We are currently working on a plan for 2021-2022 admissions with safety and equity in mind. Please check back in January 2022 for updates. You can also sign up for updates to be sent to you. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

updated 1/11/22


Bard High School Early College is a public, non-specialized, and screened high school/early college.

Eighth and ninth grade applicants who are interested in our program must fill out the Department of Education’s High School Application on MySchools. Please ask your guidance counselor for additional information about the high school ranking website. Students who are applying from private or parochial schools are advised to speak With your school’s principal or headmaster for guidance. Students may rank up to 12 non-specialized programs/schools on the Department of Education High School Application in addition to the specialized and audition high schools. Please note that students who apply to both BHSEC Manhattan and BHSEC Queens must list these as two separate choices. Please review program/school choices and carefully prioritize the list. We strongly recommend that you seek advice from your guidance counselor and review the NYC High School Directory before ranking programs.

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The following information is from our admissions process from the 2020-2021 school year.

Applicant Profile

The following is required of all students who apply to BHSEC Queens:

*The requirements for a student with disabilities will be modified based on the student’s IEP.

About the assessment and rubric components

The BHSEC Assessment was created and developed by the BHSEC faculty and administration to assess applicants writing, thinking, and interest in an early college.

Rubric components and weights

How to Take the Online Assessment

Before you begin our online assessment please read requirements and tips listed below:

Video Statement

In the past we have held one on one interviews to get to know each applicant. We are not able to meet with you in person this year due to the pandemic. However we still want to hear from you and to learn more about why you are interested in attending our school. We are not looking for perfection, we are looking for students who engage with the questions in a genuine manner.

In the video please describe who you are and why you want to attend BHSEC and respond to either of the two questions: 

  1. If you could change one thing about New York to make it a better place, what would it be? 
  2. How has the COVID-19 epidemic affected you as a student? As a person?
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