Bard High School Early College is a public, non-specialized, and screened high school/early college.
Eighth grade applicants who are interested in our program must fill out the Department of Education's High School Application. Please ask your guidance counselor for this form. Students who are applying from private or parochial schools are advised to speak with your school's principal or headmaster to obtain a Department of Education High School Application. Students may rank up to 12 non-specialized programs/schools on theDepartment of Education High School Application in addition to the specialized and audition high schools. Please note that students who apply to both BHSEC Manhattan and BHSEC Queens must list these as two separate choices. Please review program/school choices and carefully prioritize the list. We strongly recommend that you seek advice from your guidance counselor and review the NYC High School Directory before ranking programs.
How to Apply
1. If you fit our admissions profile, reserve a seat at our next writing and math assessment. If applying to both schools, you only need to take the assessment once. Please do not register for an assessment at both places. Click here to register.
2. Bring a copy of your 7th grade report card on the day you are scheduled to take the assessment. The report card is for our records and will not be returned to you.
3. Rank BHSEC Manhattan and/or BHSEC Queens on your Department of Education (DOE) High School Application. Remember, if you are applying to both BHSEC Manhattan and BHSEC Queens, you need to list them as two separate choices. The Program Code for the Manhattan campus is M51A, and the Program Code for the Queens campus is Q74B. Click here for more information on the DOE high school admission process.
4. Students who demonstrate strong abilities in their grades and the assessment will be invited to an interview at BHSEC. Not all students will be asked to interview at BHSEC. We will contact students by email if they are eligible for an interview. This is the final step in the BHSEC admission process.
Prospective students and their parents may visit BHSEC Manhattan during an Open House or Information Session to find out more about the school. You need to register to attend an open house. Online registration is required. We will begin accepting reservations on May 1st at 10 am. Spring Open House Is FULL. We do not have a waitlist. Please check website in August for fall open house dates. Manhattan Open Houses Spring Open House for current 7th grade students will be Monday, June 2nd at 5:30 pm. Click here to register. Spring open house is full. We do not have a waitlist. Please do not call to be placed on a wait list or mailing list since we do not have either. Please check our website in August for fall open houses.
Please keep in mind that attending an open house or information session is not a requirement for admission to BHSEC. Students are not penalized in any way during the admissions process by not visiting BHSEC prior to applying. We will have additional open houses in the fall.