- Experience a Safe, In-Person Learning Environment
At Simon’s Rock, every moment matters. That’s why we’ve never wavered in our mission
to help bright, motivated students to fully realize their intellectual and creative
potential by starting college early—even in the midst of uncertainty caused by the
pandemic. We have successfully created a safe (but still fun!) campus environment
through careful planning, informed decision-making, and a culture of community support.
In the fall 2020 semester, Simon’s Rock welcomed over 300 students to our bucolic,
275-acre campus in the heart of the Berkshires, for primarily in-person instruction.
Through ongoing testing and strict health and safety protocols, we’ve cultivated an
active, engaged, and protected learning environment on campus—our Contained Community.
We’re committed to preserving the rich and engaging education that students expect
from Simon’s Rock by maintaining our safe in-person experience through the spring
2021 semester and beyond.
If you’re yearning for a bold challenge that offers more than the traditional path
to college, Simon’s Rock is here to help jump-start your journey.
What Students, PARENTS, and Faculty Are Saying
“I’m happy I’m here this semester. I think Simon’s Rock remains a place for students
looking for something new—for a different way to learn and live while still finding
that sense of community and people you want to be around.”-Carson Stone, first-year College student
“I’m glad to be here and to be in the classroom. I feel safe because our community
is safe, and I also feel connected to my peers both in and outside the classroom.
Our professors are doing everything to make this work, and it shows in the quality
of class discussions.”-Cathy Zhang, second-year Academy student
“What I’ve noticed about classes this semester is that everyone is especially present
in the room. Engaging with one another in the same space has allowed for so many unpredictable
moments of discovery. When everyone is together, it feels like we’re advancing into
real group discussion and inquiry—and the sparks fly.”-Brendan Mathews, faculty in creative writing and literature
“We’ve been able to take these unusual circumstances and make class both fun and work
really well. I’m teaching a cheese-making class where we meet in-person for a discussion
one day and the next day we have a hybrid, hands-on class.”- Maryann Tebben, professor of French and head of the Center for Food Studies
“It was daunting to send our first child to college in this environment, but everything
about our experience with Simon’s Rock—from the detailed preparedness plans to interactions
with faculty and leadership—was really open and transparent. We felt they would create
a safe environment with a strong support system, and they have.”-Claire Raper, mother of Lily ’20
“When we left campus after our tour, my daughter burst into laughter and said, ‘I just
found where I belong.’ She was right. We were worried about sending a 16-year-old
to college during a global health crisis. But Simon's Rock has been the best parenting
decision we've ever made. I've never known my kid to be this happy.”-Lynn Cockett, mother of Hannah ’20
A Safe Community Grounded in Mutual Support
An outdoor physics class during the fall 2020 semester.
At Simon’s Rock, our core priority is maintaining the health and wellbeing of our
community and our neighbors while delivering on our academic mission. Our 2020–2021 campus reopening plan, meticulously developed in accordance with public health best practices and Massachusetts guidelines, has allowed for a safe and interactive in-person learning experience while offering
students meaningful opportunities for connection, relationship-building, and autonomy
alongside their peers.
The essence of our successful in-person operation is the establishment of a Contained
Community on campus—a safe, supportive, and mutually respectful learning environment.
Highlights of our successful safety protocols include:
- Weekly COVID-19 testing administered by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard of our entire campus community
- Campus-wide agreement to take our COVID-19 training course and abide by the Simon’s
Rock Return to Campus Safety Pledge
- Detailed protocols requiring mask-wearing, social distancing, and personal safety
- Weekly briefings and open-forum discussions with Provost John Weistein and parents,
students, faculty, and staff
- Rigorous cleaning and sanitization of all campus facilities
- Transparent, consistent, and timely communication
- Easily accessible support systems for academics, campus life, and health and wellness
If you’re curious about the world and want to take the next big step by starting college
early, there’s no reason to delay. We want to help you keep your academic goals on
track, starting now.
Connect & Learn More
The admission team welcomes your questions. We’ve got you covered when it comes to
learning more about early college at Simon’s Rock, talking you through the application
process, and helping you meet your admission and financial aid deadlines.