Welcome New Students
Congratulations on your acceptance to BHSEC Baltimore! We are thrilled to have you join us for the 2018-2019 school year.
Please make sure you have turned in all the necessary enrollment information to ensure your student is ready for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please email our Admissions Coordinator, Jenna Kadota.
UPDATED (6/26/18): Information For All Bard Students
Greetings from Bard High School Early College, Baltimore! Here are some important updates and information about the upcoming school year.
Summer Bridge 2018
For new students at all grade levels, Bard offers a three day Summer Bridge orientation program to help welcome you to your school. Summer Bridge 2018 will take place Wednesday, August 22nd through Friday, August 24th, 2018. It consists of three half days of orientation activities plus lunch before dismissal. Each day will begin at 9am and end at noon. Breakfast, lunch, and bus tickets will be provided each day. Summer Bridge is required for all students who are enrolling at Bard for the first time in 2018-19; returning students should not attend.
First Day of School & Writing and Thinking Week
The first day of school is September 4th, 2018. We will begin our school year with a Bard tradition: Writing and Thinking Days. W&T is a tradition at all of the BHSECs and at Bard College, and it engages students in three days of reading and writing-intensive workshops. W&T 2018 will be held on Tuesday, September 4th through Thursday, September 6th. Students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. each day. Regular class schedules will begin on Friday, September 7. Please note that attendance is required on Writing and Thinking Days.
The core components of learning at Bard relate to reading, discussion, thinking, and writing. You should read items of your own interest over the summer and come to school in September ready to read and write with a passion. It is a great idea to familiarize yourself with the history of Bard Baltimore through several newspaper and periodical articles concerning our founding, growth, and first graduating class. These articles are available on our website. We have multiple articles in the “news” section of our homepage.
For supplies, we recommend that students bring a water bottle and a combination lock for their locker. Students are also welcome to bring their own laptops or tablets for notetaking. Apart from that, students should think about the materials and tools they will need to be organized, effective, and be able to take notes, keep track of assignments, and be productive in class. Your professors may assign specific tools and materials in the first week of classes that relate to individual course needs.
The 9th and 10th grade literature reading lists are available for families interested in purchasing personal copies of books for their students to have their own copy. We provide class sets of texts for use in school, but families may wish to purchase their own copies for students’ personal use.
Literature of the Americas (9th grade):
– A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams (ISBN : 9780451041388)
– A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (ISBN : 9780451131195)
– M Butterfly by David Henry Hwang (ISBN : 9781101077030)
– Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (ISBN : 9783942374798)
Literature of the World (10th grade):
– Odyssey by Homer translated by Richard Lattimore(ISBN : 006124418X)
– Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (ISBN: 0199536015)
– Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (ISBN: 1101947136)
– Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, translated by Edith Grossman (ISBN: 0060934344)
Stay in touch with Bard Baltimore:
Please complete our “electronic emergency card” if you haven’t already. This is just like the paper emergency card that comes home at the start of each school year, however we collect that information electronically. You can complete the emergency card by visiting our web page(http://bhsec.bard.edu/baltimore/) and navigating the “Parents” section of the page. At the bottom of the last paragraph you will see the link for our “Emergency Contact Service”. This does not change your information in the Infinite Campus System. When completing this card, please make sure to give us your email address so we can include you in our Principal’s weekly e-mail updates.
If you haven’t heard already, your public transportation route may have changed since June. Please make sure to check your route before the start of school. The MTA has a trip planner to determine your route. Here is the link – http://mybustracker.mta.maryland.gov/.
School Contact Information:
Phone – (443)642-2062
Email – Faculty and staff e-mail addresses are listed on our website but you can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you have a great rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.