Process of Admission at Bard High School Early College Newark 

Admission to BHSEC Newark

The Office of Admission at Bard High School Early College is committed to recruiting highly motivated young adults from all neighborhoods in Newark. It is our goal to provide our students with a challenging liberal arts curriculum that fosters and cultivates their intellectual curiosity and creativity. To ensure the individual success of students in our Early College program, we carefully consider the results of a writing assessment before interviewing eligible candidates for admission. We seek to admit those applicants who demonstrate maturity, intellectual curiosity, and a love of learning.

How to Apply

As a magnet school, consideration or “student rankings” is based on a combination of results from the following:

  • Writing Sample with provided prompt ( reviews student comprehension, self reflection and writing style)
  • In-person Interview (provides an introduction of the student in personality, interest level, independence and interpersonal skills)

Assessments are typically held at Bard High School Early College however, may be arranged for large groups (15 students or more) at hosting schools. Click here to register your child for an assessment. When arriving for the assessment, students should bring or should have sent to the school the following:

  • Most recent report card
  • Attendance Records (or what is noted in the report card)
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Disciplinary Reports (if any)

The following is required of all students who apply to BHSEC

  • A completed application form
  • A grade point average of 85% or above
  • A score of ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced proficient’ on state assessment exams
  • No more than 10 unexcused absences or 10 tardies for the previous school year
  • Completion of the BHSEC math and writing assessment and in-person interview

Contact our Director of Admissions, Veronica Osorio

  • email:
  • phone: 973-733-6861
  • fax: 973-733-8361

Mail any transcripts or supporting documents to Ms. Osorio at

Office of Admissions

Bard High School Early College- Newark

321 Bergen Street, Newark NJ 07103