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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.


Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. Professor Buruma is an award-winning journalist and writer who spent much of his early career traveling and reporting from all over Asia. He now writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects for major publications, including the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and the New York Times.
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Bard Early Colleges

The Bard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. The Bard Early Colleges provide adolescents with a rigorous, credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades at no cost to the student. Bard's early college model provides a seamless, affordable pathway for students to and through college. The Bard Early College network includes campuses in Manhattan (Lower East Side and Harlem Children's Zone), N.Y.; Queens, N.Y.; Newark, N.J.; New Orleans, La.; and Cleveland, Ohio.

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 Bard MAT Program integrates advanced study in the academic disciplines and pedagogy with year-long residencies in the public schools, leading to  a master of arts in teaching degree and NYS Initial Teacher Certification or CA Single Subject Credentialing (grades 7-12) in four subject areas: biology, history, literature, or mathematics. There are three campus locations: Hudson Valley, NY; 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.

Institute for Writing and Thinking

Focused on the critical role that writing plays in both teaching and learning, the Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT) is Bard College's professional development institute for secondary and postsecondary teachers. IWT brings secondary and college teachers for innovative, intellectually stimulating, and practically useful workshops, conferences, and on-site consulting.