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Bard Early Colleges are partnerships between public school districts and Bard College, offering students a tuition-free, liberal arts college education as part of their four-year public high school program. Students are taught by college faculty in undergraduate seminars, and receive up to 60 college credits and an Associate in Arts degree from Bard College concurrently with a high school diploma. Bard High School Early Colleges are located in Manhattan, NY; Queens, NY; and Newark, NJ.
Founded in 2008 as a partnership between Bard College and the Louisiana Department of Education, Bard Early College in New Orleans (BECNO) is a tuition-free satellite campus of Bard College operating within the New Orleans public school system. BECNO enrolls 11th and 12th graders as half-time undergraduates, allowing them to complete up to a year of college during the last two years of high school. BECNO students spend their mornings at conventional public high schools; after lunch, BECNO provides transportation to its two downtown campuses, where students enroll in Bard College-accredited courses across the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum.