Bard Academy at Simon's Rock

84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
  • At Bard Academy, our students experience a collegiate approach to learning from day one.
  • Located on the campus of Bard College at Simon's Rock, America's first and most innovative early college, Bard Academy shares faculty, facilities, and resources with the college.
  • Students are taught by their future college professors in an intellectually stimulating environment.
  • Our culture and curriculum provide for a seamless transition from high school to early college.

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Bard Academy at Simon's Rock is listed among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 319 schools) for:

Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Bard Academy atBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-109-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded20151909
Campus Size275 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment51 students318 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size15 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Includes fees and room and board)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Includes fees)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsCindi Jacobs
Associate Director of AdmissionsAmanda Dubrowski, Kirin Terni

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered415
SportsBasketball, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2124
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
ACT Squad at Simon's Rock, Black Student Union, Economics Club, Fencing Club, Green Society, International Club, LGBTQ+ Student Alliance, Math Club, Model UN, ORCA (Organizing Rockers for Civic Action), Pre-Med Society, Running Club, Space Ice Cream Club, Tea Appreciation Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery, Dodgeball, Fitness Classes, Rock Climbing Wall, Squash and Racquetball Courts, Tennis, Weight Room and Exercise Machines

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • HIGH SCHOOL FOR TWO YEARS: We haven`t condensed high school; instead, we`ve created a program that takes a collegiate approach to learning. Unlike many high schools, at Bard Academy, asking questions is not a distraction, but a welcome starting point for intellectual discovery in a truly academic, inclusive, and supportive community.
  • HIGH SCHOOL TAUGHT BY COLLEGE PROFESSORS: Since Bard Academy shares faculty with Bard College at Simon`s Rock: The Early College, students build meaningful relationships with their future college professors. Faculty are leading scholars in their fields of study, and experts at engaging younger students.
  • HIGH SCHOOL ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS: Bard Academy is located in the Berkshires, on the beautiful 275-acre campus of Bard College at Simon`s Rock, located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts named Best Small Town by Smithsonian magazine. Academy students enjoy all the College`s resources, including the science labs, library, art studios, community garden, athletic center, and theater spaces. Academy students are invited to join all sports teams, clubs, and activities.
  • ACADEMICS: With 35+ majors, The Princeton Review rates Simon`s Rock a 92/99 for academics, higher than Harvard or Princeton. Federal data on US colleges and universities rank Bard College at Simon`s Rock #17 nationwide for percentage of graduates who earn a doctorate, close on the list to Harvard, University of Chicago, Oberlin, Williams, Amherst, and Yale ranking higher than Brown, Stanford, Dartmouth, Vassar, and Cornell.
  • YOU ARE WELCOME HERE: You`ll have the unmistakable feeling that you`ve found where you belong. Rockers are visionaries, iconoclasts, pioneers, and leaders who are working for a better, smarter, world. Our students are a diverse group, but have in common: intellectual curiosity, an independent spirit, and a love of learning. You`ll find a true academic community here.
  • WHERE INDEPENDENT MINDS GET THEIR START: 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.
  • Bard Academy at Simon's Rock accreditations: The New England Association of Schools and Colleges

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