A Letter from the PTA President

Dear Families,

On behalf of the BHSEC PTA Executive Board, welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

The PTA has two important missions of equal importance. One is to raise money for the school. This money goes towards arts and music programming, sports equipment and team uniforms, library resources, student planners, after-school clubs, and seminar books for all Year One and Year Two students. In other words, every single student benefits from the PTA fundraising efforts. The second mission is to foster a community among parents.  PTA meetings are held monthly, food is served and everyone is encouraged to attend and make their voice heard. Featured speakers and student performances ensure that there will always be something of interest for everyone. Additionally, we host off-site events in the fall and spring.

As parents of Bard High School Early College Manhattan students, you are automatically members of the PTA, but if you are interested in being more involved there are opportunities both big and small. Do you have a few hours a month?  You can help sell Bard clothing at our open school nights or stuff envelopes for a mail campaign. A few hours a week?  Maybe join the Spring Party planning committee or consider an elected position on the Executive Board.  We welcome and encourage the contributions of all parents.

Please share your name and email address with us so we can keep you informed of upcoming events.

Felix Adler, an early 20th-century education reformer said, “The place where people meet to seek the highest is holy ground” and I agree. For me, there is no higher purpose than donating my time to the place that educates my child. I look forward to meeting you and working together for Bard High School Early College.

Alison Henin Bowers
President, BHSEC PTA

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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.

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