Bard Early Colleges
Transforming Secondary and Higher Education
Bard entered the early college reform effort in 2001 when it established the Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) in Manhattan in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Based on the model of Bard College at Simon's Rock, the nation's oldest early college, BHSEC promotes a rigorous course of study in which students begin college work at age 16. The BHSEC program is tuition free. The Bard Early College network has since expanded to several sites, influencing the College's programs in the U.S. and abroad.