The Tradition of Early College at Bard
BHSEC was one of the first public early college high schools in the nation and the only one with a two-year, college degree–bearing liberal arts program embedded within a four-year, tuition-free public high school. BHSEC graduates earn both an associate in arts degree from Bard College and a high school diploma. Through seminar-style course work, college educators who are accomplished in their fields, and writing-intensive pedagogy, BHSEC immerses high schoolers in a truly high-level college setting. BHSEC has experienced great success: 95 percent of BHSEC students have finished high school in four years and 99 percent have been accepted to college. This success has led to greater demand: a second BHSEC was opened in Queens in 2008, and Bard was invited by the Louisiana Recovery School District in 2008 to open an early college program in post-Katrina New Orleans, and by Mayor Cory Booker in 2011 to open a BHSEC in Newark.
Commitment to Academic Excellence
These recently established early colleges stand out in the landscape of secondary/postsecondary partnerships for their commitment both to academic excellence and to educational equity. While Bard's programs in New Orleans and in Newark differ structurally (the Early College in New Orleans embeds the first year of undergraduate education within the last two years of high school, while the Newark site provides a broader associate's degree–track program) they share the same founding commitment as all of Bard's early college initiatives: that intellectually ambitious adolescents should be given access to the academic resources and quality that define the nation's best college classrooms.
Bard's Other Early College Initiatives
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Bard College at Simon’s Rock distinguishes itself as the only residential college in the country specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade.
Bard High School Early Colleges
At the Bard High School Early College campuses in New York City (Manhattan and Queens) and Newark, New Jersey, high school–aged students earn a high school diploma and an A.A. degree in four years.
Paramount Bard Academy
Paramount Bard Academy is a free public charter school that serves 600 students in grades 6–11 in the Delano, California area.
Bard Early College in New Orleans has been made possible by the generosity of supporters across Louisiana, including:
Caroline Keller Winter
Bertie Deming Smith
The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation
Baptist Community Ministries
The Booth-Bricker Fund
The Louisiana Department of Education
The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation
The Keller Family Foundation
The GPOA Foundation
The Frost Foundation
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