Students who apply to Bard Academy share a passion for learning, a strong sense of intellectual curiosity, and an independent spirit. We are seeking students who are ready to join a vibrant community of peers who will help them to stretch, grow, and evolve.
For all applicants, we require a personal interview with a member of staff where we will get to know you as a live, talking, thinking person. Please contact us if you are interested in applying.
If you’re ready for this challenge, we’re ready for you.
Bard Academy uses the Gateway to Prep Schools application. Gateway to Prep has a three-part application process. You can create your account, complete the candidate profile, and request letters of recommendation. The writing prompts for the essay question and parent statement will be available mid-September.
Find out if you need to take an English proficiency test by answering the questions below:
Scores should be sent directly to Simon's Rock. Choose one of the two agencies listed below for your testing:
|Testing Agency||Sending the score to Simon’s Rock||Required score|
Test of English as a Foreign Language
|Add Simon's Rock to your score recipients list by entering our ID code 3795.||80 or above|
International English Language Testing System
|Requests for score delivery to Simon's Rock must be submitted directly to the test center where you take the IELTS test.||6.5 or above|
Students will be required to submit the recommendations below. Gateway to Prep Schools will send forms to the following individuals based on information provided in the online application:
Gateway to Prep Schools instructions will ask applicants to upload a copy of a graded paper, with teacher comments, from the current school year.
Applicants can choose from a selection of quotations and writing prompts for their two-page essay. Students may submit an optional personal essay. See Gateway to Prep Schools application for more details.
An interview is required of each applicant. The interview is not as formal or intimidating as you might think. We’ll just be getting to know you as a live, talking, thinking person. And we’ll be glad to answer any questions you or your parents have about us. We prefer that the interview be in-person as part of a visit to campus. Please call to schedule an interview, or complete the form on our website.
We invite you to submit a piece of your own work (or description of a project, in any form you deem appropriate) that has particularly intrigued and excited you. Examples include but are not limited to a writing sample, a position paper, a problem solution, a poem or short story, a graded test, a research paper, a science project, a copy of a drawing, painting, or photograph, or a recording of music, a film, or a performance.