About Bard

A Place to Think

Founded in September 2011 as a partnership between Bard College and Newark Public Schools, Bard High School Early College Newark (BHSEC Newark) offers an academically rigorous liberal arts program.The Bard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high-school-age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. We provide adolescents with a rigorous, credit-bearing, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades.  We seek to engage students intellectually and help them reach their full potential. Students who complete our program obtain an Associates of Arts degree from Bard College and transferrable college credit.