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Our Annual Fund is an essential source for:

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1) enhancing our students’ BHSEC Experience and Academic Support

2) helping the school make ends meet, and

3) supporting the work of the faculty.

Your donation helps keep class size small, pay for college books and teaching supplies, defray the cost of full time faculty, maintain a rich variety of college courses, fund theater, student activities and clubs, graduation, yearbook, travel, sports and team uniforms, and support key programs such as the College Transfer Office, school library, and Third Street Music program.

Our Fundraising Goal: We ask every family to consider a donation of $1000 or more per child. We also welcome donations in amounts that might better fit your family’s budget.

Gift Matching Your employer may offer a gift matching program which may double or triple your donation. To find out more, visit the Gift Matching section.
Participation Since our students benefit equally from our school’s unique early college program, we need 100% participation to help the school make ends meet and continue to provide a strong program for all.We believe that parent participation in any amount is the foundation for our students’ success, and we thank you in advance for your generosity. We will acknowledge your donation with a letter for your records.

Return on your Investment Your donation is an investment in your child’s education at Bard High School Early College. With the combined giving of the parent body, we help our children achieve their fullest potential. Additionally, the 60+ college credits our students earn at BHSEC are valued at $30,000 at SUNY and perhaps more at other universities.

How does the Annual Fund support our students?

When you donate, you support your child in several ways including: 1. Keep class size small - When we, parents, pay for school supplies, we also help the school allocate more DOE funds to hire teachers, and keep class size small. Research on class size reduction proves that it increases the achievement levels for all students while simultaneously reducing the achievement gap 2. Support music education – Research show conclusively that music education equips students with the foundational abilities to learn, to achieve in other core academic subjects, and to develop the capacities, skills and knowledge essential for lifelong success. The PTA pays for the whole music program and two theater productions every year to benefit all students.

3. Physical Education and Sports- Healthy body, healthy mind – Support our students’ physical education program and sports activities. Research results indicate a consistent positive relationship between overall fitness and academic achievement. That is, as overall fitness scores improved, mean achievement scores also improved. 4. Support the College Transfer Office (CTO)The CTO advises students starting in Year 1 as they begin considering colleges to attend. The staff educate students on the process and help them select, visit, communicate with, and apply to colleges and universities. They understand the college application process and assist students and families in finding the right match. The CTO also advocates for our school by visiting and educating top colleges across the country about our distinctive curriculum and students’ unique achievements. 5. Subsidize International student programs - The PTA makes student and faculty participation in the various affordable and possible by subsidizing the cost of the program. We provide assistance and scholarship for trips to Spain, Italy, China, Turkey and Japan. 6. Professional development and grants for Faculty – We also fund special grants to faculty who go the extra mile for our students and support their efforts. Grants pay for field trips, museum and theater tickets, special projects and more. But the most important reason of all to support your child’s education because in these formative adolescent years, the quality of education your child receives is key to their success in higher education.

PTA of Bard High School Early College is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our students and faculty at BHSEC Manhattan, so your contributions are tax deductible. Tax deductible donations reduce your tax burden – Parents who itemize their deductions reduce their tax bill when they make a tax deductible donation to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations like the BHSEC PTA.

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News & Updates

PTA President’s Letter to Parents September 2014
Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2014
Dear Fellow Bard Parents: One of the things that we can do as parents to support BHSEC and our kids’ education is to come together as a community of parents and families to get to know each other better and to work together to keep our school strong.  That’s why it ...

Welcome and welcome back from the Bard PTA!
Posted on Saturday, September 6, 2014
Dear Bard Parents and Guardians: On behalf of the Bard High School Early College Parent Teacher Association, welcome to the new parents and welcome back to those of you who are returning. I hope that your kids are having a smooth transition back to school, whether they are entering BHSEC ...

PTA Kickoff Meeting and Welcome Potluck Dinner, Thurs., 9/18, 6:00 -8:00 pm
Posted on Saturday, September 6, 2014
Welcome backParents, Guardians and Teachers, welcome to the new school year! To kick off the new school year, our first PTA meeting and our always popular Welcome Back Potluck dinner will be on Thursday, September 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, ...

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Welcome to new parents, guardians and teachers and welcome back to all others! Please join us for our monthly BHSEC PTA meetings, which will be held in the BHSEC auditorium from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the dates below. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the PTA meeting agenda begins ...

President’s Report – Apr 2014
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
April – start of the season of growth & renewal! That’s exactly what your PTA & SLT will be doing over the next two months, and we need your help to do it. We need you to nominate & vote for your representatives! It’s been one of my primary goals ...

President’s Report – Mar 2014
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014
From my school administrator’s perspective, March is always the month where everything “gets real” - the holiday season’s well behind us and summer break’s a distant reality. Everyone starts to focus on year-end exams, grades, etc. For 9/10th graders at BHSEC, it can seem like high school’s almost over, so ...

President’s Report – Feb 2014
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Whew - what a month! Hope you & your BHSEC student(s) enjoyed the break. My son & I had a chance to review his mid-year (Yr1) progress & continue our planning for next year’s college admissions process. By the way, I was reminded at the last SLT meeting what a ...

Writing and Thinking: January PTA meeting
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014
The January BHSEC PTA meeting    writingthinking  will feature BHSEC Principal Dr. Michael Lerner leading a “Writing and Thinking” Workshop for BHSEC Parents Please join us on January 23rd for this special interactive session ...

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013
The December PTA meeting this Thursday, the 19th will feature renowned speaker and Child Psychoanalyst Sean Grover, LCSW ON YOUR TEENAGER’S EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH IN THE ADOLESCENT YEARS Please join us to wrap up 2013, and hear what is ahead for 2014!  ...

December Presidents’s Report
Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013
Hi all – the winter holiday season’s fast approaching and our students are “diving deep” into their studies. This time of year can be fun (particularly in NYC), but also pretty stressful - particularly as the end of the first semester is coming-up. With my Yr1 student, recent discussions are ...

Make your annual contribution today – it’s #GIVINGTUESDAY
Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Have you made your annual contribution yet? Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY a day to give back by donating to a good cause. Please take 2 minutes to support the BHSEC PTA annual appeal today. thermometer More than 200 BHSEC families ...

Announcing TD Bank’s Affinity program to support our School
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Join the TD Bank Affinity Program, and the BHSEC PTA will receive an Annual Contribution from TD Bank simply because you bank there. genf20 hgh reviews There's no ...

Our school among the most desirable in NYC says WNYC
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
According to WNYC report published November 20th, Bard High School Early College ranks among the most desirable NYC high school. Here's a link to the article   School Name Borough Avg. English Proficiency Avg. Math Proficiency Number of Applicants in 2013 Spots open to 9th Graders Who gets priority? Townsend Harris High School Queens 3.78 4.2 5471 270 Students throughout the city...

Next PTA Meeting Nov 21st @ 6pm
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013
“Substance Abuse: What Parents Need to Know & How to Talk with Your Teen” The PTA meeting will feature an informative and eye-opening presentation by Jessica Knoll, Director of the IMPACT Extenze Program at Phoenix House, who will explore issues pertaining to drinking and substance abuse - specifically, what we, ...

BHSEC Manhattan Class of 2013 College Enrollment Data
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
                                                                    BHSEC Manhattan Class of 2013 College Enrollment Data Where are those 123 graduates going?  ...