First year courses concentrate on developing a strong foundation in literacy, math, discussion, and written & visual communication. 

  • Most courses run for one semester, with the exception of Math and Visual Thinking.
  • Students take Regents exams in Math and Science.
  • Students begin their Career and Technical Education (CTE) sequence of courses. In the 9th grade, students take two CTE courses – Visual Thinking Lab and Introduction to Advertising and Media. In those courses, students learn:
    • The principals and elements of design
    • Drawing and color theory
    • Microsoft Office with a focus on Word and Powerpoint
    • The basics of advertising strategy and the creative process
    • And more...
  • Students visit the BMCC campus for special events and to utilize the college’s resources such as science and robotics labs.
  • Students receive tutoring from BMCC honors society (Phi Theta Kappa) students.
  • Students receive their first of many work-based learning opportunities including taking many industry-related field trips including visits to some of the premier advertising and media agencies in the world. Students also participate in special advertising competitions and take a critical media literacy course taught by industry experts from The Lamp.
  • Students are eligible for special summer science courses at BMCC.


  • Written Communication
  • Discussion
  • Purposeful Problem Solving