Admission FAQS

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321 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07103

No, Bard High School Early College Newark is not a private school. It is a public early college high school operated through a partnership between Bard College and the Newark Board of Education for Newark residents. 


No. While BHSEC Newark shares some characteristics with charter schools, such as autonomy in hiring administrators and faculty, we operate as a partnership between Bard College and the local public school system. As a college, BHSEC Newark does not use a lottery-based admissions process. Our campus is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding between Bard College and the Newark Board of Education.

All Newark residents who meet eligibility requirements.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding between Bard College and NBOE, BHSEC Newark shapes its curriculum, first and foremost, as a rigorous course of study in the liberal arts and sciences that meets Bard College requirements for a general education during the first two years of college. While students take local standardized assessments, those assessments do not drive the Bard curriculum or the material taught in the classroom. Students have choice over courses within the academic disciplines offered at Bard: Division of the Arts, Division of Languages and Literature, Division of Mathematics and Sciences, and Division of Social Sciences

The Bard High School Early College model allows all enrolled students the opportunity to earn an associate in arts degree from Bard College, worth approximately 60 transferable credits, completely free of charge. This saves students and their families up to two years of college tuition, fees, and related costs.  While there are additional costs of providing a college program in high school, Bard relies on funding from public and private sources to ensure that costs are not passed on to students and families.  

Incoming freshmen, sophomores and juniors are welcome to apply.  We do not accept seniors into our school because our college program is a two year program starting junior year (Year One).  

You must be a resident of Newark, NJ to attend our school.  

If you have completed a Newark Enrolls application for this upcoming school year, you will be notified if you have been matched to our school approximately April 18, 2022 through the Newark Enrolls website.  If you missed the deadline, the Newark Enrolls application will re-open on April 25, 2022. To be considered for admission please visit our How to Apply page to learn how to apply and our eligibility requirements. If you list BHSEC Newark as one of your options please be sure to email your latest report card and/or transcript to the Bard Office of Admissions.  

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