On Friday evening June 1, 2018 our BHSEC Step Team (BHSEC Panthers) and our BHSEC Bollywood Dancers were invited to participate in the Metropolitian Musuem of Art Teens Take The Met! event.

We were the only high school invited in addition to over 40 other community partners and over 2,150 teens showed up for the event. We have also been invited to the November event.

A Letter from the PTA Co-Presidents.

As we close out the 2018-19 school year, we want to say thank you to our entire parent community for being such an integral force for the success of our school. Our students benefit from our commitment to their education, whether we have shown that commitment financially, through the dedication of our time, our skills, our networks, or simply our steadfast appreciation for all the hard work that goes into make BHSEC a model of progressive urban education.

To all who have taken the extra step to lend a helping hand this year by: volunteering to help at one of our events, cooking or providing food for our faculty dinners, attending an event or making it possible for a faculty member to attend, making an always critical direct financial contribution to the school, or serving as a parent leader on either the Health and Safety Committee, the School Leadership Team or the PTA Executive Board, we say an added thank you for your invaluable efforts.

We wish a fond farewell to our graduating parent leaders, including three-term PTA Co-President Natalie Green Giles, Executive Board members Brendan Dowd, Regina Ngan, and Masha Sales, and SLT parent chair Barbara Glassman. We also extend a thank you to PTA co-president Matt Widman for all his work in support of the school this past year.

And we say a hearty welcome to our newly elected PTA Executive Board and School Leadership Team representatives, including PTA president Alison Bowers, First VP Davis Cayenne, Co-Treasurers Rena Amitay and Brian O’Gorman, Corresponding Secretary Holly Pemberton, Recording Secretary Beverly Miller, Budget Office Golda Smith, High School VP Shawn Kelley, and SLT parent representatives Emily Lee and Brad Abrams (Y2), Peter Macapia (Y1), and Kerry Greene and Rebecca Eastwood (10th grade).

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The link is available on the home page of our PTA website, www.bhsec1pta.org (click on the Amazon button).

We send our very best for a restful and safe summer to all, especially our hardworking students who deserve some quality downtime!

With our best wishes for everyone’s future success,

Natalie and Matt
Natalie Green Giles and Matt Widman, Co-Presidents, BHSEC PTA

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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