Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

High School. Reimagined.

Bard Academy at Simon's Rock is the nation’s first two-year high school for boarding and day students.


Ready to ask the big questions? At Bard Academy, you’ll find faculty who welcome intellectual curiosity, and classmates who love to learn—just as much as you do.

High School in Two Years

Bard Academy students are a diverse bunch, but have a few things in common: intellectual curiosity, an independent spirit, and a love of learning. We haven’t condensed the high school experience; instead, we’ve created a program that takes a collegiate approach to learning from day one. After the 10th grade, all students in good academic and social standing are admitted to Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

High School Taught by Your Future College Professors

Since Bard Academy shares faculty with Bard College at Simon’s Rock, students build meaningful relationships with their future college professors at the very beginning of high school. The Princeton Review gave Simon’s Rock a higher academic rating than Harvard or Princeton.

 

High School on a College Campus

Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock is located in the heart of the Berkshires, on the verdant, 275-acre campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. A stone’s throw from downtown Great Barrington—named “Best Small Town” by Smithsonian magazine.

Bard Academy students enjoy all of the College’s resources and facilities, from our community gardens and research labs to our library, art studios, and theater spaces. Academy students are invited to join sports teams, clubs, and activities.

Apply to Bard Academy 

The application to Bard Academy is a holistic process. We want to get to know you as a person, understand your unique interests, and find out where you’d like to go academically.

 

Info for New Students

The Newly Admitted Academy page is filled with useful information to help you get settled in at the Academy, from campus life and dining to getting online and picking up your mail. There's even a checklist of what to pack.