Academic Policies

Attendance

First period begins at 9:00 a.m. All students must be in the school building by 9:00 a.m.. All students in the high school program must stay in the building until dismissal at 3:30 p.m. 

Students must attend all classes. The following absences may be classified as an excused absence:

  • Illness of the student (a doctor’s note is required for a student absent five or more days in a term)
  • Illness of a child for parenting students (a doctor’s note is required for a student absent five or more days in a term)
  • Medical or dental appointments for the student
  • Death in the student’s immediate family
  • Exclusion by direction of the authorities of the District of Columbia due to quarantine, contagious disease, infection, infestation, or other condition requiring separation from other students for medical or health reasons
  • Necessity for a student to attend a judicial proceeding, or court-ordered activity, as a party to the action or under subpoena
  • Observance of a religious holiday, religious event, or celebration outside of a religious holiday

Grading Policy

As an indication of academic performance, students receive letter grades for each course taken, as well as written narratives describing course objectives, the student’s success in meeting them, and suggestions for how to address particular difficulties. Midterm grades are not grades of record, but are intended as indications to students of their progress and success in achieving the learning objectives of a course, along with suggestions for improvement.  All syllabuses will indicate the percentage weight attributed for each type of assignment.

Transcripts

TWO (2) transcripts are maintained for BHSEC students:

  1. The District of Columbia Public Schools Transcript records all courses taken to satisfy the District of Columbia high school diploma. This record includes courses taken while at BHSEC as well as courses taken at other District of Columbia High Schools (public, public charter, private). 
  2. The Bard College Transcript lists only courses taken during the college program that are being applied toward the Associate in Arts Degree and may also include up to six (6) transfer credits if approved by the Dean of Studies.

Good Academic Standing and Academic Support

Bard High School Early College offers students a rigorous academic program. In meeting the academic needs of students eager for intellectual challenge, it moves students from the 9th grade of high school through the first two years of college in four years. Bard High School Early College seeks students ready to rise to this challenge and offers various forms of support to any who have difficulty once at the school. In order to enter the early college program, students must achieve a cumulative average of at least 2.0 (C or 75) in 9th and 10th grade. Because no 11th and 12th grade high school curriculum is offered at BHSEC, students not eligible to begin college after 10th grade either transfer to a traditional four-year high school.

High School: 9th and 10th Graders
To be in good academic standing, students in the 9th and 10th grades must complete the required program of classes each semester with an average of at least 2.0 (C or 75). A student who is not in good standing at the end of a semester will be placed on academic support for the following semester. A student who achieves both a semester and cumulative average of at least 2.0 will automatically regain good standing. At mid-term in the fall and spring semesters, any student whose average is below 2.0 will be required, with his or her parents, to attend a meeting with representatives of Bard High School Early College to discuss the student’s difficulties and to determine what support is necessary. A similar meeting will be required at the end of the fall semester and/or spring semester if the student’s final semester average is below 2.0. Furthermore, all students on academic support meet regularly with their guidance counselor or advisor, and are encouraged to make use of tutoring offered in the Learning Commons.

Early College: Year I and Year II Students
The administration and faculty of Bard High School Early College are eager to see all students admitted to the program succeed in earning the A.A. degree, and are committed to supporting those who could benefit from special assistance. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is required to enter the early college program and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is required in the early college program for graduation with the A.A. degree.

To be in good academic standing at the end of Year I, a student must complete the required program of classes with a cumulative GPA of a least 2.0. At midterm in the fall semester of Year I, any early college student whose average is below 2.0 will be required, with his or her parents, to attend a meeting with a representative of Bard High School Early College to discuss the student’s difficulties and to determine what steps and supports would be helpful. A similar meeting is required at the end of the fall semester if the Year I student’s fall semester average is below a 2.0, and the Year I student will be placed on academic support for the following semester. If the Year I student’s average is still below 2.0 at the end of the spring mid-term period, the student will again be required, with his or her parents, to attend a meeting with representatives of Bard High School Early College to discuss the student’s difficulties and to determine what further support is necessary.

If a Year II student’s cumulative average is below a 2.0 at the end of the fall semester, the student will again be required, with his or her parents, to attend a meeting with a representative of Bard High School Early College to discuss the student’s difficulties and the type of degree which the student can realistically expect to receive at the end of the spring semester. Students are expected to graduate from the early college program in four semesters.

Retaking a Course (for High School Credit) or Credit Recovery
High school students who fail a class (receive a grade of F) during the school year must retake that class. In such a case, both the failing grade and the new grade will be recorded on the student’s high school transcript.  Occasionally, when only a few elements of the course requirements were not met, the student can work with the teacher, guidance counselor, and administration to complete the requirements while enrolled in a Credit Recovery Course in the semester following the failure.  The original grade and the Credit Recovery grade both appear on the DOE transcript.

Transferring in College Credits

This option is designed only for those students who are not able to earn the 60 credits required for the A.A. in their 4 semesters in the college program. Year 1 and Year 2 students may transfer in up to 6 college credits to be applied toward the 60 credits the Associate in Arts Degree. Students who elect to take courses at other colleges who do not need them for the A.A. should simply wait and apply to transfer them to their four year college after leaving BHSEC. Students should request approval from the academic dean for the specific courses proposed before taking college courses at another institution, and are responsible for providing documentation (official transcript and syllabus) after satisfactory completion of the course.