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New York, NY 10002

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August 07, 2014
BHSEC is a fantastic educational environment and my son has thrived. The curriculum is thoughtful and challenging; teachers are truly inspiring; kids are diverse and talented. I want to take issue with the parent who says that kids who want to get A s must stay up all night once or twice every week. That s ridiculous. My son, a rising senior, is an A student who has never once pulled an all nighter; in fact, he has rarely done homework beyond midnight. No, he s not a genius. Yes, he works hard. But he also tutors other students, joins clubs, hangs out with friends, watches TV, and spends too much time on the Internet. (Don t they all?) His resume is terrific and I suspect he will go to a top college; clearly Bard has made that possible, not precluded him from that. All top NYC high schools are rigorous, and kids do work extremely hard; BHSEC is no exception. And it s not perfect: a few teachers have been terrible, the location is remote and kids don t have so many choices for athletics or clubs. Still, I think for smart, thoughtful kids it s the best public high school in the city. My son turned down Stuyvesant for BHSEC and has never once regretted his choice.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
Bard is a great educational opportunity within the public school system, with a heavy asterisk. The teachers are excellent, and committed. The administration fosters a sophisticated environment. The kids amazing. Here's the rub. There's something they call "Bard Hard". The school has a culture of exceptionally difficult grading. In order for a kid to get A's, they need to do one or two all nighters per week. For the average kid doing 3-5 hours of work per evening, that's only good enough for a B average. The kids do learn a ton, and improve their writing and thinking, and by the time they finish, they will be ready to excel in nearly any university. But Bard kids have a hard time getting into top schools because, despite having already done 2 years of college courses already, their grades are usually low. And, since they get so much homework, they don't have had a chance to put extra-curricular activities on their transcript, either. Going to BARD means having to choose between a great high school experience and a full childhood. Or, between high school and a great college opportunity. If you want to enjoy your childhood AND get into a top college, try a different high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
The curriculum is challenging but teachers give you at least a week or so for essays and its up to you to manage your own time when writing it. I acknowledge that there are many cliques and such but all schools have that. Sometimes I also wonder if it would be better if i went to a regular high school but i want a challenge. You are not forced to do anything so if you aren't up for a challenge then don't choose bard. If you aren't willing to pay the price for 60 credits and an associates degree then don't choose bard. If you think you can just slack off and procrastinate for four years then don't choose bard. The teachers are required to stay after school for thirty minutes so you can attend tutoring and get help. They just sit there and so nothing because no one takes advantage of such a great opportunity. There are also centers such as the writing and math center which can help you at any stage of your assignment. It is a school that sends you to college ready so that you won't get your face slammed by the first door you are going to go through. They aren't doing this for their reputation like specialized schools such as Stuyvesant and such.

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2014
As an alumna (2011), I can say with confidence that I would not be the person who I am today if not for the life-changing education I received at BHSEC. My professors really challenged my thinking and supported both my personal and academic growth. When are cliques not evident? Finding the right group of friends may be difficult, but the overall community at BHSEC is incredibly inclusive. I agree with all of the comments about BHSEC's difficulty, and it may not be for everyone. It is intensive, but the pace and density of the material in the 9th and 10th grade will prepare you for the "college" leveled work, which in my honest opinion, is comparable to 100-200 leveled classes at competitive colleges. BHSEC teaches you to read critically, which is the foundation for learning how to structure an argument and having strong writing and oral communication skills. I am currently a junior at a highly selective private liberal arts college, and I can say with confidence that my learning experiences at BHSEC were more rigorous and fulfilling. I will never forget how passionate my peers and professors were. BHSEC inspires curiosity and a love for learning; that is priceless.

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2014
Hello, I'm a freshman here in BHSEC and it is a hard school. After reading most of these comments I agreed with everyone. So far the atmosphere in Bard is a little intense for me. Sometimes I wonder why they even pick me. I'm very lonely in the school and yes there are cliques. But from what i notice from the older grades such things are diminished. Some teachers my appear not to care at first , but it is us the students to make the school, not the adults. We should take advantage of this opportunity actually.Maybe if Bard look a lot nicer so there would be more space and the teachers start adapting a slower pace BARD(esp with me around( will be number 10. Also Bard is not for everyone, nor is it a place for only logical,spontaneous, critical thinking kids -from the only weird lonely freshmen in Bard:) -also I'm African american and yes some racial sly comments do occur.

- submitted by a student
December 28, 2013
I'm a student at Bard and I love it here. Yes it's a lot of work, a lot of students will get overly stressed out; I'd say about 5-10% of the students have to transfer out before Year One. But at that point everyone who is still there is able to manage the (at times disheartening) workload, and there is a really great appreciation for the school. To speak to the comment about bullying, I know there have been a few isolated incidents with the underclassmen, but the community here remains very welcoming. Yes there are 'cliques', but through every grade above and below me I've witnessed them slowly disappears as the grade gets older, until all that's left is a very supportive and friendly community. Additionally the college program is incredible. The electives such as American Education, Ethics, and History of Food foster really interesting discussions both in and most notably out of classes. With that said bard isn't for everyone. I would warn off those who seriously wish to pursue a specialized career. The art and STEM classes are definitely good but they are unmistakably intro courses and not specialized the way they would be at a tech school.

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2013
I have heard that there is excessive bullying at Bard. Can any of the students speak to that? Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
If I can go back in time I would of saved myself and not went to bard. It's a horrible school and false advertised. It gives you so much work that it's impossible and the teachers are so unhelpful they wont help you they just make you"think about it" you go to meet the teacher and they just say you should write more. How does that help me write an essay. Anyways your stress level skyrockets at this school. The school work is unmanagable. A 6 page essay for Literature, with a Chemistry Lab Report, a math exam, and a history essay due all on the same day. That's crazy! This school is not diverse at all. Everyone has there own little cliques and no one comes out of it. It's very racist. All they white kids are together, the Hispanic kids are together. The black kids are together and then the Asians are together. Also this school is located in the projects so it's not a safe area for kids. I'm telling you kids the most I slept was 4hrs and I'm lucky that I'm able to even sleep for four hours. Make sure you kids really think about this school before you apply because I don't want you to go on the same road I'm going through.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2013
For bright motivated kids, Bard is probably the best high school in NYC. The student body is as, if not more, accomplished academically than Stuy, Lehman, or Bronx Science. The faculty are, as a rule, superb. The resources available to students in the arts, travel, languages, tutoring, specialized classes, college placement, and so on are amazing and without parallel. Most kids leave Bard with 1 to 2 years of transferable college credit. The only downside is: Bard is not for everyone. It's true that kids are treated more or less as college students the day they walk in. Like most good colleges, the burden of keeping up and doing the work is put on the student. Being bright isn't enough at Bard, you also need to work hard and be motivated enough to take responsibility for your own eduction. Bard does not hold student's hands or hand out credit for trying hard or give brownie points for school spirit. The focus is on academics and individual student growth. It's much like attending a small highly selective liberal arts college. A hands down wonderful place for the right kid, tricky at best for an average or unmotivated kid.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
I AM A FRESHMAN HERE. To be completely honest with whoever is reading this, I do not even know why I got into this school. My middle school was so easy its just looked good on my report card. Coming to Bard everything has started to change. Our first marking period came and I got my report card or what the teachers call "progress reports" and for the first time in my WHOLE entire school life, I got something under a B+. It was not a terrible thing but I just did not like it. The worst part about this is that, although I am still in school, I do not feel like I am learning anything AT ALL. The grades are really just grades and are nothing to me. Whats most important is that you know what you are learning. The workload is stressful and although you can have a "social" life, its hard to maintain your hobbies with the work. The teachers are helpful, but I just don't have the time to be going to homework help every after school! Now for those of you wondering whether this school is the right choice. If you are a very "smart" and "capable" person, come here ASAP. It will benefit you. Those who are ehh average like me. Dont even bother putting this school on your list. Its just not good.

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2012
BHSEC has been the largest challenge of my life. I have worked incredibly hard, but that does not always show up in my report cards. I do know, however that I have learned an incredible amount and although there are days when I hate it I have no idea where else I would have gone. It's hard because I am still experiencing it right now so I do not have great perspective, but I know in a couple years I will be so grateful to have gone to BHSEC. Every student spends at least a semester hating the school, but I'm pretty sure every high schooler experiences that. The teachers are pretty great, students are very independent, and everyone is smart in their own way. The administration is very against BHSEC having anything that is like a normal high school, so no dances, or pep rallies, or even school bells. This is probably my least favorite part of BHSEC other than the amount of work (i get at least 4 hours of homework on an easy night). We have almost no school spirit. It sucks, but thats because we all spend so much time doing school work.

- submitted by a student
October 22, 2012
Freshman at Bhsec and it only took the school the first 4 days to amaze me. Bard is a good challenge. We're different. #Bard: A Place to Think!

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2012
In answer to some reviewer's comment, we have a great singing program! I took chorus at BHSEC for 2 years and loved it more than words can express. Every semester I felt challenged, and by my final semester I spent over an hour every week with the chorus teacher, working in a group of 2 or 3 students or working on my solos with her.

- submitted by a community member
July 03, 2012
As an alumna of this amazing school (Class of 2009), I can confidently say that the education BHSEC provides is world class. When I matriculated to a prestigious liberal arts college in New England, I was ahead of my peers because Bard made me solid writer, eloquent speaker, and a critical thinker. My four years at Bard were challenging. I cried many nights from exhaustion because of my long commute and never-ending homework. However, the challenge that Bard provided me strengthened me. It is not a place for everyone and please believe that not everyone makes it to Year One or to commencement day, but if you do, you will feel great pride and finally realize it was all worth it. If you are thinking of going to Bard, make sure you are committed to seeing it through and always remember your hard work certainly pays off. And if you want to send you child to Bard, make sure you are supportive of your student because they will need your help and your assurance.

- submitted by a community member
December 08, 2011
this school isn't as perfect as it seems but its still a wonderful school. I am a year 2 and I've grown soo much in the past four years, intellectually and socially. I've met all types of people here and the friends that I have made, we are very close. I love how all of the teachers are very dedicated to their students and their work. A teacher is rarely absent here and they often stay after school to help their students. I wish that there was more school spirit here and I wish that we had more social events although some people do try to foster a sense of community. Academics are important but at the end of the day, we are still teenagers and it would be nice to have some of the typical high school experiences (dances,etc). Overall I enjoyed my time here and I wouldn't change my experience for anything in the world. The pros definately outweigh the cons. But think hard before you come to bard because it is not your typical high school experience. A lot of kids that started out with me in 9th grade transferred or were asked to leave because they struggled to adjust to the environment, academically and socially.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2011
I love acedemics, but I also like the arts (singing, acting, etc.) Is Bard a good school for me? Is there any programs for, say, singing? Is there time to do stuff out of school? Thanks!!

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2011
I attended BHSEC Queens. Was I overworked? Yes Did I enjoy the workload? Absolutely. Very rarely in one's life can one admit he/she is happily enjoying writing 8 page papers on Frued, reading political philosophy, and reviewing the elasticity chapter in your microecon textbook. While admissions counslers from other colleges might not see it, we are college students. We are treated as such, expected to deliver as such, and embrace ourselves as such.We are transformed into these "social nerds" who don't care about the stigma because we actually enjoy what were learning and develop amazing ways of maturity and can hold hour long conversations with our peers and professors about any topic. Our work ethic and character become immensely different. I currently attended Haverford College in Pa, and I love it here. Quite a few of my classmates are stressed and a little disillusioned, but once you've done year 1 and year 2 at bhsec, everything else becomes manageable (or even a little simpler!) I have friends from both bhsecs that have gone of to Williams, Brown, Vassar, Pomona, Carelton, and Rice that I'm sure they would agree with me.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2011
Best School Ever. Competitive but amazing! I will have free classes, cool teachers and many more students!

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2011
I went to this school a couple of years ago and although the classes are challenging and the students are dedicated to their work it has it's faults. Most teachers don't care if you suceed. There isn't a great support system for the students who are struggling and I would say about 15% of students transfer out before their junior year. There also seems to be a huge divide in students interactions. Most students hang out with their own races and thats all. Overall I wish my experience at bard was better but I was in that 15 % that suffered. Bard wants to be so inovative that they forget to pay attention to the needs of it's students.

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2010
i just started going to bard and so far i LOVE it! i love the people, i love the classes, i love (almost) all of my teachers, i love the enviornment, i love the way we're treated, i love that we have free periods, i love that school starts at nine, i love the class sizes.... im just so happy! i rave to all my out of school friends about it and they're all really jelous. yes, there's plenty of homework but we get plenty of time. i feel like everyone really knows what they're doing and it's SO nice to be challenged for a change.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 09, 2010
My daughter graduated from Bard High School Early College and loved her time there. It's just a really great academic environment that prepares kids to do anything they can dream of.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
All three of my kids have attended BHSEC and challenged each year to develop critical thinking and their own goals that extend beyond grades. BHSEC is not an easy school, but it is an excellent one.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2009
BHSEC is the BEST school I've ever attended. The teachers really know what they're doing and I actually learn so much everyday.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 07, 2009
Everything. the teachers are great, the kids are great, and the environment is great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The teachers are amazing and the work is great. We get two years of college free.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 05, 2009
I don't think I've ever met people as intelligent as I have at Bard. Everybody is so friendly and the atmosphere is great. The work is challenging and the curriculum is rigorous, but it prepares us for later work and we're taught so much in such a short amount of time. By the time I leave, I would expect to have learned a great deal.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 05, 2009
I found great people, great teachers and great academics. I fit in and it seems as if almost anyone could.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 04, 2009
I love BHSEC because it offers a rigorous education in a non-competetive setting. The administration is dedicated to offering innovative learning opportunities, and to keeping class size small.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Bard is the best school ever! Everyone is so nice, the teachers are really helpful and personal, and because the cafeteria food is so disgusting just like any other school, we have a beautiful field we can go eat on. Also the school is really small so it allows you to get to know practically everyone in the building. Each grade has intertwining friendships, no grade is exclusive, everyone is nice to one another. I love bard so much and am thankful Millenium and Beacon did not accept me so I could come here to this much smarter and nicer school.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 23, 2009
Everyone gets along. There are no big problems. The teachers are all fantastic and friendly. You come out with an associate's degree in the arts.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
I have a junior/first year and a freshman at Bard. They both are happy with their friends, teachers, and coursework. My freshman is part of the soccer team which is very good and my 1st year is looking for a college like her HS because she loves it so much.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2009
its just the model high shool.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
The early college program prepares students for the transitioning period to college and beyond. As a former student I've gained invaluable wisdom and knowledge from Bard High School Early College.

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 11, 2009
I love BHSEC because it has got some of the best teachers that actually care for the students and know how to teach well.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 07, 2009
This school is filled with intelligent, caring teachers who know who your child is, and are always ready with compassion and after school tutoring when needed. It's a very demanding place academically, but they nurture and assist every step of the way. It's a unique public school in NYC in so many ways.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
BHSEC is a great school because it treats its student like adults instead of like children. It gives us the freedom to take what courses we want, as well as start our own clubs, and pursue something that interests you. Bard is also populated by some of the friendliest people around.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 29, 2009
Bard is a really intensive school with a great community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
The Diversity, people from all walks of life go to Bard High School. Its an excellent example of one of New York's best traits.

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2009
Starting with the obvious, BHSEC gives exceptionally bright students a chance that they may not have had otherwise: a two year college degree. Some families simply cannot afford to send their child off to school, and this really lifts a burden off of the parents and students shoulders. Even if a student doesn't start college in his or her third year, it gives the student an opportunity to double major. The atmosphere is unlike that of any other school. Kids of all different backgrounds, religious, national origins, and sexual orientations can immediately look past their differences or even disregard them alltogether.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 25, 2009
Bard High School Early College has a lot of options, really interesting teachers, and each student is challenged individually.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
The best school ever. it has excellent teachers. gives hope and motivation to young people to work hard and be focused on their goals in life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
My daughter loves it, she is helped by all the wonderful faculty. They are simply great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
It is the most diverse, intellectual and different school I have ever been to. It teaches you how to think for yourself and how to develop your thoughts and ideas. The work is less about memorization and more about the significance behind everything that is taught. It challenges the students on an intellectual level and motivates the students to work harder. Its a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
BHSEC has the most nurturing community. I have learned and grown so much here; the teachers are top notch and the students are one-of-a-kind. I love the challenging work, but also appreciate the creative atmosphere. I can be intellectual around other serious thinkers without a cut-throat attitude. There is no place like BHSEC--it's a home as much as it is an absolutely fantastic school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2009
Because it gives the young people to challenge themselves in different fields, it brings the best out of them to achieve and study the best in assorted subjects. It helps these young smart eager students to complete credits with higher standards and push them ahead in their lives.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I love Bard High School Early College, because it is the only school that works on a low budget to provide an amazing open minded and analytical high school course AND college course. This school is only made up of dedicated teachers and provides the chance to for students to graduate with an ability to think deeply and work hard, as well as an associates degree.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
We love Bard because it has the most intellectually stimulating environment!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Motivated kids, great teachers, challenging work, small classes. It doesn't get better than this.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The students are bright, ambitious and committed to making their world and their school better.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
It's uniquie and innovative.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
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

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2009
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.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
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.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
Bard is a wonderful school with a great college program! The students are very intelligent and are eager to learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2009
BHSEC's diverse student body is just another attribute to its greatness!

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2009
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.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
BHSEC is a challenging and supportive learning environmnet in which students are pushed to achieve their potentials and engage in an open free atmosphere.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
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.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
Great teachers, highest priority possible placed on learning, could not really ask for more in a school

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
The classes are small, the students are engaged and enthusiastic, the work (while difficult) is extremely interesting and thought provoking, the teachers are dedicated and supportive and help the students to foster a caring community.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
Bard gives many students the opportunity to advance their studies, not only in a public school community, but under the watch of many teachers with Phd's who are under the employ of Bard college.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
The teachers are so funny! They are very encouraging and supportive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love BHSEC! I feel like it has been the greatest opportunity that life has handed to me. Everyone is so intellectual and engaged in their work, and there is never a shortage of conversation topics. I often find myself comparing things to Kafka, or to modernism outside of seminar class. This school is perfect for anyone willing to do the work and commit themselves to reaching above and beyond the standard.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Bard has a program that very few other schools in the country have: we students take college classes during our junior and senior years of high school, are taught by college professors, and graduate with an AA degree. This system is unique and unorthodox and it's perhaps the most amazing system that any school could offer, some would say the most amazing that any school does offer. But this system is very costly; we need funds to help keep this school running with the amazing and unique system that we have. Because only a small handful of students can go to their freshman year of college knowing how to write a 10-page seminar essay beforehand, and I for one wouldn't trade that for the world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Bard is not just a school, it is a community comprised of dedicated faculty, staff and students always striving to learn more. In addition to the wondrous college program, which offers an AA degree, Bard provides academic support that can not be found in larger public schools. The small class sizes and events held at Bard ensures that the academic needs of every student is not only met, but enriched.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
I sincerely believe this is the best school we could find within our means. Caring Caring staff, small class size, and best of all, an AA degree at high school graduation, which saves two-year tuition and time in college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The students are so awesome, the teachers are amazing, and the school is handy and accessible! Why not love it?!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Bard is a public school and welcomes a diverse community of thinkers. My friends are Jain, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Norman, and Atheists. They are immigrants and American-born. We love talking about human nature and global warming and we love to rant about the classes that are continuously challenging us to think analytically, understand others' opinions, and express our own ideas in open discussions. BHSEC should win!!

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
The kids, teachers and courses are all the best to be found in the city. No competition.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love the teacher, who are always so understanding. I love our school spirit that is so unique

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
It has supportive professors who love their subjects and are involved in their students' success, as well as students who care about their education and are willing to make a commitment to the demanding level of work they are expected to produce.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
Impressive students, faculty and staff! Truly college level work going on here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
BHSEC is a wonderful academic environment with professors so brilliant and engaging that it is impossible for students to not enjoy their learning experience while studying there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Best challenging public school with lots of support where students earn college credit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
It's a fantastic and nurturing place that creates bright critical thinkers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Amazing teachers, amazing students. BHSEC is incredible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Great teachers and atmosphere. There's something for everyone in the available courses, and the classes leave you with an understanding that will stay with you for a while. The only thing that ever holds it back is the lack of money, which is why this would be perfect!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
BHSEC is a wonderful school with inspired teachers who provide engaging courses. Budget cuts have limited our ability to have all of the classes we want. Winning this money would allow us to have teachers teaching what they're interested in to students who love to learn.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
BHSEC is made of teachers who change lives, a huge range of classes and a loving environment.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
my school is thee best. we start out with a week to write and think-- no classes!! bhsec rocks.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Because it challenges me to examine what we are given and to question it. the teachers are masters of their subjects, and their love is passed onto us. they honestly care about each and everyone of us. there is no place like BHSEC. I have been taught to think.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love Bard because we are given intellectual freedom and creativity to express our ideas and to share our experiences with others who are also passionate about learning and discovering! The emphasis on a true liberal arts education is one reason why BHSEC is one of the best schools and I'm proud to say I attend Bard. I'll leave Bard knowing that it has played a tremendous role in building my education.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
BHSEC is a community filled with students who want to think and teachers who treat us with a great deal of respect. The community has a great dynamic and is filled with people who truly enjoy being here.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
I love BHSEC because the students there aren't interested in education for the grades - neither do they learn for learning's sake. Rather, the students learn because they want to apply it later on in life - they want to make a difference in the world

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Advanced learning, fantastic teacher. A model school in structure and purpose.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
The only school where the students and faculty are truly unique.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
BHSEC is so amazing that President Obama highlighted it in his recent speech to the NAACP saying that we have to create and support more schools like this one. It celebrates intellectual exploration through a rigorous, non-formulaic liberal arts curriculum in a diverse, inner-city environment. The students are such interesting people. BHSEC is extraordinary, a gift to our city.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
At BHSEC, the teachers are incredibly supportive and in a lot of their spare time to individually tutor students. There's a great atmosphere in the classrooms--small class sizes and discussions. When you graduate, you earn an Associates Degree--for free! Students can chose to transfer into another two year college after BHSEC to earn a full four-year degree, which basically gives public school students two free years of college.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
Obviously, all good schools are going to have smart students but at Bard High School Early College, everyone seems to have invigorating ideas in the classroom as well as being amazing people in general. We're not just a school about working hard to get good grades, but rather thinking through ideas and getting to the conclusion, which is, for many, much more satisfying and useful than getting an A

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
I love Bard High School Early College because it's one place where you can be creative and not have to take any flack about it! Everyone is their own spirit and it's always respected. I'm so in love with it already, and i haven't been attending for that long. Something else that is great is that we all are able to have thoughtful discussions, adequate debates and writing for days. It's amazing, plain and simple

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
BHSEC is a great school. The students, staff, and parents all contribute to the BHSEC environment which allows progress and learning to come easily.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Five stars! Excellent, par none. Excellent reputation known for Innovative programs. Caring teachers who provide the students with the tools to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Bard has provided me with so much. I have all that I need to go to 'real' college.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
I love it because i think it has the best academic program. and is vert diverse

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
This school doesn't indoctrinate- it educates. It teaches without forcing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
This is one of the few high schools that give you the opportunity to graduate with not only a high school diploma but also an A.A degree. Did I mention that Obama used our school as an in example in his speech. 'We should also explore innovative approaches being pursued here in NewYork City; innovations like Bard High School Early College and Medgar Evers College Preparatory School that are challenging students to complete high school and earn a free associate's degree or college credit in just four years.' You meet such a diverse group of people here and the experience last for a lifetime. This is truly my second home. Where would I be without my precious Bard! After graduating it would be nearly impossible for each and every student not to go far.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
Bard is amazing because it treats us like mature young adults. It is a non-traditional high school with a great sense of community. With round table, seminar-style discussions and great professors, BHSEC is one of the most unique schools out there.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
It is a high school where people who love learning can learn about what they want to, and learn things they never expected to from each other. It approximates a college not only in the abstract or formalized sense of offering a college 'quality education' but in the excitement and curiosity of its students--by far its most important asset.

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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
Our daughter graduated from Bard this past spring. Bard doesn't 'teach to the test.' It nurtures intellectual curiosity and launches life long learners. What a gift!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
No other school was able to address our daughter's yearning for learning.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
I'm a proud parent of a recently graduate student of Bard. This school challenged my son to bring out the best of him. It equipped him with a well rounded education. I'm very thankful to the entire teaching staff for their professionalism and excellent dedication. Today, he is attending Yale University.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2008
Bard is truly an amazing school. It is so different than any other school, and thats the best part. The people there are tremendous and very dedicated to what they do; whether it is a teacher or a student. I, too, feel like applying to this school was the best thing I have done in a while...

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September 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
I transferred into BHSEC in the tenth grade, and it's the best thing I've ever done to date. This is an incredible school. Everything about it is amazing (well, except for the facilities...): the teachers (2 out of 3 full-time faculty have doctorate degrees!), who go out of their way to help students; the students, who are eager and willing to learn; and the college transfer office, which works tirelessly to ensure we all get into top-notch colleges and universities. The entire BHSEC experience is amazing. Being able to choose all of my classes starting junior year, getting to take interesting and off-beat (but intellectually stimulating) courses, learning how to become a thorough analyst of the world around me--it's the most incredible institution in the world. It's also amazingly diverse, and it's great to be in a classroom with people who equally represent different races, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds.

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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2008
I worked in their briefly. It is a sweet school for a teacher or a student. If all public schools could be like Bard.

- submitted by a teacher
January 01, 2008
Bard is amazing. The teachers work really hard and so even the students are expected to work hard. Though only the hard working can survive here. I love Bard sooooo much!!!!

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Bard High School Early College
525 East Houston Street, New York, NY  10002
(212) 995-8479
Last modified Bard High School Early College is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bard High School Early College Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 125 reviews. Top