Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock (“the Academy”) 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 (“the College”).
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. It’s our mission to provide an intellectual
challenge while nurturing curiosity, creativity, and character.
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
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.