Bard High School Early College Queens

Applying and Open House Information

The following is required of all students who apply to 9th grade to BHSEC Queens:
  • a grade point average of 85% or above
  • no more than 10 unexcused absences or 10 tardies for the school year
  • completion of the BHSEC math and writing assessments
  • complete the Department of Education's High School Application

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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 BHSEC campuses.

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.

Fall Open Houses 2018

Prospective students and their parents may visit BHSEC Queens during an Open House or on a tour to find out more about the school. Due to high demand, families can choose between an open house or a tour, but should not plan to attend both. Our open houses include presentations by our faculty whereas our tours do not. Our tours are student-led.

No registration is required.

Open Houses 5 - 7 pm
Monday, September 24th 
Tuesday, October 9th 
Monday, October 22nd 

Diversity Open House
Thursday, November 1st (see below for additional details)

Please keep in mind that attending an open house or tour 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. 

Fall Tours 2018

Every Wednesday between September 26th and November 14th we will have student led tours from 4 - 5 pm.  Please arrive on time as tours begin promptly at 4 pm.

No registration is required.

Tour features: the opportunity to meet current students in-depth, wide-ranging tour of the campus, and meet administration. Duration: 1 hour

Fall 2018 Tour Dates:
Wednesday, September 26th
Wednesday, October 3rd
Wednesday, October 10th
Wednesday, October 17th
Wednesday, October 24th
Wednesday, October 31st
Wednesday, November 7th
Wednesday, November 14th

Special Education Information Session 2018

For families to learn about the special education opportunities and services at Bard High School Early College Queens.

Thursday, October 25th 5:00 - 6:30 PM.  Please register HERE.  Registration is not mandatory but we would like to follow up with you.
For families with 8th grade students

The BHSEC schools have had great success to date with a small number of students receiving SE services and we are looking to expand our offerings and the number of students served. Perhaps BHSEC is right for you!

Students requiring special education services can expect the following:
  • Personal attention and small class sizes for all students (typically ranging from 20-24 students)
  • An inclusive and respectful environment for all students
  • New ICT classes, an engaging curriculum, and the opportunity to earn college credit
  • Easy access to guidance counselors, faculty, and academic advisors
  • A strong focus on transitions from middle school to high school and high school to college
  • In-house staff knowledgeable with IEPs, SE accommodations, and related services
  • A dedicated learning specialist who works with students on a range of academic support needs
  • Additional support for writing and math through staff and peer tutoring
  • Assistive technology, and help with strengthening academic and social skills
  • One of the city’s most personalized college counseling programs, with an unparalleled placement record
  • A diverse student body that reflects New York City and includes students of all interests and learning styles
  • Opportunities for all students to engage in the arts, athletics, and a range of extra-curricular activities
  • An active and engaged parent body

Diversity at Bard High School Early College Queens

Bard Diverse Network of Action presents: Diverse Communities
Thursday, November 1st  5-7 pm
An evening of student and faculty led discussions on experiences and support services for students with diverse identities.

No registration is required.

Undocumented Youth Welcome!
The Bard High School Early Colleges are proud to offer a tuition-free Associate of Arts degree from Bard College regardless of a student’s immigration status. We welcome undocumented and DACA-mented students (young people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status) who may otherwise be deterred from pursuing higher education because of legal status or financial obstacles. As a New York City public school, we comply with the NYC Department of Education policies limiting immigration agent access to schools and student information.  To learn more about the ways in which we support our undocumented and DACA-mented students please click here.
Diversity in Admissions Pilot
Working Towards Equity and Inclusion in a Segregated School System

BHSEC Queens had been approved to join the city's Diversity in Admissions pilot program, which was launched by Mayor De Blasio's office in 2015 to combat the city's deeply segregated school system. Under this initiative, schools are allowed to prioritize seats for low-income students; starting in 2017, BHSEC Queens will hold 63% of seats in the incoming class for students whose families qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch.  Last year, 42% of students at BHSEC Queens had demonstrated economic need, compared with a city average of 69%. Participation in this program is an exciting advancement towards creating equity across New York City's public school systems, and we're thrilled to be at the forefront of the conversation.

High School Choice Fairs 2018

Find BHSEC Queens at the following High School Choice Fairs

BHSEC Queens will be at the Borough High School Fairs in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens on the following dates.

September 22 and 23                                                            

Find us in the Bronx at:                                                                
DeWitt Clinton Educational Campus 
100 West Mosholu Parkway South 
Bronx, NY 10468 

Find us in Brooklyn at:
John Dewey High School 
50 Avenue X 
Brooklyn, NY 11223 

Find us in Manhattan at:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus 
122 Amsterdam Avenue 
New York, NY 10023 

Find us in Queens at:
John Adams High School  
101-01 Rockaway Boulevard 
Ozone Park, NY 11417

October 13 and 14

Find us in the Bronx at:
Herbert Lehman High School
3000 East Tremont Avenue 
Bronx, NY 10461 

Find us in Brooklyn at:
Brooklyn Technical High School  
29 Fort Greene Place 
Brooklyn, NY 11217 

Find us in Manhattan at:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus 
122 Amsterdam Avenue 
New York, NY 10023 

Find us in Queens at:
Francis Lewis High School  
58-20 Utopia Parkway  
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365