The Hearst Foundations have made this grant to Bard College to help fund the Bard High School Early Colleges’ (BHSEC) academic support services, which work to assist public school students to reach college. The grant will support one-on-one tutoring for academic support across the curriculum, peer tutors in writing and other subject areas, and the extensive college transfer advising program that students begin during their first year of the BHSEC college program. Bard opened its first early college campus, BHSEC Manhattan, in 2001 in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. At BHSEC schools, students complete their high school requirements and earn 60 college credits in the four years typically assigned to high school. The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health, and social services. 04-16-2015 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2684
Ian Bickford has immersed himself in Bard's early colleges. He began as a student at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Massachusetts, and then served as a faculty member at Simon's Rock before joining the faculty at Bard High School Early College–Queens. Now he has returned to his alma mater to launch the new Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock: a 9th and 10th grade boarding and day college-preparatory program that will open its doors this fall. 04-02-2015 http://news.simons-rock.edu/21-profiles/57-third-time%E2%80%99s-the-charm
Multiple Grammy Award–winning musician Rubén Blades will speak to Bard High School Early College students in Manhattan and Queens this month. The iconic Panamanian singer, songwriter, composer, actor, activist and politician visited the Manhattan campus on March 11 and will visit the Queens campus this coming Wednesday, March 25, to talk about his remarkable career. A prolific musician who is known for bringing lyrical sophistication to his salsa compositions, Blades is also an acclaimed film and television actor. He ran for the presidency of Panama in 1994, winning 18 percent of the vote. He served a five year-term as the Panamanian minister of tourism and has been an activist and humanitarian. Blades holds law degrees from the University of Panama and Harvard University. He told the BHSEC–Manhattan students that "education was instrumental" in his life, and "I think the fact that I was educated helped me tremendously, not only in terms of my appreciation of the opportunity but in my capacity to sustain it." Read More03-23-2015 Rubén Blades and Bard High School Early College-Manhattan students and faculty
Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., sponsors the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, a series of events celebrating Women’s History Month in March. Held on campus and at venues throughout Berkshire County, this year's festival features more than 50 events including readings, lectures, workshops, performances, and film screenings. Read More 02-27-2015
Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, located in Great Barrington, Mass. is the nation’s first two year, ninth and tenth grade accelerated high school program for boarding and day students. Upon completing the tenth grade, Academy students begin full-time college study at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.