Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College
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The Bard Academy Mission

At Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon's Rock, age doesn't define intellect: our mission is to inspire the curiosity and creativity of motivated younger scholars with a challenging, empowering, and inclusive education in the liberal arts and sciences.

Redefining High School

For 50 years, the students and faculty at Bard College at Simon’s Rock have collaborated to redefine what education can be. Concentrated study of the liberal arts at the college level should start when committed, forward-looking students are ready to explore their intellectual and creative potentials. Our students begin college at the end of 10th grade. But redefining the educational experience can start even earlier. At Bard Academy, we offer an unprecedented and unparalleled two-year boarding and day high school program to complement the innovative higher education offered at Simon’s Rock.

Freedom, Exploration, and Discovery

Communities around the country have seen a recent increase in alternatives for early college enrollment. High schools, however, haven’t evolved in directions that appropriately support the students and families who want to take advantage of these options.

Our purpose

Our curriculum leads 9th- and 10th-graders through a deep study of the liberal arts and sciences that prepares them for advanced work at the nation’s first and only residential early college. With the guidance of an accomplished and dedicated faculty, Bard Academy students are full participants in their own education. The classes employ seminar-style Socratic discourse and self-directed inquiry, immersion in the tradition of great ideas along with contemporary currents in thought and scholarship, all while teaching students how to best support learning with new media and technologies.

Creative Thinkers, Diverse Talents

At the end of the 10th grade, Bard Academy students are ready for a seamless transition to college, even more than many of their older academic peers. We cultivate creative thinkers who are motivated to take on even greater challenges. We develop a community of diverse talents and minds ready for experiences that change how they learn. We encourage our students in a pursuit of knowledge that never stops enriching them. Bard Academy is their place to start.


Learn more about Simon’s Rock, where Bard Academy graduates start college early.