We love Bard because it has the most intellectually stimulating environment!
Why do I love Bard High School Early College? Quite simply, because my son loves it there. He loves learning with other students who love to learn, in a diverse community where teachers are learning along with the students.
Bard High School teaches the students to think. It isn't easy to teach this very important trait. But Bard has excellent teachers who work extremely hard and small class sizes so the teachers can really know their students. The students are a diverse group but they all seem to be glad to rise to the challenge of learning in this way.
Motivated kids, great teachers, challenging work, small classes. It doesn't get better than this.
The students are bright, ambitious and committed to making their world and their school better.
It is simply amazing. BHSEC provides a mature and advanced envoirnment where learning becomes a adventure and not a chore. It is quite challenging and not built for everyone BUT those who are willing to make the sacrifices will realize it is all worth it at the end. The teachers, staff, admin and creators believe in you. They push you and pace you so that you believe in yourself. There were many times I wanted to give up , transfer to another High School and have a normal life with easy earned A grades. They never gave up on me and I am forever in debt to them for that. I was part of the first full graduating class of BHSEC - Class 2005 - and that is an honor I will wear proud forever.
It's one of the best schools in the country right now.. Quality of professors, college courses, seminar style classes really challenge students.. When students graduate this High School & transfer directly into 2nd or 3rd yr of college, they're ready, whatever college that is! Great mix in school, families are represented by all ethnic & income levels. Can't say enough, my favorite High Schooll in New York City!
Aside from sparking the Early College movement and presenting its students with unprecedented educational opportunities, Bard High School Early College continues to play a critical role in exposing all of its participants--students as well as teachers and staff--to new ways of thinking by continually fostering its culture of knowledge and understanding. Besides affording its students the option of graduating from college in two years as opposed to the traditional four, BHSEC plays a critical role in developing the character of young men and women just as it has done for me. -BHSEC '06
BHSEC has some of the best teachers in the country, not only because of their personal accomplishments but the immense impact they have on their students. You move on to other colleges only to wish your old professors could come and take over your classes. I had a hard time there but even so I feel like I learned so much more than I would have anywhere else. I'm a BHSEC Alumni and I love BHSEC.
BHSEC teaches students to dig beneath the surface and to truly grasp the essence of the topic at hand. Books you read as a middle school student, (or, in the case of transfer students, in another high school) suddenly have a deeper and more significant meaning and far more dimension. Classroom discussions are carried out of class and into the lives of students. Never before have I been surrounded by a community of teachers and peers with such intelligence and open mindedness, and yet Bard still presents a laid back an liberal environment in which teachers can be and are your friends.
There is no place like Bard where you can read and discuss like a real independent thinking. If you haven't tried it, you don't know what I'm talking about.
Bard is a wonderful school with a great college program! The students are very intelligent and are eager to learn.
I am very proud to have been a part of BHSEC. Bard is such a welcoming school to all individuals. Learning is not simply done in the classrooms but the dedicated students apply their knowledge outside.
BHSEC's diverse student body is just another attribute to its greatness!
We get to take college classes and earn an associates degree. I have read and analyzed texts at a college level and I am confident that I will be very well prepared for college.
BHSEC is a challenging and supportive learning environmnet in which students are pushed to achieve their potentials and engage in an open free atmosphere.
BHSEC is an absolutely scintillating place. The teachers are phenomenal, and while sometimes rigorous in their workloads and expectations, they maintain a high degree of care for each individual student that is almost shocking for the high school level. The subject matter is deliciously unconventional, with courses ranging from ethics, to political equality, to murder in literature - for sixteen year olds. The network of people that every student gets exposed to and becomes friends with, and the network of faculty that in many cases they also become friends with, create a one-of-a-kind environment. I would reccomend BHSEC without a second thought to anyone who thrives off of ilearning, enjoys small work environments that foster relationships and community, and loves making good, often lifelong friends.
Great teachers, highest priority possible placed on learning, could not really ask for more in a school
BHSEC is not just a place to earn one's Associate's degree; its purpose is to educate (not indoctrinate) for the sake of educating (rather than doing well on standardized tests), and to teach its students how to independently think about real issues that are prevalent in our lives, throughout our society and in the world abroad. Teachers often stay until 6:00 (when the building is closed by security) to help students who need them (and by 'need,' I imply the broadest use of the term, whether an issue is academic or personal), and the whole ambiance of the school fosters students who really love to be there and with each other, and who even regard it as their second (and sometimes perhaps first) home. Now attending it for my fourth and last year, I can really say that it has been a life-changing experience going there.
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