Bard Early Colleges
Schools and Programs

Schools and Programs

Bard operates a network of tuition-free early colleges that includes the Bard High School Early Colleges and the Bard Early College Centers. Bard's early college network also includes Simon's Rock and the Bard Early College Academy, a tuition-free academic enrichment program for middle school students.

Bard High School
Early Colleges

Bard High School Early Colleges (BHSECs) 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 can earn up to 60 college credits and an associate in arts degree from Bard College concurrently with a high school diploma. BHSECs are located in Manhattan, New York; Queens, New York; Newark, New Jersey; and Cleveland, Ohio.

Bard Early College Centers

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 one year of college during the last two years of high school. The Bard Early College at the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy, which is currently in its initial phase, is modeled on the BECNO program.

Bard Early College Academy

The Bard Early College Academy (BECA), in operation since 2005, is a tuition-free middle school academic enrichment program that operates after school and over the summer at the BHSEC campus in Manhattan. BECA’s mission is to prepare students from high-poverty and underperforming middle schools on Manhattan's Lower East Side for admission to and success in the city’s premier public high schools. 

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Forty Years of Early College Excellence 

Bard College at Simon
Bard College at Simon's Rock is a private, independently accredited, B.A.-granting institution in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, that serves as the inspiration for Bard's public high school early college partnerships. The institution continues to distinguish itself as 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.