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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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 Founded20151910
Campus Size275 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment51 students313 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 OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


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


Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 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 Offered315
SportsBasketball, Soccer, Swimming


Total Extracurricular Organizations2624
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
ACT Squad at Simon's Rock, Baltimore Club, Black Student Union, Economics Club, Ethics Bowl, Fencing Club, Green Society, Improv Club, International Club, LGBTQ+ Student Alliance, Math Club, Model UN, ORCA (Organizing Rockers for Civic Action), Pre-Med Society, Research Club, Running Club, Space Ice Cream Club, Tea Appreciation Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery, Dodgeball, Fitness Classes, Rock Climbing Wall, Squash and Racquetball Courts, Tennis, Volleyball, 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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