How to Apply

Admissions Criteria

Consideration for the 2024-2025 school year will be based on the following:

  • A 3.0 GPA (B average) or above is required from BOTH the current school year and last school year. Students must their upload report cards on their application. Accepted materials include full page report cards/transcripts that are clear, legible and have the student’s name listed on the document.
  • Attendance record (no more than 10 unexcused absences or 10 tardies in the previous school year is required)
  • Interview & written assessment
  • NBOE High School Entrance Exam – administered in February 2024 (does not apply during post enrollment)
  • New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) – Math & English Language Arts. A score of Level 3 – “Approached Expectations” or above is required on both the NJSLA-Math and NJSLA-ELA exams. Private school applicants should also demonstrate proficiency on their most recent standardized tests.
  • Teacher recommendations are optional (see template)

Upon submission of these documents you will be contacted for an interview and written assessment if the above listed criteria is met.

Sophomore & junior transfers and students with IEPs are welcome to apply. Please note, we do not accept transfers into 12th grade/senior year.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year we will not require special assessments or state assessments.

How to Apply

  • Completion of a Newark Enrolls application form (You must upload student’s most recent report card so that we may verify if grades meet our criteria. A copy of the most recent IEP must also be uploaded if applicable). Priority will be given to students who rank Bard in their top 3 on their application.
  • A completed online Bard Interest Form, along with the student’s most recent report card and last year’s report card.

If our admissions criteria is met and upon completion of BOTH the Newark Enrolls application and the Bard Interest Form, we will reach out to invite the student to an interview and written assessment.

Admission to BHSEC Newark is conducted through the Newark Enrolls matching process. Please click here for more information.

Interview & Written Assessment

If our admissions criteria is met, the student will be emailed an invitation to interview.

An admissions interview with the student and written assessment is part of the admission process at BHSEC Newark. The interview provides an introduction of the student in personality, interest level, independence and interpersonal skills.

Only students that meet our 3.0 GPA admissions criteria will be invited to interview. Students must have completed the Newark Enrolls application and uploaded legible report cards from BOTH the current school year and last school year.

Students will be interviewed by our caring BHSEC faculty and staff. They will also complete a timed written assessment.

If you have any questions contact our Office of Admissions

  • Veronica Osorio, Director of Admissions
  • Cindy Duran, Operations & Sustainability Coordinator

Any transcripts or supporting documents can be mailed (though email is preferred):

Office of Admissions
Bard High School Early College – Newark
321 Bergen Street,
Newark NJ 07103

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