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Bard High School to Open Brownsville Campus in September

The new Brooklyn location follows the opening of the South Bronx campus last fall.
Bard College President Leon Botstein joins Saskia Brutsaert, Daniel Weisberg, Janet Peguero and community leaders and students in last year's ribbon-cutting ceremony for Bard High School Early College Bronx. The new Bard High School Early College Brooklyn opens September 2024.

Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) will open a new campus in Brownsville in September.

Part of the Bard Early College network, the new high school was approved by the New York City Panel for Education Policy in a unanimous vote in February, according to a news release. 

At BHSEC Brooklyn, students can earn up to an associate’s degree from Bard College, with 60 transferable college credits, alongside their New York State Regents diploma, tuition free. This model enables high school students to pursue a study in the liberal arts and sciences while earning credits towards a two-year head start on higher education at no cost to students or families.

BHSEC Brooklyn has established a formal agreement with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to prioritize enrollment for students from some of Brooklyn’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, including Brownsville, Ocean Hill, East New York, East Flatbush, Canarsie, New Lots and Bushwick. Four out of every five seats at the Brooklyn campus will be dedicated to students living in these neighborhoods.

“We are excited to launch a new campus in Brooklyn as we expand Bard College’s partnership with the NYCDOE,” said Dumaine Williams, vice president and dean for Early Colleges at Bard. “The new campus will allow the core components of the Bard Early College model, including providing students with rigorous college level coursework, deep immersion in the liberal arts and sciences and close contact with faculty who are active scholars and practitioners in their fields, to be accessible to even more students and families in New York City.”

The Brooklyn campus will serve up to 500 students, prioritizing enrollment for local Ocean Hill and Brownsville-area residents. For its first year, BHSEC Brooklyn will enroll 125 students entering 9th grade and 25 students entering 11th grade. The admission application for rising 9th or 11th graders opened on March 18 and is available on MySchools. The deadline to upload the Bard assessment is April 19. 

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