th grades. For CTE, students take Business Technology Applications, including Microsoft Office Specialist exams in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students complete additional courses that conclude with Regents exams in Algebra/Geometry, Global History and Global Literature, and Earth Science. They continue the English Language Arts and Physical Education sequences. Visual Arts provides a foundation in the arts. iMentor focuses on developing organized work habits and goal setting.
Students continue the CTE sequence in Entrepreneurship, partnering with the Network of Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and learning the facets of setting up a business and complete Regents courses and exams in English Language Arts and U.S. History and also continue their Geometry courses as necessary. Students also take a full-year Anatomy/Physiology or Ecology science course along with Physical Education. Eligible students may qualify for AP U.S. History and/or CollegeNow classes at BMCC or for internships. CollegeSpring focuses on preparing for the redesigned SAT exam.
Twelfth grade students delve deeply into the college admissions and career exploration process with the CollegeBound Initiative Director of College Counseling. Senior year also provides students with first-hand experience running a business, as a Virtual Enterprise program, where students create an actual business in the school and compete based on their business plans and presentation skills or in Sports Management classes. Students will complete credit requirements in all subject areas. Qualified students can select advanced classes in AP English Language & Composition, Algebra II/Trigonometry, AP Psychology, Computer Programming, and AP Environmental Science, as well as a variety of College Now classes. In addition, through CUNY LINCT program, we offer English and Math classes to prepare students for college placement exams. A credited 150-hour internship is required, culminating in a NOCTI industry certification exam in Virtual Enterprise.
1. Credit Requirements:
Students must complete 44 academic credits for graduation (each full-time, semester-long class represents one credit). Minimum subject area requirements are as follows:
English - 8 credits (4 years)
History - 8 credits (4 years)
Mathematics - 6 credits (3 years, although 4 years are recommended for college applications)
Science - 6 credits (3 years)
Foreign Language - 2 credits (1 year)
CTE Business - 7 credits (3½ years)
Arts (incl. Music, Dance and Drama) - 2 credits (1 year)
Physical Education - 4 credits (4 years, incl. 1 year of Health Education)
Students must have 8 credits for promotion to 10th grade, 20 credits for promotion to 11th grade, and 30 credits for promotion to 12th grade.
2. Regents Exam Requirements:
CTE NOCTI Exam*
* Advanced Regents Diploma
3. Career & Technical Education Requirements:
Portfolio of work
Certification in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Power Point (MCAS certification)
Work-based Learning experience (internship)
Completion of Entrepreneurship, Virtual Enterprise, and Career & Financial Management courses
Passing grade on NOCTI Virtual Entrepreneurship Exam
Activities & Clubs
BOSS students participate in 16 PSAL sports teams in the following sports:
Boys: Basketball (JV and Varsity), Baseball (JV and Varsity), Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Track
Girls: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Track, Flag Football, Soccer, Track
Please see our PSAL website for game schedules, scores, news, and rosters.
Future Business Leaders of America
FBLA is known as the leading career and technical student organization that prepares student for success in business careers. It is the largest student business organization in the world!
· Leadership skills
· Student scholarships
· National conferences
· Challenging competitions
· Recognition and Cash Awards
· Community Service
· Skill Certification
· Social preparation for life beyond high school
Students will be required to actively participate in community service activities that promote the values of FBLA. In addition, students will compete on a regional, state and possibly a national level to showcase their talents, skills and accomplishments throughout the year. Students will be required to dress appropriately for each activity.
GSA is a student group that meets weekly at lunch to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and their straight allies. The goal is to make their school community safe and welcoming to all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Introductions to drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Learn to use art as a means for self-expression.
Yoga instructors lead students through yoga practice.
Introduction to biking. Students learn how to safely ride a bike and build up their endurance and skill for a possible race.
Jazz is a common form of dance used in musical theatre and commercial and entertainment industries, has its roots in social dance and is heavily influenced by African-American traditions. Students will learn basic techniques based on ballet and modern dance. Through daily warm-ups and exercises students gain strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination. Musicality and performance skills are taught through a series of dance combinations.
Students work on an acting program with Opening Act and perform Off-Broadway at the end of the semester.
Gain citizenship and leadership development and learn the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology from retired U.S. Navy officers. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extracurricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, visits to naval or other activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training.
There are two information sessions at the Business of Sports School in the fall. Tuesdays, October 16, and November 13, 2018, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM located at our school (439 West 49th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue).
Academic & Internships
BOSS juniors and seniors may take classes for college credit both at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and on our own campus. The eligibility requirements are:
>480 on the Verbal section of the SAT, 75 on the English Language Arts Regents, or at least a 50 on the Verbal section of the PSAT.
Students who have not taken the Regents must have an overall high school GPA of 80 and include a letter of recommendation with your application.
College Now Courses – Fall 2018
Application Deadline: July 15
480 on the Verbal section of the SAT or at least a 75 on the English Language Arts Regents or at least a 50 on the Verbal section of the PSAT.
At least a 480 on the Mathematics section of the SAT or at least a 75 on the Mathematics A Regents Exam or the Sequential II Regents or at least 50 on the Math section of the PSAT.
Students who have not taken the Regents must have an high school GPA in English courses of 80 and include a letter of recommendation with your application.
Accounting Principles I ACC 122-971 4 Credits
Time: To be announced
The course covers the fundamental principles of accounting and the practical use of accounting tools and techniques. Topics covered include the definition and scope of accounting, accounting records and processes, books of original and subsequent entry, work sheets, adjusting and closing entries, accounting for cash, accounting for negotiable instruments, and accounting for plant assets. An investigation is made of accounting for service businesses and trading concerns.
Introduction to Business BUS 104-971/9M1 3 Credits
Time: 8:30 am- 11:15 am
Business and industry in the United States are surveyed broadly in this course. Emphasis is placed on the historical development, objectives, methods of operation, and the interrelationships of management, labor and government. Included is the study of new developments and trends in business administration and the problems they engender in the total management process.
Elements of Engineering Design ESC 111-971 1 credit
This course provides an introduction to engineering practice through hands-on investigations, computer applications, and design projects in the fields of structures and robotics. All investigations and design projects are performed in groups and presented in oral and /or written form. Computers are used for documentation, data analysis and robot control.
General Chemistry CHE 110-971 4 Credits
Time: 9:00 am- 11:45am 2:00 pm- 3:40 pm
This course is designed specifically for the non-science major and should only be taken by students in non-science disciplines: liberal arts, business, etc. It explores the world of atoms and molecules and relates this submicroscope world to the daily life of the student. Topics to be discussed include plastics, foods, the environment, genetics and
English Composition I ENG 101 -971 3 Credits
Time: To be announced
This is a basic college-level course, similar to "freshman English" at other community and four-year colleges. Students learn to use their experience and ideas as subject matter for essays and to analyze topics in depth. They also become acquainted with the process of writing, from pre-writing activities to producing a final, proofread draft. The purpose of, audience for, and structure of the essay are explored through readings chosen to stimulate ideas for writing and demonstrate varied style. Grammar and syntax are discussed as needed. At the end of this course, students take a departmental essay examination that requires them to compose, draft and edit a thesis-centered essay of at least 500 words.
Introduction to Multimedia MMP 100-971 3 credits (2hours 2 lab hours)
Time: To be announced
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of multimedia production. In a hands-on class, students will learn the essentials of program design and authoring software in an integrated computer environment. Students will learn how to combine graphics, audio and text to create programs for industrial and educational applications.
General Psychology PSY 100-971/972 3 Credits
Time: 8:30 am- 11:15am
This course stresses adaptive human behavior in relation to the environment. Topics considered include: origins and methods of psychology, neuropsychological bases of behavior, maturation, motivation, emotion, learning frustration and conflict.
Introduction to Sociology SOC 100-971 3 Credits
Time: 8:30 am- 11:24 am
This course analyzes the structure, processes and products associated with group living. Attention is focused on the concepts of social organization, culture, groups, stratification, major social institutions and significant trends in group living.
Fundamentals of Speech SPE 100-971 3 Credits
Time: 8:30am- 11:24 am
The aim of this course is to develop effective skills in speech communication. The student examines how to generate topics and organize ideas, masters elements of audience psychology, and practices techniques of speech presentation in a public forum. All elements of speech production and presentation are considered.
Introduction to Video Technology VAT 100-971 2 Credits
This course explains how video technology works. It covers the fundamentals of contemporary media technology including understanding video image formation, data compression, picture and sound generation and manipulation, and the impact of new technologies, such as HD-TV and P2P. Lab exercises introduce students to the operations of cameras, video-recording systems, microphones, and the uses of SMPTE Time Code. Students also examine systems for delivering media to the viewer, including webcast, broadcast, and satellite and cable distribution.
Introduction to Business BUS 1000 at Baruch College, seniors only.
Introduction to Business, Networking 202, and Web Design at DeVry, seniors only.
Applications are online at: under News and must be faxed to John Jastremski @ 212-799-7528 and originals mailed to Office: 122 Amsterdam Avenue, NY, NY 10023, RM 251
AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program
For women 40+ seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves.
Academic Competitiveness Grant
For first-year and second-year college students who graduated from high school.
Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
For minority students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.
Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund
For students who demonstrate excellence in leadership, diversity, integrity and academia.
American Copy Editors Society Scholarship
Available to junior, senior and graduate students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships.
AORN Foundation Scholarship
For students studying to be nurses and perioperative nurses pursuing undergrad and grad degrees.
Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship
For students who indicate a sincere interest in an automotive related career.
AWG Minority Scholarship For Women
Encourages young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences.
AXA Achievements Scholarship
Provides more than $600K in annual scholarships to 52 students - one from each state.
Beacon Partners Healthcare IT Scholarships
Awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the IT Healthcare field.
Best Buy Scholarship
For students in grades 9-12 who plan to enter a full-time undergraduate program upon high school graduation.
Burger King Scholars Program
For high school seniors who have part-time jobs and excel academically in school.
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Developed to assist minority and disabled students, but open to all who meet the requirements.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Four-year achievement-based scholarships given to 250 high school seniors each year.
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Recognizes and awards the extraordinary who excel in math, science, and technology.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Need-based scholarships for college students are part of the progressive movement in their community.
Dell Scholars Program
For students who demonstrate a desire and ability to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.
Development Fund For Black Students in Science and Technology
For students studying science or technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Annual scholarship for high school juniors to support continued education and training beyond high school.
Ed Bradley/ Ken Kashiwahara Scholarships
Open to full-time students who are pursuing careers in radio and television news.
EMPOWER Scholarship Award
Designed to increase diversity in the medical rehabilitation field by awarding students of color.
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program
For minority and female students majoring in a field related to computer and video game arts.
Fulbright Scholar Program
Sends faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research.
Future Engineers Scholarship Program
For students pursuing a career in engineering who shows outstanding academic performance.
Gates Millenium Scholarship
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; established to help low income minority students.
Go On Girl Book Club Scholarship
Supports authors of the Black African Diaspora who wan to write their way to college money.
Google Anita Borg Scholarship
For women who excel in computing and technology, and are active role models and leaders.
Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship
For African American women who have a minimum C average, and can demonstrate financial need.
HBCU Study Abroad Scholarship
Provides travel opportunities for students of color who are traditionally under-represented in such programs.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
Provides fellowships to students who excel in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund
To increase diverse students' access to talent development opportunities through teacher training.
Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund
For low-income women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves and their community.
Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
For cosmetology and barber school students who can demonstrate a financial need.
KFC Colonel's Scholars Program
For college-bound students who can demonstrate financial need, and have a GPA of at least 2.75.
Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest
A writing contest pertaining to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.
McKesson Pharmacy Scholarship
Designed to assist pharmacy students who plan to continue their education.
National Achievement Scholarship
Established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding African American high school students.
National Black Police Association Scholarships
For students pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and other related areas.
National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship
For students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing science and health-related research.
National SMART Grant
Available to full-time students who are majoring in science, math, technology, engineering, and more.
PMI Educational Foundation Scholarships
Established for students in the field of project management or a project management related field.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Seeks to identify African American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society.
Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
Seeks to recognize outstanding young people who are promoting American values on college campuses.
Competition for individual or team research projects in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
For first-generation students majoring in business, finance, science, engineering, and more.
For students who excel in chapter and campus involvement,community service, academics, and more.
For students pursuing a career in health care who can demonstrate leadership and academic qualities.
United Negro College Fund Scholarships
Administers 400 different scholarship programs so low-income families can afford college, tuition, and books.
U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship
For high school seniors planning to enroll or college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors already enrolled.
USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
For students seeking a Bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors.
Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program
Provides merit-based scholarships to minority students studying business, finance, economics, and more.
William B. Ruggles Right To Work Journalism Scholarship
Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in journalism or a related field.
Writer's Digest Annual Short Story Competition
Contest for writers who can compose the best fictional short story, written in 1,500 words or less.
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
For academic high-achievers in science, engineering, and information technology.