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Transforming Secondary and Early College Education


Bard entered the secondary education reform effort in 2001, launching the Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) in Manhattan. 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. Bard's Early College Initiative has since expanded to Queens, Newark, Cleveland, and New Orleans. The early college model influences Bard programs from the U.S. to the West Bank.

Profiles

Zerrin Holle ’14

Zerrin Holle ’14

Zerrin is a dual citizen of Turkey and the United States, majoring in anthropology at Bard with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies. Zerrin conducts research on displaced Kurdish families in Turkey and works with local human rights organizations. She’s preparing to study abroad in Cairo, and looking forward to a career as an anthropologist.
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Bard Early College in
New Orleans

Bard's Early College in New Orleans extends the academic resources of a postsecondary institution into a public high school. Through partnerships with city schools, Bard offers tuition-free, college coursework to ambitious high school juniors and seniors who face obstacles to higher education. Our students earn Bard College credit in writing-intensive courses, strengthening the skills needed to succeed in higher education. 

Bard High School
Early Colleges

Bard High School Early Colleges (BHSEC) are public schools whose mission is to is to provide a challenging course of study that emphasizes thinking through writing, discussion, and inquiry. These ambitious and highly motivated young adults typically enter BHSEC in ninth grade, earning a high school diploma and a tuition-free Bard College associate's degree in four years.

Bard College at
Simon's Rock

Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts has been a leader in the early college movement for more than 40 years. Simon's Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade, culminating in either the A.A. or B.A. degree.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The MAT Program integrates the work of a graduate teacher education with the daily life of a public school. Teachers, students, graduate faculty, and graduate students address issues in teaching and learning and create replicable practices for improving student success. The program has four campus locations: in the Hudson Valley, New York; Bronx, New York; Los Angeles, California; and the West Bank.

The Clemente Course in Humanities

The Clemente Course provides college-level instruction to economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals. The program is free and takes place in an accessible and welcoming community setting. Participants study four disciplines: literature, art history, moral philosophy, and U.S. history. Students explore great works of art and philosophy while learning about the events and ideals that define the United States as a nation.

Al-Quds Bard Principals' Institute and Pioneer Schools

The Al-Quds Bard Principals' Institute and Pioneer Schools share a campus with the Al-Quds Bard Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program, integrating the work of a graduate teacher education with the daily life of a public school. Teachers, students, graduate faculty, and graduate students address issues in teaching and learning and create replicable practices for improving student success.