Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock

An enriched liberal arts program for students who don’t want to wait to ask serious questions. That's our vision for a better high school. Is it yours? 

Redefining High School

Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock is an independent boarding school that prepares bright, motivated 9th- and 10th-grade students to enter college two years early at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Our Purpose

Modeled after proven programs at Bard High School Early Colleges in New York and other cities, the Academy provides high school freshmen and sophomores with a stimulating academic program that allows them to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college and the world beyond. We provide an intellectual challenge while nurturing curiosity, creativity, and character.

Academic Program

You’ll be immersed in courses that ask you to work and think in new ways. You’ll take rigorous classes in all the disciplines taught by accomplished college faculty. You’ll also be asked to make connections between your different classes, to think outside the box, to read and think critically, and to learn to express yourself and your unique perspective.


Apply to Bard Academy 

The application to Bard Academy is a holistic process. We want to get to know you as a thinking person who’s ready for the challenges that lie ahead. 


Info for New Students

The New Student Packet is filled with useful information to help you get settled in at the Academy, from dorms and dining, to getting online and picking up your mail. There's even a checklist of what to pack.


We’re looking forward to meeting you and your family, and we’re always happy to answer your questions.