The Bard Early College at the HCZ Promise Academy was established in the summer of 2013. Participating 9th and 10th grade HCZ Promise Academy students can enroll in “pre-college” seminar courses. Beginning in the fall of 2014, 11th and 12th grade students can take college courses across the liberal arts and sciences with college faculty who are active and accomplished in their fields. The early college curriculum is designed by Bard College and modeled off the curriculum in place in Bard’s other early colleges in New York City, Newark, and New Orleans.
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.