Bard High School Early College Cleveland

13501 Terminal Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44135

Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Cleveland is a four-year public school that provides students with the unique opportunity to take a two-year, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Through the partnership between Bard College and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, we make it possible for students to earn both a high school diploma and up to 60 transferable college credits and an Associate in Arts degree from Bard College within four years.

BHSEC provides a rigorous course of study that emphasizes critical thinking through writing, discussion, and inquiry. The school seeks to intellectually engage a diverse group of motivated high school students and prepare them for success in college and beyond. The curriculum is composed of a two-year college preparatory sequence in the 9th and 10th grades that segues directly into a two-year college course of study in place of the traditional 11th and 12th grades. BHSEC faculty members are experienced college professors who teach grades 9-12, all in one building.

The BHSEC campus is a center of intellectual energy and community. From our Writing and Thinking Workshops, which begin the academic year, to our Seminar Sequence, to college electives in humanities, mathematics, sciences, and the arts, all of our students enjoy the benefits of a well-rounded, liberal arts education within a close-knit environment of supportive faculty and students who truly enjoy learning from one another. This alternative to traditional high school is founded on the belief that many young people are ready and eager to do serious college work starting at age 16. BHSEC Cleveland benefits from Bard College’s 13 years of experience running successful early colleges in partnership with public school districts.

Virtual Open House
Not at this time.

In-Person Open House
October 20, 2021 6 PM-8 PM

Application Deadline
BHSEC does not have an application deadline and we will begin accepting applications starting in October.

Application Process
Students will complete the Information Form, schedule an interview with Admissions Coordinator (Zoom, Google Meet) and complete the writing assessment (issued after interview). Students must submit their 7th and 8th grade report cards along with any and all state test scores.
Applications can be sent to [email protected].

Tuition & Tuition Assistance
Tuition Free Public School

Available Scholarships

Academic Program/Extracurricular Activities
Students have the unique opportunity to take real Bard College classes in high school for their junior and senior years. Students have the opportunity to graduate high school with an Associates in Liberal Arts degree and up to 60 transferable college credits upon graduate. Students are take the college courses in the school building, and are taught by faculty who are mavens of their fields and most of whom hold PhD's. Bard has a student centered environment and provides many activities and athletics for the best student experience.

We are known for the Associates in Liberal Arts degree program, writing intensive curriculum, and college atmosphere. We offer: - Athletics - Soccer - Volleyball - Boys Basketball - Girls Basketball - Baseball - Track - Softball - Cheer - Activities - Writing Club - Black Student Union - Hispanic Student Union - Anime Club - Drawing - Club - Dance - Photography Club - Debate - Model UN - Comic Book Club - The Sunshine Group - and others. Activities are student run and supervised by staff.

97% Graduation Rate

This school helps with job placement assistance after graduation.