Academic Support Services

Academic Support Services

Writing Center

Located in the Library, the Writing Center exists to help students successfully achieve their educational goals in the Early College program. We support students who seek individualized help on class essays and college essays. Students may make appointments for one-on-one tutoring with an adult or peer tutor, arrange group work sessions or simply drop by for homework assistance during lunch, free periods or before or after school. A faculty coordinator trains peer tutors and adult volunteers to staff the center. To make an appointment, stop by the Library during scheduled hours and consult the posted weekly schedule.

For more information, contact Katherine Randall, Writing Center Coordinator,

Faculty Office Hours

All faculty members at BHSEC Manhattan offer office hours—dedicated time in which they work individually with students. Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty members.


All BHSEC students meet with a faculty advisor each week for one period.  There is also time built into the weekly schedule for individual meetings between students and advisors.  Students are assigned to advisories by grade level.  The goal of advisory is to provide a safe space where students can build trusting relationships with each other and with a BHSEC faculty member.  The advisor facilitates group discussions and activities that provide character building and academic support for students.

The advisor also provides one-on-one and group check-ins with advisees to help students monitor their academic and social development during their BHSEC years.  The advisor remains the same for the student’s four years at BHSEC Queens.

Summer Bridge

Prior to entering BHSEC, all incoming 9th graders are invited to attend a week-long introduction to Bard High School Early College.  The program is held during the summer and its primary goal is to transition students into a new setting and ease any anxiety they may have about making new friends and engaging in early college work.  Students take sample classes, learn study skills, become familiar with the neighborhood, and collaborate in group activities that promote team building.