Our School

Our School
Our School

Bard High School Early College Cleveland, which first opened in 2014, is a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school where students have the incredible opportunity to start college after 10th grade. Students graduate with a high school diploma and and associate’s degree from Bard College, tuition free, all under one roof. BHSEC Cleveland’s East Campus, which opened in fall 2017, provides an opportunity for even more of the city’s young people to get a head start on college. Taught by qualified and accomplished college faculty, BHSEC Cleveland offers a robust, engaging, and invigorating liberal arts education that emphasizes critical reading, writing, and thinking across all disciplines.


The mission of Bard High School Early College is to provide bright, highly motivated students of high school age the challenge of a rigorous course of study that emphasizes thinking through writing, discussion, and inquiry, enabling them to begin college upon completing the 10th grade.

Our fundamental principles:  

  • That many motivated students are fully capable of beginning college work by the time they would normally reach the 11th grade;
  • That success requires a faculty as committed to fostering adolescent development as they are to teaching and scholarship;
  • That a strong general education in the liberal arts and sciences should be the foundation of the curriculum; and
  • That an early college based on these principles could provide a model for reforming the education of American high school students.

Apply Now!

We are now accepting applicants for incoming 9th graders!  Contact Nate Austin, Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator for more information.  
Call (216) 838-4100 or email naustin@bhsec.bard.edu or