Bard Early Colleges

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Dr. Kristy McMorris
Academic Director 

Phone: 917-242-2297

HCZ Promise Academy
245 W. 129th Street
New York, NY 10027

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Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy

The Bard Early College at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Promise Academy, established in the summer of 2013, is an early college partnership that establishes a satellite campus of Bard College in the HCZ Promise Academy charter schools. The early college partnership allows students to take a liberal arts college course of study and earn tuition-free college credits from Bard College concurrently with their high school studies. The early college aims to intellectually engage HCZ Promise Academy students and help them prepare for and succeed in college.

About the Early College

The Bard Early College at the HCZ Promise Academy includes several components, including "pre-college" courses for participating 9th and 10th grade students, college courses across the liberal arts and sciences taught by college faculty for 11th and 12th grade students, and professional development for teachers run by Bard's Institute for Writing and Thinking. The early college curriculum is designed by Bard College and modeled off the curriculum in place in Bard’s other early college campuses. Participating students can earn up to one year of college credits from Bard, tuition-free, concurrently with a high school diploma. 


Dr. Kristy McMorris is the Academic Director of the Bard Early College at the HCZ Promise Academy. Dr. McMorris holds a B.A. in English from Howard University as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. Dr. McMorris has taught at New York University and Hunter College and, most recently, at the Bard High School Early College Queens. Her areas of research include African-American and Caribbean Literature and postcolonial and feminist critical approaches to texts.