The early college model is based on the fundamental belief that adolescents can, and
often should, start college early. By providing a tuition-free college education to high school-age students, the Bard
Early Colleges are working to make this opportunity available to students across the
Bard currently operates eight public schools and programs across five states. All
offer tuition-free, credit-bearing college coursework to high school-age students
in a structured liberal arts and sciences curriculum. This is in addition to Simon's
Rock—a residential private school, that awards A.A. and B.A. degrees. In accordance
with local needs, Bard operates three models.
Students at our our schools graduate at higher rates.
The Bard High School Early Colleges
4 year, public school that awards an A.A. Degree alongside a high school diploma
The Bard High School Early Colleges (BHSECs) are four-year public schools that provide students with a two-year, tuition-free
college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following an accelerated
high school curriculum in 9th and 10th grades. BHSEC students are enrolled as full-time
undergraduate students in their second two years, earning up to 60 transferable college
credits and an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College concurrently with
their high school diploma.
The BHSECs offer an integrated academic program in which college faculty, the majority
of whom hold a Ph.D. in their field of study, teach both high school and college courses,
all in one building. At the end of four years, students have completed their high
school requirements and as much as the first two years of an undergraduate liberal
arts education, at no cost to them or their families. Bard currently operates five
Bard High School Early College campuses across the country.
The Bard Early College Centers
2 year, half-time program that provides 1 year of college during the last two years
of high school
The Bard Early College Centers offer a tuition-free undergraduate course of study in the liberal arts and sciences
to public high school students within an existing district or network of schools.
Students are enrolled as part-time collegestudents in the Bard Early College campus in the 11th and 12th grades. Students earn
up to one year of transferable Bard College credits concurrently with their high school
diploma, at no cost to them or their families.
Faculty at the Early College Centers, the majority of whom hold Ph.D.s in their fields
of study, teach college courses across the liberal arts and sciences. We currently
operate three Bard Early College Centers: one campus in partnership with the Harlem
Children’s Zone Promise Academy network in New York City, one in partnership with
the Louisiana Department of Education in New Orleans, and one partnership with the
Hudson City School District in Hudson Valley, New York.
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
2, 4, or 6 year, residential private school, that awards A.A. and B.A. degrees
Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s first early college and the model on which the Bard Early Colleges
are based; Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock is a two-year, enriched high-school program leading to early-college study. Located
in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, both are private and residential, enrolling students
from the 9th and 10th grades through the Bachelor of Arts degree and bridging the
whole of secondary and undergraduate education in a comprehensive six-year arc.