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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Bard High School Early College is a top rated, public school located in New York, NY. It has 535 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
About Bard High School Early College...
Address
525 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
Telephone
(212) 995-8479

Bard High School Early College Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1300
304 responses
Average ACT
31
71 responses
AP Enrollment

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$79,781
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,615
National
$949
Median Home Value
$915,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 53 responses
Report
  • Symposium Day
    28%
  • Community Day
    26%
  • Teacher Karaoke
    26%
  • Writing and Thinking
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    2%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
535
Free or Reduced Lunch
40%
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,460
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.2%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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Bard High School Early College Reviews

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I love my school. The professors there are so dedicated and you can tell they really love what they do and they bring that passion to the classroom every day. The academics here are rigorous, but professors are more than willing to work with a student's individual needs to help them take advantage of the school's academic and communal resources. The community could use some work, and school spirit is not ideal, but because the school is small I look forward to seeing how Bard can cultivate a more connected community. In terms of diversity, there are students from all walks and life and as a student, Bard has taught me many things about culture, privilege, injustice, and how to be an aware citizen. I highly recommend considering Bard, it is truly a place to think.
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BHSEC Manhattan is a fast-paced, academically rigorous high school that is not for the average high school student. Students with curiosity, openness to learning and willing to put in the work would get a lot of the academic experience. The first two years include a workload that is manageable but not light. Expect a lot of "busy work"; Many small petty assignments that are tedious and overly repetitive. The only class that you can choose is your art. In the college program, however, you have a lot more freedom and responsibilities. Choose your humanities electives wisely and add/drop. In the last years, the workload is less tedious but papers are more thorough and frequent. Manage your time. Also, see your teachers during office hours (they're very approachable) and don't forget to sign up and utilize the writing center ahead of time. If you can manage to do these things I think that you would enjoy the academic experience.
This is an amazing academic school, but with that comes an overbearing stress culture and a very difficult workload. This often forces students to give up on their passions to focus on schoolwork. I see the value of this education and am grateful to have had it, but I think that this school needs to find a better balance, because there are serious problems with mental health here.

When you walk into the school, you immediately see a board with our college acceptances proudly displayed. This signifies a disgusting preoccupation with image that pervades the administration. This should not be the end goal of an education, and many students have a very utilitarian view of clubs and academics-they are simply tests so you can get into the best college. I hope this changes, but with growing selectivity I doubt it will.