Bard Academy at Simon's Rock

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Basic Information

Address: 84 Alford Rd. Great Barrington, MA
County: Berkshire
Phone Number: 800-235-7186
Fax Number: 413-541-0081

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Additional Information

School Type: Two-Year Boarding School
Founded: 2015
Ages/Grades: 9th and 10th
School Size: 51
Classroom Size: 15
Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

$55,312 (Boarding), $40, 516 (Day)


Computer Sciences
Foreign Languages
Humanities/Social Sciences
Performing/Visual Arts
Special Programs

Support Services:
  • ADD/ADHD Support

  • College Counseling

  • Evening Study Assistance

  • Learning Differences Support

  • Peer Tutoring

  • Study Skills Assistance

  • Subject Tutoring

  • Writing Center

School Clubs:

ACTSquad at Simon’s Rock (Emergency Response)
Anthropology Movie Club
Black Student Union (BSU)
BEWF: Bard for the Empowerment of Women & Femmes
Cardio Hiphop (Lama Loco Motion)
Chinese and Japanese Poetry Club
Club de Español
Computer Science Club
Cooking Club
Dance Club
DC Comics Club
Debate Union (College)
Debate Union (Academy)
Descendants of Bacchus
Dungeons & Dragons
Fashion Club
Fellowship at the Rock
Fencing Club
Fitness Club
Foraging Club
Friendship Bracelet Making
Green Society
Harry Potter
Improv Club
International Affairs Council
International Students Club
Interfaith & Spirituality Club
LGBTQ+ Student Alliance
Math Club
Model UN
Modern Music Club
Motorcycle Club
Organizing Rockers for Civic Action (ORCA)
Performance Club
Pre-Engineering Society
Pre-Med Society
Physics Club
Quote Unquote
REACH (Rockers Engaged in Active Community Help)
RISE (Rockers for Intervention Support and Education)
ROARING (Rockers Organize and Resist Injustice, Nativism, and Groupthink)
Running Club
Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books Club
Science Research Club
Self Defense Club
Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG)
Speak Easy (School Newspaper)
Tea Appreciation Club
A Voice for Animals
The Weekly Cad
Workout Club
Zine Society

Interscholastic Sports:
Rock Climbing

Recreational Sports:
Rock Climbing

Chamber Orchestra
Choral Music
Jazz Ensemble
Tech Crew
Digital arts

Mission Statement:

At Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon's Rock, age doesn't define intellect: our mission is to inspire the curiosity and creativity of motivated younger scholars with a challenging, empowering, and inclusive education in the liberal arts and sciences.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We believe that the rich multiplicity of identities and backgrounds in our community makes us stronger and enhances our experiences in and out of the classroom.

We work to build and support a welcoming environment at Bard College at Simon’s Rock for all students, faculty and staff.

School History:

Other than Simon’s Rock, few institutions have had as much of an impact on both the lives of individual students and the ongoing national conversation about education. Founded in 1966 by an extraordinary innovator, Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, and led since 1979 by another, Leon Botstein, Simon’s Rock has been the locus of a radical rethinking of higher education. In its early decades, it was the only institution of its kind. Today, the Simon’s Rock idea serves as the organizing principle for a nation-wide movement of public and private institutions providing higher education to younger scholars, and Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the founding site of the nationally recognized Bard Early College network.

As the Simon’s Rock idea has taken root beyond the Simon’s Rock campus, the realization that many students can and should start college early has become less of a curiosity and more of an assumption in higher education. In defining a groundbreaking model, and in providing leadership and advocacy, we’ve successfully convened a context in which families are empowered to consider not only where to go to college, but when.

Founded in 2015, Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock provides bright, highly motivated adolescents the opportunity to get an even earlier start to their education by taking a collegiate approach to learning from day one.

Notes/School Information:

Bard Academy at Simon's Rock is the nation's only two-year boarding school providing guaranteed admission into early college after 10th grade. Rather than condensing the high school experience, we've created a high school program that takes a collegiate approach to learning. Following the 10th grade, Bard Academy students are admitted to Bard College at Simon's Rock: The Early College. Our enriched curriculum and student-centered teaching style allow our students to earn an associate degree by the time that most of their peers are graduating high school.

Our courses are designed and taught by faculty from Bard College at Simon's Rock, enabling students to build important relationships with their future college professors from the very beginning of high school.

In addition to a meaningful academic experience, Bard Academy students enjoy the lively activity of a college campus. Students have access to all of the College's resources and facilities, from our community gardens and research labs, to our library, art studies and theater spaces. Life at Bard Academy is unlike any other high school experience.

Director of Admissions: Cindi Jacobs