Bard Early Colleges

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Dr. Vanessa Anderson
Academic Director 
Phone: 646-942-08324

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 enables students in 11th and 12th grade to enroll as part-time undergraduate students of Bard College. Participating students take a liberal arts college course of study and earn tuition-free college credits 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. Vanessa Anderson is the Executive Director of the Bard Early College at the HCZ Promise Academy. She holds a B.A. in French from Yale University, an French Studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from Columbia University. After earning her doctorate, Dr. Anderson began a career in education research and has worked at the City University of New York, the Bard Early College network and most recently, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. She has also taught at New York University, City College and Lehman College. Her areas of research include the psychosocial and academic predictors of college choice for students of color and closing racial, gender and income related achievement gaps.

Student Voices

What attracted to me most to Bard was the freedom to write whatever we thought about what we’d read. I’ve been able to improve my writing and vocabulary a lot and I’m excited about the credits that I’ll be able to use in college, and the ability to know my vocabulary has increased.  If anyone has a chance to be a Bard student, they should definitely take it because it increases so many skills.
- Shannon, 9th grader

At first I didn’t like sharing my ideas, but now, sitting in seminar style classes, all my peers and I are able to share our ideas comfortably without judgments. I’m getting better at analyzing a text and being more concrete, and overall becoming a better writer.
- Alaysia, Year 1

I walked into college with a community of people who have grown with me and seen my writing evolve. It was harder than my curriculum at my current institution. Thank you for the opportunity to experience college before I actually got there, and for allowing me to gain a network of people that support me.
- Jaquan, Class of 2016