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 for 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.
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.
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.