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Bard High School Early College

Overview written by the school: Bard High School Early College Manhattan (BHSEC Manhattan) was founded on the belief that many students are ready to do serious college work at age 16. Bard College partnered with the NYC Department of Education to create an innovative program that enables high school students to move in four years from 9th grade through the first two years of college, earning a high school diploma, up to sixty college credits, and an Associate of Arts (AA) degree upon graduation.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 99% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 95% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 90% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 92% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 92% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Early College
Code: M51A
Program description: Comprehensive liberal arts early college program. Students earn a high school diploma and a tuition-free Associate Degree from Bard College.
Interest: Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Method: Screened

Seats 9 GE: 126
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 3736
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 30
Seats 9 SWD: 24
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 200
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 8

Seats 10: No
Admissions priority 1: Open to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Attendance
Requirement 2: Course Grades: Average (88-100)
Requirement 3: Individual Interview (On-Site)
Math Test (On-Site)
Writing Exercise (On-Site)


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): Anime Club, Art Magazine, Asian Culture Club, Bardvark Student Newspaper, BHSEC Student Activist Network, Black Students Association, Chinese Language and Culture, Current Events, Debate Team, Diversity Initiative, Eco Club, GSA, Karaoke, Literary Magazine, Model UN, Muslim Students Association, Philosophy Club, Quiz Bowl, Step Team, Student Union, Table Tennis, Theater Production, Winter and Spring Concerts, Yearbook
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Soccer, Tennis
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: No data
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): No data
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 615
Start time: 9:00am
End time: 3:00pm

Final grades: 9 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: French, Greek, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish

Additional info: College Trips; Extended Day Program; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Bridge Program

Earlycollege: 1

School accessibility description: Partially Accessible

More info

Borough: Manhattan
NTA: Lower East Side
Neighborhood: Lower East Side

School Number: M097

Community board: 103
Council district: 2
Census tract: 1002
BIN: 1004062
BBL: 1003250025

About Bard High School Early College


Latitude: 40.719029
Longitude: -73.975891
Phone number: 212-995-8479
Fax number: 212-777-4702
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: N/A
Bus lines near the school: M14A, M14D, M21, M22, M8, M9, X37, X38

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First two years at BHSEC: courses for grounding in mathematics, science, history, English, and a foreign language, arts classes, PE, and Health.

Work in the college program builds on high school studies and offers a variety of college courses, as well as independent study opportunities.

Students must complete 60 college credits to receive the Bard College AA degree.

Our curriculum is designed to enable students to transfer to colleges and universities with up to two years of college credit.

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