Bard High School Early College

Summary:

Bard High School Early College is a unique public high school in New York City's Lower East Side that allows students to earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credits simultaneously. With a diverse student population, the school has consistently ranked among the top high schools in New York state, boasting exceptional academic performance, graduation rates, and college readiness.

Bard High School Early College stands out for its impressive metrics. The school consistently outperforms the surrounding schools, such as Lower East Side Preparatory High School and Cascades High School, on Regents exams, with proficiency rates significantly higher than the district and state averages. Its four-year graduation rates, ranging from 93.7% to 98.7% over the past five years, are also significantly higher than the surrounding schools, some of which have dropout rates as high as 38%. By allowing students to earn up to 60 college credits, Bard High School Early College provides a unique opportunity for students to get a head start on their college education.

The school's consistent high performance, socioeconomic diversity, and strong subgroup performance across various student demographics highlight its exceptional educational model and dedication to serving students from diverse backgrounds. While the school has experienced a relatively high chronic absenteeism rate, particularly in the 2021-2022 school year, its overall success and the stark contrast with the surrounding schools in the New York City Geographic District # 1 and New York City Geographic District # 2 demonstrate the importance of providing high-quality, college-preparatory education to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 525 E Houston St
       New York, NY  10002


(212) 995-8479

District: New York City Geographic District # 1

SchoolDigger Rank:
356th of 1,228 New York High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,494 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  11.5 Help
Number of students:  564

Racial breakdown:

White:
34.8%
Asian:
21.3%
Hispanic:
21.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51.8% Help


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Compare Details Bard High School Early College ranks better than 71% of high schools in New York. It also ranks first among 5 ranked high schools in the New York City Geographic District # 1! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 69.09. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Bard High School Early College freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Bard High School Early College is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (34.8%), Asian (21.3%), Hispanic (21.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 51.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the New York City Geographic District # 1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Bard High School Early College is 11.5. 3 high schools in the New York City Geographic District # 1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Bard High School Early College employs 48.6 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Bard High School Early College is $16,494, which is the lowest among 7 high schools in the New York City Geographic District # 1!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Bard High School Early College:

SchoolDigger ranks Bard High School Early College 356th of 1228 New York public high schools. (See Bard High School Early College in the ranking list.)

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New York City Geographic District # 1:

SchoolDigger ranks New York City Geographic District # 1 512th of 866 New York school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Bard High School Early College

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Rank History for all students at Bard High School Early College

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 79.04 14th 935 98.5%
2006 80.16 11th 986 98.9%
2007 81.54 7th 1002 99.3%
2008 83.00 3rd 1027 99.7%
2009 82.13 4th 1086 99.6%
2010 78.59 43rd 1117 96.2%
2011 72.82 184th 1165 84.2%
2012 79.42 84th 1198 93.0%
2013 85.19 15th 1217 98.8%
2014 88.05 5th 1237 99.6%
2015 82.79 39th 1255 96.9%
2016 85.63 27th 1255 97.8%
2017 86.56 32nd 1221 97.4%
2018 78.38 126th 1210 89.6%
2019 79.11 117th 1207 90.3%
2022 77.86 150th 1190 87.4%
2023 69.09 356th 1228 71.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Bard High School Early College

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.98 322nd 1095 70.6%
2019 49.13 517th 1132 54.3%
2022 69.90 224th 1038 78.4%
2023 58.39 361st 1130 68.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Bard High School Early College

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.27 78th 1154 93.2%
2019 76.42 116th 1179 90.2%
2022 69.48 208th 1101 81.1%
2023 64.13 308th 1155 73.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Bard High School Early College

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.91 82nd 1176 93.0%
2019 79.39 113th 1193 90.5%
2022 74.24 220th 1155 81.0%
2023 69.49 355th 1197 70.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Bard High School Early College

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.16 209th 1176 82.2%
2019 75.87 181st 1190 84.8%
2022 80.02 97th 1154 91.6%
2023 66.83 362nd 1191 69.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at Bard High School Early College

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.31 78th 426 81.7%
2019 77.37 40th 447 91.1%
2022 57.93 179th 386 53.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Bard High School Early College

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 76.14 94th 593 84.1%
2023 69.67 143rd 671 78.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Bard High School Early College

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.87 179th 791 77.4%
2019 67.95 209th 815 74.4%
2022 79.59 95th 760 87.5%
2023 71.14 183rd 851 78.5%
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Rank History for White students at Bard High School Early College

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.79 46th 765 94.0%
2019 76.28 62nd 793 92.2%
2022 80.50 33rd 738 95.5%
2023 71.62 137th 776 82.3%
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Data source: test scores: NY State Education Department, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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by a parent
Saturday, May 6, 2023

Open Quote We have a child now in the 10th grade at BHSEC. She loves it, the academics, outstanding teachers, and the culture of inquiry and independent thinking. It really is more like college than most high schools. The course load is challenging but we're impressed by the way the kids handle it. Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Open Quote Amazing opportunity for young adults. Academia complete support of their students in achieving their goals and shaping their aspirations for success and knowledge. Smaller class sizes, more personal approach, wide range of tools, talented professors and unorthodox approach are just some of the enormous benefits of Bard High school Early college. As a parent, it's extremely hard to find negatives or shortcomings in their approach to alternative education. If I had both of my hands twisted to the point of excruciation pain and cherry pick reasons to reconsider Bard High school Early College as a school of choice, there are just a few things to consider. One of them is pace, which could become overwhelming for new students. However, help is there and all you have to do is knock on right door for helpful guidance and assistance. No reason to be shy or intimidated as teachers and administration is professional, friendly and extremely approachable. It might take few months to adjust but benefits are enormous. Another cherry, at least for me is it's liberal leaning that is projected (mildly) on to their students. Exploring different ideas, social or political should be encouraged, debated and discuss without leaning one way or the other. That's what knowledge and education should be about. Other than that, I believe your child will shine and become independent, educated, free thinking benefactor of this amazing program. I highly recommended and urge anyone to consider Bard as a school of choice. ( as a side note - my child is graduating this year and was accepted to assistant physician honor class with extremely generous scholarship. Other, very prestigious schools were also very interested in her further education aspirations however, ultimately, it was direction she have chosen with our full support). Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, April 20, 2012

Open Quote Bard High School Early College is a very challenging school and it's program is great for some students, not all students. Parents need to remember that students are different. Just because a school is good for one child does not mean it is good for another child. Close Quote


by a student
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Open Quote Bard High School Early College is a very good school, but it is also VERY challenging, and many of my friends that go to regular high schools (schools that don't offer a degree or college credits) are getting better grades than me, and much less work. The teachers at BHSEC are hard graders, and right when you get your first report card, you'll see a huge change from your old junior high average, which in my case, was in the 90's to an average in the 70's. I do all my work, and I still can't seem to do well. Please yourself a favor and don't go to this school. Many of my friends want to transfer out, but once you get in, it's hard to transfer out of BHSEC. I feel like I'm stuck in this school forever, and no colleges will accept me because of my low grades. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Bard High School Early College

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 255 119 66 86 1 n/a n/a 0 527
2006 242 112 63 96 0 n/a n/a 0 513
2007 291 100 59 96 0 n/a n/a 0 546
2008 297 95 58 93 0 n/a n/a 0 543
2009 287 102 76 108 2 n/a n/a 0 575
2010 309 94 74 104 3 n/a n/a 0 584
2011 319 84 87 95 3 0 0 0 588
2012 306 96 92 112 3 7 1 0 617
2013 297 92 88 109 0 3 9 0 598
2014 274 80 94 106 0 0 9 0 563
2015 248 94 93 101 0 0 9 0 545
2016 228 86 122 88 1 0 10 0 535
2017 213 89 134 97 1 7 8 0 549
2018 230 81 167 100 0 0 11 0 589
2019 247 67 178 107 0 0 15 0 614
2020 231 78 163 120 0 0 20 0 612
2021 249 84 150 124 2 2 24 0 635
2022 216 104 128 141 1 1 23 0 614
2023 196 102 120 120 1 3 22 0 564

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Bard High School Early College

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 527 n/a n/a 0
2006 513 34.0 15.1 33.9
2007 546 36.0 15.2 25.3
2008 543 35.0 15.5 27.3
2009 575 35.1 16.4 25.4
2010 584 36.1 16.1 n/a
2011 588 33.0 17.7 24.3
2012 617 29.4 20.9 22.5
2013 598 31.2 19.1 25.3
2014 563 27.0 20.8 28.1
2015 545 30.0 18.1 34.1
2016 535 31.0 17.2 40.2
2017 549 30.1 18.1 45.4
2018 589 34.0 17.3 43.5
2019 614 40.0 15.3 40.4
2020 612 42.7 14.3 41.7
2021 635 45.3 13.9 41.3
2022 614 52.3 11.7 46.4
2023 564 48.6 11.5 51.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Bard High School Early College

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 527 n/a n/a 0
2006 513 34.0 15.1 33.9
2007 546 36.0 15.2 25.3
2008 543 35.0 15.5 27.3
2009 575 35.1 16.4 25.4
2010 584 36.1 16.1 n/a
2011 588 33.0 17.7 24.3
2012 617 29.4 20.9 22.5
2013 598 31.2 19.1 25.3
2014 563 27.0 20.8 28.1
2015 545 30.0 18.1 34.1
2016 535 31.0 17.2 40.2
2017 549 30.1 18.1 45.4
2018 589 34.0 17.3 43.5
2019 614 40.0 15.3 40.4
2020 612 42.7 14.3 41.7
2021 635 45.3 13.9 41.3
2022 614 52.3 11.7 46.4
2023 564 48.6 11.5 51.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

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YearCompletely Immunized
201598.1%

Data source: New York State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Bard High School Early College

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $36 (0.3%) $12,032 (99.7%) $12,068
2020 $25 (0.2%) $12,137 (99.8%) $12,161
2021 $221 (1.7%) $12,498 (98.3%) $12,719
2022 $1,128 (7.5%) $13,999 (92.5%) $15,127
2023 $464 (2.8%) $16,029 (97.2%) $16,494

Data source: New York Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Bard High School Early College

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 117th of 1207 High schoolsRanks 356th of 1228 High schools
 19.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Algebra I (Bard High School Early College)70.768.3
 2.4%
   End of Course Algebra I (New York City Geographic District # 1)68.971.1
 2.2%
   End of Course Algebra I (New York)71.164.6
 6.5%
End of Course Chemistry (Bard High School Early College)87.752.5
 35.2%
   End of Course Chemistry (New York City Geographic District # 1)67.456.9
 10.5%
   End of Course Chemistry (New York)73.165.2
 7.9%
End of Course English (Bard High School Early College)10093.2
 6.8%
   End of Course English (New York City Geographic District # 1)79.280.2
 1%
   End of Course English (New York)83.976.9
 6.9%
End of Course Global History and Geography (Bard High School Early College)95.886.2
 9.5%
   End of Course Global History and Geography (New York City Geographic District # 1)77.776.1
 1.7%
   End of Course Global History and Geography (New York)78.873.6
 5.2%
End of Course Living Environment (Bard High School Early College)85.780
 5.7%
   End of Course Living Environment (New York City Geographic District # 1)75.658.1
 17.4%
   End of Course Living Environment (New York)73.265.7
 7.5%
End of Course U.S. History and Government (Bard High School Early College)89.491.7
 2.3%
   End of Course U.S. History and Government (New York City Geographic District # 1)78.181.5
 3.4%
   End of Course U.S. History and Government (New York)76.979.7
 2.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students614564
 8.1%
African American67102
 52.2%
American Indian01
Asian178120
 32.6%
Hispanic107120
 12.1%
Pacific Islander03
White247196
 20.6%
Two or More Races1522
 46.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients40.4%51.8%
 11.4%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 564 students attended Bard High School Early College.

Bard High School Early College ranks 356th of 1228 New York high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Bard High School Early College are 35% White, 21% Asian, 21% Hispanic, 18% African American, 4% Two or more races.


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