From the Principal, Dr. Valeri Thomson
At Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Queens, we offer our students two years of a college preparatory high school curriculum in the 9th and 10th grades. During the final two years at BHSEC, our students are enrolled in our early college program rather than in 11th and 12th grades.
BHSEC students take college courses and are offered intellectual challenges equivalent to those found on leading college campuses across the country—be it a First Year Seminar course in the humanities or a course in Organic Chemistry. The unique partnership between Bard College and the New York City Department of Education allows us to offer this kind of education at no cost to eligible students who are enrolled in the New York City public school system.
Graduates of BHSEC leave after four years with a high school Regents diploma and an Associate in Arts degree from Bard College. Nearly all BHSEC graduates transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree.
I am proud to have been a part of the founding of the BHSEC Queens campus in 2008 and to watch the curriculum take shape and grow based on the areas of expertise of our faculty. I welcome you to peruse the website to learn more or to visit one of our Open Houses held in the late spring and early fall.
Valeri J. Thomson, Ph.D., Principal
Bard High School Early College Queens