Bard High School Early Colleges

About the Bard Early Colleges Network

The Bard High School Early Colleges are part of the larger Bard Early Colleges network. Bard College became a leader in the early college movement in 1979, when Simon's Rock—the nation's first private, residential early college—merged with Bard. In 2001, the leadership of Bard College and Simon's Rock partnered with the New York City Department of Education to create the first Bard High School Early College, a New York City public school. Since that time, Bard has built a record of success in transforming public secondary education through innovative, tuition-free early college partnerships, currently located in New York City, NY, Newark, NJ, and New Orleans, LA. 

Welcome to the Bard High School Early Colleges

The Bard High School Early Colleges (BHSEC) are four-year public schools that provide students with a two-year, tuition-free college course of study following the 9th and 10th grades. The rigorous curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, writing, discussion, and inquiry through deep immersion in the liberal arts and sciences. BHSEC students graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 college credits from Bard College. This alternative to the traditional high school is founded on the belief that many adolescents are ready and eager to do serious college work and that their ambition should be taken seriously. 

BHSEC Manhattan

BHSEC Manhattan
Bard High School Early College Manhattan opened in 2001. The campus is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, at 525 East Houston Street.

BHSEC Queens

BHSEC Queens
Bard High School Early College Queens opened in 2008. The campus is located in Long Island City, Queens, at 30-20 Thomson Avenue.

BHSEC Newark

BHSEC Newark
Bard High School Early College Newark opened in 2011. The campus is located in Newark, NJ, at 321 Bergen Street. 

BHSEC Cleveland

BHSEC Cleveland
Opening in August of 2014, the BHSEC Cleveland will be located at 11801 Worthington Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44111. VIEW MORE >>