About BHSEC Houde
Bard College – a leader in the early college movement since it partnered with Simon’s Rock in 1979 – operates a growing network of early colleges. This network is founded in the belief that we can inspire adolescents, including those who’ve been disengaged in a traditional high school, through earlier exposure to the depth of quality and rigor of a college classroom. The Bard Early Colleges (BECs) act on this belief by providing a rigorous liberal arts and sciences college course of study that emphasizes critical thinking, writing, inquiry, and discourse.
About BEC at Houde Academy
Our host and partner for the Bard Early College in Shenzhen is the Houde Academy, a private school offering a new model of education for Chinese high school students.
The Bard Early College exists at the Houde Academy a program within the school to which Houde students may apply. Alongside their Bard coursework, students in the Early College will also complete required Chinese high school curriculum and be awarded a Chinese high school diploma upon graduation.
The Bard Early College at Houde Academy curriculum will be composed of a one year college preparatory sequence in the 10th grade that leads directly into a two-year college course of study in place of the traditional 11th and 12th grades. Our offerings will span the natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, humanities, and the arts, including both core and elective courses.
Our pedagogy brings the best qualities of American liberal arts college education— embodied in challenging discussion-based courses led by talented academics—to a high school settings. We develop critical thinking skills through writing, discussion, and inquiry, and we prepare highly motivated young students for success in college and beyond.
The majority of our Early College faculty hold PhD’s in their fields, many from highly prestigious institutions, and most have extensive experience in both college and high school classroom settings. Their teaching yields impressive results: the Early College at Simon’s Rock is #2 in the nation for students who obtain PhD’s. Graduates of the Early College programs regularly matriculate into the nation’s most prestigious institutions, proof of the academic rigor of our programs.