Our School

2020 Update

We are pleased to announce that we have extended the early college opportunity further into the Hudson Valley. In cooperation with Dutchess BOCES, students attending public schools within Dutchess County now have the opportunity to take Bard College classes at the Salt Point Education Center located in Poughkeepsie, NY. For more information please refer to our brochure at the bottom of this page.

Our School

Bard Early College (BEC) Hudson Valley is an innovative new program providing public school students in the Hudson Valley direct access to a high-quality liberal arts education from Bard College. Students take challenging and engaging courses with experienced college faculty, earning up to 26 college credits (nearly equivalent to one year) tuition-free while still in high school. Enrolled students spend the second half of every school day as undergraduates of Bard College, taking college courses at a satellite campus. The courses are dually accredited by both Bard College and their local school districts, allowing students to move ahead in college without falling behind in high school. Generally, students take two courses each semester, as well as a “College Experience” course that provides one-on-one counseling for applying to and preparing for college. Courses are taught by full-time and visiting professors, many of whom are faculty at Bard College. For more information, check out our brochure.