Dear BHSEC Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out for the first-ever BHSEC Manhattan PTA Wine Tasting and Sale. Thank you especially to our hosts Jane and Eliot Rennert and Rennert’s Gallery.

If you can only come to one PTA meeting this year, make it this one! On February 28, Dr. Jed Applerouth of Applerouth Tutoring Services will discuss the New Landscape of College Admissions Testing.

In recent years the testing landscape has experienced seismic shifts. The Common Core has transformed the world of admission testing, and the ACT has rocketed to national prominence.  The SAT now emphasizes reading and critical thinking while the ACT covers more math and science and emphasizes speed. The tests have never overlapped to this extent, but significant differences remain.  To help you make informed decisions regarding testing, come learn about the major differences and similarities between the tests.  Learn how to structure an effective testing plan and discuss the optimal strategy to minimize stress and get your kids ready to hit their best scores for scholarships and admissions.

I look forward to seeing you then.

Thank you!

Alison Bowers
PTA President, BHSEC Manhattan

P.S. Save the date: The Bard Bash will be on May 7!

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It was an inspiring ceremony as 330 Bard High School Early College students from across the tri-state area became the latest cohort to join the 15 years of alumni who have left high school with an Associate Degree in the Arts from a premiere liberal arts institution.
Bard College President Botstein reminded us all of how extraordinary their accomplishments are and how BHSEC has given these students opportunities available nowhere else in the country.

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This is Bard High School Early College Manhattan

A place to think. Rigorous inquiry. Informed analysis. Deliberative discourse. Intellectual talent. Exceptional teaching.

Student Stories

Writing & Thinking — Seminar Class

The Writing and Thinking Workshop is a weeklong intensive learning experience that provides Bard Early College students with exercises in critical reading and writing.

The Seminar Sequence is the signature humanities experience of the Bard Early College program. The four-semester interdisciplinary Seminar Sequence exposes students to seminal texts from antiquity to modernity, which students engage through critical reading and interpretation.

Community & Diversity

BHSEC students come from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. In addition to a rigorous academic schedule, students are involved in clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities.

Diversity in the student body and in the school community as a whole enriches learning experiences by broadening the perspectives both inside and outside of classrooms.

Mathematics & Sciences

The mathematics department offers students at BHSEC Manhattan a range of courses in Pure and Applied Mathematics as well as Computer Science.

The science department provides a solid background in the three basic sciences, physics, chemistry, & biology and follows the physics first sequence.

Transitions…to 9th Grade, to the College Program, & to What Comes Next

Various supports are available to help students in the high school program, in the college program, and in applying to their next school.

The Writing Center, for example, supports students who seek individualized help on class essays and college essays. Students may make appointments for one-on-one tutoring

The Bardmaticians math club, for example, also operates the BHSEC Online Math Center. Students write down their questions on this open tutoring portal and the Bardmaticians respond with guidance.

The BHSEC Manhattan library website has further information on academic supports:

Art, Music, Dance, & Drama

The various art forms are not only a vehicle for expression, but also methods of investigation and problem solving. The intuitive and sensory skills developed by engagement in the arts work in parallel with the other learning disciplines, and are part of any truly liberal arts & sciences education.

A Bard Early College

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