Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College
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50 Years of Independent Minds

Senior Prank
“The skills I use daily are skills I honed at Simon’s Rock: critical thinking, problem solving, and creative collaboration.”
Brooke Skinner Ricketts ’97
Two students near the door

1986

The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarship program begins.

“You get to know your teachers, and they treated you like a junior colleague …They made it feel like they were learning from you. It was magical.”
Anne Hutchinson Reid ’75
Llama Reunion

1989

Simon’s Rock Soccer team plays in NSCAA national championship tournament.

Peace grove in bloom

1996

Veronica Chambers '87 writes Mama's Girl.

Mama's Girl by Veronica Chambers
“When I got to Simon's Rock, I found a community that took me seriously as a human being and that believed in me so that I could flourish.”
Penny Brierley-Bowers '81
Betty Hall on Simon's Rock

2001

Bard High School Early College launches, a joint project of Bard and the NYC Board of Education based on the Simon’s Rock model

Betty Hall's Slumber Party'

2015

First Bard Academy class, establishing the 6-year arc

Kellogg sound board from the 1990s

1966

Simon’s Rock welcomes its first class of 50 young women into a 4-year A.A. program

Car Smashing

1979

Simon’s Rock partners with Bard College

Leon Botstein and Bernard Rodgers

Inklings

Jamie Hutchinson, appointed in 1976, taught the popular class: The Inklings.

Students in pyramid

1987

Doug Ahlers ’77 creates first commercial website

The Wins

1988

Women’s Studies program founded.

Bob Schmidt

Harems

Joan DelPlato, appointed in 1987, taught the popular class Harems: Imagined and Real.

Winter Term Abroad

Ace

In 1990, Ace the frog moves into the pond in the Alumni Library Atrium. Deuce moves in soon after.

Ace the frog and companion

1992

Kellogg was moved from upper campus to its current location.

Kellogg moves to its current location
“Central to education at Simon’s Rock is an ability to manage diverse ideas in creative tension”
Mary Marcy, Educating Outside the Lines
Donkey Costume

1976

Baird Whitlock awards the first B.A. degrees

Our Legacy is Our Community

For 50 years, Simon’s Rock has been a welcoming, inclusive community where younger scholars are taken seriously and individuality thrives. Our students push beyond the usual choices in their life-altering encounter with the liberal arts.

SIMON’S ROCK LEGACY

The Future of Liberal Arts

We invented early college. Then we reimagined the entire high school and college experience. We will continue to innovate, break down educational barriers, and provide access to the liberal arts and sciences.

Veronica Chambers Remembrances

Transform Lives, Transform Education

“ It wasn’t just that I had a good time at Simon’s Rock: it was a transformative experience for me.

―Allyson Sgro ’01

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